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The Omen Trilogy [Blu-ray]
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Triple bill featuring the first three 'Omen' films. The saga begins with 'The Omen' (1976), when US Ambassador Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is persuaded to substitute a newborn baby, whose mother has died in childbirth, for his own stillborn son. By the age of five, the child, Damien (Harvey Stephens), seems to be exerting a malevolent influence on the Thorn household, suffering a violent fit when he is taken to church and causing his nanny to hang herself. Thorn searches for an answer to his son's behaviour and meets maverick priest Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who tries to convince him that Damien is in fact the Antichrist and must be stopped at all costs. The Ambassador at first dismisses this as the crazy rantings of a religious maniac, but subsequent events suggest that maybe the priest had a point. The second film, 'Damien - Omen 2' (1978), picks up events a few years later, with the now-orphaned Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) turning 13 and living with his adoring aunt and uncle. Aunt Marion (Lee Grant) is the first to suspect there is more to the young devil than adolescent angst, leading to her swift dispatch by a killer raven. As for Damien, he is making his mark at military school, and is dismayed to discover his true demonic identity - but not for long. The third film, 'Omen 3 - The Final Conflict' (1981), finds Damien (Sam Neill) all grown up and heading a multinational company. He is about to be appointed US Ambassador to England, a position which will enable him to take over the world and thus fulfil the terrible forecasts of scripture. But there is opposition in the form of a bunch of monks with sacred daggers who will do everything necessary to prevent Satan's enthronement.
In 1976 The Omen scored a hit with critics and audiences hungry for more after The Exorcist with its mixture of Gothic horror and mystery and its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. Directed by Richard Donner (best known for his Superman and Lethal Weapon films), The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast". At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit contrived, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Damien: Omen II takes place several years after the mysterious events that claimed the life of the US Ambassador and his wife as the now teenaged and militarily enrolled Damien Thorne is slowly being made aware of his unholy heritage and horrific destiny. Woe is he (including anyone in Damien's adoptive family and his classmates) who suspects the truth or gets in his way. While not as unrelentingly frightening as its blockbuster predecessor, this more-than-competent sequel raises some interesting questions about the nature of free will (can the anti-Christ deny his birthright?) before falling into a gory series of increasingly outlandish deaths, the best of which is a terrifyingly protracted scene beneath the ice of a frozen lake. Jerry Goldsmith (who won an Oscar for his work on the first film in the series) contributes another marvellously foreboding score. --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com
The series concludes with The Omen III: The Final Conflict, starring Sam Neill as the adult Damien--aka the son of Satan--in a battle with the heavens for control of mankind. The film ends up depending more heavily on effects and spectacle than on the kind of basic horrors that made the first movie in the series so unsettling but at least this one gives some closure to the seemingly endless saga. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
On the DVDs: On the original movie disc there is an all-new 45-minute documentary, "666: The Omen Revealed", with contributions from all the major behind-the-scenes players, including director, editor, screenwriter (who confesses the movie was only set in England because he wanted a free trip to London!), producer and composer. The latter, Jerry Goldsmith, has his Oscar-winning contribution to the movie recognised with a separate feature in which he talks through four key musical scenes in the score. There's also a thought-provoking short called "Curse or Coincidence?" in which the many bizarre accidents that happened during shooting are related, including the terrible story of what happened to the girlfriend of the man responsible for designing the decapitation scene. Director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird provide a chatty audio commentary to the movie. The second and third films lack as many extra features, being content with audio commentaries and theatrical trailers: the commentary for Omen II is by producer Harvey Bernhard, that for Omen III by director Graham Baker. --Mark Walker -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: DVD.See all Product description
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However if you're here I'm guessing you may have decided you want even more of the son of satan, Damien. So if you're thinking about getting this trilogy here's my roundup of the two sequels to the original classic horror.
The Omen 2 (or Damien) see's a pubescent Damien join a military acandemy while being looked after by his adopted parents (owners of the Thorn corporation). It follows a simillar path to the original film with those who know who Damien really is attempting to get near him, and do him away, and Damien's demonic followers protecting him. It features some pretty gruesome death scenes, but all in all the story doesn't take any risks. It also features a few plot holes/confusing plot pieces. However I won't dismiss it for an evenings entertainment. It's no where near the original but it's also quite creepy and horiffic in places, it keeps a nice tension till the end and is never boring. Certainly worth watching.
The Omen 3 (Final Conflict) stars Sam Niell as Damien, all grown up and at the head of the Thorn corporation. Moving his way up in the world of politics he assumes a key role at the British embassy. This is the weakest of the two sequels in my opinion, but still good enough. Now we have a group of monks travelling to London with the holy daggers to try and stop Damien. Running along side this plot is the second coming of Jesus. Again the tension is really good, it's very horiffic in parts but unlike the second film does get a little boring in places. However for an evenings entertainment it's fine.
Hope this helps. This box set would has a small amount of features (more on the original Omen disk). It's now at a good price so I'd recommend it.
Sadly, the Blu-ray presentation of the initial story is strangely patchy. The visuals are unexpectedly soft and lack-lustre in places, and the audio suffers from poor intelligibility in the 5.1 remix. The dialogue is often low level and muffled, totally out of balance with the music which is bombastic and screechy, making it difficult to find a compromising volume setting. Matters are not helped by haphazard attempts to stereophonize the sound field which only occasionally works satisfactorily, all too often being half-heartedly and crudely applied, or else totally ineffective other than to add ambience which only worsens the clarity issue with the dialogue, creating potential frustrations for the home audience that surely weren’t intended. A shame, because in the cinema I was desperately wishing that the film had been given directional sound treatment, but not to end up like this. Unfortunately, the original mono soundtrack is not included here as an option for comparison.
For the concept of the film I would not hesitate to award 5 stars, but I would be dishonest to give its Blu-ray treatment more than 3 on aggregate. I reserve judgement on the sequels until I’ve got round to watching them.
The majority of the special features are on the first disc they include a number of documentaries, interviews, a separate film score track, original theatrical trailer and as one would expect from a set like this, an audio commentary. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for this movie is outstanding and evokes a truly chilling atmosphere. The 5 star rating is essentially given for the original movie.
"The Omen", for many psychological thriller, horror officianado's (much to Richard Donner's chagrin as he absolutely doesn't consider it to be part of the horror genre ) was when it came out in 1976 and is still today one of the very best films of its type. I couldn't agree more.
Damien Omen 2, it's almost as good in a different way. The casting of William Holden and Lee Grant in this certainly ups the ante for this film, the supporting cast again is excellent and of course Jonathan is particularly good as the teenage Damien. It may not be as good as the original, but it is definitely worth a watch.
The Final Conflict is perhaps the weakest of the 3. I never really felt Sam Neil's heart was truly in the performance. The ideas within are fine, but sadly it just doesn't seem up to the same standard or atmosphere of its predecessors. To be fair though there are a couple of genuinely chilling moments.
All in all if I didn't have this set, or it went missing, I'd absolutely buy it again
Worth the 5 stars for the original alone.
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