The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut Blu-ray review

DaVinciExtendSquareIf you like the film of the global bestseller – and few did – you’ll love the UK debut of the 174-minute extended cyt, which is 26 minutes longer, better paced than the original, but still talky almost to the point of inertia, like a radio play with pictures. It’s a darn good yarn, to be sure, though some unexpected blur on the HD transfer is surprising from such a key release on Sony’s own patented format.

EXTRAS: Director Ron Howard’s scene-specific commentary is largely concerned with locations and logistics. Happily, the picture-in-picture interactive commentary is, however, suitably exhaustive, and the 2-disc set includes all 17 behind-the-scenes featurettes from the standard-def edition (included Audrey Tatou’s screen test with Tom Hanks), plus an early scene from Angels and Demons.

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