a short and entertaining animated version (on Blu-ray and VOD)

Artistic note: red starred starred stargray stargray star(3/5)

Short content

After rewriting time and defusing the Apokolips War, John Constantine is locked up in the House of Mystery, where he faces a retribution he doesn’t yet understand. Exploring the labyrinths of the house, he finds Zatanna and many friends, but these encounters always end in his brutal death. Caught in an endless loop, the brilliant Constantine begins to understand the path that led him to this prison. Can he outsmart his captor and escape? Or is he destined to serve his sentence forever?

• Título original: DC Showcase Animated Shorts: Constantine The House of Mystery
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: animation, fantasy
• Year: 2022
• Director: Matt Peters
• Cast (VO voice): Matt Ryan, Ray Chase, Robin Atkun Downes, Gray Griffin, Camilla Luddington, Damian O’Hare, Lou Diamond Phillips
• Duration: 26 min 42
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 1.78/1
• Subtitles: French, Dutch, Spanish, English, German
• Soundtracks: DTS-HD MA 5.1 English – Dolby Digital 5.1 French, German, French
• Bonus: short films: Kamandi: the last boy on earth (2021, 18 min 03), The losers (2021, 16 min 03) – blue beetle (2021, 15 mins 30) – DC Showcase: One Story at a Timewith producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman (One story at a time16 mins 02)
• Publisher: Warner Video France

art commentary

The fantastic adventures of DC Comics hero exorcist John Constantine have been made into a movie with Keanu Reeves (2005), in a television series (2014) and also appears as a supporting character in several other films (ArrowLegends of tomorrowJustice League† He was the central character of an animated web series (2018-2019) and several DC animated films (DC Animation Movie Universe) voiced by Matt Ryan. It’s the same actor who doubles the hero’s voice in Constantine’s House of Mystery directed by Matt Peters in 2022 in the DC Showcase series of animated shorts. They are also the three previous titles in the series that are given as a bonus on the Blu-ray but have nothing to do with the character: we recommend that the excellent Kamandi: the last boy on earth† As regards Constantine’s House of Mystery it can be taken as the outcome of the previous episode Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020), even if John Constantine acts alone this time, stuck in the… House of Mystery in which he finds the likes of Zatanna (Camilla Luddington) and Jason Blood (Ray Chase) and shares difficult times with them by constantly dying and being reborn. In this short format, reminiscent of several episodes of the hero’s comic book adventures, the story goes straight to the point, favoring violent, even gory, action sequences and a steady pace. While the plot should be of interest to fans, the revised design of the series may not appeal to everyone, especially when compared to the other short films on offer. Each customization tries to find its hero’s style and images (see bonus): so Kamandi: the last boy on earth find the graphic spirit and bright colors of Jack Kirby while blue beetle is a tribute to that of Steve Ditko. For fans of the DC Animation universe, even if all the short films may seem a bit limited for the content of a Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Constantine House of Mystery

Technical note:

Image : HD copy, excellent definition, very good contrast management, clear image with deep blacks, warm shimmer calibration, vivid colorimetry with nuanced tones, saturated tones, imperfect compression and encoding

To be : 5.1 English mix, clear dialogues, excellent dynamics on the action scenes (explosions) and the music of Robert J. Kral, open spatialization with effective surround effects, solid and much sought-after LFE; VF 5.1 non “lossless”, dynamic and clear, neat and balanced dubbing

Our opinion

Image : red starred starred starred stargray star(4/5)
Sound Mixes: blue starblue starblue starblue stargray star(4/5)
Bonuses: red starred starred starred stargray star(4/5)
packaging: blue starblue starhalf blue stargray stargray star(2.5/5)

IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18305072/

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