Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Fred Savage
Release Date: January 15, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
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.
Get ready for a warm and fuzzy Holiday tale for the ages. Well, sort of. ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ retells the story of ‘Deadpool 2’ in a more family-friendly manner. Intentionally keeping things at a PG-13 level for the young ones, our hero Deadpool kidnaps the beloved Fred Savage and recreates the bedroom setting from ‘The Princess Bride’ and like it or not, forces Fred to lay there and listen to him recount the story of his latest film outing while making sure to avoid the gore, bloodshed and dreaded F Bombs for this family event; even coming equipped with his own beeper to censor any unexpected naughty language. So gather those pre-teens you weren’t comfortable letting watch ‘Deadpool 2’ in its original form for a new, goofy edition of the “family classic” the whole family (or at least most of it) can enjoy together.
While ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ does offer some new footage primarily in the way of the bookend moments between Deadpool and Fred Savage created specifically for this version, as well as some other minor new goodies (see the tribute to Stan Lee via wall graffiti on screenshot 4 for instance), it also as expected tames down most of the violence and much of the language, while also occasionally offering a few contributions from the extended cut of the movie. Yet altogether, the fact remains that this is very much still another edition of ‘Deadpool 2’ so for those looking for a review of the film itself, please check out my prior review of the initial ‘Deadpool 2’ Blu-ray release which you can Read Here!
Overall, ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ does contain some new and at times quite amusing content (particularly the enjoyable interactions between Deadpool and Fred Savage) and offers a tamer, more family friendly version of ‘Deadpool 2’ which may be something many parents would like to keep on hand, yet those who already own the previous Blu-ray release of ‘Deadpool 2’ or don’t have any specific desire to own what is basically a censored version with some added sparkle probably won’t find it worth coughing up the funds for a double dip. Especially considering the release offers no extras or additional content whatsoever aside from that included within the actual film. Those who overly enjoyed this cut or would prefer a slightly tamer version for their kids on the other hand (as well as those diehard fans that simply want to own everything Deadpool related) are certain to be generally pleased with this release’s technical merits and shouldn’t be disappointed with a purchase.
As was the case with ‘Deadpool 2’, the Blu-ray release of ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ also features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. Also quite like that previous release, this video presentation looks fantastic and delivers a sharp, clean and richly colored presentation from start to finish with no noticeable faults or issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up without issue even during the fast moving action sequences and darkly lit scenes, never allowing anything on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a magnificent high definition video presentation that looks great around every turn and should easily satisfy.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a clean, crisp and hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send bullets, debris, music, crowd chatter and a great deal more constantly whipping throughout the various speakers whenever fitting, and always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clear and fully audible. Overall, this is a spectacular 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that makes a fantastic compliment to the onscreen fun and contributes plenty of extra entertainment to the mix itself.
Unfortunately, the Blu-ray release of ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ does not include any bonus content or supplements whatsoever. Even the disc menu is basically a duplicate of the previous ‘Deadpool 2’ Blu-ray release.