A-ha is coming into 2020 with a different view and remastered in 4K.
The Norwegian trio today released a restored video version of their Billboard Hot 100 hit number 1 "Take On Me" in 1985 (December 30). Steve Barron's iconic rotoscopic clip, which combines pencil cartoons and live action scenes into one eye-catching look, has garnered nearly one billion views on YouTube.
The video gained a spotlight on MTV in the 1980s and during its time "Take On Me" had a more interesting view of the retro video editing process than others. A press release obtained by Rolling Stone He detailed how "most of the video clips of the time were edited in tape format, while this clip was restored exclusively from the original 35mm film reels."
A-ha also shared a 30-second side-by-side comparison clip how 4K remastered rotoscoped video is sharper and more vibrant than the 1985 standard definition clip.
If "Take On Me" reached the billion mark on the video streaming platform, it would become the first pop video of the 1980s and the first video of a European act to accomplish that feat.
Watch the 4k remastered edition of the "Take On Me" video below.