Everyone’s favorite disreputable Super Hero returns in Once Upon a Deadpool, a twist on Deadpool 2 that the whole gang can enjoy.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
20th Century Fox - 2018
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Spanish
Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Jack Kesy, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan
Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
January 15, 2019
"A Fairy-Tale Twist The Whole Gang Can Enjoy"
“From the studio that brought you Anastasia and Ever After comes a fairy tale that doesn’t go by the book. Everyone’s favorite disreputable Super Hero returns with a twist on Deadpool 2 that the whole gang can enjoy. Watch Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) as he teams up with Domino (Zazie Beetz), Cable (Josh Brolin) and the rest of the X-Force to prove that family is not an F-word. With over 20 minutes of new footage and jam-packed with surprises, you’ll wonder why the fudge they even bothered with the original version.” – 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
I reviewed Deadpool 2 when it was released on Blu-ray. This review will contain my comments from that review followed by my thoughts on this PG-13 rated version which retains the primary elements from the original story while adding and subtracting a bit of footage. My ratings for the audio/video are the same as they are identical to the original release. There are no bonus features included here.
I am going to begin this review with some of my opening comments from my review of Deadpool
as they apply to Deadpool 2
"I knew little about the character of Deadpool prior to first getting a glimpse of him in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine
. My son is familiar, and a fan, so when Deadpool
was announced, and hit theaters, we were there opening weekend. There is no need to wax poetic about the plot or Deadpool's place in the Marvel Universe. As we have all been exposed now to a plethora of big screen incarnations of comic book characters brought to life. I think that Hollywood has been doing a pretty good job of late in that regard andDeadpool
is no exception. Unabashedly crass, blissfully unconventional, and just downright loads of fun, Deadpool
had me from the opening credits, and held on through to the end."
Needless to say, I took in Deadpool 2
on opening weekend and yeah, it’s a fun ride, beginning with the opening, right on through to the finale. Josh Brolin’s “Cable” is a scene stealer, not just for his straight man to Deadpool’s nonstop commentary but, for his great gadgets and spot on crusty cool guy, with a soft underbelly. I think I enjoyed the storyline in Deadpool
a bit more but, there is much to like here as Ryan Reynolds treats us to his own particular way of unleashing Deadpool’s vernacular. I really liked Zazie Beetz’s in the role of Domino. She was the perfect blend of capable, cool and sexy.
The action is of the hand-to-hand, small-caliber weapons variety with some elements of big titan flash. Likes its predecessor, what makes Deadpool 2
so entertaining is the infusion of oodles of dialog that comes in the form of quips, one liners, references, and seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, that seem a perfect situational fit. Of course, it should be noted that Deadpool isn't the everyman's superhero, and purposefully so. His perspectives are skewed according to his scale, and his idea of justice is pretty left of center when compared to the typical hero archetypes we are accustomed to. At the end of the day that's fine by me, as I found his cheeky nature, incorrigible brashness, and over the top style to be refreshing.
As I noted with Deadpool
and now with Deadpool 2
, it isn't for everyone, but I reveled in its excellent production elements, eclectic take on the genre, and entertaining execution by the filmmakers and cast. This second go ‘round was every bit as fun as the first and I look forward seeing more of this character.
This Super Duper Cut of Deadpool 2 includes the Theatrical version and the 14 minute longer Unrated Cut which is a nice touch, especially for fans that can’t get enough of Deadpool’s schtick.
I wasn’t really certain that I felt that Once Upon a Deadpool was necessary or worse would bear fruit for those of us that enjoy all that makes the Deadpool films fun to watch. Well, I have to say that this was a good time as well. This incorporates quite a bit of new footage, most of it coming with the inclusion of Fred Savage, who Deadpool sits and reads Once Upon a Deadpool to. Additionally, there is some sequences here that weren’t in the initial versions and, some of the more racy/crass scenes have been omitted/bleeped/blurred out. I didn’t find that it detracted in any way from my enjoyment of the story. I loved the banter between ‘Pool’ and Fred Savage which is spot on. Once Upon a Deadpool makes for a nice companion to the Deadpool films and is worth considering for fans.
Not only does Once Upon a Deadpool help you deliver on that pesky New Year’s Resolution to spend more time with your family, you can also feel all warm and fuzzy about the fact that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be donating $1 from every Blu-ray Purchase or Digital Buy or Rent from January 1 to January 28, 2019 to Fudge Cancer (US only. Minimum donation of $100,000). Fox also donated $1 for each ticket purchased during the film’s festive theatrical release.
The rating is for intense sequences of violence and action, language, sexual content, thematic material, and brief drug material.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Once Upon a Deadpool comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.
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This is an excellent high definition rendering that sports plenty of fine detail and crisp definition that provides discerning dimensional perspective. Colors range from warm and vivid to cool, reserved and almost tonally neutral. This is obviously a creative decision that draws definitive visual boundaries and works quite well. Contrast is strong and blacks are deep without compromise to delineation. Shadowy areas exhibit excellent depth of field and visible gradational stages. I didn’t see any signs of video degrading artifacts or extraneous compression related noise.
The DTS 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack is sure to please those who like to play their systems near reference. This recording has wide dynamic range and boasts superlative clarity and high level detail. Dialog is definitive and appreciably lucid through the center channel. Channel separation and imaging is excellent. This draws out both large and small sound elements and allows their directional correlation based upon the onscreen events to be spot on.
The mix makes effective and often aggressive use of the surround channels to reproduce the spatial and discrete sounds contained in this demanding soundtrack. At times the listening position is bombarded with a combination of discretely placed near field and panning sound effects. The battle sequence at the prison followed by the extended convoy chase and engagement during the finale sound terrific as low frequency effects are applied with authority and occasionally provide room shuddering bass. This is an involving and noteworthy audio presentation that is guaranteed to give your system a workout.
Much like its predecessor Deadpool 2
is an entertaining, albeit road less traveled, genre entry that is blissfully unconventional, and just downright loads of fun. Once Upon a Deadpool
makes for a nice companion to the Deadpool films and adds an entertaining element that I thoroughly enjoyed. This new release contains the same top-notch high definition audio/video as the original release and sounds terrific on Blu-ray. A bonus DVD and Digital Copy are included. Once Upon a Deadpool
is worth considering for series fans and has found a home in my video library.
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