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Constantine

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An ordinary man with an extraordinary gift must save the planet from evil in this action-packed fantasy. Unknown to most people, the world is crowded with spirits both good and evil who walk among us in human guise. One of the few who can see these spirits is John Constantine Keanu Reeves, but the responsibility of his vision is more than he can stand, and he tries to kill himself. Saved from death, Constantine must now atone for his actions by acting as a guardian in the middle ground between Paradise and Hell. ...
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Overview

An ordinary man with an extraordinary gift must save the planet from evil in this action-packed fantasy. Unknown to most people, the world is crowded with spirits both good and evil who walk among us in human guise. One of the few who can see these spirits is John Constantine Keanu Reeves, but the responsibility of his vision is more than he can stand, and he tries to kill himself. Saved from death, Constantine must now atone for his actions by acting as a guardian in the middle ground between Paradise and Hell. Constantine also makes the acquaintance of Angela Dodson Rachel Weisz, a police detective who becomes aware of his unusual gift while looking into the death of her sister; he leads her into the unknown world of the spirits and soon circumstances demand that they join forces in a desperate bid to save humanity from evil. Constantine also features Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, and Gavin Rossdale, the latter best known as the lead singer of the rock group Bush. Michelle Monaghan Made of Honor was originally in the film cast as a half-breed demon but director Francis Lawrence cut her scenes.
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Special Features

18 minutes of deleted scenes, including and alternate ending; 2 Commentaries: Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Akiva Goldsman and Screenwriters Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello; ; Channeling Constantine; Conjuring Constantine; Director's Confessional; Collision with Evil ; Holy Relics; ; Shotgun Shootout; Hellscape; Visualizing Vermin; Warrior Wings; Unholy Abduction; Constantine's Cosmology; Foresight: The Power of Previsualization; Demon Face; Writer's Vision; A Perfect Circle Passive Music Video; Theatrical Trailers
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • UPC: 085391156802
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 14,646

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 III 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
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    good condition no scratches or anything that make the movie stop. and fast delivery.

    I'm very happy of my choice and with BN because they they give me the best source to buy my item. i give them 6/5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Constantine

    Great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Constantine

    This is another excellent movie starring Keanu Reeves in the title role.
    Constantine is a comic book character from the Constantine Hellblazer Series. He is a suicide angel who must earn his way to Heaven.

    In this movie, Constantine(Reeves) helps Police Detective Angela Dobson(Rachel Weisz) find out what has become of her dearly departed sister's soul. This probing around leads to Constantine (Reeves) recovering the Spear of Destiny and earning his way to redemption.

    The visuals are stunningly beautiful and the soundtrack includes Take Five by David Brubeck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING, AWESOME!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too AWESOME for words!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    (Brain)-Great Movie, (Pinky)-Confusing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most amazing visuals ever seen

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ASTOUNDING

    One of my all time favorites!!!! Truly wonderful...great acting, great storyline.. just remarkable!! I can never get tired of watching it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Comic Book Movie If Nothing Else

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Constantine

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most underrated movies of the year

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Constantine

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a must buy

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not much to speak of here

    This movie is good for one viewing, but didn't really impress me as much as I would have hoped.

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