Da Vinci Code, The: 10th Anniversary Edition


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Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, was number one on the best-seller’s list for what-seemed-like forever. Now, making its way to UHD Blu-ray, comes the story of mystery, suspense, and the biggest cover-up of mankind. When the curator of the Louvre Museum is found murdered, Professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) is called to the scene of the crime. Suspicion is soon cast upon Langdon, who, with the aid of the dead man’s granddaughter, police cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Tautou), goes on a desperate search while following symbols and clues, ultimately leading to the Holy Grail. (Tricia Spears)

Special features on Disc One include Unlocking The Code: an interactive picture-in-picture (I-PIP); 27 select-scenes commentary with Director Ron Howard; plus an entire sequence from Angels And Demons with introduction by Howard (HD 07:26); cinechat interactivity with friends while watching the film; and BD-Live functionality. Special features on Disc Two include 17 featurettes: First Day On The Set (HD 02:13), A Discussion With Author/Executive Producer Dan Brown (HD 04:52), A Portrait Of Langdon (HD 07:18), Who Is Sophie Neveu? (HD 06:58), Unusual Suspects (HD 17:58), Magical Places (HD 15:58), Close-Up On Mona Lisa (HD 06:37), The Filmmakers' Journey Part One and Part Two (HD 37:00), The Codes Of The Da Vinci Code (HD 05:33), The Music Of The Da Vinci Code (HD 02:54), Book To Screen (HD 11:06), The Da Vinci Props (HD 09:43), The Da Vinci Sets (HD 09:10), Re-Creating Works Of Art (HD 06:03), The Visual Effects World Of The Da Vinci Code (HD 15:03), and Scoring The Da Vinci Code (HD 09:44); and three trailers.

Now 10 years old, The Da Vinci Code was shot on film that appears to be Super35 format based on the appearance of the images. While the digital intermediate is 4K, images do not have the clarity and pinpoint resolution of today’s 4K or higher digital cinema cameras. Film grain is visible in most scenes and is occasionally very visible, likely on purpose for “atmosphere” and dramatic effect. Sharpness ranges from excellent to a little soft from scene to scene. In many scenes, close-ups of the female lead appear softer than close-ups of male actors. Color is often natural, but there are many places where lighting is stylized and less accurate to create moods or drama. HDR makes images “pop” compared to SDR on the HD Blu-ray. But resolution is only a little better than the HD Blu-ray version included in the same package. It requires an extremely bright video display to view HDR images to best effect. Displays with “normal” levels of brightness will only hint at the improvements HDR offers here and in other movies. (Doug Blackburn)

The 7.1 sound from the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is well crafted, with especially good-sounding orchestral soundtrack interludes. There are some brief scenes with dynamic action (the car chase, for example), but most of the movie’s tension is developed through dialogue and on-screen advancing of the plot with scenes of tension, foreboding, and increasing complexity of the underlying plot. The LFE channel is more atmospheric than room shaker because of the nature of this movie. It’s certainly in keeping with the tone of the movie and the on-screen action. But this isn’t a movie to use to show off your new huge subwoofer. (Doug Blackburn)