Sonic the Hedgehog appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The movie offered an excellent visual presentation.
Sharpness worked very well. Any instances of softness remained confined to a handful of interiors and seemed negligible, as overall definition appeared excellent. No signs of jaggies or moiré effects occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, the movie went with Hollywood Standard Teal and Orange - heavy orange and teal, so dominant that actors occasionally went all Oompa-Loompa on us. Despite these extremes, the disc depicted the tones as intended, and they felt positive within those parameters. The Dolby Vision presentation’s HDR added zing and impact to the colors.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows looked smooth and clear. HDR brought extra power to whites and contrast as well. The image satisfied.
I also liked the excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Sonic. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, it gave us an exciting presentation.
With so much action on display, the soundscape boasted many opportunities to shine, and it took advantage of them. The elements used the various channels in an active, dynamic manner. Add to that nice stereo music and some directional dialogue to end up with an engrossing soundfield.
Audio quality also pleased. Music was peppy and full, while speech seemed natural and concise.
Effects appeared dynamic and accurate, with solid low-end response. The soundtrack kicked into high gear often enough to earn an “A-“.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Expect identical audio, as both discs came with the same Atmos mix.
The Dolby Vision visuals worked better than the Blu-ray, though, as the 4K UHD seemed better defined, with more vivid colors and deeper blacks. This felt like a nice upgrade to an already appealing Blu-ray.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, but some materials show up on the included Blu-ray copy, and we open with an audio commentary from director Jeff Fowler and actor Ben Schwartz. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the adaptation of the video game and story/characters, Easter eggs, cast and performances, various effects, sets and locations, and connected areas.
Overall, this becomes a pretty good commentary. Though he offers some of his own perspective, Schwartz acts more as a moderator, and this helps the track progress at a good pace. Though a bit superficial at times, the discussion moves nicely and covers enough useful topics to merit a listen.
Despite its title, Around the World in 80 Seconds actually lasts one minute, 48 seconds. This shows crude drawn-on-notebook-paper animation in which we see Sonic travel to various international locations.
Schwartz narrates, and that adds some charm. Otherwise, this seems like a forgettable reel.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of 12 minutes, 55 seconds. Two of these show more of “Crazy Carl”, and we get an extended/alternate origin tale for Sonic.
The fourth brings minor exposition, while the final one provides comedy with secondary roles. The Carl scenes offer some intrigue, but the others feel largely forgettable.
This area comes with a 28-second intro from Fowler. He doesn’t tell us anything of significance.
A collection of Bloopers fills two minutes, 13 seconds. Given the presence of Jim Carrey, I hoped for a lot of improv lines, but instead this becomes the usual goofs and giggles.
A music video for “Speed Me Up” by Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child appears. This mixes movie clips with lip-synch performance much of the time. The song’s fairly catchy as well.
However, it also gives us 16-bit representations of the musicians, and these offer some fun.
Four featurettes follow, and For the Love of Sonic runs four minutes. It involves Schwartz, Fowler, executive producer Tim Miller, producer Toby Ascher, writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller, and actors James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Tika Sumpter.
They discuss the game and its move to the big screen. A few insights emerge but the show feels fairly fluffy most of the time.
Building Robotnik goes for four minutes, two seconds and features Carrey, Marsden, Fowler, Sumpter, and executive producer Neal H. Moritz. We learn a little about Carrey’s performance, but mostly we find happy talk.
Next comes The Blue Blur, a six-minute, 21-second reel that involves Marsden, Fowler, Moritz, Sumpter, Carrey, Casey, Josh Miller, Tim Miller, Ascher, Schwartz, Sonic Chief Brand Oficer Ivo Gerscovich, and video game designer Takashi Iizuka.
“Blur” offers a quick look at the origins and development of the Sonic video game. This becomes a pretty efficient overview, albeit one with some of the usual fluff.
Finally, Sonic on Set lasts three minutes, 27 seconds and gives us notes from Schwartz, Marsden, Fowler, Moritz and animation supervisor Clement Yip. The show provides a look at Schwartz’s performance. While short, it comes with some useful notes.
As family entertainment, Sonic the Hedgehog tends to play it safe, but that doesn’t seem like a terrible choice. With just enough sass to amuse adults, the film becomes a fairly likable kid-friendly flick. The 4K UHD boasts excellent picture and audio as well as a reasonable array of supplements. Expect a perfectly watchable effort here.
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