Overall Angels & Demons is not a bad movie, but it takes a while to get going. I’m not sure how I feel about Hanks as Robert Langdon. He certainly does all that is required for the character, but there is just something missing. He's a bit boring.
Angels & Demons is presented in spectacular MPEG-4 1080p resolution. The image definition is very good, and the crispness of the image enhances the presentation. The film itself is not that colorful, taking place mostly at night and on the streets of Rome and Vatican city (filled with a lot of earthy tones). However, this film looks great, and the muted colors add to the atmosphere of the story. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is also impressive. The sound was clear and the dialogue, sound effects, and score gave the movie an added resonance. The action sequences were particularly good with all five channels used effectively.
The three-disc Blu-ray set includes the theatrical version, the extended version (about eight minutes of extra footage), and a digital copy of the film. There is also an array of interesting extras on the second disc. There is a 17-minute making of featurette called “Rome Was Not Built In A Day.” It features director Ron Howard, Hanks, and McGregor, along with several other key crew members. “Writing Angels & Demons” focuses on the differences between the book and the screenplay and has comments from book author Dan Brown, and screenwriters David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman. There are several other featurettes on the disc focusing on creating characters, props, the science behind the story, and ambigrams. There is also a very interesting exclusive to this set featurette called “The Path of Illumination.” The featurette is interactive and takes the viewer to various locations from the movie and provides informational tidbits about history, culture, and the filmmaking process.