Director: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore Cast: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled)


An unremarkable parking-enforcement officer living a low-key existence of solitary lunches in the park, lonely dinners at home, and superhero comics that at least afford him the quiet release of fantasy enrolls into a clinical trial for antidepressant pills, only to find that it has some decidedly unexpected side effects, in directors Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore's quirky comic-book superhero comedy. Les Franken (Michael Rappaport) leads an unassuming life that rarely deviates from a strict regiment of working, eating, sleeping, and comic book reading. His only two friends are a pair of stoners who own a local comic shop, so Les determines to shake things up a bit by volunteering as a test subject for an experimental drug designed to curb depression. When the drug appears to give Les special powers, the doctor in charge of the clinical controlled test insists that Les is simply experiencing an unanticipated psychological reaction to the medication. But Les is convinced that his powers are genuine, and as he ditches his work uniform in favor of more superhero-appropriate threads, he is about to find out once and for all whether he truly is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or his depression, combined with the strange side-effects of the drug, has somehow propelled his superhero fantasies to the forefront of his damaged psyche.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2009
UPC: 0876964001748
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Magnolia
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:21:00

Special Features

Outtakes; "HDNET: A look at Special"; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Rapaport Les Franken
Paul Blackthorne Actor
Josh Peck Actor
Robert Baker Actor
Jack Kehler Actor
Alexandra Holden Actor
Ian Bohen Actor

Technical Credits
Hal Haberman Director,Screenwriter
Jeremy Passmore Director,Screenwriter
Nathan Amondson Production Designer
Zach Bangma Art Director
Eyde Belasco Casting
Annie Bloom Costumes/Costume Designer
Autum Butler Makeup
BP Cooper Associate Producer
Nelson Cragg Cinematographer
Andre Fabrizio Co-producer
Louis W. Hagney Associate Producer
Adam King Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Mele Producer
Katie Mustard Production Manager
Ed Parks Producer
Manish Raval Score Composer
Mike Saenz Editor
Dawn Weisberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Dawn Wiesberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Wolfe Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Special
1. Special [5:03]
2. Mild Mannered Man [5:05]
3. Hidden Powers? [3:47]
4. Important Mission [6:39]
5. A Demonstration [9:43]
6. The Mad Tackler [3:55]
7. The Man in the Suit [5:06]
8. Retreat to Safety [4:01]
9. A Hero is Born [2:34]
10. Finding Answers [3:49]
11. The Truth Hurts [3:47]
12. Disappearing Act [6:17]
13. A Hard Decision [5:57]
14. Powerless [3:27]
15. A Hero's Resolve [7:28]
16. End Credits [4:20]

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