Howard the Duck: RePlucked

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Tagline:
~The Fan Edit No One Asked For!~
~The Original MCU Origin Story~
Original Movie Title:
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Original Release Date:
1986
Original Running Time:
110
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
98
Time Cut:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
With a shorter runtime, cut awkward jokes and poor VFX shots, and improved monster effects compositions in the finale, RePlucked offers a tighter, cleaner, better version of Willard Hyuck's 1986 film.
Intention:
When Covid-19 hit and I was forced into isolation, I began a journey of watching bad movies.
I feel that you can learn just as much from a bad movie as a good movie, and boy did I learn a lot.

Then something unexpected happened.

Howard The Duck (1986) is considered one of the worst movies of all time. A commercial and critical flop.
I watched the movie on Netflix, preparing to have an informative time full of awfulness, based on what I had heard beforehand.

But I didn't hate it.
Not only did I not hate it, I liked it.
This revelation shook me to my core.

I came to the conclusion that the movie was not particularly good but had a good movie inside of it. Then I learned about fan editing.

In such a short span of time, I had become obsessed.
I bought my own copy of the movie and began the process of creating my own edit.

I feel I now have a version of the movie, dubbed Howard The Duck: RePlucked, which I can enjoy again and again.
Special Thanks:
2ndBILLED & all the friends and family I forced to watch the original movie with me
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I watched the film and made note of the things I didn't like, anything that made me cringe or didn't make sense.

One cut lead to another, and another and another.

I began to think about the movie as a whole, what worked and what didn't.
Not every problem could be solved, but each one that could make me happier and more confident. I continued until I felt I should stop.
Cuts and Additions:
Kept the duck breasts. Just sayin’.
00:04:32 - Removed VFX shot.
Unnecessary, and green screen quality poor.
00:05:54 - Removed VFX shot.
Unnecessary, and green screen quality poor.
00:05:56 - Removed VFX shot.
Unnecessary, and green screen quality poor.
00:05:58 - Removed VFX shot.
Unnecessary, and green screen quality poor.
00:06:02 - Removed VFX shot.
Unnecessary, and green screen quality poor.
00:06:58 - Removed awkward line, “Hey, that’s my date!”
I don’t find it funny, and it doesn’t make sense given the context of the scene.
00:09:39 - Removed “No more Mr. Nice Duck” line.
Makes Howard more spontaneous and decisive, jumping out rather than delaying
(also, it was strange to have him address the camera once and never again)
00:10:03 - Removed “Quack-Fu” line.
Now he just attacks immediately after being provoked.
00:13:14 - Removed duck noises.
00:14:59 - Removed line about cleaning up after pets. Thought it was cringey.
00:15:19 - Swapped the third flashback of Howard in the chair with a different flashback.
This keeps the shots from being too repetitive (as they are not giving us new information), and allows for an additional comedy beat, for anyone who finds it funny. Hoping to catch some people off guard.
00:28:51 - Removed awkward line, “Must be mating season.”
Doesn’t make sense. Howard fucks all year round.
00:38:12 - Removed Phil’s cringey duck noises.
Doesn’t make sense, as they were talking normally last time they saw each other.
Also now makes Howard and Bev’s reactions funnier.
00:48:03 - Removed Phil’s line, “I could’ve been a contender.”
I didn’t find it funny or worth taking away from the sentiment of his monologue.
00:52:08 - Rearranged and removed shots to hide awkward-looking animatronic body.
00:52:57 - Removed scene of Phil getting arrested. Not necessary.
Also removed following scene of Howard and Bev overhearing the cops.
00:53:34 - Removed several shots, including lines referring to the previous scene.
00:55:24 - Removed line, “Oh, like a sex-change.”
01:01:04 - Removed eye glowing VFX shot.
01:01:09 - Removed eye glowing VFX shot.
01:02:49 - Removed slapstick pie stuff.
Too repetitive and not necessary.
01:13:26 - Removed truck crashing into fence.
Doesn’t make sense, the next scene is of the Overlord trying to be inconspicuous.
Also removed following scene of cops. Unnecessary.
Allows for a nice cut from the truck revving to Phil pulling the cord on the plane.
01:14:40 - Shortened scene, so it goes to Beverly soon after she gets mentioned, so one scene sets up the transition for the next.
01:15:10 - Removed unnecessary scene of the tour, so the Dark Overlord gets to his objective with more urgency.
01:15:50 - Removed unnecessary scene of the power plant employees, so we get back to Beverly sooner.
01:18:02 - Removed highway check sequence.
Not necessary. Improve pacing.
Also removed beginning of following sequence of Howard and Phil, to improve pacing.
01:19:35 - Shortened sequence, removing the plane crashing into the water.
Fixes continuity error where Howard is dry in the next scene.
01:20:31 - Removed scene of Howard and Phil getting into the room with the weapon.
It is slow and unnecessary.
01:24:16 - Removed “Bad Breath” sequence.
Not necessary. Improve pacing.
01:27:10 - Shortened unnecessary VFX shot.
01:27:17 - Removed unnecessary VFX shot.
01:27:19 to 01:30:36 - Improved VFX shots.
Colour corrected monster, so composite looks better.
01:31:36 - Removed cartoonish shot of monsters coming through the beam.
Not necessary, doesn’t look the best, and now Howard shoots without hesitation.
01:31:40 - Shortened explosion sequence.
Repeated sound effects went on too long and became distracting.
01:33:56 - Played end credits over final musical sequence.
This puts less pressure on the scene, and shortens the runtime.
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After seeing Howard the Duck make his cameos in the MCU I had to see the movie so I got to go into this edit with blind experience. And the verdict is that 1stBILLED has created a fantastic smooth edit. I hardly noticed any cuts that were made, it was well-paced, humour was solid and was such an enjoyable viewing experience.

