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There really is no reason to bother with The Omen (2006) as it offers nothing new to the 1976 version and while I wasn’t over the moon with that movie, it is still well worth watching as it is the original and did at least feature some quality performances.



The Omen

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller, Supernatural
Shout Factory | R – 110 min. – $0.00 | October 15, 2019

Date Published: 10/13/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: John Moore
Writer(s): David Seltzer (written by)
Cast: Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gambon, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Extended Scenes, Theatrical Trailers
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 23.44 GB
Total Bitrate: 31.92 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 1.0/5

Plot Synopsis: U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (LIEV SCHREIBER) substitutes an orphan for his own stillborn baby in order to spare his unknowing wife, Katherine (JULIA STILES). But after a series of grotesque murders and dire warnings, the Thorns come to the horrifying realization that their child is the son of Satan.

Quick Hit Review: The Omen is a remake of the 1976 classic (in most people’s books, albeit not mine) and while I really don’t have problems with remakes as there are a few that do work (Ocean’s Eleven), but most are quick cash grabs but there are some that are even worse. This is a movie that all around was creatively bankrupt, basically a scene for scene copy with the only differences being an update to 21st century technology, and maybe, if I had one thing that worked better, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick’s Damien at least looked more foreboding by comparison to Harvey Stephens (who does have a cameo here).

Performances wise, Julia Stiles was at least okay and I although she’s never been a great actress, also didn’t get much to work with. Similarly, Live Schreiber, whom I am a big fan of, made the most of it and probably made the movie a tad more tolerable. David Thewlis was perhaps an upgrade over David Warner’s portrayal however the character and his blind devotion to the whole Antichrist didn’t make a whole lot of sense and Michael Gambon’s short screen time was pretty much wasted.

The Omen (2006) was directed by John Moore, a name that might not be familiar to some but does have a checkered resume, a filmography ranging from ‘fine’ (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix) to outright terrible (A Good Day to Die Hard) and this one most definitely aligns with the latter, though that one might be even worse than this. Moore seems like a cool enough guy based on the interviews I’ve seen but I have to wonder what he — and in fairness, a pretty good case, wanted to achieve other than it was 30 years later, so I guess why not? If they had taken the baseline template but then diverge in a different direction.

All in all, not only did The Omen offer anything new but like this year’s The Hustle (remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), the plots were nearly the same that I became rather bored knowing exactly what was going to happen to which my mind just wandered to other places.



Most of the features were ported over from previous releases but there is nothing new, would’ve really liked a new interview with the director to maybe recollect his movie…

Audio Commentary — Director John Moore, Producer Glenn Williamson and Editor Dan Zimmerman

Extended Scenes (7:09) — Nothing substantial here, there are three scenes that were cut down and labeled as “unrated” (and to be fair, they are bloodier than what was seen in the film).

Omenisms (37:19) — This is a behind-the-scenes featurette with footage from the Czech Republic and interviews with members of the cast and crew including John Moore, Julia Stiles, Live Schreiber, Mia Farrow and others.

Abbey Road Recording Sessions (10:14) looks at the score by Marco Beltrami.

Revelation 666: Behind the Scenes (22:17) is more of a documentary on the book of Revelations and the number 666.

Theatrical Trailers (3:56) — 3 trailers are included.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Shout Factory releases the 2006 remake of The Omen presented in the film’s original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Without doing a direct comparison, I suspect this is the same or close to the same picture as originally released. Even so, detail was sharp and a good range of colors from the darker elements mixing well with some of the brighter parts. There weren’t any obvious signs of artifacting or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track was surprisingly strong outputting crisp and clear dialogue via the center channel and some impressive depth coming from the front and rear speakers and the LFE kicking on for an extra boost.


OVERALL – 2.0/5

There really is no reason to bother with The Omen (2006) as it offers nothing new to the 1976 version and while I wasn’t over the moon with that movie, it is still well worth watching as it is the original and did at least feature some quality performances.


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