The Omen: Collector’s Edition

In Rome on the 6th hour of the 6th day of the 6th month a child is born to Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck – To Kill A Mocking bird, Cape Fear), an American diplomat and his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick – Anatomy of a Murder, The Long, Hot Summer). Unfortunately the child is stillborn. Another child is born at the same time and his mother dies in childbirth. Due to his despair coupled with the insistence of a priest Thorn agrees to take the male child and raise it as his own. Robert does not tell Katherine and she thinks the baby is hers. They name the child Damien (Harvey Stephens – The Omen – 2006).

Five years later the Thorns are living in London where Robert has been named ambassador. Damien is a loved and spoiled child. On the occasion of his 5th birthday a tragedy occurs where his nanny (Holly Palance – Under Fire, The Best of Times) hangs herself. The Thorns hire Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw – Quills, The Krays) to be Damien's new nanny. Many weird accidents start happening around Damien, which start to worry Robert. A priest (Tommy Duggan – Superman II, The Final Conflict) tries to warn Robert about Damien, but he won't believe him. A photographer, Keith Jennings (David Warner – Scream 2, Titanic) who has been investigating Robert Thorn soon helps him realize that what is happening is part of an ancient prophecy. Something evil has come into the Thorns lives. Robert Thorn has to accept what is happening and do something about it before the son of Satan succeed in his attempt to take over the world.

It is the 30th anniversary of the film and the DVD release has been timed to coincide with the updated version of the film. This film was one of the better horror films to come out in the 1970s. It is good because it frightens through the method of 'what could be' rather than simple blood and gore. The imagination is always much more scary. Director Richard Donner (16 Blocks, Lethal Weapon 3) is skilled enough to make a film where what you imagine about what is going to happen is what scares you. He is excellent at creating tension and having the viewer wonder about what will happen next. The creepiness of the film is accentuated by the gray tone of the cinematography and the excellent musical score (which won an Oscar for Jerry Goldsmith). It also lends to the credibility/believability of the story to have a respected actor such as Gregory Peck in the film. He is excellent and believable in his role. Just like most horror films there are points in the story where you will have to suspend belief, but this is typical in films of this type. There is nothing that is so outrageous that it ruins the film, so don't overanalyze. This film is probably second only to "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" in terms of evil/devil/religious overtones horror films.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Curse of Coincidence
-Jerry Goldsmith on The Omen score
-Theatrical trailer

Disc Two:
-Introduction by Director Richard Donner
-666: The Omen Revealed
-Deleted scene – The dog attack
-Screenwriter's notebook
-An Appreciation: Wes Craven on The Omen
-Still gallery

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