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The Da Vinci Code [10th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [2006]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (319 out of 334)

    Special Features


    • -Scenes From Extended Cut
    • 17 Featurettes Including: First Day On Set With Ron Howard
    • A Discussion with Dan Brown
    • A Portrait Of Langdon
    • Also includes: Select Scenes Commentary with Director Ron Howard
    • Launching: A Legacy All-New Interviews with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Dan Brown and Brian Grazer - A First Look at Inferno
    • The Fillmakers' Journey

    Synopsis


    The Da Vinci Code
    Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on the grounds, with strange symbols carved into his body and left around the spot where he died. Hoping to learn the significance of the symbols, police bring in Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), a gifted cryptographer who is also the victim's granddaughter. Needing help, Sophie calls on Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a leading symbologist from the United States. As Sophie and Robert dig deeper into the case, they discover the victim's involvement in the Priory of Sion, a secret society whose members have been privy to forbidden knowledge dating back to the birth of Christianity. In their search, Sophie and Robert happen upon evidence that could lead to the final resting place of the Holy Grail, while members of the priory and an underground Catholic society known as Opus Dei give chase, determined to prevent them from sharing their greatest secrets with the world. Also starring Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, and Alfred Molina, The Da Vinci Code was shot on location in France and the United Kingdom; the Louvre allowed the producers to film at the famous museum, but scenes taking place at Westminster Abbey had to filmed elsewhere when church officials declined permission. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon
    • Audrey Tautou
      Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu
    • Ian McKellen
      Ian McKellen - Sir Leigh Teabing
    • Alfred Molina
      Alfred Molina - Bishop Aringarosa
    • Paul Bettany
      Paul Bettany - Silas



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 334 reviews

    96%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Da Vinci Code on Blu Ray

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      Sharks432
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      All of my many Blue Ray reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the film from Standard Def DVD quality to the higher standard set for Blu Ray. Summaries of the plot and opinions of the story line and acting can be found in the majority of the other reviews so I do not want to be redundant. My rating is based solely upon the Blue Ray disc's video and audio quality and not the quality of the movie itself. Keep in mind, however, that the quality of what you see and hear is also dependent upon the quality of the TV monitor you are watching on as well as the home theater set up you are using. The monitor I use is a fairly new Panasonic ZT 65" plasma and the amps, speakers, cables, OPPO 103 BluRay player and AVM-60 7.1 Atmos enabled Surround Processor I use are hi end esoteric gear to provide me with a more realistic and objective perspective. The Oppo player is not enabled to transcode Atmos audio so it will default to the next best audio coded, in this case, DTS HD MA 7.1 I am not trying to be a snob here, but just pointing out that what you see and hear is very dependent upon the quality of the gear you are using. Since there are several version releases, this one is based upon the 10th Anniversary release. I do not know if it is the extended version or not as the cover jacket does not say that it is. There are 2 discs with the 2nd disc holding the special features. VIDEO QUALITY...... Resolution quality is very good all around. Color grading is warm even in darker darker scenes and colors are nicely saturated without popping like you would see in a Transformers movie. Small details are clearly defined in hair and skin as well as objects in the darkest of scenes. Mbps rate appeared to average in the high 20's and low 30's depending upon the action taking place. At no time did I see any artifacting of any kind, no stalls in playback and an easy to navigate menu. AUDIO QUALITY.... A very nicely balanced DTS HD MA 5.1 lossless codec was used. Dialogue is clear and precise without it fighting ambience audio and music sound track. That said, I was disappointed that there was minimal use of the surrounds for various foley fx from the left and right as well as rear surrounds. Except for the soundtrack which was fairly immersive, most action comes from the front sound stage with little panning or directionality from the surrounds when there were numerous scene opportunities for these. This is why I lowered the quality rating to 4 stars. EXTRAS..... So many fine extras and I can't say I have watched them all up to this point. There were scenes taken from the extended cut, which implies that this 10th Anniversary edition is not the extended cut. However, watching the extended scenes did not truly do much for the original scene in comparison. Interviews with Ron Howard, the director as well as Dan Brown, the author, provided greater insight into making the film and its background. There was also a 'First Look' at the new film "Inferno' which is little more than an ad for the movie. However, there are enough other interested extra documentaries regarding other aspects of the film that they kept my interest. I do hope this review has been of some help. Thanks for reading.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Masterpiece of a Movie!!

