Last July the AGFA got the ball rolling on their home video line with the release of The Zodiac Killer and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Their latest release, The Sword and the Claw, takes us into the bonkers world of Turkish genre films. If you’re not familiar with Turkish genre films you should be because they’re unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.
“We’ve been obsessed with Turkish genre films for decades,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba . “We were blown away to discover that we had the only known 35mm print in existence for this movie, which also happens to be Turkey’s most insane battle epic. This is the first 4K preservation of a Turkish genre film in history. We couldn’t be happier to share it with the world.”
To help celebrate the new release and give you a taste of what to expect, AGFA has presented us with this exclusive clip for BD readers to enjoy. This clip is a 30-second snippet of one of the film’s many fights but I’m convinced it’ll have you hooked. It features a tree being ripped out of the ground and used as a weapon. Awesome.
Synopsis: “They took his money. They took his family. And now, they’ve taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! Exploding from the same hallucinogenic netherworld as Turkish Star Wars, The Sword and the Claw stars Turkish genre legend Cüneyt Arkin in his most iconic role. It’s Conan the Barbarian meets The Three Stooges meets Dolemite with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals, and bizarro dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle. This is the movie that Kung-Fu Express described as, “Dirtiest fighting ever!”
Special features include:
– New 4K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print!
– Face-smashing action trailers from the AGFA vault!
– Bonus Movie: BRAWL BUSTERS, a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print!
– Reversible cover art with illustration by Alexis Ziritt (SPACE RIDERS)!