Long-Lost 35mm Print of Cult Film “Turkish Star Wars” Rediscovered

"The Man Who Saves the World"
CHAMPAIGN, IL – 07/07/2016 – The sole surviving 35mm print of the bizarre 1982 Turkish cult film “The Man Who Saves the World,” best known to fans as the “Turkish Star Wars,” has been found! Considered lost for over 30 years, it has just been purchased by Neon Harbor owner, filmmaker, and film historian Ed Glaser.

Infamous for stealing footage from “Star Wars” as well as music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Flash Gordon,” “Moonraker,” and more, the sci-fi/fantasy film has not been seen in its original format since its theatrical release in Turkey. Subsequently it has only been available through poor quality copies made from bootleg videotapes.

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 “The Man Who Saves the World” 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 — edits and all.

A long-time fan of the film, Ed Glaser also produced the English-language DVD release of a Turkish remake of “Rambo” and is the host of Telly Award-winning web series “Deja View.”

In “Deja View,” Glaser spotlights other outlandish, unauthorized foreign remakes of popular big-budget films. Featuring Turkish adaptations of “Star Trek” and “Superman,” Indian versions of “Harry Potter” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and a Nigerian “Titanic,” Glaser compares these movies to their better-known counterparts and explores the context in which they were produced.

“A 35mm print of ‘Turkish Star Wars’ is the holy grail,” says Glaser, “not just of rip-off films, but all cult film. There are no negatives, and the few other prints of the film ever struck have been destroyed. My goal is to get this one scanned to preserve it for posterity — and hopefully screened in a theater for other fans like me.”

Glaser recently returned from Istanbul where he interviewed the film’s director and others involved in its production.

About Neon Harbor Entertainment
Neon Harbor Entertainment is a six-time Telly Award-winning independent studio that has produced a number of films and web series since 2005. Former projects include the videogame comedy movie “Press Start,” the colorful movie-mashing spoof series “Ninja the Mission Force,” and the first and only English language version of the Turkish “Rambo” rip-off, “Rampage.” For more about Neon Harbor Entertainment and ongoing projects such as “Deja View” and the “Turkish Star Wars,” visit neonharbor.com.

Ed Glaser, President

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"The Man Who Saves the World" - Murat (Cüneyt Arkın)

Footage from “Star Wars” projected behind actor Cüneyt Arkın

"The Man Who Saves the World" - The Wizard (Hikmet Taşdemir)

The Wizard (Hikmet Taşdemir)

"The Man Who Saves the World"

“Borrowed” footage in “The Man Who Saves the World”

Ed Glaser with "The Man Who Saves the World"

Ed Glaser with “The Man Who Saves the World”

19 Responses to “Long-Lost 35mm Print of Cult Film “Turkish Star Wars” Rediscovered

  • Strongblade
    5 years ago

    Awesome find! Can we expect to see this one given the DVD treatment like turkish Rambo?

  • This is very exciting news. I hope that a quality Blu-Ray company steps in and does a full restoration. There is certainly enough of a following to warrant it.

  • This is lovely news tempered by the sudden (ack!) realization that Disney may want to Pooh all over any home video release plans because, well… you know. Expect to be disappointed by them – not that I want to pee on the party or anything, lol.

  • Aztek in Turkey was going to release it but didn’t have the money and sold it off to Ed Glaser. Good for him, less good for fans. There’s never going to be an uncut dvd/blu-ray in the United States. They would have to cut out the Star Wars scenes and stolen music and quite frankly the film isn’t all that much fun without it (yes, I’ve seen the film). But I would definitely looove to get a restored blu-ray of this.

  • joliet_jane
    5 years ago

    Wow! Impressive! I’d love to see that. I’d pay to see it!

  • Markus
    5 years ago

    Please release this on blu-ray!

  • Awesome..i hope this can be shown at Alamo in new York and Yonkers…I’ll write it up in my magazine astral comics..

  • Peter A Lopez
    5 years ago

    Can’t wait to see my favorite special effect of all time (spoiler alert – the Wizard’s death) get a proper preservation. Congrats on tracking this down and starting the process of a longer life for this great film.

  • cuneyt
    5 years ago

    Hope to see my high school teacher as a daughter of bilgin, whose name is fusun ucar.

  • We need a Special Edition

  • singh
    5 years ago

    the negatives still exist at sinan university in istanbul.

  • DieselJoe
    3 years ago

    Any news on this? The world needs a restored version of this classic!

  • THANK YOU SINGH! Everyone thought they were lost or destroyed, but there are actual NEGATIVES!

  • there are negatives of this film in sinan university, istanbul

  • Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I reached out to Sinan University several years ago and they do not possess any negatives of the film.

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