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One of the most talked-about movies of all time, Howard the Duck, lands on DVD for the first time ever in an all-new Special Edition! From executive producer George Lucas and the pages of Marvel Comics comes this unbelievably funny comedy about a fast-talking, cigar-chomping, beer-loving duck from a parallel universe who crashes to Earth. Featuring brand-new bonus features, a digitally remastered picture and new 5.1 surround sound, Howard the Duck Special Edition is a hidden treasure the whole family can enjoy.

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If you concentrate on the fact that Howard the Duck was a notorious box office dud (still brought up today) and considered one of the worst films of the '80s, it's entirely possible to enjoy this special effects piffle. Howard, played by a special effect puppet, lives on a planet where ducks evolved instead of apes, but one day he's sucked into a vortex and deposited on Earth. There he befriends Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), lead singer for the Cherry Bombs, becomes their manager, and, oh yeah, saves the Earth from the Dark Overlords. Jeffrey Jones is the villain and Tim Robbins (!) is there for comic relief. And who can resist the culmination of synthesizer pop, the Howard the Duck theme song, as realized by the Cherry Bombs? A midnight movie that your kids might watch more than you. --Keith Simanton

Special Features

  • A Look Back at Howard the Duck
  • Releasing the Duck
  • News Featurette
  • The Stunts of Howard the Duck
  • The Special Effects of Howard the Duck
  • The Music of Howard the Duck
  • Teaser Trailers

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    • Actors: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, Chip Zien
    • Directors: Willard Huyck
    • Writers: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
    • Producers: Gloria Katz, George Lucas
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
    • Run Time: 111 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (584 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001MWUWU8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Howard the Duck (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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    Format: DVD
    This is a review for the 2009 American dvd special edition release.

    This is one of the most well known, whether you've seen it or not, films of all time. 23 Years ago George Lucas was one of the hottest producer/writer/directors in Hollywood thanks to his involvement with the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. Everything he touched turned to gold. He started his own sound and effects companies that revolutionised the business and the method in which films are made, and he still does that today. Then came the infamous Howard The Duck. Even when it was announced some were unsure why Lucas would gravitate to such an offbeat concept(originally an equally offbeat and satirical Marvel comic). Then, the reports of the budget and reshoots(which thanks to this edition, you find out was due to the limitations of the original Howard puppet) had the skeptics reeling even more. Every writer would make sure to note the huge budget of the film, as if it was relevant to anyone at all. I notice some reviewers here on Amazon seem to use how much a film cost to deride it or how much it made to champion it, as if that says anything about the film itself. Independence Day was and is a terrible film but it made a tons of money when it was released. The true test of a good film or a film that trancends is time.

    It's been over twenty years since Howard The Duck graced the silver screen and became one of the biggest and, apparently, most expenssive flops of all time. Everyone seems to know this movie. New generations who watched it on cable don't know a damn thing about the film's reviews or status back in the 80's and just take it for what it is: an extremely silly, farcical, goofy, sci-fi,fish out of water comedy, action adventure, horror movie.
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    I understand why someone who is looking for a great film would be disappointed. Howard the Duck is no Saving Private Ryan or English Patient. Thankfully not all films are or we'd be really bored. What Howard The Duck IS is entertaining. It's a guy in a duck suit...so what? It's pretty funny and refreshingly enjoyable to watch. It is a well made B-movie...so if you look at it on that level then it's a lot of fun. And it's not helpful to compare the film which is aimed at a young audience to the comic which was very adult. Two different things entirely...really, if there were enough fans of the comic (and I'm one) then there would be a new, adult version of Howard. I don't see that happening. So enjoy the film for what it is. I hope the DVD does it justice.
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    Personally I'm a big fan of bad sci-fi. And this is probably the best of the worst, aside from MST3K: The Movie, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Invasion of the Saucer Men.

    YES, it's cheesy!
    YES, it's 80's. VERY 80's...
    YES, it's awkward!
    YES, it probably wouldn't be deemed appropriate for children these days with various sexual references, etc.
    YES, it's not one of George Lucas' best works.
    But, YES I still love it anyway.

    It's just that right blend of tongue-in-cheek humor, occasionally really bad acting (intentionally, I think), goofy special effects (hey, it was the 80's, give it a break)...

    But, it's not for everyone, as one can tell from the various reviews hereabouts. People either seem to love it or hate it. Much the same way it was when it originally aired in theaters...

    For some it's simply a guilty pleasure to watch something so horrendously bad...
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    Do not let the title fool you. "Howard The Duck" is a monumental film that needs to be reckoned with. A solid story packed with action, intrigue, romance, science fiction and 80's rock and roll. All of this is brought together to make one of the worlds most unique specticles ever put to film.
    This movie created its own genre.........its like "Big Trouble In Little China" meets "Star Man". I give it 5 stars because it stands alone.
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    (...)Howard the Duck is all of this and more. I first saw this movie in theaters and loved it. Lea Thompson and the rest of her band The Cheery Bombs are sexy, and the theme song is real catchy!
    The special effects are up to par with the technology at the time, and the comedy is right on the nose. I mean c'mon those Dark Overlords were pretty cool looking. Anyone who claims to hate this movie is obviously an 80's hater. (...) This film defines great 80's cinema and I could never understand the backlash. Many great movies have bombed at the theaters only to become favorite classics (the original Blues Brothers and It's a Wonderful Life come to mind).
    (...)I will defend this movie until my dying day. Howard the Duck is a great movie from the greatest decade of the 20th Century. Hail Howard!!!
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    By H. Morton on February 13, 2006
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    I completely enjoyed this movie! Given, it's not the best movie in the world, but it is good humored fun. The character is hilarious and the inuendos will keep you rolling. This was one of my absolute favorite 80's movies, and I will be buying the DVD!
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    Howard the Duck is a Dud - if that's the case then this is one hysterical Dud. I watch movies to be entertained - sometimes silliness is more relaxing than something you have to analyse - so to cut a long story short - my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Howard and cannot wait for it to be released on DVD - c'mon George - please release it on DVD with tonnes of extras from the cutting room floor and maybe some interviews with the Stars of the movie..... I believe this is one of your most entertaining movies ever.
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    "This is it, folks, the worst comic book adaptation of all time. "

    Riiiight...
    Worse than 'Catwoman'.
    NOT.
    Worse than 'Batman and Robin'
    DEFINITELY NOT.
    Worse than Corman's 'Fantastic Four'
    NOT!!!

    "George Lucas decided to take a classic satirical comic, remove anything at all... Read More
    Feb 17, 2009 by Kevin M. Karstens |  See all 32 posts
    Extra Features on DVD?
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    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    Subtitles - English, (SDH) French, Spanish
    Additional Release Material:
    Featurette - 1. A Look Back at Howard the Duck
    2. Releasing the Duck
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    Jan 1, 2009 by Magi |  See all 8 posts
    I hope they don't edit it?
    I have a region-2 version of Howard the Duck on dvd. Assuming that it is the same transfer, both scenes will be on the DVD.
    Dec 31, 2008 by Geoff McNulty |  See all 5 posts
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