There's also the Brownies here as the comic relief. The quasi-French accents are funny at first, and there are a couple of decent one-liners here and there, but the whole routine gets real old, real fast. And the blue screen effects used for them are glaring most of the time. The climatic battle between the Queen and Fin Raziel (Patricia Hayes), both sorcerers, could also have been very exciting and creative, but it ended up being somewhat ridiculous and hackneyed. I set you on fire, you blow ice at me, I spin you in the air a few times, and then you choke me. Val Kilmer is one of my favorite actors, he is incredibly versatile, and that is very evident the character of Madmartigan, one of the few bright spots in the film. Sure, it's the Han Solo role of the film, but Kilmer does it justice. He's got a lot of natural comedy bits that he does in the film that play well, and he convinced me that he was a bad ass even though we don't actually see him pick up a sword until well into the movie.
Willow: Making of an Adventure Featurette: The trailer voice guy (you know who I'm talking about) says stuff during this like "So prepare yourself for an epic adventure..." This featurette was made in 1988 and has interviews with Ron Howard, Lucas, and the cast as well as some behind the scenes footage. It is a basically a sales pitch for the film. Most of it is clips of the film and a description of the plot. Kevin Pollak and Rick Overton (the Brownies) add a bit of comedy by being shot in character for their interviews (i.e. As Brownies they are very small and complain about the Barbie house that has been provided to them for accommodations). I usually despise these types of self-congratulatory- almost-an-infomercial vignettes, and this is no exception. Not a real "value add" for the DVD at all. Lasts approximately 20 minutes.
From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking: This is a new documentary about the special effects behind the transformation scene in the film where Willow tries to magically turn Fin Raziel back into a woman (she starts out as a rodent). Apparently morphing was invented during and for this film. This is explained in interviews with Howard, Lucas, Dennis Muren (Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Lucasfilm bigwig), Doug Smythe (Associate Visual Effects Supervisor), and other members of the visual effects team. They discuss the motivations for wanting morphing in WILLOW, as well as the techniques used to accomplish this. I found this to be personally fascinating as morphing became widely used after this film, and it is really a precursor to the CGI that we know in films today. Last about 17 minutes.
The remaining special features on this DVD are TV spots, trailers, and a photo gallery. I could have taken or left the trailers and TV commercials, but the photo gallery had some pretty cool cast and behind-the-scenes shots.