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Constantine: City of Demons is a well done entry into DC’s good animated movie line-up and features a great voice performance from Matt Ryan reprising his role from both live action and animated form.

 

 

Constantine: City of Demons
(2018)

Genre(s): Animated, Fantasy, Drama
Warner Bros. | R – 90 min. – $29.99 | October 9, 2018

Date Published: 10/19/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Doug Murphy
Writer(s): J.M. Dematteis (written by)
Voice Cast: Matt Ryan, Damian O’Hare, Laura Bailey, Emily O’Brien, Jim Meskimen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rick D. Wasserman
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurettes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (4K): English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Audio (BD): English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 1.78
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5


Plot Synopsis: A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas (DAMIAN O’HARE) and occult detective John Constantine (MATT RYAN) set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the enigmatic Nightmare Nurse (LAURA BAILEY), the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli (RICK D. WASSERMAN), the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul (JIM MESKIMEN) to save Trish’s soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there’s always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal—all while battling his own inner demons!

Quick Hit Review: Constantine: City of Demons is culmination, with some additional footage of an animated short series that aired on CW Seed (like Vicen). The movie sees the return of Matt Ryan voicing the character he also has played in live action form on Constantine, a guest appearance on Arrow and finally a main cast member of Legends of Tomorrow’s fourth season. Bottom line, Ryan really embodies the character so well in both forms; you hear the character’s internal sorrow, covered up with off-putting sarcasm.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5


This release comes with an embossed slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Features are on the lighter side with The Sorcerer’s Occultist: Understanding John Constantine (13:38; HD) featurette and Constantine: City of Demons WonderCon Panel (20:50; HD) footage.

 


4K VIDEO – 4.5/5 BD VIDEO – 4.25/5


Constantine: City of Demons is presented with a 2160p high-definition transfer and shown with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. DC’s 4K line hasn’t always been glorious looking and while I don’t think this looks exceptional in the format, still pretty darn good with some bright colors, aided by the HDR, in spite of the vastly dark tone, and I did not notice any banding which was present in a few scenes on the 1080p Blu-ray disc, so I that’s a minor positive. Black levels on both formats are stark, though I think the 4K is a bit richer.

4K/BD AUDIO – 4.25/5


Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray come with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which is fairly strong with clear dialogue mainly via the center channel while the front and rear speakers show off some modest depth for the numerous fantasy action sequences.

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, Constantine: City of Demons is a well done entry into DC’s good animated movie line-up and features a great voice performance from Matt Ryan reprising his role from both live action and animated form. The 4K/Blu-ray combo pack includes good video/audio transfers and some okay bonus material.

 

 

 

The screen captures came from the Blu-ray copy and are here to add visuals to the review and do not represent the 4K video.

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