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The Omen (1976)

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NOTE: The Donner/Baird commentary is on both US DVD releases. The Donner/Helgeland commentary is only on the June 2006 2-disc "Collector's Edition" release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird Rating:6.8/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on April 29th, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Richard and Stuart chat over this classic thriller. Even though this is a serious film i laughed several times out loud at the comments made by these two friends. Richard Donner is easily one of the most entertaining people to listen to in commentaries. He ranks up with the Carpenter/Russell & Robert Zemeckis's of the audio chat track world
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 30th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
I found that these two guys tend to get caught up in watching the movie while offering the occasional comment, like “Greg is wonderful,” or “This is the old, abandoned estate,” or Donner gently making fun of Baird. Do yourself a favour and check out the documentaries instead if you want the low-down on the making of this movie.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on May 21st, 2014:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Lame. All they do is watch the movie and praise everything.
Reviewed by ipatrick on June 13th, 2015:Find all reviews by ipatrick
entirely devoid of interest. skip it.
Reviewed by Station51 on September 28th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
Not a bad commentary, not a great one either. At the beginning they come off as a little flippant and irreverential towards the film. As it goes on they begin praising and appreciating the film more. It's a lot funnier and more upbeat than I would have thought it'd be too. Also like others have said lots of gaps in talking. It is good for memories, stories, and some technical. 7/10.
Commentary 2: Director Richard Donner and filmmaker Brian Helgeland Rating:7.5/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 30th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Initially, the studio wanted more of a slasher film vibe and Donner fought to make it classier. In talking with Gregory Peck, the director says he had him act as if his character was a victim of circumstance and not the result of supernatural means. Helgeland comes in as a fan and keeps Donner talking by asking him a lot of questions. There is a bit of repetition from the previous track and the documentaries but it is still an enjoyable listen.
Reviewed by reidca on June 4th, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
As usual for Donner he seems unprepared but manages to coast through with a sliver of information that you may have not heard before (stories such as the orange painted sardines for goldfish and how Gil Taylor got Star Wars sound new to me). I'm always curious why they team up directors for these tracks - Helgeland had written several Donner pictures (Assassins and Conspiracy Theory, which Helgeland brings up at one point) and comes across as a fan. This track scrapes thru as not completely unnecessary as they spend more time than usual talking about the motivations and inner thoughts of Gregory Peck's character and will often guide the audience to watch Peck and marvel at how great an actor he really was.