Movie Review: The Omen Collection Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Set

THE OMEN was directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by David Seltzer and stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern and Harvey Spencer Stephens. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

When Kathy Thorn (Lee Remick) gives birth to a stillborn baby, her husband Robert (Gregory Peck) shields her from the devastating truth and substitutes an orphaned infant for their own – unaware of the child’s satanic origins. The horror begins on Damien’s fifth birthday when his nanny stages a dramatic suicide. Soon after, a priest who tries to warn Damien’s father is killed in a freakish accident. As the death toll mounts, Robert realizes his son is the Antichrist and decides he must kill the boy to prevent him from fulfilling a cataclysmic prophecy. Briskly paced and breathtakingly evil, The Omen is the first film in the classic legacy of terror. 

The story for this 1976 horror classic follows Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), an American diplomat and his wife Kathy (Lee Remick) adopt Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) not knowing anything about where the infant came from. It takes a few years but the signs are everywhere that something isn’t right and Damien is at the center of it all. Death is all around the Thorn family and even warnings from Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who doesn’t fair so well afterwards, goes ignored by Robert even though Kathy begins sees it and ultimately suffers the consequences. Photographer Keith Jennings (David Warner) finally opens Robert’s eyes with some proof that Damien could be the Antichrist so the two go on a mission to investigate Damien’s mysterious birth and they get the shocking proof they’re searching for. Robert also visits Carl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern), an archeologist and expert on the Antichrist who tells Robert about the three sixes that will be located on Damien and he gives him seven mystical daggers from Megiddo to kill the child with. Robert goes back into denial for a brief period but when he discovers the three sixes on Damien’s head he knows what he’s going to have to do. In the end, Damien is guarded by darkness and Robert’s attempt to kill the Antichrist is stopped.

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Disc 1 Special Features: The extras include new interviews with some of the cast and crew, vintage interviews, new audio commentary, three vintage audio commentary tracks, vintage featurettes, isolated score track, a deleted scene, introduction for the 2006 remake, trailers, TV spots, radio spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW The Devil’s Word – an interview with screenwriter David Seltzer (23:25)
  • NEW It’s All for You – an interview with actress Holly Palance (13:14)
  • NEW The Devil’s Music – an interview with composer Christopher Young talking about Jerry Goldsmith’s legendary score (19:05)
  • NEW audio commentary with special project consultant Scott Michael Bosco
  • Audio Commentary with director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird
  • Audio Commentary with director Richard Donner and filmmaker Brian Helgeland
  • Audio Commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Nick Redman and Jeff Bond
  • Isolated Score Track
  • Richard Donner on THE OMEN (14:37)
  • The Omen Revelations (24:10)
  • Curse of Coincidence? (06:22)
  • 666: The Omen Revealed (46:18)
  • Screenwriter’s Notebook – an interview with writer David Seltzer (14:53)
  • Introduction with director Richard Donner (2006) (01:56)
  • Deleted Scene with commentary (01:26)
  • An Appreciation – Wes Craven on THE OMEN (20:17)
  • Jerry Goldsmith discusses THE OMEN score (17:37)
  • Trailers from Hell featuring commentary by filmmaker Larry Cohen (02:46)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:25)
  • TV Spots (01:24)
  • Radio Spots (03:51)
  • Still Galleries – Behind the Scenes (05:46), movie stills (06:17), posters and lobby cards (06:09), publicity gallery (01:31)

DAMIEN: OMEN II was directed by Don Taylor from a screenplay by Stanley Mann and Michael Hodges from a story by Harvey Bernhard and stars William Holden, Lee Grant, Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Shepard and Jonathan Scott-Taylor. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

Damien returns to fulfill his destiny.Since the sudden and suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) has been in the charge of his wealthy uncle (William Holden) and aunt (Lee Grant) and a student of a military school. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle’s business empire – and the world. Anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien’s sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise. 

