Once Upon a Deadpool is coming to digital HD and Blu-ray on January 15. The PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, "a fairy-tale twist on Deadpool 2 the whole gang can enjoy," was released just last month in theaters ahead of Christmas not only to help benefit from the holiday moviegoing crowd, but to also give younger viewers a chance to experience the movie without a parent or guardian present. The experiment was met with mixed results, but for those who enjoyed what the toned down version of the Merc With a Mouth had to offer, the action is coming home very soon.
20th Century Fox has announced that both the digital and physical versions of the Deadpool Christmas recut will arrive the same day on Tuesday, January 15. More often than not these days, the digital HD version of the movie will come out a couple of weeks before the physical Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves. In this case, Fox decided to forgo that and just deliver the goods however one might want them all at once. Unfortunately, their announcement didn't include anything in the way of exclusive special features, which is often part of what can influence one's decision to purchase a movie.
Deadpool 2 was a massive box office success, bringing in $735 million worldwide. Fans were very excited to see Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) enter the fold, in addition to the rest of the X-Force, even if it was only for a brief period of time. But, much like the first movie, it was very much R-rated and that does alienate some of the potential audience. So, the studio hatched plans for a special PG-13 release, which ultimately became Once Upon a Deadpool.
Fox shot more than 20 minutes of additional footage for the release, getting Fred Savage to come on board, more or less reprising his role from The Princess Bride while Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson tells him the story we came to know in Deadpool 2. The results were a bit mixed, as critics largely didn't seem to think the gimmick justified its own release, and many moviegoers seemed to feel similarly. As it stands, Once Upon a Deadpool has a 52 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, to go with a 53 percent audience rating. During its run in theaters, the movie brought in $7 million.
But it's not all bad. Fox donated $1 from each ticket sale during its theatrical release to the Fudge Cancer charity foundation. In addition, Fox will be donating $1 from every Blu-ray purchase, digital purchase or rental from now to January 28, 2019, to Fudge Cancer as well. At minimum, they promise to donate $100,000. 20th Century Fox also release the Blu-ray box art, which you can check out below. The box proudly boasts that the movie is presented "in glorious PG-13."