Three of the finest films to ever grace the silver sheet have had a running time of 222 minutes.
Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, and now…
The Super Duper Cut of Deadpool 2, one of those extremely rare Marvel productions.
While it plays a bit long – the short cut runs only 119 – it gives the viewer the character arcs and multiple nuances necessary to really understand the storyline, and character mindsets.
While some viewers have found the film self-indulgent, and filled with a bit too much wink-wink-nudge-nudge, breaking the fourth wall humour, those with higher educations will readily catch the various references that play out through the film, to lesser known Shakespearian dramas, along with the best of Ibsen, Chekov and, and more for the handful of four letter utterances, the best of Mamet.
References to lesser films in cinema history also abound.
Best to take notes.
While much of the film moves slowly, especially for a Marvel production, what it adds to the world of classic cinema is undeniable.
With a myriad of effects, it must be noted, in this day of overwrought digital work, that much like the 1992, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, every one of the delicately honed effects is fully produced in the analogue world.
You’ll find nothing so crass here, as the teeming tens of thousands of creatures attacking our heroes in the latest Avengers outing.
In Deadpool 2, it’s all rear-screen projection, practical effects, and rotoscoping.
As a disc, Fox’s new 4k is quite beautiful, with layers of original teal subtlety captured from the original three-strip (acetate) cinematography.
Deadpool 2 is a wonder to behold – it’s original screenplay (no sequel here) from the quills of Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds, probably best known for his acting in Van Wilder: Party Liaison, back in 2002.
It all proves what a difference a copy of Screenwriter, or Final Draft can do.
Audio is huge, with the original recordings being transferred directly from the 32″ wax cylinders to digital domain, and the final mix in Dolby Atmos.
This is one big fillum.
Finished in 2k, the 4k release, looks as good as the 2k original.
Just keep repeating…
Image – 5 (Teal-O-Vision)
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Deadpool 2 is a wonder to behold