Review: Sonic 25th Anniversary Sound Selection CD / DVD
The Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Soundtrack was released on June 22 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog which was on June 23.
I had ordered the Boxset from CDJapan, who are selling it for 4000 yen which is approx $50 in AUD and USD.
I discovered this CD by accident while looking to see if CD Japan had any Sonic CDs I did not have. This release was announced very quietly although many popular internet news sites like Tails Channel and TSSZ news picked up news of the CD for Publicity.
The CD contains 2 Discs, 25 tracks on each disc adding up to 50 tracks in total. It’s pretty much the generic set of collections, featuring music from Sonic 1 , 2 , 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic R, Sonic CD, Adventure 1 & 2, etc, and then goes through most of the Sonic games until modern times, with the addition of a few new tracks, the “Theme of Sonic Toon” (Which is called Sonic Boom in English) including a few tracks from Sonic Runners, which have been released on CD for the first time, including “Theory of Attack” a track I said to Tomoya Ohtani on Facebook that it was my favorite one from the game when he asked me what was the track I liked most from Sonic Runners, I am glad they put in this one on Disc 2 to end the CD. The version of Palmtree Panic included in this release is from the Japanese Soundtrack which is a shame because I prefer the US Soundtrack to Sonic CD but that’s not really a big deal.
There are however, lots of surprises and changes in this collection. With the inclusion of Windy Hill Zone theme from Sonic Lost World, the original version of For True Story, High and Broken from Sonic & The Secret Rings and With Me from Sonic and the Black Knight.
Most of the main theme songs to the Sonic games are their original opening edits. But then again I guess they had to fit 25 songs on Each Disc somehow. This album generally focuses more on Stage Music than Theme Songs, even omitting the full version of Open your Heart and only including the Sonic Adventure Intro version.
The only two full length themed tracks are We Can, and With Me.
Now i’m going to talk about what everybody’s asking for; the DVD. What’s on it? Is it worth it? Does it have subtitles? Does it play in my Region? The 25th Anniversary DVD; included in this Boxset, features 19 video clips, openings, cutscenes and Promotional Videos from various Sonic games over the past 25 years. It opens up with the Japanese version opening of Sonic CD and ends with Sonic Toon Japanese Promotional Video from 2014. It also includes the original Promotional Videos to Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes. I haven’t seen those in many years and it’s better than watching a poor quality rip on Youtube. Then in the modern game cutscenes, such as the one for Sonic World Adventure, English audio was included, with Japanese Subtitles! For pretty much most of the DVD, the Subtitles are not necessary. One thing I found interesting was the Japanese Versions of Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders Zero gravity have different versions of Sonic Speed Riders and Un-Gravitify, sung by Japanese singers instead of Runblebee. However, I like the english versions of these songs better. The Japanese version of Sonic Speed Riders lacks energy. You can barely hear the vocals, and it repeats itself too much. The DVD runs for approximately half an hour. But it’s a nice way to view Sonic’s history within the past 25 years and a good gift for people who are still Sonic fans today. It may be $50 but it sure is worth it.