The Omen Collection - Damien: Omen II Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 14th October 2008
Damien: Omen II is much more pedestrian than its illustrious predecessor, and trots out its thrills and chills in a workmanlike manner. Picking up the Devil-child’s life at this pivotal juncture was, without doubt, a wise move, though. But the metaphor for teenage rebellion and arrogance could have been explored with much more complexity and intelligence. As it stands, Omen II runs very much by-the-numbers, refusing to gain its own identity along the way and – when you look at it now, in the harsh light of day – it becomes horribly clear how much Fox saw this Satanic saga as a cash-cow. The artistry and the passion have gone from the series already and it becomes painfully apparent that the idea now rests upon performances and extravagant set-piece slaughter. Thankfully, Jonathon Scott-Taylor delivers the goods.</p>
Fox’s BD transfer for Omen II is another fine example of an older film left largely unmolested by judicious digital tampering, the results, whilst unremarkable compared to more recent fare, still leaps ahead of any previous version on home video. The audio, equally, ups the game and the original mono track is left in there too. Extras, though, have been pecked thin by Damien’s demonic crow. But, then again, the film is covered in The Omen Legacy documentary found on The Omen disc, so all is not lost.
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