- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, English
- Dubbed: French
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000I2J2WW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Da Vinci Code [UMD Mini for PSP]  [US Import]
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Critics and controversy aside, The Da Vinci Code is a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, and The Da Vinci Code has clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise (games and action figures are sure to follow). The leap for any story making the move from book to big screen, however, is always more perilous. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, the story is concocted of such a preposterous formula of elements that you wouldn't envy Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter who was handed a potentially unfilmable book and asked to make a filmable script out of it. Goldsman's solution was to have the screenplay follow the book as closely as possible, with a few needed changes, including a better ending. The result is a film that actually makes slightly better entertainment than the book.
So if you're like most of the world, by now you've read the book and know that it starts out as a murder mystery. While lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police help decipher a bizarre series of clues left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator, Jacques Sauniere. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist and Sauniere's granddaughter. Neveu and Langdon are forced to team up to solve the mystery, and from there the story is propelled across Europe as it balloons into a modern-day mini-quest for the Holy Grail, complete with alternative theories about the life of Christ, ancient secret societies headed by historical figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, secret codes, conniving bishops, daring escapes, car chases, and, of course, a murderous albino monk controlled by a secret master who calls himself "The Teacher."
Taken solely as a mystery thriller, the movie almost works--despite some gaping holes--mostly just because it keeps moving forward at the breakneck pace set in the book. Brown's greatest trick might have been to have the entire story take place in a day so that the action is forced to keep going, despite some necessary pauses for exposition. Hanks and Tautou are just fine together but not exactly a memorable screen pair; meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen's scenery-chewing as pivotal character Sir Leigh Teabing is just what the film needs to keep it from taking itself too seriously. In the end, this hit movie is just like a good roller-coaster ride: try not to think too much about it--just sit back and enjoy the trip. --Daniel Vancini, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
THE DA VINCI CODE
Dan Brown's international bestseller comes alive in the film THE DA VINCI CODE, directed by Ron Howard with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Join symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in their heart-racing quest to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England - and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ.
ANGELS and DEMONS
In Ron Howard's thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) pursues ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by a deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals' lives on the line and the Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs and the secret vault on Earth.--This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
Top Customer Reviews
A couple of historic errors like the Senechaux used to serve the Pope's dinner on a silver tray paraded through Rome and then test the food first.
Also Dan missed a few tricks that could have added gravitas to the story. Like Da Vinci painted 2 versions of Madonna and Child. One is in Paris, where they filmed and another is in London, where they also filmed. Mary and baby Jesus or the babies of Jesus and Mary.
If you look at The Last Supper properly you will see two figures that look like ladies.
A few word plays they could have used. Princess means Sarah and Sophie means Wisdom. Plus Andre Vernet in English Andrew Green is a great friend of mine that I miss at the moment.
All Said and done excellent 1 million percent from me.
PS: AS he linked Jesus to the Royals he could have used the bible itself: King James version of course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The DVD got stuck an hour into the movie and wouldn't play on DVD player or laptop. So it's useless.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have not watched this movie for some time, great to re-watch it. Like an old wine, better with age. Hanks is awesomePublished 26 days ago by George Burt
Absolutely love it. I watched it five times in a row. Everybody in the film act superbly and the plot is full with twists and turns. Read morePublished 1 month ago by suzan