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Constantine
     

Constantine

4.4 38
Director: Francis Lawrence, Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf

Cast: Francis Lawrence, Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf

 

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Warner Brothers Home Entertainment releases this single-disc issue of Vertigo Comics' crass character John Constantine's big-screen debut. Containing the original widescreen presentation of the film, the disc comes with a stunning 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer along with Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in both English and French. The picture quality is befitting to the unique

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Warner Brothers Home Entertainment releases this single-disc issue of Vertigo Comics' crass character John Constantine's big-screen debut. Containing the original widescreen presentation of the film, the disc comes with a stunning 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer along with Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in both English and French. The picture quality is befitting to the unique look of the picture, which only looks better and better as time goes on. The disc not only shines with its fine presentation, but with its inclusion of 18 minutes of deleted scenes that feature an alternate ending and a cut storyline featuring Constantine and Michelle Monaghan as a demon seductress. Director Francis Lawrence provides optional commentary for the scenes, as well as a feature-length track along with producer Akiva Goldsman and screenwriters Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello that provides the viewer with insight on the filmmaking process of this adaptation. Add in the theatrical trailer, and you have a solid release that delivers just enough from the incredible 2 Disc Deluxe Edition to make it a worthwhile single disc investment for those low in the pocketbooks or not interested in substantial bonus features. This film is also available in the less-recommended single-disc full-screen version.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Another horror-action movie that comes to the screen by way of comic books, Constantine gives Matrix star Keanu Reeves yet another opportunity to do battle with demonic forces as humanity's fate hangs by a thread. He plays John Constantine, a suicide victim who confronts undead malefactors on a daily basis to maintain the tenuous balance of good and evil -- and hopefully win entry into heaven, thus far denied him. Aided by a small but devoted network of friends (Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, and Pruitt Taylor Vince, among others), the cynical, irreverent Constantine wages constant war on an enemy that goes unseen by human beings. After being enlisted by police detective Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to help her ascertain the reasons for her twin sister's suicide, John uncovers a gargantuan plot that ultimately brings him face-to-face with Satan himself (Peter Stormare). The yarn's comic-book origins are readily apparent; one can easily imagine the dialogue appearing in word balloons over the characters' heads. Constantine abounds in supernatural claptrap and corny plot devices, but it features inventive, eye-popping special effects and moves like a freight train under the direction of music-video specialist Francis Lawrence. Along with the rapid pace and stylish visuals, we get some fight scenes in which Reeves shows his mettle. (Obviously, all those brawls with the Matrix trilogy's Agent Smith served to toughen up our boy Keanu.) Make no mistake about it, this movie is filled with nonsense from beginning to end -- but it's highly entertaining and slickly turned-out nonsense, which is the best kind.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Based on the DC comic Hellblazer, Warner Bros.' Constantine is a murky tale of heavenly redemption, which is basically what the comic company has been looking for ever since the slap in the face that was Catwoman. While leaps and bounds above that wretched pile, you could say this flick is basically an American slap in the face to the Brits, who have long championed the bastard character of John Constantine as their country's own. Cue in Keanu, fresh from the intellectually bloated Matrix trilogy, turning in a moody performance full of drawn-out line deliveries that, while stilted, deliver just enough of the original character to make it work, though the screenwriters don't help things by handing him yet another morose guy to deal with instead of retaining the piss and vinegar that made Constantine such a likable chap to begin with. With more attitude and less glum, the movie would have had a better center to keep it from wallowing in its gloomy seriousness. Still, first-time director Francis Lawrence brings an inspired eye to the picture, delivering on the dingy atmosphere with fantastical effects around each corner to keep things interesting. Despite a gutsy ending that hinges on a late but deliciously juicy reveal of the main villain, the flick seems to have been sculpted in the editing room and not on the page. The sidekick characters are hardly used (and in Shia LaBeouf's case, serve little purpose in the story), and some slog the picture for its vague take on the mysticism angle, even though it remains to be one of the flick's strongest and boldest creative choices. In the end, Constantine is an entertaining ride that only slightly misses its mark, but it's certainly worth the price of admission for people that are looking for something a bit different from your usual Hollywood fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
UPC:
0085393894221
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
13,734

