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The Omen (2006 remake) Blu-ray impressions

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And I’m finally done with all four films in the box set. The reviews of Damien: Omen II, The Final Conflict and the 2006 remake of The Omen are now scheduled to go live at various points throughout October 31st. (If there’s time, I may actually try to get another horror review done as well.) My thoughts on the transfer of the 2006 remake, along with screen captures, are below.

The remake of The Omen was actually one of the first Blu-ray discs to be released by 20th Century Fox, back in November 2006. As such, it mirrors most of its counterparts from that period in that it features an MPEG-2 encode on a single layer BD-25 disc. The transfer, in the film’s original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, it pretty good for the most part, with a good if not stunning level of detail and no obvious problems with the deliberately muted colour palette. Unfortunately, the aged codec and the low bit rate afforded by the single layer disc, combined with the moderate amount of grain that is present throughout, means that minor but noticeable artefacting is a fairly common occurrence. On the plus side, I can see no sign of filtering or artificial grain reduction, meaning that, artefacts aside, the overall look is pleasingly film-like. Don’t be put off by the blurry-looking 20th Century Fox logo at the start - immediately afterwards, the quality improves considerably.

The Omen (2006 remake)
(20th Century Fox, USA, MPEG-2, 18.9 GB)

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8:47 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Halloween | Technology

 
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For me, the one thing I really hated wasn't the casting of Damien, but in the way the director, John Moore, wanted the child actor to behave. In the original, Richard Donner made Damien look cherubic to contrast the boy's true nature and that's what made his version more terrifying. In the 2006 version, Moore has Damien look somber for almost the entire film.

Posted by: Daniel Tayag, October 29, 2008 2:31 AM

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I agree absolutely, the continual scowling wore me down and made the child completely unconvincing. Harvey Stephens’ performance in the original was completely convincing, not even acting really, but the kid in the remake was clearly instructed to look menacing at all times. Unfortunately, getting a six-year-old to look menacing just isn’t that easy.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, October 29, 2008 8:14 AM

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