The story for this 1978 sequel centers around a teenage Damien Thorn (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) who was taken in by his Uncle Richard (William Holden) and Aunt Ann (Lee Grant) after the shocking events that took place in the first movie. The American Thorns have taken in their nephew unaware that he’s actually the Antichrist and even Damien isn’t fully aware who who he really is until it’s finally revealed to him in this movie. Damien ends up at a military academy but he doesn’t click with everyone there. What he finds out is that there are certain people who are always looking after him amd there’s also unexplainable deaths that follow Damien everywhere he goes. Once again, Damien’s true identity is exposed to his family and a few others who’ve come in contact with him and they all suffer terrifying consequences as the Antichrist takes his next step in fulfilling his destiny.

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Disc 2 Special Features: The extras include three new interviews with some of the cast, a scrapbook spotlight, new audio commentary, vintage audio commantary, a vintage making of featurette, theatrical trailer, TV spots, radio spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW Damien’s Guardian – an interview with actress Lee Grant (15:56)
  • NEW The Devil’s CEO – an interview with actor Robert Foxworth (16:21)
  • NEW The Harbinger – an interview with actress Elizabeth Shepard (26:34)
  • NEW Elizabeth Shepherd’s Scrapbook – a look at her behind the scenes photos with commentary by Elizabeth Shepherd (03:36)
  • NEW Audio Commentary with special project consultant Scott Michael Bosco
  • Audio Commentary with producer Harvey Bernhard
  • Vintage Featurette – Power and the Devil: The Making of DAMIEN: OMEN II (07:21)
  • Theatrical Trailer (03:03)
  • TV Spots (01:33)
  • Radio Spots (01:31)
  • Still Gallery (06:34)

THE OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT was directed by Graham Baker from a screenplay by Andrew Birkin and stars Sam Neill, Lisa Harrow, Barnaby Holm and Rossano Brazzi. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

Satan’s son is all grown up… and he’s not playing around anymore. Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) is now 32, a coldly calculating being whose creed is evil, whose ambition is world domination and whose only loyalties are to himself and the father he serves. To attain his ends, he will kill anyone in his way, be it friend, enemy, disciple or lover. Only a dedicated priest (Rossano Brazzi), whose mission is to destroy the Antichrist and who has at his command the Seven Sacred Daggers of Megiddo, stands between Damien and his desire to bring the world to the brink of global chaos. 

The story for this 1981 third entry continues to follow Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), now a grown man who gets appointed as the United States Ambassator to Great Britain. The world of politics surrounds Damien who’s been placed right where he’s supposed to be as he grows into power as well as influence. The Antichrist is driven to fulfill his destiny but standing in his way is Father DeCarlo (Rossano Brazzi) and a few others who know about his evil secret. Damien is able to charm certain people around him who become his loyal servancts as he prepares for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Son of God is reborn as an infant so it’s a race against time for the Antichrist to try and kill Jesus as soon as possible before the world knows about him. In the end, good triumphs over evil as Damien’s plan to kill the reborn Messiah fails and the Antichrist ultimately suffers his own deadly fate.

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English

Disc 3 Special Features: The extras include new interviews with some of the cast, new audio commentary, vintage audio commentary, theatrical trailer, TV spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW The Devil in the Detail – an interview with director Graham Baker (24:56)
  • NEW Resurrecting the Devil – an interview with screenwriter/associate producer Andrew Birkin (20:30)
  • NEW Interview with production assistant Jeanne Ferber (16:38)
  • NEW Audio Commentary with special project consultant Scott Michael Bosco
  • Audio Commentary with director Graham Baker
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:51)
  • TV Spots (01:03)
  • Still Gallery (03:54)

OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING was directed by Jorge Montesi and Dominique Othenin-Girard from a screenplay by Brian Taggert based on a story he co-wrote with Harvey Bernhard and stars Faye Grant, Michael Woods and Asia Vieira. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

Damien’s prophecy is reborn!Damien Thorn is dead, but his prophecy is reborn in a mysterious girl named Delia, who is adopted by two attorneys, Gene and Karen York. When Karen realizes her baby was born under suspicious circumstances, she hires a private investigator to find Delia’s real parents. A series of bizarre accidents occur, and Karen begins to suspect everyone of conspiring against her as she unravels the truth about her child. 

