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DC Entertainment may be killing it right now on The CW with the likes of Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrrow, and soon Supergirl, but that was not always the case.  Constantine was a short-lived TV show that aired on NBC, based on the popular character from Hellblazer.  It ran for about one season and then was unfortunately canceled.  Star Matt Ryan has reprised the role in an episode of Arrow and will be voicing the character in the upcoming animated film, Justice League Dark.  While the show has become available for streaming on CW Seed, there was no home video release...until now.  Warner Archive Collection and DC Entertainment will be releasing Constantine: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 4th, 2016.

Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to Hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil … until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back to where they belong. After that, who knows ... maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

“Actors don’t generally like to revisit their own filmed performances, but I really enjoyed watching the episodes myself because Constantine is such a bold, outright character – both to play and to watch,” says Ryan. “He’s this brilliant ball of wise-cracking, chain-smoking street magic – and it’s so much fun exploring his fascinating, dark world of torment and mystery. I’m happy the fans will now have the opportunity to experience the series on Blu-ray, plus all the bonus features.”

The cast features Angélica Celaya (Dallas) as Zed, Charles Halford (True Detective, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Chas and Harold Perrineau (Lost, Blade: The Series) as Manny.  Guest appearances include Jeremy Davies (Justified), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Preacher), David A. Gregory (One Life To Live), Michael James Shaw (Roots, Limitless), Claire van der Boom (Game of Silence, Hawaii Five-0), Skyler Day (Parenthood), Mark Margolis (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Oz), Charles Parnell (The Last Ship), Michael McGrady (Ray Donovan, Southland), Joelle Carter (Justified) and Max Charles (The Strain, The Neighbors).

Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based on the wildly popular comic book character from DC.

All thirteen episodes will be included on three discs.  Special features include a trailer, an On the Set featurette, the 2014 Comic-Con Panel Q&A with cast and creators, and DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Arrow.  

I dug what little I saw of Constantine when it aired.  I got a chance to see the pilot early during a special screening at New York Comic Con and I thought it was pretty cool and sufficiently scary.  Unfortunately, I fell off after a couple episodes and didn't get a chance to catch up before the show was pulled.  I'm happy to see this release coming and will definitely look to pick it up once it's available.

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