Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jeff Fowler
Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey
Rated: PG/Region O/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Paramount Pictures

Powered with incredible speed, Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this action-packed hit that’s fun for the whole family.

I must admit upfront that I wasn’t the biggest Sonic the Hedgehog fan as a kid. I had a Nintendo for the most part outside of my Sega Game Gear and I preferred Mario over Sonic. So I went into this one a bit more blindly, as I wasn’t in the know for a hung of Sonic’s origin. That might be a good thing to do with this, I’m not sure. I do want to give everyone credit who made this for going with a way to bring Sonic into the real world and not play it safe with the idea of just having him in his game world most know him from. This one sets up and a plot, a purpose for his gold rings, and we end up with Sonic on Earth hiding from people trying to take his powers only for people on Earth to try to do the same. Luckily he’s made some human friends (or in the process of) and the adventure of keeping Sonic safe is the plot that pushes this one forward. It’s an overall fun movie but a lot of this will be slapping a whole lot better with the kids I’m sure.

The silly and evil Dr. Robotnik is on the trail of Sonic here and he is played by Jim Carrey. Now, I’ve been around for all of the heydays of Jim Carrey. I’ve seen him at his most goofy with stuff like The Cable Guy and I’ve seen him being extremely tolerable in other things like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. For better or for worse, Jim is in 90s’ form here with his performance and that could turn some folks away, as it is a bit hit and miss for at least me. Other than that, it wasn’t a bad movie. It was a little simple and it comes with a whole lot of bells and whistles to go along with things. It tries very hard to be funny and more times than not that works. I don’t know if this movie will be spawning a franchise of movies or not, but at least Sonic comes to the screen at a time where they stick mostly to the source, unlike the old days when we got such things as Mario and Double Dragon. We don’t have a whole lot in the running against it, but this is one of the more solid movies I’ve seen based on a video game.

Extras

  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
  • DOLBY ATMOS AUDIO TRACK
  • Audio Commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz
  • Around the World in 80 Seconds—See Sonic’s next adventure!
  • Deleted Scenes—Director Jeff Fowler introduces deleted scenes
  • Bloopers—Laugh along with Jim Carrey and the cast
  • “Speed Me Up” Music Video
  • For the Love of Sonic—Jim Carrey and the cast discuss what Sonic the Hedgehog means to them
  • Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey—See Jim Carrey bring supervillain Dr. Robotnik to life
  • The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic—Explore the origins of the legendary Blue Blur
  • Sonic On Set—Visit the set with the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%

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