Constantine: City of Demons appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, this became a solid presentation.
Sharpness worked well, with virtually no softness on display. Instead, the film boasted accurate, tight visuals.
I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects. Edge haloes remained absent, as did source flaws.
Colors emphasized reds, with additional signs of blues, ambers and purples. These looked pretty bright and dynamic, and the 4K UHD’s HDR palette allowed the tones to seem especially vivid and impactful.
Blacks were deep and dense, while shadows appeared clear and well-depicted. The image excelled.
I also felt pleased with the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it used the spectrum in a lively manner. Given all the film’s magical action, it came with plenty of room for excitement, and it utilized those opportunities well.
In particular, demonic battles spread around the domain in a way that engulfed the listener. Music broadened across the speakers well, and general atmosphere acted to add to the movie’s impact.
Audio quality seemed positive, with speech that felt concise and distinctive. Music appeared rich and full, with bold tones.
Effects boasted a nice punch, as those elements brought accurate, dynamic material that delivered deep low-end. I thought the soundtrack suited the film well.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs provided identical soundtracks.
Visuals showed an upgrade, as the 4K UHD looked tighter and richer. In particular, colors gained a big boost, as the HDR added real zest to the hues. The 4K UHD delivered the stronger rendition of the film.
No extras appear on the 4K, but the included Blu-ray Disc throws in materials, and we open with The Sorcerer’s Occultist, a 13-minute, 38-second featurette. It provides info from director Doug Murphy, executive producer David S. Goyer, occult expert Jason Louv and producer Butch Lukic.
“Sorcerer” discusses “real magic” as well as aspects of Constantine’s character and universe. This becomes a reasonably interesting piece, though I find it a little disturbing that Louv really appears to believe in the sort of magic seen in the film.
We also get a 20-minute, 50-second 2018 WonderCon Panel that features writer JM DeMatteis, EVP of Blue Ribbon Content Peter Girardi, and actor Matt Ryan. They discuss the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, and a few connected topics.
Though a three-participant panel seems oddly limited, DeMatteis, Girardi and Ryan cover the time well. This exists as a promo appearance but it comes with enough substance to make it worth a look.
Under trailers, we get ads for Batman Ninja and Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. No promo for Demons appears here.
Basically the Se7en of DC animated films, Constantine: City of Demons offers a dark, gruesome tale. It uses its themes well and becomes an unusually thoughtful, morally ambiguous effort that turns into a satisfying effort. The 4K UHD brings excellent picture and very good audio along with minor supplements. Not something to watch with the family, City should definitely satisfy its target audience, and the 4K UHD becomes the best version of the film.
To rate this film, visit the prior review of CONSTANTINE: CITY OF DEMONS