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Howard the Duck (Special Edition)

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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.

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

  • Product Details

    • 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 (565 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001MWUWU8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Howard the Duck (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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    66 of 76 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown on March 12, 2009
    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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    66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Daddy Shawn on August 2, 2006
    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 what? It's pretty funny and refreshingly enjoyable to watch. It is a well made 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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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gmirkin VINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
    Format: DVD
    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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    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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    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on March 29, 2004
    Format: VHS Tape
    (...)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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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Butterflybaby839 on February 13, 2005
    Format: VHS Tape
    I have wanted to see this movie for some time after reading countless reviews saying how awful it was. Could a movie from a man who has created and directed so many of my favourite movies (the original Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones, and Labyrinth to name a few) be THAT bad? I've always had a sick liking for so-bad-it's-good type movies and after reading about the plot and seeing a few pictures from "Howard the Duck" I just HAD to see it. It was hard to find the movie, it's been out of print in the UK since its initial VHS release in 1986 but I tracked down a copy at my local Blockbusters.

    I was actually kind of disappointed. The first half of the movie I DID find very enjoyable. Howard, a duck from a planet where ducks exist like humans, except they are ducks, is catapulted to Earth when a science experiment malfunctions. Upon arrival he is practically beaten up by a few punks and chased by bikers. Meanwhile attractive and talented rock singer Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson of "Back to the Future" fame) is being sexually harassed by two sleaze balls as she leaves the trashy nightclub where she regularly performs with her band Cherry Bomb. Howard, now hiding in a garbage can after his frightening experiences, hears Beverly's cries for help and runs to her rescue. He saves her, and Beverly returns the favour by offering Howard a place to stay while they figure out how to send him back to his own world.

    The movie is fine for about the first forty minutes or so, but then it seems to change direction into total Sci-Fi dom when scientist Dr Jenning (Jeffery Jones, possibly best known for his performance as Ed Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") has his body possessed by the Dark Overlord, a evil being who was brought to Earth via another experiment gone wrong.
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    "This is it, folks, the worst comic book adaptation of all time. "

    Worse than 'Catwoman'.
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    Worse than Corman's 'Fantastic Four'

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    Extra Features on DVD?
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    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.
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