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Martin gets hooked on impossibly low budget Turkish versions of American action blockbusters.
Friends, thanks to Internet, I've gotten myself hooked on foreign films. No, no, not the fey adaptations of Jane Austin novels or anything in French. What I can't get enough of are Turkish adaptations of American action blockbusters. I know, I know, sounds strange and exotic, but I think that once you see them you'll agree that the Turks have done to the American action film what the Japanese did to the VCR: made it better, and quite obviously cheaper.
For example, take a look at this heart-racing clip from the Turkish version of Rambo. I think you'll agree that everything about it improves upon any of the Sylvester Stallone originals. What I like about that is it took an incredibly far-fetched movie and made it believable.
Even better is this Turkish adaptation of Star Wars, with a few scenes stolen directly from the American original. But does not the bee steal pollen from the flower to make honey? What I most like about that is it proves that you can make a high quality science fiction film using costumes you bought at Walgreen's.
And finally, my favorite, Turkish Superman, which features some of the grittiest fight scenes I've ever seen. When you watch it, you'll almost be able to feel the Man of Steel's punches. Maybe even more than the actors did.
Thanks to Ivan Rusic for nominating these. Do you have your own nomination for an Internet Superstar? Send it to martin at revision3 dot com. And be sure to watch the full-length version of this show, a new one premieres every Wednesday, right here on Revision3