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Howard the Duck [Special Edition] [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 9193856
  • Release Date: 03/10/2009
  • Rating: PG
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (320 out of 341)

    Special Features


    • A Look Back at Howard the Duck
    • Releasing the Duck
    • Archival featurettes
    • Teaser trailers

    Synopsis


    Howard the Duck
    In this sci-fi comedy from executive producer George Lucas, Howard the Duck is an extra-terrestrial fowl who is accidentally beamed to earth by physicist Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) and his assistant Phil (Tim Robbins). The two go looking for Howard and find him in the home of Beverly Switzer (Lea Thompson), who was rescued by the interstellar duck from some mean-looking thugs. Beverly and Phil are friends, and when the government finds out about Howard, she helps Phil and Dr. Jenning hide him from the authorities until they can zap him back home. In the meantime, several wild chases and spectacular special effects keep the picture rolling along. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Lea Thompson
      Lea Thompson - Beverly Switzler
    • Jeffrey Jones
      Jeffrey Jones - Dr. Jenning
    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Phil Blumbertt
    • Ed Gale
      Ed Gale - Howard T. Duck
    • Chip Zien
      Chip Zien - Howard T. Duck



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 341 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Crazy movie and for revisiting the 1980's.

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      RaynMan2142
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      Howard the Duck's 1080p transfer offers a nice step forward from the old DVD. Universal's presentation enjoys a light, even grain structure that accentuates the film's cinematic characteristics. Grain only spikes on the rare occasion. Details are rock-solid, for the most part. While human faces are curiously flat and processed, general film detail impresses. Howard's fur, clutter around Beverly's apartment or back alleys, and even texturing on cheaper set pieces and props (particularly during the final confrontation) are nicely revealing and sharp. Color balance is good. Beverly's red jacket and umbrella are highlights, particularly against some of the darker early film backdrops, but brighter daytime exteriors and a well-lit diner, for instance, help ensure a neutral and pleasing palette. Black levels are satisfyingly deep. Flesh tones sometimes struggle, favoring a red-tinted push. Minor wear and tear is evident, but is never intrusive. Compression anomalies are not particularly problematic. Fans should be very pleased with what is an imperfect presentation, but that certainly represents the best the movie has ever looked for home viewing, and by a wide margin.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Greatest movie bomb of all time!

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      geminidreamatl30
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      Howard the duck has gotten a very bad rep over the years for it being considered one of the worst movies ever made and one of the biggest hollywood bombs of all time. I remember seeing this movie a lot as a kid and loved it! as an adult, i still love it and realized its not that bad of a movie. sure its not great but ive seen worst and theres been worst. story of a duck from another planet whos world is similar to us, gets accidently transported to earth and lands in cleveland ohio where he meets the beautiful rock singer Beverly (played by Back to the Future's Lea Thompson) who is struggling to make it big, helps him find his way back home with the help of a bumbling scientist (played by Shawshank Redemption's Tim Robbins). on their journey, they discover due to the accident in the lab that brought howard to earth, something else besides howard came to earth as well and it is an evil creature set on bringing back more to destroy the world. its up to howard and phil to rescue beverly and save the world. yeah it sounds hokey and cheesy but turn off your brain for two hours and youll be pleasantly surprised.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Marvel's First Movie - An Underrated Classic

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      Beast
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      "In the beginning there was.. Howard The Duck!" While DC had some success with Superman and Batman and Marvel had some fun small screen successes... Marvel's first character to leap from comic pages to the silver screen was the relatively obscure Howard The Duck created by Steve Gerber for "Adventure into Fear #19". Produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas the film is certainly a strange one. But then so was the comic book that the movie was based on. The Blu-ray looks magnificent and features some great extras that offers a fairly detailed exploration of the film's production from the cast and crew. If you haven't seen it... give it a chance. And if you own it on DVD already like I do... I would absolutely recommend the upgrade if you're a fan of the film or the character. Honestly I think the movie gets a lot more hate that it deserves. Is it a perfect film? No. But honestly it's best to ignore the critics and give the film a fair shake. It's a fun little Cult Classic worth a look. Especially with the amusing cameo by Howard the Duck at the end of the recent Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cheesy, lame, but still a lot of fun

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      korichm
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      Howard the Duck is a film that I grew up with, I was only a 1 year old when it was released, but my mom and I would watch it together all the time. I think that's the reason why this movie is just special to me. But still I watch this movie and honestly it's not as bad as most people exaggerate it to be, granted it's not Citizen Kane, but it's still awesome to watch. I think people take the movie too seriously, first off look at the title, if you're expecting a duck to deliver an Oscar worth performance, get your head checked, second people make fun of the "flirting" between the duck and Lea Thompson, which was meant to be a joke, not real. Third, the ending, people make fun of it and it's being over the top, I personally found it to be so funny and still a ton of fun to watch, how could you not get a kick out of Jeffrey Jones' performance? He was awesome! If you wanna know what the movie is about, read on before you see the movie so you can get a good idea and judge for yourself.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Let's Get Real, Here...

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      Anonymous

      I'm kind of amazed by the reviews I'm seeing here. Don't get me wrong-I do like this movie, and will be getting it when it's available, but a "classic"? Really? Let's face it, there is a lot that's wrong with this movie, from Howard's willingness to jump into a battle (Howard will fight, but only if he has no other choice), to the single worst special effect in the movie: Howard himself. The cheesy actor-in-a-suit wasn't believable for a second, and if George Lucas is so keen on "improving" existing movies, replace what's there with a CGI figure that looks like Howard! The plot is fun, and there is dialog that sounds like it came right from the comics, so it's worth seeing, and at $9.99 it's a value. The bottom line is that Howard the Duck doesn't deserve to be held up as the epitome of bad movie making it's been for the past 20 years, but it's never going to be on anyone's top 100 list any time soon.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just to counter all the negative reviews...the Duc

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      jonnyangl
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      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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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thank you George Lucas!

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      MOVIEMADNESS

      Where can I start? I know fans of this movie was asking George Lucas when you going to put it out on DVD? Now i see he did, thank you. I saw this in the 80's when it come out. It's a great movie and funny also. I would put this with my best movies in the 80's list and now I can buy it. If you like those movies in the 80's and you been waiting for this DVD to come out, how you can get it for under $10.00. Not bad, it would had been cool to have a 2 disc DVD set....can't have everything. But still, It's worth getting. R.I.P. for the guy who made Howard The Duck, it was a comic book before the movie.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cult Classic

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      Anonymous
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      Fun fact: it's the first feature-length film based on a Marvel character. Howard the Duck is an ill-tempered "visitor" and interesting choice for any close encounter of the 5th kind. It was critical panned and bombed at the box office when it came out in 1986, but has grown into a cult classic produced by George Lucas. Howard has resurfaced in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies during the end credits. I found it in a BB bin for $5.99 which is a good deal.

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