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Damien: Omen II Blu-ray impressions


Having already reviewed the Blu-ray release of Richard Donner’s original classic, The Omen, I’m currently working on reviews of the two sequels and John Moore’s 2006 remake for DVD Times’ Halloween reviews special. I can’t promise to get through them all in time for the 31st, but I’ll do my damnedest, and this afternoon I put together my review of the first sequel, Damien: Omen II. I took the opportunity to do some screen captures for this site, and my thoughts on the transfer, copied and pasted from the review, are below:

Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, Damien: Omen II looks significantly weaker on Blu-ray than the other two films in the trilogy. Like them, it features a 1080p, AVC encode on a dual layer BD50 disc, but detail is substantially lower. This is most pronounced in the opening sequence in the Middle East, where the image looks decidedly diffuse and almost defocused. After that, things do improve quite noticeably, but it never manages to attain the crispness of the other instalments. On the plus side, there is once again little in the way of digital manipulation, meaning that, even though the level of detail is less than stellar, it always looks like film rather than digital video. A handful of shots do suffer from an excessive amount of noise reduction, but they come and go virtually in the blink of an eye, and the rest of the film appears to be unaffected. (See 00:12:30,* 01:17:50 and 01:33:00 for the worst offenders.)

* This corresponds with the second screen capture, below.

Damien: Omen II
(20th Century Fox, USA, AVC, 31.1 GB)

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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM | Comments: 2
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I believe I said of this film that it was more memorable for what it could have been than for what it was. It was disappointingly pedestrian.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, October 28, 2008 9:40 AM


I actually said much the same in my own review, which will go up on the 31st. As I was watching it yesterday (and trying hard not to watch the clock), I started thinking how good it could have been had it played out as a Satanic version of The Last Temptation of Christ, with Damien struggling to come to grips with his identity.

In contrast, The Final Conflict was actually slightly better than I remembered. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not a very good film, and the ending is just about the most baffling I’ve ever seen, but it had its moments.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, October 28, 2008 10:13 AM

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