Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 8th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Turkey 1966
Director: Memduh Ün
Writer: Bülent Oran
Cast: Göksel Arsoy, Sevda Nur, Altan Günbay, Papatya Alkaya, Meriç Basaran, Hasan Ceylan, Bilal Inci, Haydar Karaer, Gamze Öz, Kaya Volkan, Reha Yurdakul
DVD released: January 7th, 2010
Approximate running time: 86 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Turkish Mono
Subtitles: English, Greek
DVD Release: Onar Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (Greece)
Retail Price: €17.50
Synopsis: A Turkish secret agent is given the task of taking down a sinister villain who is hell bent on destroying Turkey with a nuclear explosion.
The most entertaining aspect about Turkish is their unabashed take on popular cinema from around the world. One of the most successful series of film’s during the 1960’s was the James Bond films. By the time Altin çocuk was conceived there had already been numerous James Bond clones and Spy film genre was at the height of its popularity.
Also Altin çocuk bears more than a few striking similarities to the James Bond films. With the most obvious similarities being a villain who looks a lot of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the opening scene from Thunderball is also integrated into this film. These are just a few of the more obvious moments lifted from the James Bond film series.
For a spy film that plot is not that grandiose. If you have seen your fare share of spy film’s it doesn’t take long to see where things are going. Despite its familiarity the plot moves along briskly enough. Besides the prototype super secret agent and rogues gallery of villains. The film also features plenty of eye candy as the female cast are fully exploited for maximum effect.
Performance wise the hero of the story Golden Boy who is portrayed by Göksel Arsoy lacks the presence one would expect from someone portraying a secret agent. While Altan Günbay is pitch perfect in the role of Golden Boy’s nemesis. Ultimately Altin çocuk is a fun film that fans of spy film genre are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
Onar Films presents Altin çocuk is a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The source material used for this transfer is one of the better sources that Onar Films has had to work with to date. Print damage is mild and never intrusive. Outside of a few moments where the image looks overly bright. The image looks generally crisp and black levels fare well.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Removable English and Greek subtitles have been included. The subtitles are easy to follow and error free. The audio also fares well as any distortion or background noise issues are minimal.
Extras for this release include a photo gallery with ten images, a mini replica poster, text bio’s for Sevda Nur and Altan Günbay and other text related extras include an essay titled “Turkish Intrigue: Turkish Spy Article” and a selected filmography for Turkish spy films. All the text related extra are in English. The main extra included with this release is a seventeen minute interview with Altan Günbay who discusses how he got into the Turkish film industry, Altin çocuk and being type cast as a villain (who is often bald). The interview is in Turkish and English subtitles have been provided. Also included with this release are trailers for Lost Kilink, Kizil Tug Cengiz Han, Karanlik Sular, Casus Kiran and Ringo Gestapo’ya Karsi. Overall Onar Films have given another obscure Turkish film a first rate DVD release, highly recommended.
Note: This is a very limited edition release in which there are only 500 copies.