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This release was great! None of the cruft and just an enjoyable viewing experience. Thanks for the great work!

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This is going to be short and sweet. I wish this was the version released to theatres. Thanks for your work and effort

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I saw HOWARD THE DUCK when it originally came out in theatres and 8-year old me was a fan (esp. of the Dark Overlord -- I've always been a sucker for stop motion monsters). As an adult, revisiting it on DVD touched on my nostalgia but did little to endear me to the film itself. So, the fact that I've watched 1STBilled's fanedit of it twice now is a testament to just how much I like what's been done here. REPLUCKED is a well-paced, funny, weird little comic movie now that I can enjoy (sober or otherwise). The changes made with the edit are well thought out and well executed, highlighting the film's strengths and doing away with many of its flaws. And turning the overlong earworm theme song into the closing credits? A stroke of inspired editing that leaves the film on a perfect note. If I was to suggest any change, just for fun's sake, I'd love to see some sort of Marvel/proto-Marvel logo at the very beginning of the film, but beyond that, I can do nothing but offer my kudos and my thanks for sharing your creation with us.

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Just completed watching this and I want to really give credit to the fabulous improvement on the special effects. This is perhaps the most significant renovation on this version of the film, and it greatly enhances the overall movie.

It's always been an odd movie; I never really hated it when it came out, like many do, but I also never really loved it either. I own a copy, and every few years I watch it.

It always felt like two movies. The first half deals with Howard coming to Earth and trying to fit in. The second half deals with the Dark Overlord inhabiting Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) and the threat to the world. In many ways, the film felt overlong with too much going on after the gears switch in the middle. I fault the film for this, as the Dark Overlord makes NO appearance in the first half, so his arrival in the second is like the start of something entirely new.

Fortunately, this fanedit tightens the pace and keeps the storyline clipping along at a reasonable speed. There is no narrative change (moving pieces around to introduce the second half into the first half), but the improved pace does keep the film from feeling over-long. This makes it a better film overall.

Editing is seamless and I noticed no audio faults or issues. I don't miss anything that has been cut. So, for a film that keeps the original structure of the film but improves special effects and pacing, it succeeds 100%.

CAN THE FILM BE IMPROVED FROM HERE? That is a good question. Rather than debate "cut this scene, it's pointless," or "put this back in, I like it," I think the only discussion at this point should be, "Is there a narrative change that could improve this film?" That is a reasonable question. Perhaps dividing the movie into two parts would be one approach. Instead of one movie, we have two individual episodes (for example, Episode 1: Duck out of Water, Episode 2: A Fowl Fate). This might reinforce the comic book origin of the material while providing a reason for the drastic gear shift mid-film. This is in NO WAY a criticism of this fanedit, but the original film.

So, once again, this is a fantastic Fanedit in improving the original film in both pacing and special effects. Great Job! I loved it! If the Faneditor chooses to revisit this film in the future, you might consider the above idea.

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Owner's reply April 04, 2021

A very thoughtful and well-put review! Thank you, kindly.
I find it fascinating that we came to the same conclusions. When originally criticizing the structure of the script,I noted how the first half has its own three act structure, almost entirely removed from a separate three act structure in the second half. I very much considered the idea of breaking it into two episodes, with a respectful fade to black after Howard and Bev are in bed together. Then the second episode would begin with them being interrupted by the scientists, bringing us into a new story.
My goal with this edit was to improve the film as a whole, and thank you for saying I succeeded, and that you enjoyed the edit. Perhaps I will revisit it at some point to tackle the structure more in-depth. Also, I adore your episode titles.
I think perhaps a future licensed Howard the Duck project would utilize a series format, and better reflect the comics.

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