December 10, 2023

FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

Review | Sonic the Hedgehog – Now on Digital

Sonic’s the name. Speed’s his game!

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.


Today marks the early digital release of the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will also 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.

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and James Marsden in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.


Raised in the video game era of Atari and of course Sega, Sonic was my natural progression from playing Pac-Man non-stop. A cute blue creature that collected rings much like my beloved Pac-Man ate dots. Then, as the years went by, and I got older, (it was released in 1991) and my nephews got more into video games, they also started loving Sonic as did my youngest son, it’s like it was passed down through generations, each one loving him more than the last.

So to say we were all excited for this movie was an understatement and once they figured out the CGI to bring him to life in the way he should have been, we couldn’t wait!  Thanks to Paramount, we were able to view a digital screener since we weren’t able to see it in the theaters before this whole pandemic started.

 If you didn’t already know, Sonic lives on another planet, so he is essentially an alien. His golden rings are portals that he can use to jump in and out of. In the movie he ends up on earth where he has to navigate interacting with humans all the while hiding his abilities, mainly running faster than anything humans have ever seen. His ability gets the attention of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) when he accidentally knocks out the power grid. Jim Carrey is phenomenal as Robotnik and I couldn’t have wanted anyone else to play that character. He nails it!

While in hiding he meets Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet. Does he? You need to watch to see for yourself! All I know is that I really enjoyed the nostalgia of this movie, from the visuals of the characters to the sound effects that transport you right back to playing the games. It’s light-hearted and really funny, something we all need right now. As far as a video game adaption, this is a solid 10 from me.



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