'angels & demons' is an attempt to do what 'the da vinci code' succeeded in doing - make a bible-themed mystery fiction with enough cynical humor to make you laugh, tug your heartstrings, keep you coming back for more. with 'angels & demons' the movie proves that with every season comes a new foe for charles (tom hanks). lesser culprits of religious fanaticism remain a common threat, but when langdon and vetra discover an ancient code that predicts the future and unearths the whereabouts of the world's most notorious killers, charles must go up against forces far more diabolical than the catholic church.
the new blu-ray transfer has the devils missing a few shots, with robert langdon and the rest of the cast choosing to duck behind cover when they should, rather than sticking their heads out and getting shot. but the film looks better than any previous release, yet there are still some scattered areas that lack clarity. at times the picture breaks apart into unwanted fragments as the camera explores different angles and vantage points, resulting in some split screens and fish-eye effects. colors seem subdued when some of the greens pop out the most, and light scenes feature duller greens and blues. the image may not be as sharp as the previous dvd, but it's still more than adequate. blacks look robust, and image detail impresses, boasting noticeable contrast and a good amount of texture.
video quality is the best it's been since the two-disc dvd release in 2009. the first disc offers both the theatrical version and an extended edition, along with a digital copy. anamorphic widescreen is used for both versions, which are presented in 1080i hd with a dts-hd master audio 5.1 surround track. the second disc offers a high-definition blu-ray with the same presentation. 3d9ccd7d82