It’s been just three months since Deadpool was released in cinemas to become the unlikeliest comic book success story since Guardians Of The Galaxy. Point of fact: Deadpool was actually a more lucrative venture than both Guardians Of The Galaxy and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice! So how does the film stack up a quarter of a year later? It’s still a whole lot of fun, despite a pretty generic plot and a tofu-bland villain. A big part of that fun comes from Ryan Reynolds’ career defining performance, and a knowing, clever script. Plus the ultra-violence. Ya gotta have the ultra-violence!
In terms of the digital release, however, it’s all about the extra features, and on that front, Deadpool does not disappoint. Included is the obligatory gag reel, which features a few isolated chuckles, but is hardly unmissable. Then there’s 20 plus minutes of deleted and extended scenes (presented both with and without commentary). There’s solid stuff here, including a great sequence called “Cancer World Tour”, which adds more depth to the relationship between Wade and Vanessa (the heart of the film). Pacing wise, you can see why it was cut, but it’s worth checking out for completists or folks who just want more Morena Baccarin.
Over 80 minutes of short “From Comic To Screen…To Screen” documentaries give an insight into the film’s long and often painful development process and, of course, there’s an audio commentary from Ryan Reynolds and the other principals. Rounding out the package is “Deadpool’s Fun Sack”, which basically collects the movie’s glorious and clever marketing clips, internet videos, and general fourth wall-breaking malarky. Deadpool’s digital and DVD/Blu-ray release won’t convert those who are immune to the appeal of the merc with a mouth, but for those of us who aren’t dead on the inside, it’s a good-sized package that may find a perfect fit inside you.
Deadpool is available on Digital from May 11. Get it here on iTunes. Deadpool is available on Blu-ray and DVD from May 25.