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Constantine: The Complete Series (2014 - 2015/DC Comics/Warner Archive Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: B+

Much like the Joss Whedon produced series Firefly, DC Entertainment's Constantine has become another short lived genre show that fans have been dying for more of. Exactly how the show 'failed' is beyond me as the star Matt Ryan (Layer Cake) nails the character and has continued the role in DC's Arrow and the recent Justice League Dark animated movie (both reviewed elsewhere on this site), and the talent behind the lens is no joke with Neil Marshall (The Descent), Mary Harron (American Psycho), and big time Hollywood screenwriter David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) amongst others being responsible for the creative. If you're a fan of the Keanu Reeves film, which I thought was underrated, or just a fan of DC Comics Television in general, then you should definitely hunt down a copy of this great Blu-ray set.

Wise-cracking but brilliant John Constantine (Ryan), a demon hunter and dabbling master of the occult, must struggle with his past sins while protecting the innocent from the converging supernatural threats that constantly break through to our world due to the "Rising Darkness". Balancing his actions upon the line of good and evil, Constantine uses his skills and a supernatural scry map to journey across the nation to send these terrors back to their own world, all for the hope of redeeming his soul from eternal torment.

Thirteen episodes span three discs and include Non est asylum, The Darkness Beneath, The Devil's Vinyl, Feast of Friends, Danse Vaudou, The Rage of Caliban, Blessed Are the Damned, The Saint of Last Resorts: Part One, The Saint of Last Resorts: Part Two, Quid Pro Quo, A Whole World Out There, Angels and Ministers of Grace, and the series finale Waiting for the Man.

The presentation here is fantastic and better than the other television broadcast by miles. No annoying watermarks or commercials are here in this 1080p high definition transfer with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a fantastic sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track. The show is very dark and cinematic, so to see it presented on Blu-ray this nicely is a treat.

No digital copy included.

Special Features include a Trailer, Constantine: On The Set, 2014 Comicon Panel with Q&A by Cast and Creators and DC Comics Night at Comic 2014.

I'm a huge fan of this show and I hope that it goes revived again someday down the line. Matt Ryan is a great Constantine and looks a bit closer to what the character was realized in the comics. Not as cartoonish as the CW's The Flash and Arrow, NBC was wrong in cutting the cord on Constantine - at least in this reviewer's opinion.

- James Lockhart



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