Not only is Howard the Duck getting some love at our own Film Festival on March 15th/16th (get your tickets below!), but in equally exciting news it's also getting a shiny new Blu-ray release from the great 101 Films, its first in the UK! Cruelly overlooked at the time and a MONUMENTAL commercial disaster, this didn't stop it from going on to be a campy cult classic. 1986 was just not ready for a wisecracking bad-ass superhero duck! Fast forward thirty years and it’s primed to get a whole new audience with a little help from the Guardians of The Galaxy. For us, Lea Thompson's hair will always be the stuff of legend!
From the Press Release:
101 Films presents Howard the Duck (1986), title 008 on our Black Label and a UK Blu-ray debut. A box office bomb upon release, the film's notoriety has never faded, and it now stands as one of the essential cult films of the 1980s. Extras include a new 20-minute featurette in which the BFI's Vic Pratt discusses Howard's comic book origins and the character's journey to the big screen, two brand new commentaries and new writing on Marvel and Lucasfilm. From executive producer George Lucas and the pages of Marvel Comics comes a comedy adventure spectacular about a fast-talking, cigar-chomping, beer-loving duck from a parallel universe who crashes to Earth and somehow winds up in Cleveland. As Howard attempts to return to his own planet, he falls in love with rock singer Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson) and must battle an evil invader known as the Dark Overlord.
This wacky, elaborately produced spoof of life, love, comic books and horror movies is a misunderstood cult classic, ripe for rediscovery. Limited Edition version comes with booklet and slipcase, limited to 3000 copies.
Brand New Extras • Howard: A New Cult Hero: Vic Pratt on Howard the Duck • Commentary with Wil Jones and Robert J.E. Simpson • Commentary with Charlie Brigden and Dan Whitehead • Limited edition booklet: includes 'How ‘The Duck Who Couldn’t Swim’ Survived a Sinking Ship' by Lister Appleton and 'The Madness of King George' by Charlie Brigden
Specifications Certificate: PG Runtime (Blu-ray): Feature 110 mins approx., Extras TBC Runtime (DVD): Feature 106 mins approx., Extras TBC Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Blu-ray region: B DVD region: 2 Sound: Stereo PCM & surround DTSHD-MA (Blu-ray) Stereo and surround AC3 (DVD) Language: English Subtitles: English HOH