Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

I received screener access to watch the Sonic the Hedgehog movie before it becomes available on digital on Tuesday March 31st and then 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™ Combo Packs Arrive May 19. Opinions re my own.

James Marsden is pretty much the king of playing off CGI characters. He is excellent when it comes to smart sassy characters that turn his character’s lives upside down. I also like the work that Ben Schwartz did as the voice of Sonic. He made a perfect voice for this super fast and fun character. The rest of the cast rounds out with Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. His performance is reminiscent of his days on In Living Color. So off the wall.

The humor was good and the action was crazy. All of Dr. Robotnik’s crazy tech was such fun to watch. There was an intense chase scene that just kept going and going with more unbelievable tech. There were some cool parts that made use of just how fast Sonic could go and so many Easter Eggs in the movie.

Overall it was a good adaptation of a video game. The story was good, the action kept coming and the characters were fun. Jim Carrey does a great Dr. Robotnik.

I watched the bonus features as well. In Around the World in 80 Seconds we see a sketch type cartoon of all the places Sonic loves on Earth. It goes really quick so pay attention.

There were also plenty of deleted scenes including the original opening of the movie. We see the outcome of this opening later on in the actual movie but this original opening explains one man’s obsession with Sonic. I think it could have been used later in the movie, though. It was pretty funny. They even expanded upon this character in the second deleted scene. This scene also explained more about how Tom was so special to the town of Green Hills. A couple more scenes were not fully rendered but gave some insight into the movie. More exposition.

My favorite part of the bonus features was For the Love of Sonic. This is where the cast goes and talks about how iconic Sonic is and how it was important to bring him to the big screen. There is much more including commentary through the movie. More about the movie below.

THE ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURE THAT’S FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY SPEEDS HOME FOR DIGITAL PURCHASE MARCH 31!
Level-Up with Bonus Features Including a New Animated Short, Deleted Scenes, Hilarious Bloopers and More! *
4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™ Combo Packs Arrive May 19 with a Limited Edition Comic Book**

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19.

The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with sensational bonus features: See Sonic the Hedgehog’s next adventure around the world in a new animation; get more of Sonic in deleted scenes; laugh at the hilarious blooper reel; explore the origins of the legendary blue hedgehog; see Jim Carrey bring Dr. Robotnik to life; watch along with awesome commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz; and more! Plus, for a limited time, the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo packs will include a printed, Limited Edition comic book featuring an adventure with Sonic and The Donut Lord.

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.

BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL*, 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, & BLU-RAY COMBO

  • 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

The 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD disc releases present the film in Dolby Vision®, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place audio anywhere in the room, including overhead**.

The SONIC THE HEDGEHOG DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

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