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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 09 2009 - 09:37 AM

The $750 MM International Box-Office Sensation Debuts on Blu-ray™ High-Def


Available for the First Time, Only on Blu-ray Disc™ April 28th

Extended Cut Includes 28 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage

With an Exclusive First Look at “Angels & Demons” –
Five Minutes of the Upcoming Theatrical Release Introduced by Ron Howard

Two-Disc Set Boasts Eight Interactive Picture-in-Picture Streams and
Advanced BD-Live Features including cinechat and $10.00 e-Movie Cash

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (March 9, 2009) – The mystery unfolds in a whole new way April 28, 2009 when The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut debuts on Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The two-disc extended cut will be available for the first time ever, exclusively on Blu-ray High-Def, for the suggested retail price of $38.96. The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut includes 28 minutes of never-before-seen footage and all-new special features including the interactive picture-in-picture (I-PiP) feature “Unlocking the Code” which allows viewers to toggle between eight simultaneous I-PiP streams, new commentary on select scenes with director Ron Howard, and advanced BD-Live features including cinechat in-movie chat and access to $10.00 e-Movie Cash for Angels & Demons. The set also includes an exclusive high-def first look at Angels & Demons (in theaters May 15th) – a complete five minute scene from the upcoming film introduced by Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (Best Director, A Beautiful Mind, 2002) and available only on The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut Blu-ray Disc. Additional special features on the Blu-ray Disc include 17 featurettes: First Day on the Set with Ron Howard, The Filmmakers’ Journey two-part featurette, A Discussion With Dan Brown, A Portrait of Langdon, The Codes of The Da Vinci Code, Who is Sophie Neveu?, The Music of The Da Vinci Code, Unusual Suspects, Book To Screen, Magical Places, The Da Vinci Props, Close-up on Mona Lisa, The Da Vinci Sets, Re-creating Works of Art, Scoring The Da Vinci Code, and The Visual Effects World of The Da Vinci Code.

The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut, based on Dan Brown’s acclaimed best-seller, is from Oscar®-winning creative team of director Ron Howard, producers Brian Grazer and John Calley; and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Howard directs a stellar international cast, including two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1994; Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1995); Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Dirty Pretty Things); Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy); Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Frida); Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind) and Jean Reno (The Professional).

In The Da Vinci Code, noted symbologist Professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) and police cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Tautou) go on a heart-racing quest to unearth the biggest cover-up in human history. Langdon is called to the Louvre Museum late one night where a curator has been murdered, leaving behind a mysterious trail of symbols and clues. With his own survival at stake, Langdon unveils a series of stunning secrets hidden in the artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci, all leading to a covert society dedicated to guarding an ancient secret that has remained hidden for 2000 years. The pair set off on a frantic quest through Paris, London and Scotland, collecting clues as they desperately attempt to crack the code and reveal secrets that will shake the very foundations of mankind.

The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut Blu-ray Disc Special Features:

BD-Live Features:
cinechat – In-movie chat feature allows you to create “virtual” viewing parties and chat with your friends through your internet-connected Blu-ray player.
$10 e-Movie Cash for Angels and Demons, accessed instantly via BD-Live (also available by mail for those without BD-Live)
More to be announced
Exclusive First Look at Angels & Demons, introduced by Ron Howard, featuring five minutes of footage from the film that can only be seen on The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut Blu-ray Disc.
Unlocking the Code: This interactive picture-in-picture (I-PIP) feature will let you discover even more about The Da Vinci Code as you are enjoying the film. Once inside Unlocking the Code, keep an eye on the symbols that appear across the top of the screen. Each gives you direct access to trivia and behind the scenes footage that you can unlock with a click of your remote. When a symbol illuminates, just select it and hit enter to play. The footage, facts or images you've selected will appear on screen as you continue to watch the film. I-PiP streams include:
Interviews: Hear from filmmakers and the cast.
B-roll: Observe the action behind the scenes.
Prop Talk: Learn how props were made.
Storyboards: See the shots before the cameras rolled.
Photos: Behind the scenes snapshots.
Location Trivia: Fun facts about the different locations in the film.
Langdon’s Journey: Keep track of Langdon’s every move.
Symbols & Codes: discover hidden symbols put in place by filmmakers, including the enlightening Alchemic Journeys of our two heroes.
New Commentary on Selected Scenes with Ron Howard
o First Day on the Set with Ron Howard
o The Filmmakers’ Journey Part 1
o The Filmmakers’ Journey Part 2
o A Discussion With Dan Brown
o A Portrait of Langdon
o The Codes of The Da Vinci Code
o Who is Sophie Neveu?
o The Music of The Da Vinci Code
o Unusual Suspects
o Book To Screen
o Magical Places
o The Da Vinci Props
o Close-up on Mona Lisa
o The Da Vinci Sets
o Re-creating Works of Art
o Scoring The Da Vinci Code
o The Visual Effects World of The Da Vinci Code

Artwork is available at Welcome to SPHE Connect. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at Sony Pictures.

The Da Vinci Code Code: Extended Cut on Blu-ray Disc
BD Catalog # 16123
UPC# 043396161238
Order Date: 3/26/09
Street Date: 4/28/09
SLP: $38.96

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Southpaw


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Posted March 09 2009 - 09:43 AM

I'll probably buy this one for the extended cut and PiP stuff. Never bought the DVD as I saw it in theaters. I enjoyed it more than most people.

I wonder if the featurettes are in HD...probably not or they would have mentioned that I'm sure.

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Posted March 10 2009 - 04:35 PM

i must say for those who havent seen the extended cut, its worth the upgrade.

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Bill Thomann

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Posted March 16 2009 - 03:36 AM

I never bought Da Vinci earlier on dvd knowing that an extended cut would eventually be released in region 1. Is there a reason why the extended cut is only being released on blu ray? I could understand a blu only release if it was the theatrical version we sd dvders have already had a shot at but I would really like the extended cut IN dvd. Last time I checked dvd still was the biggest selling format so not releasing it simultaneously on both doesn't seem logical.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted March 16 2009 - 03:53 AM

Might be the first of many subtle pushes toward a Blu-world.

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Posted March 16 2009 - 03:55 AM

Originally Posted by Bill Thomann
Last time I checked dvd still was the biggest selling format so not releasing it simultaneously on both doesn't seem logical.
Two possible reasons:

1) This is the first Blu-ray release; they may not think that a second DVD release will garner enough sales to make it worthwhile.

2) Sony may be trying to drive adoption of Blu-ray players by offering a Blu-ray exclusive.
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#7 of 9 OFFLINE   TravisR


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Posted March 16 2009 - 05:18 AM

My guess is that they know that even the average consumer is sick to death of endless re-releases so they didn't even bother with a DVD release.

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Posted March 16 2009 - 07:56 AM


#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Bill Thomann

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Posted March 16 2009 - 08:15 AM

Well, I've waited this long so I guess I'll wait until Angels & Demons hits home video and hope that the extended cut is put on a dvd box set (fingers crossed).