“A crackling, fast moving thriller. Ron Howard’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is the holy grail of blockbusters.” - Lou Lumenick, New York Post “The movie works; it’s involving, intriguing and constantly seems on the edge of startling revelations.” - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times DAN BROWN’S INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING NOVEL BECOMES THE DVD ACTION THRILLER OF THE YEAR ON NOVEMBER 14 THE DA VINCI CODE Ron Howard Directs All-Star Cast, Including Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, and Jean Reno In $750 Million Plus Worldwide Box-Office Hit EXTENSIVE EXTRAS INCLUDE ELEVEN FEATURETTES AND PACKAGING WITH HIDDEN MESSAGES CULVER CITY, CALIF. (September 5, 2006) – Witness the biggest cover up in human history when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unveils The Da Vinci Code on a 2-disc DVD set and UMD on November 14. The blockbuster action thriller based on Dan Brown’s acclaimed best-seller is from the Oscar®-winning creative triumvirate behind A Beautiful Mind -- director Ron Howard, producer Brian Glazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Howard (Backdraft, Cinderella Man) 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, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Jean Reno (The Professional, Mission Impossible). The Da Vinci Code smashed box-office records, grossing more than $750 million worldwide and taking the number one opening spot in ten countries including Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Slovenia, Romania, Lithuania, Uruguay and Qatar. The Da Vinci Code DVD offers over 90 minutes of special features shot in high definition with exclusive content appearing on the two-disc DVD set. Included are 11 featurettes, with individual pieces on Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, author Dan Brown, a look at the locations and cities where the film was shot, interviews about how the cast felt working near the Mona Lisa, a two-part discussion with Ron Howard on the challenges of bringing the book to the screen, and more. The DVD packaging for The Da Vinci Code will feature hidden phrases from the film that can be viewed only with the use of a blacklight or a magnifying glass. One hidden message even leads to exclusive online content. The DVD will be available for $29.96 SRP. Synopsis: 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 art work 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. DVD Special Features Include: · Fullscreen and Widescreen Formats Available · Digitally Mastered Audio and Video · Audio: English 5.1, English DS, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1 · Subtitles: English, French, Spanish · First Day on the Set with Ron Howard Featurette o Director Ron Howard introduces the film and the excitement of beginning production at the Louvre in Paris · A Discussion with Dan Brown Featurette o Featurette on “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown · A Portrait of Langdon Featurette o Who is Robert Langdon? How was Tom Hanks chosen to play this iconic character? How did Tom Hanks become the character? What do Tom Hanks and Langdon have in common? · Who is Sophie Neveu? Featurette o The long and challenging journey to the casting of Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu, including the actress’ screen test with Tom Hanks · Unusual Suspects Featurette o The international cast…Colorful, memorable and frightening characters · Magical Places Featurette o A fascinating and surprising discussion about the cities and places that were chosen for the film locations · Close- up on Mona Lisa Featurette o Ron Howard, his cast and colleagues share their experience working next to one of the most famous paintings in the world · The Filmmaking Experience Part 1 Featurette o Ron Howard discusses his collaboration with his Director of Photography, the challenges faced by production and the excitement of bringing the book to the screen. Includes a DVD exclusive look at filming the last and revealing scene · The Filmmaking Experience Part 2 Featurette o Continuation of Part 1 · The Codes of “The Da Vinci Code” Featurette o Discusses the hidden codes and symbols in the film. Isolates images from the film, giving the viewer clues over time as to what they mean, eventually giving a detailed description of what the imagery was intended to mean · The Music of “The Da Vinci Code” Featurette o Overview of creating the music for the film · DVD ROM- Da Vinci Code Puzzle Game PC Demo o Demo of ”The Da Vinci Code” PC Game from Sony Pictures Games · Bonus Previews · Closed Captioned UMD Special Features Include: · Audio: English 2.0, French 2.0 · Subtitles: English, French · Special Features: N/A The Da Vinci Code has a run time of approximately 149 minutes and is rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references, and sexual content.