2018 is starting off with an epic kick to the face with the legendary Turkish cult film The Sword And The Claw getting the Blu-ray/4K release from Alamo Drafthouse’s own American Genre Film Archive (AGFA).
January 23rd 2018 will see the release that is being transferred from the only 35mm print known to exist.
“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.”
Fans of the legendary and infamous Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (more famously known as the Turkish Star Wars) can expect the same zany, mind-altering experience with The Sword And The Claw. The film has long been a cult favorite and brings elements of slapstick comedy, b-movie special effects, and the classic bizarre overdubbing that have long made films adored by fans.
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!”
Notable 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)!
You can pre-order The Sword And The Claw HERE via MVD.
Check out this gnarly trailer from AGFA:
We here at The Dead Walk faithfully promote and support the works of AGFA and their undying commitment to preserving the genre films of yesteryears. What Criterion does for the aesthetics and culture of the popular films of the world, AGFA does for the preservation and restoration of the ever-expiring art of the cult/exploitation film reel.
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution. Formed in 2009, AGFA focuses on outlaw exploitation movies that were produced from the 1960s through the 2000s. From manic hicksploitation epics to bloodthirsty shoestring goreblasts, each title in AGFA’s collection is a celebration of culture that should never be forgotten. Housing over six thousand 35mm film prints and trailers, our non-profit archive counts among its board members and advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, Frank Henenlotter, and Nicolas Winding Refn, musician RZA, exploitation film savior Lisa Petrucci, and genre film superheroes Zack Carlson, Kier-La Janisse, and Lars Nilsen.