This AI-Remaster of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" Music Video Is Actually Terrifying
But on the bright side, now you can Rickroll your pals in HD
Published Feb 18, 2021If you were tired of Rickrolling your pals in boring-old 1080p, then today is your day. After decades of suffering through the normie definition of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," an internet preservationist has uploaded a super-HD version of the iconic 1987 music video.
The song is now officially streaming in 4K and 60 fps — thanks in part to Topaz Video Enhance AI technology, which is supposedly the "most powerful video upscaling software ever released" and has the ability to "enlarge and enhance footage up to 8K resolution with true details and motion consistency."
A YouTuber called Revideo shared their remastered upload two weeks ago, and later took on the task of remastering Astley's "Whenever You Need Somebody" and "Together Forever," as well as Smash Mouth's "All Star" video.
The entire collection of remasters is at once crisp as hell and terrifying, bringing blurry, grainy '80s fashions — often distorted by deep frying and layers of jpegging for meme purposes — into the new millennium where they frankly do not belong.
Twitter users have predictably reacted to the newfound terrors within the clip in the most dramatic fashion, describing the remaster as "fucking cursed," "uncomfortable" and "jarring."
My kids reacting to Rick Astley in high def is like when I realized the 1950s were actually in color— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 18, 2021
Watch the remaster below, if you dare.