Many of us will remember the classic Turkish films we used to watch growing up. Especially Cüneyt Arkın films that not only entertained us but also showed us what a real man was all about.
Bizim Cüneyt abi also starred in a ridiculous sci-fi movie called Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (the man who saved the world) or as the rest of the world calls it – Turkish Star Wars.
I reported on this a while ago about how hilariously bad this movie is. The film used music and scenes from other films without permission, as well as blurring Star Wars with monsters, robots and of course the dashing good looks of Arkin.
Now comes word that Neon Harbors owner, Ed Glaser has managed to acquire the last 35m print of the film after being considered lost for the last 30 years.
The film is available on Youtube in poor VHS style quality, but hasn’t been seen in its original format since its theatrical release in Turkey.
The 35mm print was discovered in the collection of a retired movie projectionist in northwestern Turkey. After its original exhibition he kept it rather than returning it to the production company, lying that it had been damaged during projection.
The story of “Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam” revolves around two Turkish space pilots who crash on a desert planet enslaved by an evil wizard. Memorable sequences involve the heroes battling robots inspired by “Battlestar Galactica” and “Forbidden Planet” — plus mummies, skeletons, and multi-colored yetis. Another sees them in starfighter “cockpits,” wearing motorcycle helmets, as footage from the “Star Wars” Death Star battle is projected behind them.
You can imagine the director thinking “eeeehhhh sonra izin alırsınız”
Checking out Neon Harbors website, they have some pretty cool films in their collection including:
- Turkish James Bond
- Turkish remake of Psycho
- Turkish Rocky
- Turkish Godfather
As well as many more which can be found here
No news on when this film will be restored but we hope they will show it in cinemas. I’ll be snagging a Blu-Ray when it arrives and will do a full film review for you lovely people.
Here’s the trailer in case you haven’t seen it: