This is a Product review of the BLU-RAY Release, and not of the actual film content.
I've loved Howard the Duck ever since I saw it as a kid back in the 80s when it came out on VHS. I had the pleasure of meeting Lea Thompson and Ed Gale (the man who played Howard the Duck) at a convention. Then I had the rare opportunity to see it in an actual movie theater on 35mm Film for its 20th Anniversary. So why the 3-stars? Because this is just another Blu-Ray Up-Converted from the DVD source.
I compared the Blu-Ray with my 2009 DVD release, and have confirmed that it's the same transfer and not a new High Definition scan. It always puzzles me why they do this, surely the original scan was done in 2k and then mastered down to DVD. But there's no extra detail in things like those fantastic 80s sweaters, hair and fishnet stockings. Having seen this projected on film, I knew the details I was missing (and what I was hoping to see) on the Blu-Ray. What you do get is a LOT of artificial edge enhancement and DNR.
While people always rave about the 5.1 Remixed soundtracks on these re-released classics, another thing that puzzles me is why they never include the ORIGINAL sound mix. Again, having seen this in a theater in Dolby Stereo (4.0) the new sound mix almost sounded "forced" and "artificial" whereas the theatrical mix relied more on the actual Left and Right speakers for the bass and sounded more natural.
Or heck, why not just take the 6.0 mix from the 70mm release and use THAT for the 5.1 soundtrack? Just give us what's already there. (I'm still appalled that Universal re-mixed Jurassic Park... which WON AN ACADEMY AWARD for its original sound mix! And we don't even have that mix on DVD or Blu-Ray. Thanks.)
So if you've already got this on DVD (Or LaserDisc), skip this Blu-Ray release.