Recap Supplement: Hudson Hawk (1991)

[Note from the author: Before reading this article, I strongly suggest you read the Mega Recap we did for this movie back in 2005, which can be found right here.]

Twenty years ago, Bruce Willis took all the audience goodwill and general success he earned from the Die Hard films and Moonlighting, and proceeded to piss them both away with Hudson Hawk. A terrible mishmash of action and comedy, this movie was not much more than Bruce Willis smirking his way through the biggest vanity project since Star Trek V.

It made little to no money, was soundly thrashed by the press and audiences, and in 2005, it was gang-stomped to within an inch of its miserable, smirking life by this very site. I took part in that, and I’ve come back to do much the same to the special edition DVD that came out in 2007.

Yes, in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary in 2006, a special edition DVD was put together. The fact that this DVD didn’t come out until the following year is, to me, quite appropriate, given the movie it was meant to honor. My guess is that somewhere during the process somebody said, “Wait a second; we’re doing a special edition for what?

(Funnily enough, they had already prepared special “15th Anniversary Edition” artwork for the release, which obviously had to be changed after they missed the anniversary.)

Caption contributed by Albert

Hey, they tried.

And I say all this as someone who doesn’t entirely loathe the movie. I think it’s a steaming pile of dog crap, but I find it an oddly watchable steaming pile of dog crap. I think it’s mainly that I like the idea of it more than the actual film. The general tonality of the script, minus the rather needless bits of gruesomeness, is something I sort of dig.

I’ll put it this way: for me, it’s a bad movie in the same bizarre league as Deadfall.

I’ll admit this is a purely personal failing on my part, and would like to point out that I’ve also willingly put myself through Gigli, Wild World of Batwoman and at one point was considering recapping The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, so my sanity can certainly be called into question.

For a special edition, the disc is rather uninspired. There’s a director’s commentary track, but it’s the same track from the first DVD release. There’s also a trivia track, some deleted scenes, two short featurettes, and a music video. If you’re wondering where the trailer for the movie is… What the hell is wrong with you?

I’ll save the commentary track for last, since it’s really the only thing of substance on here. With that, let’s get on with the show!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

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