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The Omen
(2006)
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Composed and Co-Arranged by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Arranged by:
Bill Boston

Co-Orchestrated by:
Marcus Trumpp
Dana Niu

Additional Music by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 6th, 2006)
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Buy it... only if you are comfortable enough with Marco Beltrami's own compositional techniques in the horror genre to hear him re-invent the sound of this franchise while carrying over only some of the elements from Jerry Goldsmith's classic.

Avoid it... if you simply cannot accept any film in this franchise without its famous title theme, "Ave Satani," in a primary role or, on top of that, if you expect Beltrami to match his mentor's impressive narrative for the plot's series of realizations.
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WRITTEN 2/1/12
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The Omen (2006): (Marco Beltrami) Collective groans abounded when it was announced that 20th Century Fox had backed a remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen to coincide with the date of June 6th, 2006. It's difficult to figure that's more obnoxious: studios bankrupt of new ideas attempting to deface an iconic film to make an easy buck or, more generally, the population's ridiculous fear of the number 666, the superstitious fool's number of "The Beast." Like Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho in the prior decade, John Moore's update of The Omen was always meant to be extremely faithful to the original movie, utilizing the same script and many of the same memorable shots. The tale of Damien Thorn is one of religious stupidity but entertaining horror, postulating that the Antichrist is born and per chance raised in a position poised to be connected to power in the future. As his horrified parents learn the truth about the disobedient little turd, they and their friends act too late to prevent themselves from convenient deaths in gruesome manners (which, unfortunately, do differ somewhat from the original). Therefore, anyone familiar with the 1976 version will find absolutely nothing of significance to be new with the 2006 remake, aside from the modernization of set elements, inferior acting performances, and a less memorable score. Moore had collaborated with composer Marco Beltrami for the remake of Flight of the Phoenix a few years earlier and called upon him again for The Omen, a fitting choice given that the young composer had been a pupil of Jerry Goldsmith at USC. Having passed away in 2004, Goldsmith's career ended with 1976's The Omen representing his only Academy Award win, a highly influential score that shaped the sound of horror music in movies for several decades thereafter. So powerful was his primary, liturgically choral theme for the movie that he was nominated for a separate Oscar for "Ave Satani" in the Academy's song category. Goldsmith's employment of Latin chants and a resoundingly deep rhythmic sense of propulsion yielded most of the praise for his work, though his unconventional application of vocal performances and a deceivingly pastoral theme for the Thorn family were arguably more impressive on a technical level. Beltrami was left in practically a no-win situation with his task in 2006. While initially considering a straight re-orchestration of Goldsmith's score, he finally opted to adapt parts of the classic (and a handful of vintage Goldsmith techniques) into essentially a new work tailored more specifically for its age.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 53:56
• 1. The Omen Main Titles (2:58)
• 2. The Adoption (4:12)
• 3. Ambassador Gets Fired (1:33)
• 4. New House/Damien's Deliverance (2:20)
• 5. The Nanny's Noose (2:04)
• 6. A Cross to Bear (2:48)
• 7. Ms. Baylock (1:49)
• 8. Damien's Tantrum (1:52)
• 9. More Tantrums (2:11)
• 10. Kate Doubts (1:04)
• 11. Scooter (2:43)
• 12. Don't Let Him Kill Me (1:29)
• 13. On the Heels of Spiletto (6:58)
• 14. Dogs in the Cemetery (2:01)
• 15. Drive to Bugenhagen (1:30)
• 16. Dirty Deeds (4:12)
• 17. Altar of Sacrifice (4:10)
• 18. The Funeral (1:40)
• 19. Boy Genius (2:52)
• 20. Omen 76/06 (3:30)

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The insert includes notes from both the composer and director about the score and the franchise.
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