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Constellation (2005/Drama)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Compilation: B-



Gabrielle Union plays a young lady whose love for a white man causes her pain and emphasizes how ugly her WWII world really is on writer/director Jordan Walker-Pearlman’s Constellation (2005) which tells its story in chronological order instead of cowardly flashbacks.  Much of it takes place in modern day when her character brings an often broken family together.  Boasting a cast that includes Clarence Williams III, Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Dee Williams, Zoe Saldana, Leslie Ann Warren and Tracee Ellis Ross, this is one of the most pleasant surprises we have had in a while.


Not heavy-handed, nicely paced and keeping a mature tone that brings the material to life, there is much heart and soul to this tale that turns out to offer multiple storylines that all have a center in Union’s character.  The film crosscuts back to her and sometimes only in voice from the past, though it sometimes is not specific of when that time is and that is yet another plus for the film, allowing it to focus on the drama and not bad storytelling clichés or gimmicks.  This is a release that deserves much more attention and we hope the DVD gives it that.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft, but nicely composed throughout by Director of Photography John L. Demps Jr., all of which is destroyed by the awful 1.33 version also included which may be undercutting the performance of the widescreen version.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is limited since this is a dialogue-based film, but it is nicely recorded just the same including the music and Michael Beardon’s supportive score.  The only extra is the interesting original theatrical trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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