The Sword and the Claw             review by Bobby Blakey

Sometimes cult films come along that you just have to see no matter how bad you know they are going to be. The latest is the Turkish film The Sword and the Claw. I have never heard of this one, but from the sheer description and trailer I knew this was a must see and thanks to MVD Visual and AGFA you can now bring it home.

The Sword and the Claw follows a murdered king, whose baby son and heir is hidden in the forest where he is abducted and raised by a pride of lions. As an adult he uses his beastly strength and claw-like hands to take revenge against the new king and his armies. They took his money. They took his family. And now, they've taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! The film stars Turkish genre legend Cüneyt Arkin in what some say is his most iconic role and there is no doubt it is unforgettable. To say this film is bad is an understatement, but in the best possible way.

The acting and dialogue is just over the top silly, but it is dubbed so there is a very small chance the dialogue itself might be better, but I doubt it. The story is one we have seen before, but its execution is all its own. There are so many ridiculously awesome things in this movie it will no doubt find an all new audience to revel in its silliness. I found myself baffled to what I was watching and often trying to figure out what was going on. When they action kicks off it is some of the cheesiest, silly and all around greatest thing I have seen in a long time. I was a bit disappointed to how long it takes before the clawed hands are unleashed, but there is so much more cheesy goodness leading up to it I let it go pretty quick.

The quality of the film is decent enough for something like this, but there are moments where it clearly isn’t all that great which adds to the charm. There are a ton of swashbuckling over the top fight scenes that you have to see to believe someone would put them on film. In addition to this film this release includes trailers from the AGFA vault and the bonus film Brawl Busters. Witness the insanity and grab your copy of The Sword and the Claw available now on Blu-ray from MVD Visual and AGFA.

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