      Posted
      KnightWulf

      "Just as Leonardo da Vinci himself has brilliantly illustrated scenes from the Bible for all to enjoy and become enriched for centuries, director Ron Howard and actors Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, and Sir Ian McKellen illustrate Brown's thriller, and, although I had read the book - twice - before seeing the movie, I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time! Both Hanks and McKellen are renowned for their versatility, and here we see two more dimensions to their acting ranges. Hanks portrays Robert with finesse, and just as, to me, Scarlett O'Hara will always be Vivien Leigh and Gandalf will always be McKellen, so Hanks is deeply ingrained in my mind as Robert, and I sincerely hope that he, Brown, and Howard will go ahead and do the sequel, Angels and Demons. While I disapprove of some digressions from the book, which I dare not reveal for fear of spoiling both for you, I was amazed with how true this movie is to the book, and I would say that it is as true to Brown's book as the movie Gone With the Wind is to Margaret Mitchell's. This movie illustrates some sharper dimensions on Leonardo da Vinci's art and philosophy I have never imagined. The story is a fast-paced magical treasure hunt, in which the magicians do not wave their arms, or their wands, but use their gifts of logic in both creating and solving puzzle after puzzle until Sophie finally gets the valuable treasure that her grandfather intended her to have - and cherish! Noblemen and noblewomen interested in creating a treasure hunt of their own for a special someone might be interested in going to the Noble Collection, where they will find an exact replica of the Da Vinci Code Cryptex - a small ornate container that Robert and Sophie find, which is made of a difficult puzzle they must solve! What a fun Christmas or birthday or holiday treat! I haven't had the pleasure to have read Brown's book, which is consider ed to be one of the best-written American novels, which I know people that have read it and they think it needs to be savored slowly like a glass of very expensive wine. Howard's movie adds to the enjoyment of the story, but I believe that it might detract from the "thrill of the read" if you were to watch it first, before reading the book. I found this film complements the book richly and beautifully.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Masterpiece of a Movie!

      Posted
      Galadrielle

      Just as Leonardo da Vinci himself has brilliantly illustrated scenes from the Bible for all to enjoy and become enriched for centuries, director Ron Howard and actors Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, and Sir Ian McKellen illustrate Brown's thriller, and, although I had read the book - twice - before seeing the movie, I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time! Both Hanks and McKellen are renowned for their versatility, and here we see two more dimensions to their acting ranges. Hanks portrays Robert with finesse, and just as, to me, Scarlett O'Hara will always be Vivien Leigh and Gandalf will always be McKellen, so Hanks is deeply ingrained in my mind as Robert, and I sincerely hope that he, Brown, and Howard will go ahead and do the sequel, Angels and Demons. While I disapprove of some digressions from the book, which I dare not reveal for fear of spoiling both for you, I was amazed with how true this movie is to the book, and I would say that it is as true to Brown's book as the movie Gone With the Wind is to Margaret Mitchell's. This movie illustrates some sharper dimensions on Leonardo da Vinci's art and philosophy I have never imagined. The story is a fast-paced magical treasure hunt, in which the magicians do not wave their arms, or their wands, but use their gifts of logic in both creating and solving puzzle after puzzle until Sophie finally gets the valuable treasure that her grandfather intended her to have - and cherish! Noblemen and noblewomen interested in creating a treasure hunt of their own for a special someone might be interested in going to the Noble Collection, where they will find an exact replica of the Da Vinci Code Cryptex - a small ornate container that Robert and Sophie find, which is made of a difficult puzzle they must solve! What a fun Christmas or birthday or holiday treat! I was very pleased to have first read Brown's book, which I consider to be one of the best-written American novels I have ever read, which I think needs to be savored slowly like a glass of very expensive wine. Howard's movie adds to my enjoyment of the story, but I believe that it might detract from the "thrill of the read" if you were to watch it first, before reading the book. I found this film complements the book richly and beautifully. I strongly recommend both!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      James Bond, no; Indiana Jones, yes

