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DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 20: Rick Astley poses backstage at the Isle Of Man Bay Festival on June 20, 2010 in Douglas, Isle Of Man. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

A 4K version of the ’80s Rick Astley hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up” is freaking people out. The iconic original video, which came out in 1987, features the then-21-year-old, red-headed Rick Astley in a warehouse belting the jam out in his signature deep voice. The 4K version showcases just how low-budget looking it is, causing varying reactions online.

This new video isn’t an official remaster from Astley or his record label. It was made by YouTube user Revideo using AI-powered tools Topaz Video Enhance AI, which — as Uproxx reports — upscales video resolution without losing visual clarity, and RIFE (Real-Time Intermediate Flow Estimation for Video Frame Interpolation), which generates new video frames that go between existing ones to increase the video’s framerate.

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Remastered 4K 60 FPS)

Remastered music video with Topaz Video Enhance AI and RIFE (Flowframes). I hope you like it!


The video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” started a phenomenon called “Rickrolling”, which is a bait-and-switch prank involving posting a hyperlink that is supposedly relevant to the topic at hand in an online discussion, but re-directs the viewer to the music video of “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

Here as some of the mixed reviews: