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Constantine [HD DVD] (2005)

Keanu Reeves , Rachel Weisz , Francis Lawrence  |  R |  HD DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (862 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf, Max Baker
  • Directors: Francis Lawrence
  • Writers: Frank A. Cappello, Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano, Kevin Brodbin
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, Benjamin Melniker, Cherylanne Martin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (862 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENC6XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Constantine [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In-Movie Experience (access stars'/filmmakers' insights without ever leaving the movie): Director Francis Lawrence leads an exploration of the plot, stunts, characters, and filmmaking process of Constantine

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Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, Constantine tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.

DVD Features:
Additional Scenes:Chas bowls. Surveillance video. Border patrol Hennessey?s apartment. Demonic tryst. Original Vermin attack. Background check. Password. Demonic escort. Constantine?s past. Light command. Last chance. Demon?s pardon. Alternate cemetery ending. A Writer's Vision
Alternate endings
Audio Commentary:Francis Lawrence with Akiva Goldsman Commentary Kevin Broadbin and Frank A Cappello Commentary
Deleted Scenes:Chas bowls. Surveillance video. Border patrol. Hennessey?s apartment. Demonic tryst. Original Vermin attack. Background check. Password. Demonic escort. Constantine?s past. Light command. Last chance. Demon?s pardon. Alternate cemetery ending. A Writer's Vision
Documentaries
Documentary:Foresight: The Power of Pre-Visualization with Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence
Featurette
Music Video:Passive Music Video by A Perfect Circle
Other:In Movie Experience: During the feature, Director Francis Lawrence will lead an exploration of the plot, stunts, characters and filmmaking process of Constantine.
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233 of 263 people found the following review helpful
'Constantine' is based on the D.C./Vertigo title 'Hellblazer', which is excellent. Rather than compare the two, I'll just rate it as a movie: John Constantine, who has managed to get himself locked out of Heaven and is so wanted by Hell that Kucifer himself refers to Constantine as the only soul he'd come up personally to get. You had to have done some serious wrongs to the devil in order to get that sort of attention. But the movie itself is pretty straightfoward - stop the devil's son from being born on Earth, or we'll all suffer for it. It's in the details that this film is a little different than the rest. It's got some new mythologies we haven't heard before, some new tricks and some pretty cool villians (not all of whom are from Hell or Earth). As an added bonus you manage to feel something even for the ancillary characters, which is a fun bonus. Very nice F/X, especially Hell. Most of the acting is pretty goo, especially the character of Gabriel. Keanu is fine, even if he isn't British.

It's worth the admission.
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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, with Flashes of Brilliance July 24, 2005
Format:DVD
Dreadfully flawed and with a muddled story line, "Constantine" is nevertheless worth watching, for its occasional profound and intense beauty, and its visions of hell and its denizens, which anyone who believes that forces of evil exist and influence our world will find fascinating. Loosely based on characters from the Hellblazer comics, the script is very interesting in parts, but the audio is abysmal. The dialog sounds as if it is coming from an underwater tunnel, and I had to watch the film with subtitles. Also, this is a film that begs to be seen several times, to make some sense of the muddle.

The cast is excellent, and I have always been partial to Keanu Reeves, who as John Constantine, a man dying of lung cancer, who can see, and has walked beyond this dimension, is very good in his own peculiar way. I can't imagine anyone else of his generation playing the part. As he says of the cat in the film, he's "half in, half out," and Reeves also has that quality, of being in the world, but not quite of it. Rachel Weisz, who teamed with Reeves in the far less interesting 1996 "Chain Reaction," is both Angela, a Los Angeles detective, and her twin sister Isabel. She looks gorgeous, and gives a sensitive, lovely performance. Others in the cast that stand out are Tilda Swinton as Gabriel, and Shia LaBeouf, as Chas, Constantine's eager apprentice.

This is the feature directorial debut of Francis Lawrence, who has previously done music videos, and he certainly has an eye for bizarre imagery. The cinematography by Philippe Rousselot is terrific, and much of what is worthwhile in this film is due to him. It is hard to rate this film, as it is, like the battle of good and evil in the story, a mixture of opposites. Total running time is 121 minutes, it is rated R for "violence and demonic images," but is comparatively mild in language and has no in-between the sheets action. The DVD extra is 18 minutes of deleted scenes.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I missed "Constantine" in theaters and thus looked forward to discovering for the first time via home viewing a quality motion picture adaptation of a popular comic book character. And, in the end, I did enjoy the film. Just be warned that it isn't like the "Spider-Man" movies. Unlike those earlier films, "Constantine" is more interesting and intellectually stimulating than exciting.

In particular, I enjoyed the film's somewhat subversive vision that the goals and objectives emanating from Heaven and Hell are sometimes laced with the same base political motivations that are often the springboards for the official positions held by powerful organizations here on Earth. I liked how the bad guys could be charming and somewhat sympathetic despite their Hellish origins, and how the holy characters (I'm mostly thinking of Tilda Swinton's Angel Gabriel character here) can come up with questionable and truly bizarre plans to rid the Earth of evil, even if it means something close to apocalypse has to result in the meantime.

The film skillfully mixes several genres and flavors (horror movie, detective thriller, and romance story among them), which successfully results in an entertaining whole. It's just not a wildly entertaining whole, and you'll probably have more fun disecting the movie with a friend afterward over a beer than you did when you were watching it.

I bought the two-disc special edition, and the extras on the second disc are very well done. In fact, if you don't know much about the Constantine character beforehand it's perfectly safe to watch the first couple of featurettes on the second disc before you watch the movie; they discuss the comic book origins of the character and the goals the film makers had in adapting the character to the screen.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIRTY HARRY OF THE SPIRIT WORLD February 19, 2005
Having never read the HELLBLAZER comic book I can't say whether the film is true to the source material on or not. But as a stand alone action/horror film, I highly recommend this movie to fans of both genres. Highly imaginative with spectacular visuals and an actual plot I can't understand anyone that trashes it. So what if Keaunu doesn't have blond hair in the film? He comes off like a Dirty Harry of the spirit world.

Religious themes abound and I could actually see religious people getting into this film. Though Constantine comes off as morally ambivalent he does care that he cannot get into Heaven and is deathly afraid of eternal damnation in Hell. I was so happy to see there was absolutely no sex-ploitation or potty humor.

In the final showdown between Lucifer and Constantine I was thoroughly amused by the character of Lucifer. There was a great use of humor and sarcasm throughout. In spite of what some critics say, I thought the plot was easy to follow and the visual effects were stunning. Keanu's performance has been described as "wooden" and "cardboard" but I thought he was dead on for this role, and I don't consider myself a big fan of his work.

The film's comic book origins were easy spot and used magnificently. Give this one a shot. It's a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my faves
If you get into good vs evil and demonic possessions, this movie gives it a fantastic twist. By far my favorite Keanu Reeves movie to date and when the world starts going to hell,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by CaptAdams35
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
I've seen this film several times and it never disappoints! Good film. If you're not a fan of Keanu Reeves, don't let that sway your from watching this film.
Published 3 days ago by Catamara Rosarium
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie...
Keanu Reeves did a great job of portraying Constantine, I give this movie *5* stars
because I love the Constantine comics!
Published 4 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Constatine
This was a good movie. Keanu Reeves is good in movies about the devil. He was also good in A Walk In The Clouds
Published 7 days ago by Judith R. Pyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!!
Who doesn't love a movie in which the devil gets his butt kicked. It's a bit gory but the only scene I cannot watch involves bees. Lots and LOTS of bees. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Barbara A. Verry
5.0 out of 5 stars Keanu at his best, again.
Great movie, especially if your are a Keanu fan. The story is a bit "loose" with Biblical accounts of Angel Gabriel but, it IS fiction so it IS entertainment and,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Chezloux
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Love this movie! He's like a mercenary for the Church and evil is losing. I wish they would make a sequel.
Published 18 days ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvation is for everyone
In the very end of the film,Constantine gives up smoking to acknowledge his salvation forever.I stopped smoking 13 years ago . Read more
Published 19 days ago by esther
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but probably netflix worthy
Fun movie, never read the manga so I gather it doesn't live up to the writing but what does? In the realm of Keanu movies I would rate this a not necessarily buy type film.
Published 22 days ago by D. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic with keanu reeves.
A humorous movie with a comic book feel to the story, I had owned this as a umd movie for my psp and just had to get it on disc for my annual Halloween movie marathon.
Published 23 days ago by Joseph A. Saldano
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