      Posted
      JimG944

      5 of 5 stars for the movie The Da Vinci Code. This is the first of (currently) three books in the Robert Langdon series. Langdon (Tom Hanks) is a specialist in symbology (the history and meaning of various symbols from different cultures. Langdon is called to help the police in Paris with a murder. This starts a long chain of events in which various religious factions are chasing "the Holy Grail". Langdon gains the help of a police officer who is the daughter of the murder victim. As the complex puzzle grows, Langdon reaches out for help from an old friend. This chain of events has several surprises as we learn some people are not who they appear to be (e.g. the lead police detective is actually a member of one of the religious factions and is trying to frame Langdon for the murder). Even Langdon's old friend is not exactly who he appears, nor is his butler! Complex, interesting, exciting and compelling is this story. Langdon is no James Bond, but, he does well during action moments. Langdon somewhat reminds me of Indiana Jones; college profession who has interesting adventures with historical artifacts and legends. A shout-out to Ron Howard for outstanding Direction of this movie! I feel the movie was totally faithful to the book. The last 5 minutes of the movie is totally wonderful (from Langdon's shaving accident). I can watch it over and over. On the Blu-Ray, there are details on how this scene was created. Simply Wow! Much has been written and debated over the historical validity of Brown's story and assertions. If you set aside those various debates and opinions and just take it as a story of fiction, it is a very good movie! I highly recommend this movie!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Work of Art

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      PKtheEngineer
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      The studio sourced the film for the UHD Blu Ray from the 4K digital intermediate, this is one of the select few releases in the early going of UHD's lifespan not to be upscaled to 4K from, usually, a 2K DI. The results are very impressive. The image is beautiful, with an attractively fine grain structure appearing over the film for the duration. Details are very firm and natural, a bit more revealing and finely intimate than on the 1080p Blu-ray. The film also boasts a very well done and refined Atmos soundtrack (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) that reflects and enhances all of the fabulous qualities of the 1080p release's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. The Atmos' best attribute is its great sense of coverage and its wider, more open, and inviting stage. I highly recommend this for any home theater enthusiasts. I would give it 4.5 stars if possible.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best of the Langdon Series

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      mjo1
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      Fans of Dan Brown's intellectually grounded thriller series involving a symbiologist from Harvard, Professor Robert Langdon have probably already read and seen "The Da Vinci Code," along with the other installments "Angels & Demons" and "Inferno," all starring Tom Hanks under the direction of Ron Howard. This is the first and the best in the series, probably because the novelty of an erudite professor getting involved in international conspiracies that can only be thwarted by solving arcane Renaissance-era puzzles seems freshest and the production breezes along. The others in the series get a bit bogged down trying hard to seem serious and profound, although Hanks and Howard are such pros that they could probably adapt the phone book and make it watchable.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Value

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      TuxToaster
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      I picked this up even though I already owned the Da Vinci Code on DVD, partly because I wanted to upgrade to Bluray, but more importantly because the value. Getting a Bluray in a steelbook with custom artwork (apparentlyexclusive to Best Buy) for $9.99 was a great deal. I had recently picked up Angels & Demons in a steelbook for the same price as I didn't own it yet, though I didn't necessarily care about the steelbook at the time, it was just a nice plus. But now having found a "matching" version for the Da Vinci Code as well (they have different artwork specific to each movie's plot, but go nicely together) I'll definitely be looking to get a similar version for Inferno when it's released.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      my review

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      Shawn
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      this was the first time watching this movie and i thoroughly enjoyed it. the steelbook packaging is a matte finish and looks really nice and creepy. the bonus features are nice, im not sure if they are just ported over from a previous bluray release, but they also include the teaser trailer and theatrical trailer. i'm also extremely happy to see that there are so many language available to watch the movie in, from spanish castillian to spanish latin american, thai, portugese, all of which come in 5.1. great audio language options. more blurays need to have these options. not just eng and french, french isnt even the second biggest language in the US, its spanish. all in all, a great anniversary release.

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