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Angels and Demons [DVD] [2009]

Tom Hanks , Ayelet Zurer , Ron Howard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WAK91W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If the devil is in the details, there's a lot of wicked fun in Angels & Demons, the sequel (originally a prequel) to The Da Vinci Code. Director Ron Howard delivers edge-of-your-pew thrills all over the Vatican, the City of Rome, and the deepest, dankest catacombs. Tom Hanks is dependably watchable in his reprised role as Professor Robert Langdon, summoned urgently to Rome on a matter of utmost urgency--which happens to coincide with the death of the Pope, meaning the Vatican is teeming with cardinals and Rome is teeming with the faithful. A religious offshoot group, calling themselves the Illuminati, which protested the Catholic Church's prosecution of scientists 400 years ago, has resurfaced and is making extreme, and gruesome, terrorist demands.

The film zooms around the city, as Langdon follows clues embedded in art, architecture, and the very bone structure of the Vatican. The cast is terrific, including Ewan McGregor, who is memorable as a young protégé of the late pontiff, and who seems to challenge the common wisdom of the Conclave just by being 40 years younger than his fellows when he lectures for church reform. Stellan Skarsgard is excellent as a gruff commander of the Swiss Guard, who may or may not have thrown in with the Illuminati. But the real star of the film is Rome, and its High Church gorgeousness, with lush cinematography by Salvatore Totino, who renders the real sky above the Vatican, in a cataclysmic event, with the detail and majesty of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. --A.T. Hurley, Amazon.com

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable movie 23 Sep 2009
By xm4s
Format:Blu-ray
Enjoyed this much more than I expected too. More thrilling with twists and turns in the plot than the first movie. Bluray picture was superb on 1080p 50" plasma and HD audio was was equally crisp. The extended version just seemed to have more blood and gore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons 21 Nov 2013
By Peter
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very good film, something I could watch more then once. Very intense film, keeps you gripped to your seat, and a great follow up from the Da Vinci code.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faith is a gift I have yet to receive. 26 Jan 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Angels and Demons is directed by Ron Howard and adapted to screenplay by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman from the Dan Brown novel of the same name. It stars Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Music is scored by Hans Zimmer and cinematography by Salvatore Totino.

Symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) is summoned to Rome and asked by the Vatican to help when four cardinals are kidnapped. Upon examining a tape recording that announces that the cardinals will be killed one at a time hourly, Langdon places the crime at the door of the ancient Illuminati. It's a race against time to not only try and save the lives of the cardinals, but also to avert the detonation of an anti-matter bomb which will destroy Vatican City.

In spite of The Da Vinci Code making gargantuan amounts of cash, there were many who actively hated the movie. Yet this follow up from Howard and his makers still enticed just under $500 million's worth of worldwide paying punters into see it. Ultimately it's a very different movie to Da Vinci, where that film was sombre and talky, and had a great religious hook that caused tremors in Christianity, Angels and Demons is a pacey race against time serial killer thriller. Albeit one that is still religion based and additionally topped up with some sci-fi gubbins.

The ticking time bomb format works well as a cliff hanger and the narrative allows Langdon and his latest lady investigator, CERN scientist Vittoria Vettra (Zurer), scope for no-nonsense detective work. There's a good solid mystery story at the heart, one which doesn't veer to being over complicated, and the production value is of a very high standard.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly plodding sequel 14 Aug 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Considering how enjoyable the critically derided Da Vinci Code turned out to be if you didn't take it seriously, it's surprising how weak the slightly better reviewed follow-up turned out. The kind of film that manages to look at once expensive and cheap, it's a lot less effective than the first film - the casting is much poorer, the script considerably weaker (especially one big rallying speech) and the absence of flashback montages makes the exposition seem far more perfunctory than its predecessor, not least because Hanks seems so bored with it all for much of the movie. Even the literal ticking clock device that drives the plot fails to produce any tension despite the high stakes, the villain and his motivation fairly obvious through heavy-handed writing and a couple of strikingly unconvincingly acted scenes long before the absurd sequence involving an anti-matter bomb, a helicopter and a parachute...

