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V for Vendetta/Watchmen/Constantine Blu-Ray Part 1

Constantine (2005)

Theatrical poster

Note: This is a single blu-ray package, but seeing as it is a 3 movie set, I figured I would review each movie individually.  In Part 3, I will also give a complete set rundown.

John Constantine is a man cursed with the gift to see the forces of Heaven and Hell here on Earth.  When Angela’s twin sister commits suicide, he is drawn into a war that has been going on for eons.

Constantine is a very interesting film.  It straddles the line of greatness while playing things safe, and as such, never achieves as much as it should have.  While it toys with ideas and concepts of Heaven and Hell, it never dives deep enough to become truly fascinating.  Instead it focuses on Constantine himself, played by Keanu Reeves, so you never get a feeling of something much bigger than the world they live in, let alone the sense of impending disaster that the film tells you is coming.

I can see why they chose to go the way they did, with the flashy special effects and booming soundtrack.  That puts butts in seats and eventually fills up DVD and Blu-Ray racks.  In the end, though, it leaves you with a film that is pretty ok, but never achieves greatness.   It is also a fairly forgettable film.  I have seen it at least 3 times, and every time is like watching it again for the first time.  This is not a good thing.  It is just that there is really nothing memorable in this film.

While the actors do a respectable job in their performances, Keanu is Keanu.  Rachel Weisz does a passable job as well, playing both Isabel and Angela, twins.  Djimon Honsou, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Stormare also star.  And, yes, that is a pre-Transformers, pre-swinging-with-the-monkeys Shia Lebouf.

The video quality on this release is very well done.  Probably not a disc to bust out to show how good blu-ray can look, but you will not be disappointed.  Where this disc really shines is in the audio track.  The Dolby TrueHD track is amazing.  I was blown away by the quality and separation in the channels.  Very well done.  Be sure to crank it for the full effect.

The disc is also packed with special features.  There is a monster of a documentary about the creation of the character of Constantine and the making of the film.  Also included are deleted scenes with optional commentary by the director, commentary tracks, and trailers.

Blu-Ray ***1/2 out of ****

Movie **1/2 out of ****

 

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