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Constantine [HD DVD]

Keanu Reeves , Rachel Weisz , Francis Lawrence    R (Restricted)   HD DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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In the grand scheme of theological thrillers, Constantine aspires for the greatness of The Exorcist but ranks more closely with The Order. Based on the popular Hellblazer comic book series, and directed with nary a shred of intelligence by music video veteran Francis Lawrence, it's basically The Matrix with swarming demons instead of swarming machines. Keanu Reeves slightly modifies his Matrix persona as John Constantine, who roams the dark-spots of Los Angeles looking for good-evil, angel-devil half-breeds to ensure that "the balance" between God and Satan is properly maintained. An ancient artifact and the detective twin of a woman who committed evil-induced suicide (Rachel Weisz) factor into the plot, which is taken so seriously that you'll want to stand up and cheer when Tilda Swinton swoops down as the cross-dressing angel Gabriel and turns this silliness into the camp-fest it really is. The digital effects are way cool (dig those hellspawn with the tops of their heads lopped off!), so if you don't mind a juvenile lesson in pseudo-Catholic salvation, Constantine is just the movie for you! --Jeff Shannon

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I have no familiarity whatsoever with the graphic novel upon which this film is based, so I can only address the film in and of itself. And I must say that I rather enjoyed it for the most part. Anything with angels and demons always interests me, and this film put a quirky spin on the agents of God and Lucifer. Since John Constantine seems to be a pretty tight-lipped fellow who doesn't reveal much of himself to anyone, Keanu Reeves seems like a pretty good pick to play the part - there's not too much acting required for this one.

So what's this all about? Well, John Constantine has this gift (or curse) to see and interact with creatures from both heaven and hell; he's already been to hell and back once - literally - and therein lies his biggest problem. Since he did commit suicide, he's not eligible for a ticket to heaven later on - and this second life he was given is hurtling toward an impending end thanks to all those cigarettes he's chain-smoked for years. He's content to go his own moping way, dealing with particularly difficult exorcisms when called upon and generally just bemoaning his awful fate. Then a female cop (Rachel Weisz) shows up asking for his help; her sister supposedly committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Both Rachel and her sister were pretty special, for they could also see the things Constantine sees (although it takes some rather intense training for Constantine to reawaken those abilities in his new, temporary partner). It soon seems obvious that something big is going down. More and more demons are trying to cross into our world, violating a big treaty between God and Lucifer (who would have thought that demons couldn't be trusted?), and that just doesn't bode well for anybody.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars-More promise than results! May 9 2010
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Feb/2005 released movie Constantine,based on the Hellblazer comic series,comes to DVD in a widescreen edition that is interesting in its premise but falters in its' delivery.
The story involves one John Constantine(Keanu Reeves)who has always had the ability to see things people weren't "meant to see".He has done alot of bad things in his life and he has tried to atone for them by working against evil so when he goes his path will lead up and not down.One day he is approached by a police woman named Angela Dodson(Rachel Weisz)to help her regarding her twin sister's untimely death;a plunge off of a roof.At first John balks but relents,soon realizing there is more to the death than meets the eye.John journeys to the other side and back and even assists Angela in doing the same,but they realize too late that her sisters death was basically a ruse to get at Angela.
John learns that the archangel Gabriel is actually working with the son of the devil to unleash his progeny onto the world.In order to do this Angela becomes the host for the child and the angel will use the "spear of destiny"(the actual tip of the lance that was used to kill Jesus on the cross)to open her womb and release evil to rule man.Gabriel reckons that only those that survive the time to come will be worthy of God's real salvation.In the meantime John has summoned the Devil himself in a last ditch attempt to foil the Devil's son and the archangel's plans.The Devil indeed stops the birth and renders the angel wingless and earth bound.He returns to John who asks that Angela's sister be let free from Hell in his stead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review from ALLMOVIE. March 22 2007
Format:DVD
THIS IS FRENCH EDITION, has english and french audio.

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment hits it out of the DVD ballpark with this fabulous 2-Disc Deluxe Edition of Vertigo Comics' crass character John Constantine's big-screen debut. Containing the original widescreen presentation of the film, the disc comes with a stunning 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer along with Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in both English and French. The picture quality is befitting to the unique look of the picture, which only looks better and better as time goes on. The disc not only shines with its fine presentation, but with the surprisingly well-produced bonus features that track the film from its comic roots and throughout the production. While many studios are only too happy to dish out prepackaged PR junk for their supplemental material, Warner Bros. deserves an ovation for delivering a mass of quality featurettes that present a fine look at a film that had its fair share of stumbling blocks. First up is director Francis Lawrence's thoughts on directing his big-screen debut, featuring candid tales of uncertainty and lessons that were learned throughout the production -- a rare thing to see on DVDs these days. The disc continues with featurettes that dive straight into the inspired design, look, and memorable sequences that make up the film, with interviews from various visual effects wizards to stunt coordinators that consistently assure safety on the set. Also included is a chat with author Phil Cousineau, who takes a cosmic look at the journey of the film's hero through the teachings of Joseph Campbell and other literary figures through the years.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't watch the movie because the disc is defective ...
I couldn't watch the movie because the disc is defective and I couldn't send it back because amazon only gave me less than a day to send it back and so I can't give any review of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by joe renaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome flick!
Absolutely awesome movie! I loved it the first time I saw it--and now have my teenagers hooked on it!!!!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by radar55
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural goodie
Excellent movie. Everything did not happen in the first five minutes. A plus was the ending then add in the glimpse of wings at the very end.
Published 7 months ago by Dorothy Dewitte
5.0 out of 5 stars Demon Noir
You've got to love a "Chandler-esque crime-er", with an Archangel & a career-psychic, arguing about stuff in 1st reel. "... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul Lescarmure
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie excellent condition
this dvd came so fast and the price was fantastic! really happy with the purchase on all levels. Excellent condition for the dvd as well! Highly recommended.
Published 11 months ago by firehorse7
4.0 out of 5 stars Luv Keanu Reeves
What can I say? I enjoyed Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weiss in another movie together and it was interesting to see the protagonist facing death and eternal damnation in seemingly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Constantine
This movie is not for everyone and is in my "guilty pleasure" category. You must suspend all thoughts of reality and go along with the premise to really enjoy it. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2011 by litgo
3.0 out of 5 stars A long anti-smoking commercial
The story is simple; self-centered John Constantine: Hellblazer (Keanu Reeves) did a "no no" in his youth ensuring him a place in the underworld and to compound the problem he is... Read more
Published on July 16 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat entertainment
Great movie, awesome effects, great exorcisms, awesome demon ass kickin. The story is great and ironic, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and true thrill ride... Read more
Published on April 6 2006 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars a roller-coaster ride through the underworld......
i loved this film.
keanu is a natural actor, charismatic/screen presence.
the story itself is a great comic book fantasy.
the effects are ....... effective! Read more
Published on Dec 2 2005
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