Movie Review: Constantine: City of Demons (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

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.

Constantine: City of Demons was directed by Doug Murphy from a script by J.M. DeMatteis and features Matt Ryan who set the standard for the role of Constantine on the NBC live-action television series and returns to the famed trenchcoat in animated form – after reprising the role in both live-action (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) series and an animated film (Justice League Dark). The cast surrounding Ryan includes Damian O’Hare as Chas Chandler, Laura Bailey as Trish & Asa The Healer, Emily O’Brien as Rene Chandler, Kevin Michael Richardson as Mahonin, Jim Meskimen as Beroul, Robin Atkin Downes as Nergal, Rachel Kimsey as Angela and Rick Wasserman as Mictlantecuhtli. Art Direction is courtesy of Phil Bourassa. Butch Lukic is the film’s producer. Sam Register and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers. The movie was executive produced by David S. Gover and Greg Berlanti.

A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul 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!

The Hellblazer returns in animated form when he’s tasked with helping an old friend rescue his daughter’s soul from a sinister demon. John ends up calling on an old friend to watch over the girl while he sets out on this dangerous new mission to save her soul. John and Chas travel from London to Los Angeles (aka the City of Angels – aka the City of Demons) where they meet up with a few of John’s demon frenemies that agree to help them save the little girl. The thing is, when you go this far a price always has to be paid and this comes as a warning to Chas in the beginning.

Constantine discovers the where abouts of the girl’s soul but there a twist when it comes to retrieving it because there’s not just one demon but two. The second one is a dark figure from Constantine’s past that he had to deal with years earlier and this confrontation didn’t end so well for the anti-hero because he lost someone and it’s haunted him ever since. Still, John goes up against his dark enemies and ultimately shows them the true power that he possesses and he ultimately saves the girl but unfortunately the warning about a price being paid also has to come into play for Chas.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc has a symbol etched on it. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, Constantine: City of Demons ended up being another awesome entry into the always impressive DCU plus Constantine is one of my favorite characters and it’s really good to see him return for this all-new adventure. The story about rescuing this young girl’s soul and what the hero had already gone through was really interesting and they used my favorite style of animation for this entry. This style is the most popular that most of the DC animated movies have used over the years. Matt Ryan returned to voice the Hellblazer and I can’t see anyone else playing this character now, whether it be in live-action or in animation, because he does such a fantastic job as this fan favorite character. There’s a dark side to the DCU and this entry shows a rather scary side of it and to me it’s all extremely well done. This well-crafted animated adventure is super violent and features several graphic scenes that includes lots of blood and gore so it definitely isn’t for a younger audience. Constantine: City of Demons has been produced in a dual format – initially as animated shorts, the first five of which appeared on CW Seed. With a runtime of 90 minutes, the feature-length film has over an hour of never-before-seen content including the film’s thrilling climax). Constantine: City of Demons is now available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) and makes a great addition to the impressive catalogue of DC animated movies.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: R for bloody violence/gore, disturbing images, and some sexual content.

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French, German Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, German and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a character featurette, Wondercon panel highlight and a digital copy of the movie.

  • The Sorcerer’s Occultist – Understanding John Constantine – An exciting examination of the powers and abilities used by DC’s working-class occult detective, John Constantine.(13:38)
  • Constantine: City of Demons WonderCon Panel – 2018 – Storytellers join City of Demons’ star Matt Ryan at this year’s WonderCon for an inside look at Constantine’s latest adventure. (20:50)
  • Digital HD Copy 

 

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