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Angels & Demons [Blu-ray] by Directed by Ron Howard
Review by Charles Mohapel
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002O5M4SU
Date: 28 December 2009 List Price $39.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Having enjoyed the film adaptation of Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, I was eager to see how Angels & Demons would translate to the silver screen. I was not disappointed -- of all the films I viewed this summer, Angels & Demons was the one that left me most impressed.

From official release/information:

In Ron Howard's thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals' lives on the line, and the Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, and the most secretive vault on Earth!

Running time: 138 min / 146 min (extended edition)

Disc 1 Contains:
Promo for Blu-ray Disc Is High Definition! (2:27)
Trailer for Julie & Julia – Coming to Blu-ray and DVD (2:38)
Trailer for The Da Vinci Code (Extended Cut with 25 extra minutes of material) on Blu-ray (1:06)

Angels & Demons
Theatrical Edition: 138 minutes, 22 seconds
Extended Edition: 145 minutes, 30 seconds

Special Features:
Promo for Blu-ray Disc Is High Definition! (2:27)
Trailer for Julie & Julia – Coming to Blu-ray and DVD (2:38)
Trailer for The Da Vinci Code (Extended Cut with 25 extra minutes of material) on Blu-ray (1:06)
Trailer for Year One (2:17)
Trailer for Casino Royale on Collector's Edition 3 Disc DVD and 2 Disc Blu-ray High Def (1:34)
Trailer for Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition on DVD and Blu-ray High Def (1:34)
Trailer for Whatever Works (2:17)
Trailer for It Might Get Loud (2:26)

Disc 2 Contains:
Special Features:
"Rome Was Not Built In A Day" with Ron Howard (Director), Todd Hallowell (Executive Producer / 2nd Unit Director), Daniel Orlandi (Costume Designer), Allan Cameron (Production Designer), Angus Bickerton (Visual Effects Supervisor), Dan Hanley (Editor), Hans Zimmer (Composer), Tom Hanks ("Robert Langdon"), Ewen McGregor ("Camerlengo"), Graham Jack (3D Supervisor (Double Negative)), and Mike Hill (Editor) (17:30)

"Writing Angels & Demons" with Ron Howard (Director), Brian Grazer (Producer), Akiva Goldsman (Screenwriter), David Koepp (Screenwriter), Tom Hanks ("Robert Langdon"), and Dan Brown (Author / Executive Producer) (10:09)

"Characters In Search Of The True Story" with Ron Howard (Director), Tom Hanks ("Robert Langdon"), Dan Brown (Author / Executive Producer), Brian Grazer (Producer), Ayelet Zurer ("Vittoria Vetra"), Pierfrancesco Favino ("Inspector Olivetti"), Stellan Skarsgård ("Commander Richter"), Armin Mueller-Stahl ("Cardinal Strauss"), and Ewan McGregor ("Camerlengo") (17:10)

"CERN: Pushing The Frontiers Of Knowledge" with Ron Howard (Director), Dr. Sergio Bertolucci (Director of Research, CERN), Dr. James Gillies (Head of Communications, CERN), Tom Hanks ("Robert Langdon"), Dr. Mike Lamont (Operations Group Leader, Large Hadron Collider (LHC)), and Dr. Rolf Landua (Research Physicist) (14:53)

"Handling Props" with Ron Howard (Director) and Trish Gallaher Glenn (Property Master) (11:35)

"Angels & Demons: The Full Story" with Tom Hanks ("Robert Langdon"), Dan Brown (Author / Executive Producer), Ron Howard (Director), Daniel Orlandi (Costume Designer), Ewan McGregor ("Camerlengo"), and Brad Martin (Stunt Coordinator) (9:45)

"This Is An Ambigram" with Ron Howard (Director), Dan Brown (Author / Executive Producer), and John Langdon (Author of "Wordplay") (4:46)

The Path Of Illumination

Disc 3 Contains:
Digital Copy of Angels & Demons

Blu-ray Exclusives:
Both Theatrical and Extended Film Versions
The Path Of Illumination - Follow Robert Langdon's journey though Rome and see if you can unlock the path of illumination.
cinechat - Send on-screen instant messages to your friends around the world while you watch the movie together.
movieQ - Real-time in-movie information about the cast, crew, music, and production via BD-Live.

(Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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