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Howard the Duck (Special Edition)

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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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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 (662 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001MWUWU8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Howard the Duck (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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    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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    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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    'Howard the Duck' is not the best movie ever made, but it certainly isn't deserving of the abysmal reputation it has as one of the 50 worst films ever. On the contrary, it's an entertaining (although incredibly unrealistic) comedy-action film that has some of the best special effects seen in a film since before the CGI era. HtD is notorious for being the film that forced George Lucas to sell the fledgling computer animation divison of ILM to Apple, which would eventually become the ultra-successful Pixar.

    'Howard the Duck' is an enjoyable film with a simple premise and great cast including Jeffery Jones, Lea Thompson (who didn't love her back then?), and a then unknown Tim Robbins who steals the show as the goofy scientist wannabe Phil. The comedy is hokey at times but manages to generate a laugh here and there, even after repeated viewings with some surprisingly effective scare moments that can be downright frightening for some, and although the fashion and music trends don't hold up, it is still a nice time capsule look at the day-glow synthesizer and Aqua Net soaked hair metal period of the mid 1980's.

    All in all, definitely NOT one of the 50 worst films ever made (I can name more than 50 right now that are much, much worse), and it's a film that deserves much more praise than it has been given.
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    Ask anyone who lived in the 80's if they remember Howard the Duck and they all would say yes.They all would tell you they remember laughing themselves silly and watching it religiously meaning at least twice a day. The truth is who really cares about whether the plot was good or not? It was meant to be a feel good movie and something positive for kids to watch. And if this movie comes out on DVD they will buy it because Howard was the man and everyone who lived in the 80's remembers Howard the Duck and his aspirations of saving the world. This movie is a must see for my children.Thats why I need it on DVD.
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