Special Features

18 minutes of additional scenes, including an alternate ending; Theatrical trailer; Exclusive DVD-ROM content (PC only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves John Constantine
Rachel Weisz Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson
Shia LaBeouf Chas
Djimon Hounsou Midnite
Max Baker Beeman
Pruitt Taylor Vince Father Hennessy
Gavin Rossdale Balthazar
Tilda Swinton Gabriel
Peter Stormare Satan
Jesse Ramirez Scavenger
José Zuñiga Detective Weiss
Francis Guinan Father Garrett
Larry Cedar Vermin Man
April Grace Dr. Archer
Suzanne Whang Mother
Johanna Trias Possessed Girl
Alice Lo Old Woman
Nicolas Downs Church Attendant
Tanoai Reed Midnite Bouncer
Quinn Buniel 10 Year- Old Constantine
Ann Ryerson Old Woman on Bus
Stephanie Fabian Molly's Server
Connor Dylan Wryn Teenage Constantine
Laz Alonso Morgue Security Guard
Jeremy Ray Valdez Liquor Store Clerk
Jose Molina Scavenger #2
Barbara Pilavin Old Woman on Bus (Demon)
C.W. Pyun Korean Man
Sharon Omi Female Tenant
Edward J. Rosen Liquor Store Clerk
John Gipson Smoking Man
Roberto Kawata Police Officer
Brian Tyler Conductor

Technical Credits
Francis Lawrence Director
Nathaniel Acord Special Effects
Gilbert Adler Executive Producer
Jeff "Khach" Adoorian Special Effects
Michael Aguilar Executive Producer
Kenny Alexander Stunts
Hank Amos Stunts
Greg Anthony Stunts
Jason Armstrong Animator
Steve Artmond Makeup
Klaus Badelt Score Composer,Songwriter
Brian Barnhart Special Effects
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Michael Brady Stunts
Kevin Brodbin Original Story,Screenwriter
Bob Brown Stunts
Jim Brown Animator
Willie D. Burton Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Cappello Screenwriter
Richard Cetrone Stunts
Denise Chamian Casting
Paul Crawford Stunts
Scott Dougherty Animator
Brian Duffy Stunts
Ante Dugandzic Special Effects
Chuck Duke Animator
Jared Eddo Stunts
Pam Elliott Special Effects
Lena Fennema Stunts
Thomas Ficke Stunts
Jeremy Fitzgerald Stunts
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeremy Fry Stunts
Furious FX Animator
Andree Gibbs Stunts
Aaron Gilman Animator
Akiva Goldsman Producer
Allen Hall Special Effects
Matthew Hall Special Effects
Thirl R. Haston Stunts
Anthony Ray Herrera Special Effects
Steven Ho Stunts
David Hugghins Stunts
Clint James Stunts
Julie Jaros Animator
Jack B. Jennings Special Effects
Brandon Johnson Stunts
Mike Justus Stunts
Michael R. Kay Special Effects
Rick Kelly Co-producer
Henry Kingi Stunts
Michael Kitchen Animator
Hiro Koda Stunts
Mark La Bonge Camera Operator
William Law Set Decoration/Design
David S. Lazan Art Director
Michael Leonard Animator
David Lingenfelser Animator
Brad Martin Stunts
Cherylanne Martin Co-producer
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director,Co-producer
Benjamin Melniker Producer
Brian Mendenhall Animator
Heidi Moneymaker Stunts
Joe Montenegro Special Effects
Guido Muzzarelli Animator
Neal Norton Cinematographer
Gloria O'Brien Stunts
Doug O'Dell Stunts
Jeff Ogg Special Effects
Jane Oshita Stunts
Chris Palermo Stunts
Jeremy Peirson Sound/Sound Designer
J.J. Perry Stunts
Rex Reddick Stunts
James Reedy Special Effects
Craig Reedy Special Effects
Tim Rigby Stunts
Darin John Rivetti Asst. Director
Jay T. Rockwell Special Effects
Carlos M. Rodriguez Special Effects
Jason Rodriguez Stunts
Scott Rogers Stunts
Debbie Rondell Stunts
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Matthew Rugetti Stunts
David Schultz Stunts
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Mark Shoaf Animator
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Karin Silvestri Stunts
Stan Winston Studio Makeup Special Effects
Erwin Stoff Producer
Frank Toro Special Effects
Brian Tyler Score Composer,Songwriter
Michael E. Uslan Producer
Xuyen T. Valdivia Stunts
Jess Vickery Animator
Wayne Wahrman Editor
David Waine Special Effects
Andrew Weder Special Effects
Parry D. Willard Special Effects
Marcus Young Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Spear of Destiny [2:46]
2. The Exorcism [3:55]
3. Demon in the Mirror [3:49]
4. Leap of Lost Faith [3:48]
5. Death in Their Paths [3:38]
6. Little Talks [2:31]
7. The Rules [3:59]
8. Message to Angela [2:51]
9. Personal Swarm [2:19]
10. Midnite and Balthazar [4:39]
11. Sounds Like a Theory [3:13]
12. Demonic Light Show [3:42]
13. To Hell and Back [5:30]
14. Hennessy to the Last Drop [3:39]
15. World Behind the World [3:04]
16. Things Left Behind [4:29]
17. Beeman Bedeviled [3:21]
18. No Turning Back [2:15]
19. Submerged [:51]
20. Firepower and Protection [4:45]
21. Balthazar's Last Rites [3:06]
22. Blown and Blasted Away [3:41]
23. Electric Chair Visions [2:24]
24. Not Always Like in Books [4:06]
25. Holy Water [3:13]
26. Devil Inside Her [4:01]
27. Gabriel's Road to Salvation [4:13]
28. Bloodletting [3:01]
29. Satan [2:51]
30. Archangel and Devil [2:58]
31. Luciferocious Lease on Life [2:06]
32. Get Used to It [3:24]
33. Safekeeping [3:01]
34. End Credits [2:23]
1. Chas Bowls [1:16]
2. Surveillance Video [:41]
3. Border Patrol [:40]
4. Hennessey's Apartment [:33]
5. Demonic Tryst [1:30]
6. Original Vermin Attack [1:43]
7. Background Check [1:39]
8. Password [:10]
9. Demonic Escort [1:48]
10. Constantine's Past [1:44]
11. Light Command [1:42]
12. Last Chance [1:38]
13. Demon's Pardon [1:06]
14. Alternate Cemetery Ending [1:25]

