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DC Showcase Shorts – Constantine: The House of Mystery Blu-ray Review

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A nice collection of some past shorts with one new one with John Constantine. 3.5 Stars

Matt Ryan reprises his recurring role as John Constantine in the animated short entitled Constantine: The House of Mystery.

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Disc Information
Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 16 Min.
Package Includes: Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Amaray
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: ABC
Release Date: 05/03/2022
MSRP: $29.98

The Production: 3.5/5

Video: 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.)

Audio: 4/5

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.

Overall: 3.5/5

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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This review has some odd formatting. Is this the final version?

I agree about the animation styles of these DC films. I have a fair number of them, but am not really a fan of the animation which seems reminiscent of old Scooby-Doo cartoons. Seems like they could look better.

I was disappointed when I realized this was just a compilation of shorts, rather than a full-length Constantine film.
 
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This review has some odd formatting. Is this the final version?

I agree about the animation styles of these DC films. I have a fair number of them, but am not really a fan of the animation which seems reminiscent of old Scooby-Doo cartoons. Seems like they could look better.

I was disappointed when I realized this was just a compilation of shorts, rather than a full-length Constantine film.
It seems that the review is not friendly to certain browsers. I saw what you are talking about when I looked at the review on Internet Explorer, in which none of the pictures were visible, and there were large gaps between the paragraphs. I opened the same page on Microsoft Edge and it displayed correctly. If anyone else has this issue, I recommend that you try a different browser.
 

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I'm viewing on Chrome, in HTF's dark mode. Some of the text seems to be highlighted in white?

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This review has some odd formatting. Is this the final version?

I'm viewing on Chrome, in HTF's dark mode. Some of the text seems to be highlighted in white?
I have no explanation for the reason that some text in the review is highlighted in white when viewing on Chrome. For the benefit of anyone who is interested, the template system for this website is provided through WordPress.
 

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The shorts have often been better than the features they accompany, so I certainly don't mind them being collected in one place for what I'll loosely call an "anthology film." I do find it odd that they didn't follow more of a theme and include the Spectre and/or Phantom Stranger shorts.
 

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The shorts have often been better than the features they accompany, so I certainly don't mind them being collected in one place for what I'll loosely call an "anthology film." I do find it odd that they didn't follow more of a theme and include the Spectre and/or Phantom Stranger shorts.
I agree. The additional shorts would have fit in well with the theme, and made the collection a better value.
 

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