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Sonic The Hedgehog 4K UHD Review

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“Sonic The Hedgehog” is better than one might expect. 

The Plot: After being hunted, the legendary blue hedgehog speedster Sonic is forced to go to another planet as a safety precaution by his guardian Longclaw. Sonic ends up on Earth, but lives in solitude and in secret in a small Montana town called Green Hills. After Sonic accidentally creates an EMP, his world is turned upside down when he becomes hunted by the evil genius Dr. Robotnik AND makes his presence known to two human allies in a local Sheriff (Tom) and his veterinarian wife (Maddie).

It’s no secret video game movies have a terrible reputation. With a few exceptions, Hollywood and filmmakers alike have struggled to figure out how to translate games to the big screen. Thankfully, ‘Sonic’ turns out to be one of the better video game movies.

“Sonic The Hedgehog” initially seemed doom to fail after a disastrous first trailer showcased a hideous design of the iconic Sega character. Luckily, the character was properly redesigned to a digital creation that more resembled the video game counterpart because it GREATLY benefited the movie as a whole. I couldn’t imagine having to stare at that original design for 99 minutes. 

In terms of the Jeff Fowler directed and Pat Casey and Josh Miller scripted film itself, it’s nothing all that special from a storytelling perspective. It’s a mostly small scale “fish out of water” tale filled with pop culture references, easter eggs for Sonic fans, Quicksilver and Flash rip-off moments, jokes, sight gags, cliches, and lots of chase sequences. What the movie does have a lot of is fun and that’s really what is needed most right now in these dark times. If you can look past the various flaws, ‘Sonic’ is just a downright entertaining ride. It’s a breezy video game movie with heart and humor. It’s no surprise that it has generally been well received by audiences. It’s also no surprise that this is sure to be a new franchise for Paramount as there’s so much potential for bigger and better stories in this universe. 

Acting wise, this is Jim Carrey’s movie if I’m being honest. Sure, Ben Schwartz is having a blast voicing the titular character, but it’s Jim Carrey who gives arguably his best performance since “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.” He completely relishes in playing an over-the-top, scene stealing villain and it’s a delight to watch. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter are perfunctory here as the normal human leads.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? This is one of the best looking discs I’ve seen lately. It takes full advantage of the 4K format.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? A deliciously loud Atmos track. Note: There are multiple language options available here. 

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* A bonus comic called “Sonic The Hedgehog: The Adventures Of Sonic And Donut Lord.”
* A talkative commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Sonic voice actor Ben Schwartz.
* 5 deleted scenes with an intro by Jeff Fowler.
* A music video for “Speed Me Up.”
* 2 minutes of bloopers.
* “Around The World In 80 Seconds”- A short Sonic travelogue
* “For The Love Of Sonic”- A featurette about Sonic’s transition to the big screen basically.
* “Sonic On Set”- A look at voice actor Ben Schwartz on set
* “The Blue Blur: Origins Of Sonic “-A look at Sonic’s video game origins
* “Building Robotnik With Jim Carrey”- A featurette on the villainous character played by Jim Carrey. 

 

May 15, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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