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Constantine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is good for one viewing, but didn't really impress me as much as I would have hoped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie! I can't tell you how many times I've seen it over and over again. I can't seem to get enough of it. Keanu, was born to be John Constantine. Rachael was perfectly casted in this movie. The entire cast was great! Everything was great in this movie. I LOVED IT! I'm desperately waiting for the sequel. There has to be one. The movie left you wanting more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pinky-Brain watched this movie first and really thought it was good so he made me watch it. While watching it I started to get extremely lost. Everything just kind of happened without explination. If I hadn't had Brain there to help me out I would have been completely lost. The only part that I did really like was the part in the begining with the exocsism. The part that lost me was when he drowned the girl, but she remained alive but could now all of a sudden see the things that he could see. And the Reeves slashed his rists so that the devil would appear, there were just too many things that didn't make sence and know this movie was completely fantacy but you could still try and explain things. Brain-Brain doesn't want to talk to you because he left the room and isn't coming back so I guess Brain will not be reviewing although he liked this movie a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie after I watched it. This movie is has some awesome visual stuff in it and has an awesome story to it. This is one of my favorite movies of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was astounding, not just the acting and special effects but the story was crafted with genious. Constantine was the best movie i have seen in years, from begining to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites!!!! Truly wonderful...great acting, great storyline.. just remarkable!! I can never get tired of watching it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should have gotten more attention. I think this movie blew away some of his other recent flicks. There is one scene where Keanu Reeves was in HELL and I think for once a real haunting image of HELL was displayed. AWESEOME Movie! I will buy it on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Constantine is by far Keanu Reeves second greatest movie. Though Keanu is a limited actor, is capabilities and type-cast-only acting are a very tight fit for John Constantine. The movie is a great tale of a more complicated modern world. There have been many reviews floating around mentioning the fantastic and corny plot elements, the cheesy dialogue and the great special effects. To these reviews I would say this: the plot was unbelievable but certainly not corny the dialogue was unimpressive but not poort and the special effects were definitely amazing. Taken as a comic book movie, Constantine is among the best. Taken as a Hollywood action/thriller it is once again among the best. Taken as a movie in general, it is fairly good. This movie packs a lot of excitement, a great apocolyptic doomsday scenario and some top-notch special effects. 4 stars is a very fair award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The symbolizism and history on the religious aspect of the movie is well portrayed. The actors, for once, have made a great movie. The plot line keeps you in suspense and you want to know more when the movie's over. It was entertaining as well as something good to look at. The best part, no mushy love scenes and sarcastic humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a quasi-proffesional 3D graphic artist, and I have never before seen a movie as cool-looking as Constantine before in my life. The plot itself is epic and fascinating, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Keanu still isn't beyond cardboard, but his acting is better than Matrix era because John Constantine is a much better suited character. Buy the 2-disc set, you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keanu Reeves finally made his masterpiece. I think after sitting through a half a decade of Matrix movies, he would not be able to top himself, but this movie is exhilerating. There are shots throughout the movie that give you an upclose glimpse of what hell will be like. It is a non stop movie and one that should not be missed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A haunting look at our mortality, and one way of looking at the battle going on between heaven and hell. Keanu is great, Rachel Weisz is gorgeous (and you get 2 of her!), and one of the more underrated actors around. There's a cast of funky pop culture characters (including Mr. Gwen Stefani...Gavin Rossdale) and I definitely think we need to see a sequel. I saw plenty of luke warm reviews for this movie, and I believe they were all done by people, who don't like to have FUN at the movies. This movie is COOL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie, saw it at the movies got it on DVD and even watched it on TBS when it was on. Really a great movie with angels and demons, satan and everything in between. Acting is ok, nothing great but concept is origional. APC song Passive a great touch in the club scene.
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