The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own
I've always been a John Constantine fan. I read the Vertigo comics from DC. I liked the movie, as well as the show. And I enjoy when he pops up on Legends of Tomorrow. Animated fans go a taste in the Justice League Dark film, then again on his CW Cartoon. Now DC Animated is bringing out a full length animated film, John Constantine: City of Demons. Taking the first 5 episodes from the streaming cartoon and adding in about 60min of new footage DC has once again created an animated film that is truly fantastic.
The story revolves around occult specialist John Constantine helping his friend Chas try to save his daughter Trish. It's believes she is in a foma but in fact she has been sent down to hell where the demon Beroul wants her soul. John must travel to the city of Demons aka Los Angels and consult the Nightmare Nurse in his quest to save her from a demon he once encountered with not so great results.
Not a superhero film by any means, Constantine is an animated horror film that is not for all ages. It's rated R for langue, blood, violence, and subject matter pertaining to the occult. See for those unaware Constantine, although a member of the DC Universe is no superhero. In fact he's not much of a hero at all. His bloodline traces back to the Laughing Magicians and he began practicing dark magic as a young child. He's a con man and a sorcerer all rolled into one. He's a master of spells and rituals and knows the entrance and exit to both heaven and hell.
Voiced by Matt Ryan who plays Constantine on the CW Show Legends of Tomorrow the voice acting is top notch. The pacing and score are also fantastic. I will however say the animation is a bit lacking. While not bad in any way it's just not as dark and polished as we see with the other DC Animated films. That not withstanding this is still a must own for fans of the DC Animated line.
Put out on a gorgeous 4k as well as Blu-ray disc, this will appeal to not only the comic book crowd, but to the horror fans as well. With Halloween right around the corner this is a great title for those unfamiliar with the character.
DC has once again proved why they are light years ahead of the competition when it comes to animated films, and this is year another must buy for your collection
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars