Howard the Duck is sometimes considered a lost movie - noone cares about it including its makers. Apart from the promised 4x3, analogue-sourced, no extras Brazilian DVD release expected in 2007, the fans of the movie have been left in the dark… until now!
I have done plenty of work in video restoration in the past, and now I have stumbled across the ultimate print of HTD. Fans of the movie read on - but be careful not to drool on your keyboard:
16x9 Aspect Ratio
Fully DIGITAL source; No VHS or LaserDisc.
Fully DIGITAL sound
PAL Master Format (higher resolution than NTSC)
Completely CLEAN video, no operator logos.
So I have the raw video and now it is time to begin the restoration process (it doesn’t really need it, the quality is 10/10 already but I want to remove any trace of video noise and dynamically improve the audio). Screenshots will follow here soon as I run the video through the PC and start the process.
Just another note: Piracy is wrong and you’ll probably go to hell for it! We wouldn’t resort to this if Lucasfilm would release a proper DVD!