Despite the location and material giving it the slight veneer of a mainstream Hollywood stab at a giallo (Dario Argento in his prime could have had a field day with this one), everything is more run-of-the-mill here - even the internal Vatican politics play like the kind of TV miniseries that went out of fashion in the 70s, complete with a feelgood finale that sees its medieval conspiracy theory proved a blind and its atheist hero firmly back in God's good books to reassure the faithful that God is in his heaven and all's well with the Church. It's watchable but uninspired, feeling more like a film that was rushed into production to cash-in on its predecessor as quickly as possibly rather than something that took a few years to reach the screen.

While the US region-free two-disc Blu-ray offers a decent selection of featurettes, only three of them have made it to the single-disc UK Blu-ray, though that does at least include both the original 138-minute theatrical version and the 146-minute extended cut.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angels & Demons 28 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very good story about a crisis at the Vatican. Lots of twists and turns with historical referencing keeping the plot moving. The extra features on the blu-ray give more information about the history of Rome and the Vatican. Also some information about how the film was made.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible and ridiculous 15 May 2009
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The first thing to say about this film is that, just as with the corresponding books by Dan Brown, it's better than The Da Vinci Code. But that didn't take much doing because the previous film was pretty awful. In the DVC - both book and film - everyone ran into rooms, pointed at something and immediately said what they were looking at so as to explain the complex plot to an audience of (supposedly) limited intelligence; the stunning difference with Angels & Demons is that everyone says what's going on while they're running around on their way into those rooms. The other major development is that Dr Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) has had a haircut, definitely a step in the right direction after the absurd mullet he sported in the first film. Incidentally, although half the planet knows this already, the films have been made in a different order to the books, inasmuch as the book Angels & Demons was written first. This doesn't matter very much, but when you're struggling to find something important to say you do find yourself clutching at straws.

I know it's a long way to go before the esteemed Golden Raspberry Awards (the anti-Oscars) but I would like to nominate this film as a prime contender for Most Stupid Film of the Year. On Rotten Tomatoes, they said "the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen". I kind of expected this, having read the book some years ago, but I'm astonished that the producers and director have been able to re-create that idiocy with such dedication and commitment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Another hanks film to add to my collection. Having read the boon I still really liked the film. There really is only so much that can be added to a movie and this one was well... Read more
Published 22 days ago by ShellyB76
3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere Near as good as the Da Vinci Code
I found a lot of this rather silly but, having read the book, was prepared for that. Didn't much like the heroine either.
Published 1 month ago by Jan Peter
3.0 out of 5 stars read the book
like da vinci this is OK as a film but do yourselves a much bigger favour and read the book...that is superb..this has it's moments...
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Saved by Tom Hanks
the first episode was worth watching and a good story. This movie is filming by numbers, saved by Tom Hanks - just. Passed an hour or two without engaging many brain cells.
Published 1 month ago by geoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
This film is actually pretty close to the book although it only gives a short explanation about the discovery of dark matter. Overall an enjoyable film
Published 1 month ago by I. J. Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
I enjoyed this movie. I didnt think it was as good as The Di Vinci Code but I did like this movie. Tom Hanks brilliant as ever.
Published 1 month ago by Miss Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars JOAN FROM KENT
I saw this when it was first released, but my grandaughter has just watched THE DA VINCI CODE and thoroughly enjoyed it so i purchased Angels and Demons for her.
Published 1 month ago by Joan Withington
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty daft book, pretty daft film and somewhat miscast (Hanks) but...
It seems a very long time ago since I purchased this product and to be honest I cannot say that it has stayed in the memory especially, but I don't recall any issues with it.
Published 1 month ago by Stuart King
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Viewing
A very pleasant view - worth while viewing with a glass of wine and it was well received by the household.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. David Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn, well told
An intreaguing story which keeps you guessing until almost the end. However, the finale is unrealistic and tends to detract from an otherwise excellent film.
Published 3 months ago by Jules Murch
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