This story for this 1991 made-for-television fourth entry follows Virginia Congressman Gene York (Michael Woods) and his wife Karen (Faye Grant) who adopt Delia (Asia Vieira) from an orphanage. It doesn’t take long for Karen to notice things aren’t right about their new daughter who’s actually related to Damien Thorn and is the vessel for the rebirth of the Antichrist. Needless to say, it starts getting creepy for anybody who crosses Delia and gets on her bad side. Just like Damien, Delia has people close to her and are willing to protect her no matter the cost, including her new father. Bits and pieces are borrowed from the previous three movies (including the music) as Delia’s prophecy is fulfilled.

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Stereo 2.0

Subtitles: English

Disc 4 Special Features: The extras include a new interview, theatrical trailer, still gallery and a feature-length documentary about The Omen films.

  • NEW The Book of Evil – an interview with screenwriter Brian Taggert (18:11)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:19)
  • Still Gallery (02:14)
  • The Omen Legacy – a documentary on THE OMEN films (1:41:39)

THE OMEN (2006) was directed by John Moore from a screenplay by David Seltzer and stars Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gambon and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. The music is composed by Marco Beltrami.

In this chilling remake of The Omen, man’s darkest fears are manifested as an unspeakable terror is unleashed on the world! U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber, Ray Donavan) 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! 

This unnecessary 2006 remake follows the same exact path as the 1976 original. The story follows an American diplomat (Liev Schreiber) and his wife (Julia Stiles) who adopt Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) and ultimately find out that he’s the Antichrist. The new father is in denial for a while but he eventually wakes up after it’s too late. The warnings are there as well as signs all around them that include death for those who threaten Damien’s prophecy. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well for the Thorns or anyone else who crosses Damien.

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Disc 5 Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, unrated extended scenes and extended ending, three behind-the-scenes featurettes and theatrical trailers.

  • Audio Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmermann
  • Unrated Extended Scenes and Extended Ending (07:09)
  • Omenisms – Behind the scenes of THE OMEN (2006) (37:19)
  • Abbey Road Recording Sessions featurette (10:14)
  • Revelation 666: Behind the Scenes (22:17)
  • Theatrical Trailers (03:56)

The packaging comes with a thick slipcase that houses five individual plastic keepcases inside for each movie. The front of the slipcase features the fantastic new artwork you see up top and the back includes more artwork. The front of each Blu-ray keepcase features its own classic artwork and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. All five of the Blu-ray discs also feature some artwork that matches the front cover of each keepcase. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory gave the first movie a 4K transfer from the original negative, approved by director Richard Donner. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Another job well done by Scream Factory.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed revisiting these movies that are all entertaining in their own right. The Omen serves as the strong foundation for this impressive set and is a horror classic through and through. Scream Factory has also given The Omen a new 4K transfer from the original negative so it looks and sounds pristine. I can’t leave out the unforgettable score that goes along with this terrifying story. The other movies carry over the scans from the previous release by 20th Century Fox back in 2008. The first movie is a true horror classic and its two sequels (Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict) are great followups that continue and concludes Damien’s story. It’s extremely creepy how politics play an important part in the first three movies. The fourth movie (Omen IV: The Awakening) was a made-for-television cash grab and it was a terrible waste. The same goes for the 2006 remake which wasn’t a good movie at all. With that being said, The Omen serves as the anchor for this impressive set and three out of five aint that bad. Three of these movies are really entertaining watches but we get the complete set here thanks to the mighty Scream Factory that has thrown in all kinds of impressive extras to go with it. The Omen Collection Deluxe Edition will be available on a definitive 5-Disc Blu-ray Set, featuring all four original films and the 2006 remake, on October 15th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

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