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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C-
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

By Sean Connolly     February 18, 2002

The Review!
ADV's tag line for this title, gotta love it huh? Well, first off, Sonic isn't a movie, it's 2 OAVs put together for a "movie." Second, I have no clue what ADV is talking about with Sara here. Ah well. Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie is here on DVD!
First off, the picture on this title looks good. The animation seems very flat though. I figure it's because the budget for the series wasn't very high or just the studio that made it isn't very good. Ah well, there's nothing really special about the picture quality, it's just good. Not great, not pioneer quality, but good.

The sound is your basic 2.0 stereo mix, nothing real special here either. The dialogue is clear and there's no distortion so it gets the job done. I did like the music in Sonic though. It fit the title very well and got you into the story a little bit.

The packaging is...well, there. Nothing special about it. Actually, I think I liked the packaging for Tekken better. The front of the box features Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles with the Sonic logo and it's all very bland. The menu on the other hand is very very good. Different music for each sub-menu as well as it being quick and responsive. ADV ( with their two DVDs... ) are doing pretty well in the menu department.

Now, on the story. I'm just fresh off of totally finishing Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast, and while that game had a great story that managed to incorporate six characters into a grand storyline that stems from mistakes made in the past to the present, this story kinda bites. Well, really bites. You see, this title feels like it should be part of a Sonic anime TV series, instead of on it's own. The story goes like this. Dr. Robotnik ( or Dr. Eggman ) comes to Sonic for help, saying that an evil version of himself has kicked him out of Robotnikland ( Eggmanland ) and has plans to destroy the planet. So, Sonic ( stupidly ) agrees and checks it out. I think you can figure it out from here what happens. Also, if anybody remembers the older Sonic games for the Sega Genesis, then you'll be pleased to see that Hyper Metal Sonic plays a big part in the story. The only other good thing about the story is that Masami Kikuchi ( Tenchi from Tenchi Muyo! ) is the voice of Sonic. Other than that, this title is pretty darn average. Now, if Super Sonic would have been in it...

At any rate, Die-Hard Sonic fans might like it, but who knows. I'd suggest renting this one, or better yet, grab Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast. But otherwise, Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie this one is very, very average.

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