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Constantine (2005)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the "2-Disc Deluxe Edition" DVD. The single-disc releases do not have a commentary track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Francis Lawrence, producer Akiva Goldsman, and screenwriters Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on June 11th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Lawrence and Goldsman are recorded together, and spliced in with Brodbin and Cappello, recorded together in another session.

There are more silent gaps than there should be in a combined commentary of four participants. Lawrence and Goldsman discuss budget challenges and changes that were made to accommodate the cost. Filming in the LA area was somewhat prohibitive to their finances but they made it work. They point out where scenes were condensed or excised due to cost, some characters that were cut and note how the order of many scenes was switched around during the edit. They wanted a tone that was not self-referential and smug, but to use the POV of the Constantine character to demonstrate his acceptance that supernatural events just happen and are all around us, but most mortals are not aware. They indicate the use of practical or cgi effects as they appear, and provide some production stories, but much of what they say is about plot points, character motivations or merely narration of the on-screen action. Goldsman jokes about some pretentious "Francis Lawrence art shots."

Brodbin started developing the script in 1996, based on Constantine as a supporting character in the Swamp Thing comics. After many drafts, versions, and writers, Cappello came to the project and his ideas supported those of Brodbin. They seem to be satisfied with this adaptation of the comic and their script. They do offer some thoughts on what might have been closer to the comic and their ideas.