Someone decided to give Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” an HD makeover, and the video is generating a lot of negative reactions from fans online. Initially released in 1987, the music video for the iconic song has been viewed more than 871 million times on YouTube, placing the footage among the most recognizable videos on the internet.
To many fans, it seems like the music video is perfect as it is in all its great glory. Perhaps that is why the remastered version of the video in 60 FPS 4K is drawing so much ire from people who love the original. As the remastered “Never Gonna Give You Up” floats on social media, there are plenty of Rick Astley fans who are expressing their displeasure.
“Someone remastered Rick Astley’s video in 60fps 4k and I’m deeply, deeply upset,” reads a popular tweet from Zach Heltzel, which includes video footage from the offending remaster.
One of the replies to the tweet reads: “Nothing should be 60FPS. I would gladly stop playing fighting games well if it means I will never have to see anything like this or the Hobbit again.” Others are equally baffled by the video. Another tweet says, “Ahhhh, NEVER remaster anything from the 80s anymore.”
“You cannot ‘remaster’ a recording beyond the quality stored in the original recordings,” said another fan. “The correct phrase is ‘Someone AI screwed up Rick Astley’s video in 60fps and 4k’ and we should all use this more often.”
Meanwhile, another tweet that has been retweeted over 9,000 times includes the video and says bluntly, “THIS IS SO F *** ING DAMN.”
Author Tara Lazar is disturbed for a different reason. In a tweet, he writes: “The most disturbing thing about the Rick Astley remastering is that when the song was originally released he was older than me. Now, it seems 12 (he always was) and I find myself with the harsh reality of my own mortality “.
And some fans see a silver lining in the whole situation. As one fan puts it: “I have to be honest … In fact, I really enjoy Rick Astley’s” Never Gonna Give You Up “, and I really hope the 4k remastering will result in the revival of” Rick Roll “so I can. happily enjoy listening to snippets of the song every time I open a silly video meme. “
“Never Gonna Give You Up” was an instant hit when it was released in 1987, becoming number one worldwide. Decades after its release, the music video and song found a resurgence in popularity on the internet as the basis for the famous “Rickrolling” meme. This involves a bait-and-switch type of online prank where users are redirected to Rick Astley’s video after clicking on a link to watch something that has nothing to do with it.
The remastered music video “Never Gonna Give You Up” appears to come from the YouTube channel Revideo. Also featured on the channel is a 4K 60 FPS remastered video of Astley’s music video for “Together Forever” and “Whenever You Need Somebody”, but I wouldn’t recommend watching them if the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video left you upset. You can see the remastered video at Youtube.