New HD Scan of Cult Film “Turkish Star Wars” to Premiere May 4

LONDON – 04/23/2018 – A brand new 2K scan of the bizarre 1982 Turkish cult film The Man Who Saves the World, best known to fans as the Turkish Star Wars, will have its world premiere simultaneously at The Cinema Museum in London and the CCA in Glasgow on Friday, May 4 — Star Wars Day.

The Man Who Saves the World is notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited stolen footage from Star Wars (1977) into his own film, along with music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Flash Gordon, and numerous others. Low-resolution and poorly-subtitled bootleg copies of the film have circulated for years, leading to its reputation as one of the worst movies ever made.

In 2016, film historian Ed Glaser rescued the sole surviving 35mm print of the film after it was discovered in the collection of a retired movie projectionist in northwestern Turkey. Now, a new 2K digital scan has been made, with missing sections reconstructed and faded color restored, so that the world can finally see the film the way it was intended.

The story of The Man Who Saves the World revolves around two Turkish space pilots who crash-land 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.

Remakesploitation Film Club are presenting the London event and it will include a live Q&A with Glaser who is flying over from the US especially for this screening. A long-time fan of the film, 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.” The Q&A session will also include Pınar Öğünç, the niece of director Çetin İnanç and author of his biography.

Matchbox Cineclub are presenting the Glasgow event and it is already sold out, but tickets for the London event are still available at
All proceeds from the London screening go to supporting The Cinema Museum as part of the ‘Save The Cinema Museum’ campaign.

Remakesploitation Film Club programmer Iain Robert Smith says: “This is an incredible opportunity to see the world premiere of the 2K version of Turkish Star Wars. This film is the holy grail of remakesploitation cinema and after many years of watching dodgy bootleg copies of the film, it is truly a revelation to finally see it in HD.”

About Remakesploitation Film Club
Remakesploitation is a London-based film club dedicated to screening low-budget remakes of blockbuster cinema. Launched in 2016, they have hosted a series of sold-out screenings including the Roger Corman-produced Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and the notorious Mexican Batwoman film La Mujer Murciélago (1968).

About Matchbox Cineclub
Matchbox Cineclub is an independent cult film exhibitor based in Glasgow, Scotland, established in 2010. They typically screen the weird, wonderful or simply lost classics that cannot be seen elsewhere – not on DVD, streaming or general cinema release.

Iain Robert Smith, Programmer for Remakesploitation Film Club

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4 Responses to “New HD Scan of Cult Film “Turkish Star Wars” to Premiere May 4

  • Excellent. Best of luck to Ed Glaser and everybody at NEON HARBOR. Fingers crossed that it will see many more big screen showings around the world. This movie is a true masterpiece.

  • Mikołaj Mitka
    4 years ago

    When is the Blu-ray release coming?

  • Hi Mikołaj! I only own the 35mm film print and the scan; I do not own rights to the film itself. So I have no current plans to release a Blu-ray. However, I’m reaching out to other organizations and distributors who might have an interest. Here’s hoping!

  • Mark Schleupner
    2 years ago

    Ed Glaser, do you have a team put together to help restore the scanned film? I would love to help in any way that I can!

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