3 Dev Adam (1973)
By: Devon B. on February 25, 2009  | 
DVD
Onar Films (Greece). All Regions, PAL. 4:3. Turkish DD 2.0. English, Greek Subtitles. 79 minutes
The Movie
Cover Art
Credits
Director: T. Fikret Uçak
Starring: Aytekin Akkaya, yavuz Selekman, Dogan Tamer, Deniz Erkanat
Screenplay: Dogan Tamer
Country: Turkey
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No need to wait for the upcoming big budget Captain America movie, nothing will top the Turkish film 3 Dev Adam. It's nice to see America portrayed as so multi-cultural that a Turk could be our captain. That reads as sarcasm, but I would love to see a non-Aryan cast for the new movie.

3 Dev Adam translates to "three giant men," in this case Captain America; Santo, who's slimmed down and now looks like a member of TISM; and Spider-Man. The latter is depicted on the poster art as the Spider-Man comic nerds know and love, but in the film he's a villain called Spider who wears a green suit with a red mask. The hood is the only bit with webbing on it (that I could see), but even then I could only see it in close up as the webbing is very faint. Webbing or no, the mask does nothing to conceal his eyebrows. I thought for awhile that they were built into the suit, but then others wear the mask with less facial follicle disaster. The movie could've just as easily been called 2 Dev Eyebrows.

The first 16 seconds of 3 Dev Adam are missing from all prints of the film except for an old Greek VHS release. These 16 seconds are spliced in and aren't translated for the English speakers, but even with these 16 seconds back in, the beginning of the movie is very jumpy. As soon as the film starts, Spider is recreating a touching moment from Zombie Holocaust that involved an outboard motor. Clearly Spider's a bad guy, so Captain America and Santo come to help bust Spider's nefarious artefact smuggling scheme. Captain America only dons his suit occasionally, and when asked why he's not wearing it he explains it's because Spider is a lunatic who always wears a mask and will attempt to destroy any others wearing masks. Then he says, "My special outfit is bullet proof." I'm not sure if this was slightly mistranslated or a total non sequitur, but the only response he gets is, "I see," so maybe what he said did make sense if you speak Turkish. His suit is not only bullet proof, it also seems to fully absorb the impact of bullets, which is handy. Luckily, no one thinks to shoot him in his eyebrows, which are a bit giant as well. Maybe the director has a fetish.

Captain America may not like getting into costume, but Santo doesn't like getting all the way out of his. Even when showering he remains in his underwear. This may have been a case of when in Rome as there is also a female character who takes a bath in her panties. I think the undies are meant to prevent nudity, but we do get a brief glimpse of this woman's nipple.

If you thought Spider was mean in the first scene, that's nothing compared to when he sics his vicious guinea pigs on someone who he thinks betrayed him. He may be dastardly, but he's also not too clever, often foiling his own escape simply so he can have an evil laugh. Many of his henchmen are dispatched in fights that are truly a wonder to behold. Captain America must've been watching too much Batman, as he's taken to hanging upside down mid fight. Speaking of Batman, 3 Dev Adam makes West and Ward's efforts seem like a realistic drama. To be fair, the fights do occasionally reach a mania that works, and props should be given to the stunt men who sometimes had many moves to remember per take.

If you like stuff like Alyas Batman and Robin or the adventures of the greatest spy ever, Weng Weng, then 3 Dev Adam is probably the best movie with Spider-Man, Captain America and Santo you'll ever see.
Video
The film is obscure as fuck; the best elements available were used, but the movie's still rough as guts. The image is soft, there're specks and grain, there's a bit of haze, and there are the occasional fall outs and reel changes. The first 16 seconds would give you an idea as to how the film used to look, and this DVD is an improvement.
Audio
Audio is presented in Turkish with optional English or Greek subs, except for the first 16 seconds which have burnt in Greek subs. The sound is raw, loud and with heavy distortion. There're a few minor errors in the English subs.
Extra Features
The DVD has a few significant extras, and a few that are less so. The bios section is actually just one bio for the director, and the filmographies section is actually just the fimography for the guy that played Captain America. There's also a small photo gallery which includes lobby cards, posters, and a few stills. Trailers are available for other Onar DVD releases, but the film titles would take me hours to transcribe, so I'm not going to. The trailers for the Kilink films are presented as stills, which is a shame 'cause I would've liked to have a look at those. The largest extras are the interviews, all in Turkish with subs in English or Greek. There's one with the director that runs about 35 minutes, one with the guy who played Captain America that runs 43 minutes and one with the guy who played the police chief which runs about 10 minutes. That's great, except this is a single layer disc, so their inclusion means the film is fairly compressed. I'm not sure if the quality would've improved much at a lower compression rate, but I would've preferred just the film in higher quality instead of the interviews. Long time fans may disagree, and be happy with the film looking better than it ever has.
The Verdict
Movie Score
Disc Score
Overall Score
Clearly Turkey has given us more than kebabs. While I would've preferred a dual layer disc or any other option to reduce compression on the feature, I doubt anyone else would ever even give this movie a go, so Onar are to be commended. This DVD is limited to 1,200 copies, so don't doddle if you want one.

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