After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Director: David Leitch
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds, Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller
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Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Four-disc set (2 BD-100, 2 BD-50)
4K Ultra HD
Slipcover in original pressing
Region A (B, C untested)
Deadpool 2 is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1. Despite this evidently having been finished at a 2K DI (per the IMDb), unlike the first film, which was (again according to the IMDb) finished at 4K, I found this to be a largely pleasing upgrade in both detail levels and palette nuances. (As with the 1080p Blu-ray versions, I noticed no differences whatsoever in quality between the two versions included with this release.) What repeatedly struck me in the early part of the film in the 4K presentation was the contrasting and combination of (intentional) teal tones with reds and greens. Some of these new highlights are quite evident in the brief Hong Kong sequence early in the film (one which kind of cheekily seems to quickly reference Edward Hopper's immortal Nighthawks), but it's evident again somewhat later in the bathhouse sequence. There are nice upticks in elements like the ribbed pattern of Deadpool's suit (though it once again looked like the chest area was on the verge of some "jitters" as I mentioned in the Deadpool 2 Blu-ray review ). Fine detail in things like the little tufts of pill on the shoulder of Wade's cool blue sweater in the early bar scene are also quite precise and natural looking. There's a bit of fuzziness in some of the interiors of Wade's apartment (aside and apart from the intentional softness of what I term the "Hallmark moments" which also take place there). Some elements unique (or perhaps prolonged) in the Super Duper Cut, like the grilled window behind Russell as he's being "re-educated" also are arguably even more detailed in the 4K version. There are also what looked to me like a higher prevalence of gray tones in the background, including in some sequences that have a slightly more desaturated look in this version, as in the sequence where Deadpool meets Russell.
While I'm scoring the 4K version's Dolby Atmos track, as I did with the 1080p Blu-ray DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track, I have to say that I found some of the Atmos engagement on this version to be on the subtle side. It's certainly in evidence, including right off the bat with the pre-imagery "click and flick" of a cigarette lighter, but this struck me as a somewhat less "showy" Atmos track than I personally expected. That said, this offers the same ubiquitous (even cacophonous at times) surround activity that the 7.1 track does, and some of the set pieces, like the big "runaway bus" sequence, have excellent placement in all of the channels. Once again, fidelity is spot on, dynamic range is very wide, and all elements are delivered cleanly and clearly with no problems whatsoever.
Note: As with many Fox releases, the audio specs can be different on the 1080p Blu-ray and 4K UHD discs. The specs above are with regard to the 4K UHD disc(s), though the English Descriptive Audio listed is only available on the Theatrical Version in 4K.
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