Matt Ryan reprises his recurring role as John Constantine in the animated short entitled Constantine: The House of Mystery.
The Production: 3.5/5
3D Rating: NA
Constantine: The House of Mystery and the other 3 shorts appear in 1080p via the AVC codec on this Blu-ray disc. Picture quality is consistently excellent with nice gradations of hues and seemingly true fidelity to the linework created by the artists.
The art design on Constantine: The House of Mystery tends to be over rendered with line work in the sense that it would be more pleasing to the eye if some of the lines were erased during the animation process. What do I mean by this? John Constantine has a number of vertical lines on his chin, which I take to be whiskers. (This would be consistent with the comic book version of Constantine, who rarely appears clean shaven. So far, so good.) Most of the other character designs have the same vertical lines on their faces, and I do not believe that all of these characters, some of whom are female, were intended to have facial stubble. There is a lot of great talent doing the visual rendering on these DC Showcase shorts, so I hate to be critical, but someone needs to tell them that less is more. (For a good example, check out the excellent Kamandi short on this disc, with artistic renderings inspired by Jack Kirby with a dash of Bruce Timm influence thrown into the mix.)
The English DTS-HD 5.1 audio really pops on all of the shorts. Dialogue comes through consistently at high volume in the mix in a nice blend with music score and sound effects.
Special Features: 3.5/5
DC Showcase: One Story At A Time(16:02): This featurette includes contributions from the creative team behind Constantine: The House of Mystery and the other DC Showcase shorts featured on this disc, such as directors Matt Peters(Constantine: The House of Mystery) and Milo Neuman(Blue Beetle), and producer Rick Morales(Constantine: The House of Mystery; The Losers).
Also included is a paper insert with validation code for digital copy of the shorts via the Movies Anywhere app.
DC Showcase Shorts – Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray is a decent collection of 4 of the DC Showcase shorts, one of which is new to this disc. Of the 4 shorts, my personal favorite was the Blue Beetle, which was a clever parody of 60s and 70s superhero cartoons. (Kamandi was a close second.) The video and audio presentation are without any apparent flaws, even if the special features are minimal. If you have already purchased the other DC animated features over the last couple of years, you probably have all of the other shorts already on other discs, which may diminish the value of purchasing this disc with only 1 new short of 26 minute length. If you do not have these other shorts already, then this DC Showcase Shorts disc makes a nice variety selection of 4 shorts for your viewing pleasure.
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