SRP $39.98 1.85:1 DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 FOX
 

When studios elect to "remake" a film from their vaults, especially one that was pretty good to begin with, shouldn't the remake be better, or at least different in some way that's actually preferential?  Remember what a piece of crap the remake of "Psycho" was?  Well, "THE OMEN" remake isn't much better. To begin with, there's absolutely "nothing" in this version that's an improvement over the previous one.  Even the cinematic scope of the film is lessened. This time out, Director John Moore has used 1.85:1 whereas the original took full advantage of a 2.35:1 ratio.

The remake features Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles in the roles originated by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick.  Schreiber's a decent actor and actually a decent director(Everything is Illuminated), but neither of these two are right for their roles as ambassador and wife. Schreiber just doesn't have the command, nor the maturity that Peck brought to the role.  While Remick wasn't given a lot to do in the original, her conversion from loving mother to a victim wanting to flee from her son, was completely convincing.  There's nothing convincing about Stile's performance here and she never feels motherly. Mia Farrow's turn as the satanic caretaker is unintentionally funny and pathetic at the same time.  It makes one think of the film and phrase, "THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY"?

FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 transfer with 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this Blu-ray.  It's much sharper than the standard dvd in every image.  None of the noise afflicting that dvd transfer are present here.  However, there are sporadic moments of excessive noise and grain, hindering this from ranking up there with the best blu-ray releases available. There are some genuinely terrific looking moments filled with great depth and detail. Blacks and grays are extremely deep, as evidenced in the graveyard scene wherein Thorn searches for the true identity beneath a gravestone. However, the noise and grain prevent this from receiving a reference quality standing.

FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix.  Surrounds are surprisingly restrained for a horror film.  There is separation, but it's virtually all focused on front speakers.  Another surprise here, is problematic dialogue clarity.  There are more than a few moments wherein a character's comments are drowned out by music or effects. This would've really hurt a better film. But, thankfully, there's not much to be concerned about here. Writer David Seltzer, also the writer of the original script, should be ashamed of himself here.

A commentary is included, further demonstrating how a director can be as bad as John Moore is, and still be totally unaware. His comments are insightful into the fact that he's clueless. Deleted scenes are included along with high-def trailers.

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