Angels & Demons 4K UHD Blu-ray

Summary: The sequel to The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons finds Robert Langdon being called in by the Vatican to help solve a mystery. Following the death of the pope, as the cardinals assemble in Rome to choose his successor four of them have been kidnapped. At the same time, at the Large Hadron Collider, someone has stolen a vial or anti-matter that they captured from a collision of protons. Now the Vatican is being threatened by the anti-matter, which will incinerate the whole city if the battery holding it runs out. Robert Langdon has very little time to unravel the mystery around the Illuminati and find the Cardinals and anti-matter in time.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Sony Pictures
Title: Angels & Demons
Audio: Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Negative Formats: Super 35
Digital Intermediate: 4K
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 138 Minutes
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer
Review Date: October 23, 2016

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Movie Review: Reading The DaVinci Code, it was a gook that was hard to put down and designed to be a movie. Unfortunately Angels & Demons feels like it was designed just to be a follow-up to The DaVinci Code and not from a really original idea. Robert Langdon is constantly finding connections between symbols that seem very unlikely to occur, but that always lead him down the right path. The film also goes on much longer than it feels like it needed, and could be edited to be a tighter film. It’s not a bad film, but it’s not a great one either.

Technical ReviewAngels & Demons was shot on Super35 film but has a 4K digital intermediate that usually pays off. A fine film grain is present at times but it isn’t distracting when it is. A few scenes suffer from some shadow crush, but typically blacks are very detailed. During the film you’ll see characters in black-on-black suits and dresses, and the texture of black lace is visible against a black backing.

Specular highlights are fewer than on other films, but a flashlight or candle can really light up against the background. Wide color gamut is less pronounced here than in other films, but the image is very good overall.

This is the first Atmos film we’re reviewing since updating the theater system from a 5.1.2 channels system with a Denon or Onkyo receiver to one with the KEF THX Reference in-walls for a 5.1.4 system with an Anthem MRX 1120 receiver. The improvements offered by Atmos are easy to hear. Birds fly up from a square and go around your head. A chase scene through a tunnel surrounds you the entire time. Voices are clear and clean, and overall the soundtrack impresses.

Special Features: A Look Back with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Dan Brown, and Brian Grazer, A first look at Inferno, 7 featurettes, and theatrical trailers.

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Samsung UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Angels & Demons UltraHD Blu-ray
Pros: Very good film transfer, much improved Atmos soundtrack
Cons: Some black crush, film could be better
Summary: I didn't enjoy Angels & Demons as much as I did The DaVinci Code, but the image quality itself is very good. There is a fine film grain at times, and some very slight black crush in certain scenes, but overall the transfer is very good.
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Movie: 4/5

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