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Just as the movie is intended to make the book come to life, the DVD extras should make the film come to life by pointing the audience into the world of the filmmakers, connecting the dots between print and film, and for the most part they do just that. The extras here range from the typical look behind-the-scenes to more in-depth features on the supporting characters, the locations, and the Mona Lisa herself. "First Day on the Set with Ron Howard" features the director gushing about the opportunity to film in the Louvre and work with Tom Hanks again (the two worked together before on Splash and Apollo 13). Its a short piece that doesnt reveal much beyond making an attempt to share Howards excitement (with the "Gee, I really loved working with him/her on this project" that you hear in every such featurette), but viewers might enjoy seeing how the stage was set up in the famous museum, down to the spike tape on the floor showing actors where to hit their marks. The Filmmaking Experience, Parts 1 and 2 further explores the creative and technical aspects of the filmmaking process. A Conversation with Dan Brown starts out feeling like a puff-piece (the man who wrote this book got started at age 5 with a story called The Giraffe, The Pig, and the Pants on Fire. "It was a thriller," he says.) and unfortunately it doesnt go very deep into much of anything of interest. But on the other hand, this isnt 60 Minutes here; its intended to give viewers a better sense of the man behind the franchise, which it does. Much of the footage from this interview is sprinkled throughout some of the other featurettes. Meanwhile, the character behind the franchise, Robert Langdon, is examined in his own featurette, as is Sophie Neveu. The cool thing here is getting under the skin of the actors to see how they approached the characters, knowing that most of the movie-going public already has formed their own ideas about the characters from the book.
The most interesting extras are the featurettes that focus on the history behind the mystery. Or is it the mystery behind the history? Either way, the first one on the Mona Lisa, and the second featurette on the many codes and symbols that are hidden throughout the movie balance out the remainder of the extras nicely by demonstrating the sense of intrigue, mystery, and game-playing adventure that made The Da Vinci Code so popular in the first place. --Daniel Vancini
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Movie was great and played/streamed flawlessly! So nice to buy instant videos on Amazon instead of having to drive to the store or order a disc online and wait for shipping! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kathy Chemacki
The item was received much sooner than expected. I am very pleased.Published 11 days ago by J. W. Trust
Excellent story, holds your attention well with all the twists and turns.Published 11 days ago by BG
I give the film 5 stars for the Extended Version, 4 stars for the theatrical version. When I saw the Da Vinci Code for the first time in the theater, I thought it was okay, but the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by classicalsteve
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|Hidden Messages on DVD Packaging||
There are at least two places on the front of the DVD sleeve and two additional places on the front of the DVD case where there is micro printing found. Look carefully with a strong magnifying glass and you can find it.
Nov 28, 2006 by J. Kroner | See all 3 posts
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Dvd sets are popular items, esp as Christmas gifts. I don't mind them being a regular offering, as long as there is a substantial discount off a high priced set.
Your post starting this discussion , is voted as not contributing to it. LOL
Nov 6, 2007 by Just curious | See all 2 posts
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Actually - It looks like the same cryptex that the Nobel Collection sold.
Sep 26, 2006 by turtlex | See all 20 posts
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I'm guessing there will be a second release of the extended cut a few months later, to make US consumers double dip on the same title.
Oct 9, 2006 by Amazon Customer | See all 6 posts
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The Da Vinci code is the biggest none-issue that Hollywood has created. There is nothing in it
Nov 17, 2006 by J. French | See all 3 posts
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