Deadpool is the adopted name of a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary (Reynolds) who is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers. Based on the Marvel comic. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Actor/Producer Ryan Reynolds and Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, commentary with Director Tim Miller and Deadpool Co-Creator/Comics Artist Rob Liefeld, 10 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Director Miller (HD 19:14), a gag reel (HD 06:12), the featurette From Comics To Screen…To Screen (HD 80:00), a gallery, Deadpool’s Fun Sack of videos and stills, a sneak peek, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was captured digitally with the Arri Alexa XT Plus camera system at 3.4K and finished at 4K for the Digital Intermediate (DI). A separate 4K review will appear in a future issue. This 2K version exhibits a natural color palette with, at times, strong primaries and hues. Fleshtones are also naturally hued. Contrast is generally good with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Deadpool’s rubbery Spandex suit, in particular, exhibits excellent detail, but resolution is also quite good with respect to facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. But, occasionally, VFX are noticeably less resolved as well as the grayish metallic CGI Colossus. Overall, this is, at times, a great-looking picture that will certainly please fans. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, with a vibrantly active orchestral score spread wide and deep with an enveloping surround presence and strong, deep sub-25 Hz LFE that heightens the sound effects. Surround envelopment is directionalized, especially with respect to panning effects, such as when various vehicles end up as a pile of wreckage. Atmospherics are both nuanced and amplified, which effectively enhance spatial dimension. The two added surrounds really deliver spatially, such as in a scene with pouring rain. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, even as Ryan Reynolds speaks under his spandex mask, and as well is decently integrated spatially. This is a terrific soundtrack with holosonic® qualities that deliver excellent dimensionality. (Gary Reber)