Hi kids! Today, we’re going to dive into Deadpool, including but not limited to a long-winded diatribe on the character and a look at one of the specialest features to be found on Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut.
Deadpool is a character that works best once he has been freed by the bonds of good taste. It’s what makes Deadpool a great “sometimes food,” but not a character I’d follow all the time. Even in the comics, where he’s had a really great run by Gerry Dugan and collaborators over the past few years, I’m good for a trade or two and then I’m out. Too much Deadpool is just that, and it’s easily overdone. But every now and again, there’s an itch that you need to scratch with a whole lotta crazy. I’m fairly sure Ryan Reynolds and company behind the Deadpool movie franchise get this. That’s why when it’s Deadpool time, there’s a madcap multi-media blitz that’s all in—and all over.
From Trolli sour gummy hands to the movie covers redone starring DP to taking over segments of Colbert’s Late Show in character–the marketing for the movie was better than the movie itself.
And because it was so oversaturating for the theatrical release, by the time Deadpool 2 was released on Blu Ray/4K/Digital/etc., I’d had enough. I’d loved the marketing leading up to the movie’s release. I enjoyed the movie in theaters. It had some rough spots, most notably a beginning 20 minutes or so that were so down and depressing they almost turned me off the movie entirely, until it turned things around and made for a really fun movie. X-Force was great! The end credit sequence was probably the best I’ve ever seen since the trend started with all of these super-hero movies 10 years ago. Feel free to relive the majesty of our Deadpool 2 review podcast. At that point, I was ready for a break from the crazy. I’d had enough of Deadpool everywhere. They released a second round of Blu Ray sleeves with Deadpool covers. Cute. A fun way to sell more copies of City Slickers, but the moment had passed. I wasn’t planning on watching Deadpool 2 again for a bit until I needed to scratch that crazy itch again.
Then, someone at work asked me if I’d had a chance to watch the Super Duper Cut of Deadpool, with 15 minutes of additional footage. No, I did not. Maybe it was time for another dip into the crazy sooner than I anticipated.
The other thing worth mentioning about Deadpool is that while it is a Marvel comic character, it is a Fox movie franchise, at least for the time being until our Mouse overlords overtake us all. Fox is notoriously bad with its super hero franchises. They are second only to Sony, who as a company, recognized they were so bad with the Marvel properties, they basically gave Spider-man back to Marvel Studios for rescuing. Maybe that makes Fox worse, because at least Sony eventually learned from their mistakes. Fox ran the Fantastic Four franchise into the ground first with mediocre movies and then with one so bad that nobody wants to take credit for it. The X-franchise will have hiccups of awesomeness, but then they follow it up with meh fare like X-Men: Alpaca Lipps.
Fox didn’t even want to release the first Deadpool movie. It was only after test footage was leaked online to such a tremendous response that they changed their tune. At that point, as long as the budget was low enough, they were practically guaranteed a hit. The true Fox version of Deadpool appeared in X-Men: Origins: Wolverine. They cast Ryan Reynolds in the part, which is inarguably great casting. However, from there, they messed it all up.They took the character known as the Merc with a Mouth and sewed his mouth shut. And they gave him Baracca from Mortal Kombat blades. And they put him in a movie that (outside of a fun Wolverine and Sabertooth through the years montage) was a steaming hot pile of garbage resting on the festering corpse of the hopes for comic book movies that were actually good. It was bad. They demonstrated their total lack of respect and understanding of the character and made him into the opposite of what he
was supposed to be. It was sooooo bad. So anyway, based on their track records, I’m much more likely to side with the Deadpool movie creators than I am to go with whatever choices Fox studios are going to make.
I’m glad I took the time to see the director’s cut. I can only imagine the Fox execs trying to sap all the fun out of the character for the theatrical release. “Hey, Ryan, have you considered taking out all the over the top stuff and sewing Deadpool’s mouth shut? Then, we won’t have to worry about that pesky R rating or making a movie people want to see.”
The Super Duper Cut takes my criticisms of the theatrical release of movie and puts them to bed with only a whisper of inappropriate touching. It dials up the blast on Cable’s ridiculously big guns up to 11 and lets go. It also lets go of any restrictions on good taste or sanity–the way a Deadpool movie is supposed to be.
They handle suicidal Deadpool by steering into the skid and showing his off the wall suicide attempts (including feeding himself to the bears at the zoo during open hours). They expand on the woodchipper. They kill babies–maybe. The violence has been upped, but the movie felt more cohesive and less depressing than the first time out. Deadpool is more Bugs Bunny having chaotic fun than your depressed friend who posts for attention on social media. The dialogue definitely had more of an anarchic tilt to it this time around. The jokes are more biting–there are political references, more sexual vulgarity, and just plain different jokes in different situations. They don’t wait to give in to Deadpool’s manic impulses as they are on full display as soon as the movie begins. I definitely feel some parts of the theatrical release were trimmed in the Super Duper cut, but the overall movie is better for it. If you’re only going to watch Deadpool 2 once, I’d recommend the Super Duper Cut as the way to go. Then, you can try the theatrical version if you wanna, it’s not bad. It’s just not as good. They try too hard to contain Deadpool for mass appeal purposes, whereas the SD version gives into the craziest aspects of Deadpool.
I’m not going to spoil things bit by bit, but there are others on the internet that will do that for you gladly. This one seemed comprehensive, I hope they don’t mind my linking it.
A word to the wise, the bonus version is only available on the Blu-Ray and higher versions of the movie, so those that are still just rocking regular DVDs will be out of luck. Sorry.
It’s worth seeing, but I don’t think it’s worth upgrading if you haven’t gone hd by now.
Until next time,
My blogs will remain the ones with extended editions released later on down the line to sell you the same thing again!