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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.Read more ›
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...
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.
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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I had to purchase this movie as it reminded me of my childhood and I couldn't find it in stores. Here's to memoriesPublished 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Maybe it was my state of mind...and maybe I'll give it another chance..but the 3 stars goes to Leah Thompson. ..I just really like her.Published 5 days ago by Patricia A Corbeil
Howard The Duck is one of the 1980's miss understood creatures
It's not the best film of the decade of excess but, it's not the worst
The film was a massive gamble that... Read more
I was just a youngster when I saw this the first time...Brought back the silly-innocence of this movie. Gritty-Goofy fun.Published 14 days ago by Ramey Barbieir
My all time favorite movie, had to get it on Blu Ray when I saw it. Excellent quality. Worth the price.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
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"This is it, folks, the worst comic book adaptation of all time. "
Worse than 'Catwoman'.
Worse than 'Batman and Robin'
Worse than Corman's 'Fantastic Four'
"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
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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
3.... Read More
Jan 1, 2009 by Magi | See all 8 posts
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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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