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Howard the Duck - Special Edition (1986)

Lea Thompson , Jeffrey Jones , Willard Huyck  |  PG |  DVD
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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 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MWUWU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Howard the Duck - Special Edition" on IMDb

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

  • Editorial Reviews

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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

    Product Description

    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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    55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    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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    58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    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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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Howard the Duck 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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    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Howard deserves another look! May 28, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    First of all, you have to remember that this is a sci-fi comedy based on a comic book! It was never meant to stand up against George Lucas' other sci-fi giant "Star Wars".
    Sure, the story line is preposterous. A science experiment gone awry, transports to Earth a lone "person" from a semi parallel universe where the predominant species are ducks. Is that harder to believe than a high-school kid who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and starts to grow silk glands, spin webs and climb straight up vertical walls? No, and yet "Spiderman" was one of the biggest hits of the year, and was slated for a sequel before it even hit the theaters.
    Yes, "Howard" is filled with "predictable, cheap one-liners." ("Howard, duck!" "And proud of it!") Look at any Mel Brooks or old Bob Hope film. What are they full of? Predictable, cheap one-liners, yet they are some of the funniest movies ever made.
    And what about the acting? Well, I feel that the then pretty much unknown Tim Robbins' portrayal of the nerdy lab assistant was suburb. He actually made the geek that much more believable. Jeffery Jones as the scientist whose body is taken over by the monster alien is absolutely perfect in the restaurant scene. ("She took my eggs!") And what can I say about the lovely Lea Thompson, except she is wonderfully fresh, and even does a fantastic job with her own singing.
    All in all, you have to ignore the turkey critics on this one and see for yourself. If you give it the chance it deserves, Howard the Duck will make you laugh and cry at the same time, and that is a sign of true comedy genius!
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    Published 3 days ago by TanikaAustin
    3.0 out of 5 stars This film is strange in the way 'The 80's' were strange.
    This film is strange in the way 'The 80's' were strange. Big hair, Synthesized music, loud wardrobes and over the top acting. Read more
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    on of my faverit movies..
    Published 11 days ago by ernie
    1.0 out of 5 stars I want to started off saying that I love howard the duck but this DVD...
    I want to started off saying that I love howard the duck but this DVD is horrible the DVD skip thru out the whole movie so u can't even enjoy the movie that I love that I use to... Read more
    Published 16 days ago by kristel mcfadden
    4.0 out of 5 stars brought this for my mom a very old classic movie ...
    brought this for my mom a very old classic movie cannot beat the DUCK WHO STARTED IT ALL GO HOWARD
    Published 16 days ago by MR.Parker
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
    I loved this movie. It's funny and fun to watch and to listen to as one goes about one's business as it's just a feel good movie. Read more
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    cute flick
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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
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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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