Many people would say that Howard The Duck, the legendary 1986 misfire starring Leah Thompson opposite an animatronic wisecracking mallard, is pretty bad and undeserving of such treatment on digital media, but that hasn’t stopped Universal Studios from putting together a Special Edition package anyway.
For the fans that the film has managed to earn since its release, the DVD will deliver some decent bang for its $14.99 suggested retail price. Extras on the digitally remastered disc include a new 5.1 surround sound mix as well as the following featurettes-
“A Look Back at Howard the Duck”
“Releasing the Duck”
“The Stunts of Howard the Duck”
“The Special Effects of Howard the Duck”
“The Music of Howard the Duck”
I vividly remember seeing Howard The Duck on the closing Thursday night of its one week run the summer before my senior year of high school. There were only two other people in the auditorium. I don’t know if they were comic book fans like myself, but I do know that I was terribly disappointed that the film bore no resemblance to the characters that writer Steve Gerber had created for his landmark 1970s satirical series published by Marvel Comics. I’ve never really gone back and watched the film again, but I have to admit to being intrigued about revisiting it all these years later. We’ll all get our chance to do that when the DVD hits stores on March 10, 2009.