Angels & Demons Blu-ray streets on Nov. 24th

Many have been speculating whether or not Ron Howard’s sequel to the hit blockbuster The DaVinci Code would make a home video appearance before jolly old HO HO HO himself this year. Well, word is now official and Angels & Demons will land itself square in the middle of the holiday shopping mayhem.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is really “bringing it home” on Blu-ray with both the theatrical and director cuts being included in the one 2-disc package whereas the DVD release will see each cut of the film released individually. So, read on for the full details of the title as outlined in the official press release.

“Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have topped The Da Vinci Code in every way imaginable!” – Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com

“The twist at the end will blow your mind!” – Larry King

$480 Million Worldwide Box-Office Hit Reunites

Two-Time Oscar® Winners Tom Hanks and Director Ron Howard

ANGELS & DEMONS

Also Starring Ewan McGregor and Ayelet Zurer

 Loaded with Bonus Materials Including

Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes and more!

Uncover the Secret on 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD & Blu-ray™ November 24

Also available on 1-Disc Theatrical DVD, PSP and for Digital Download

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (September 7, 2009) – The team behind the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code returns for the box office smash Angels & Demons, coming to 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ November 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on 1-Disc Theatrical DVD, PSP, and for digital download. Two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor: Forrest Gump, 1994 Philadelphia, 1993), Academy Award winner Ron Howard (Best Director and Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind, 2001), and bestselling author Dan Brown team up with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars trilogy, Big Fish), Ayelet Zurer (Adam Resurrected, Vantage Point), and Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia!) on a thrilling journey through Rome as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) discovers the shocking truth about the Illuminati, an ancient secret brotherhood who will stop at nothing to destroy its eternal enemy, the Catholic Church.

Bonus materials on the two-disc Blu-ray and the two-disc Extended Edition DVD include seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “Angels & Demons: The Full Story,” a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; “Characters in Search of the True Story,” where the cast share their experiences of bringing Dan Brown’s characters to the screen; “Rome Was Not Built in a Day,” which follows filmmakers as they share their secrets to creating the world of Angels & Demons and “CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge” a look at one of the world’s largest and most respected scientific research centers.   The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray™ will also include the Hans Zimmer Music Studio.  Powered by Sequel 2, the Hans Zimmer Music Studio is a DVD-ROM application which will give users the opportunity to create their own version of the Angels & Demons score using original Hans Zimmer tracks.

Exclusives to the two-disc Blu-ray include both the Theatrical and Extended film versions, as well as the interactive map “The Path of Illumination,” in which viewers follow Robert Langdon’s journey through Rome, exploring architecture, discovering new facts, seeing additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from each location, and discovering more about the four altars of science — all in the quest to unlock the path of illumination.  In addition, the Blu-ray Disc includes the newest BD-Live™ feature from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: “movieIQ.” movieIQ allows movie fans to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast and crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie (powered by Gracenote).  The Blu-ray release also comes with a Digital Copy of the extended version of the film for the PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod.

The $480 million plus worldwide box office smash will be available on two-disc Blu-ray for $39.95 SRP, two-disc Extended Edition DVD for $36.95 SRP, single-disc Theatrical Edition DVD for $28.96 SRP and UMD Theatrical Edition for $24.94 SRP.

SYNOPSIS:

In Ron Howard’s thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the 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 most secretive vault on Earth!

Based on the novel by Dan Brown, Angels & Demons was directed by Ron Howard from a screenplay by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman. Dan Brown and Todd Hallowell serve as executive producers, with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and John Calley as producers.

1-Disc Theatrical DVD Bonus Features Include:

§         “Rome Was Not Built in a Day” – The Filmmakers share their secrets to creating the world of Angels & Demons

§         “Writing Angels & Demons” – Dan Brown and the screenwriters discuss adapting his bestselling book into a movie

§         “Characters in Search of the True Story” – The cast share their experiences of bringing Dan Brown’s characters to the screen

§         “CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge” – A look at one of the world’s largest and most respected scientific research centers

2-Disc Extended DVD Bonus Features Include:

All special features included on the single-disc DVD, plus:

§         “Handling Props” – The filmmakers discuss bringing the props from Dan Brown’s book to life

§         “Angels & Demons: The Full Story” – A complete behind-the-scenes look at making the film

§         “This is an Ambigram” – Meet ambigram artist John Langdon the inspiration for Dan Brown’s leading character

§         Hans Zimmer Music Studio Powered by Sequel 2

2-Disc Blu-ray Special Features Include:

All special features on the 2-Disc Extended DVD, plus the following Blu-ray exclusives:

§         Both Theatrical and Extended Film Versions

§         5.1 DTS-HD MA Audio

§         movieIQ—Fans can immediately access continuously updated information on cast and crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie

§         cinechat—Send on-screen instant messages to your friends around the world while you watch the movie together

§         “The Path of Illumination” – Follow Robert Langdon’s journey through Rome and see if you can unlock the path of illumination

§         A Digital Copy of the Film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod

The Blu-ray Disc version of Angels & Demons is BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download exclusive content, register for rewards, give feedback through our survey and more!

Get rewarded for registering your Sony Blu-ray Discs! The Sony Pictures Blu-ray Club rewards consumers in the U.S. for purchasing and registering BD-Live enabled Sony Blu-ray movies.  Members can redeem accumulated points for cool Sony products, plus enter to win cash and prizes in daily sweepstakes and more.  For details visit www.sonyrewards.com/bluray.

The Theatrical Version of Angels & Demons has a running time of approximately 138 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.  The Extended Version has a runtime of approximately 146 minutes and is Not Rated.  Artwork and digital clips are available for download at www.sphepublicity.com.  Visit Sony Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

“Academy Award®” and “Oscar®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Single-Disc Theatrical DVD                         Two-Disc Blu-ray

DVD Catalog #: 24370

BD Catalog #: 29217

DVD UPC Code:   0-43396-24370-5

BD UPC Code:    0-43396-29217-8

DVD Order Date: 10/22/09

BD Order Date: 10/22/09

DVD SLP: $28.96

BD SLP: $39.95

Two-Disc Extended DVD                                 UMD Theatrical                

DVD Catalog #: 32630

UMD Catalog #: 29218

DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-32630-9

UMD UPC Code:    0-43396-29218-5

DVD Order Date: 10/22/09

UMD Order Date: 10/22/09

DVD SLP: $36.95

UMD SLP: $24.94

ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 100 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.  For more info on Blu-ray Disc, visit www.sonypictures.com/bluray.

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