TURN ON THE ENGLISH CAPTIONS WHEN YOU WATCH IT. THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE UPLOAD, JUST NOT HARDOCDED ONTO THE VIDEO FILE TO MAXIMIZE QUALITY! EDIT: AND NOW UPLOADED WITH THE 1999 ADV ENGLISH DUB TOO! Back in 1998, in the early days of the Sonic web fandom, I downloaded RM media files of the original, unsubbed, 2 episode OVA in Japanese. This was the first anime title I ever saw in Japanese, and I remember the pain of having to download RM files in 5 minute fragments, bit by bit, on a 28.8kb modem, until I finally had the whole thing. I also had to keep a separate fan translated text document up of the entire episode so I could actually understand what was going on, as no one ever did a proper fansub release of the OVA in those days. I still own my original 1999 DVD copy of the release. I made early 90s fangames based off of Metal Sonic's mechanics in this OVA. Needless to say, I've got a lot of personal attachment to this weird little title. If you've been following me on other social media, you'll know I've been experimenting with 4K fan edits of various different franchises and have some experience upscaling SD/HD material into 4K HDR already. And so, my latest release is relevant to this community and I thought I'd share it here with you. This is a Bicubic 4K HDR Upscale and color-regrading of the 1996 Sonic the Hedgehog OVA (AKA the 1999 US release, "Sonic the Movie"). The starting point for the upscale is a source taken directly from the best available DVD ISO source, which is then further upscaled/processed from there. The editing is done in Adobe Premiere Pro 2019, and various filters are used on the source in order to create an upscale that preserves/sharpens the largest amount of the original detail that can be found in the video source without creating a ton of extra bad looking artificial noise like that which you would often see in some of the rater infamous AI Based upscales that are all the rage lately. Colors are tweaked and tested to retain as much of the original look/tone as possible while still giving them a slight pop without over-saturating them or burning out details (A common problem I've seen in other releases). Contrast, Shadows, Black, White, and Highlights are all manually adjusted to give the color grading extra HDR depth so that the bright glowing energy effects also pop on a nice HDR screen without again over-saturating or distorting the original image. Personally, I'm very happy with the end result here and I feel this is the best looking encode of the OVA, certainly on any streaming site, but likely also elsewhere. Finally, what most fans don't recall is that the original US home video release was actually slightly edited. I've reversed those edits in this release by restoring the missing bits from a lower quality 360p source, complete with the missing credits sequence, the extra intro bit of OVA 2, and title cards restored into their proper place. It may seem like a small detail to most, but the lack of title cards and original Episode 1 ending credits (which has a slightly different cut of LookAlike) has bugged me for years. The upscale will look considerably poorer here based on the low quality source used, but it's better than nothing. The original video file is output in 4K with the new 10-bit HDR data intact, which has been uploaded directly to youtube, using the Japanese Audio track, with soft subtitles. I could also release this file with the dub too if people wished. The original video file is encoded with a highly efficient x265 HEVC codec and comes out to a fairly sizable (but still efficiently encoded) 6GB file size. I have not started to distribute the original file yet, and may or may not do so depending on demand. If I do so, it would be in an MKV container file and likely be dual audio with the original dub intact and soft subtitles (which can be triggered on and off) included. Downscaling this back to a 1080P SDR file is also possible and I have done it before to great success in other projects. Of course, Youtube lets you watch it in whatever resolution you want, but compression tends to get worst at lower resolutions, so beware. Finally, because this is a 'true' HDR release, it is best watched on either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and you need a 10-bit capable display/monitor to support proper color output, with HDR mode enabled if you are on Windows. Firefox Youtube, for example, will not show HDR video even if all other settings are correct. Youtube instead takes the HDR data and makes a "best guess" on what it 'thinks' the colors should be and converts them to SDR... with the end result usually being decent looking, but not quite right. For best results, watch on Chrome, Edge, or on your SmartTV, SmartPhone, or a modern high end tablet as most newer devices support proper HDR output when streaming. For those of you who want to nag me about copyright issues, piracy, ect. ect., don't. Bandai Channel has already claimed the video and blocked it exclusively in Japan, which is fine with me. If they cared more, they'd block it globally, as they could so with the push of a button. It is fully viewable everywhere else. I don't care at all about making money off of this release, and SEGA has left it unlicensed in the USA for a decade now with seemingly no intent to return/restore it. Most google results for "Sonic the Movie" will instead turn up the 2020 film anyway. Of course, if Sega decided to do an official release of the original film canisters, scanned for a Blu-Ray Release, that'd be best, but I doubt that will ever happen at this stage, and until it does, I believe this remains as our best alternative to see a high quality encode of this release. Hope you guys enjoy it.