Saturday, April 7, 2012

The last remaining stock of ONAR dvd's is now up for sale

Two of BILL BAROUNIS' friends in Turkey, film director Kunt Tulgar and film journalist Ali Murat Guven, are now working with Bill's widow Julia to make the last of the ONAR FILMS stock available!

Yesterday, they posted a list of ONAR DVD's that are available on the semi official ONAR Facebook page. Some are in great numbers and some are almost sold out. CELLAT (aka Turkish Deathwish) is almost gone (5 copies yesterday). I've got all of Bill's releases but I intend to grab a few anyway as a way to pay my respect one last time.

All the money goes to Bill's widow and their young daughter.

The list is here with info on prices and ordering. If you're not on FB you can also see the list here - but it's not yet translated into English.


  1. Do they have a paypal payment option. Also I think 3 titles are missing Kadin Dusmani, Iron Claw The Pirate and Karanlik Sular. Does this mean that those dvds have sold out??

  2. I'm thinking of double dip on a couple of titles, and it would be nice to have a signed poster from Kunt Tulgar for example.

  3. @Ano; Yes, I'm sure they have a PayPal option. This is the stock that is left so yes titles that are missing are sold out.

    @Fred, yeah, I'm thinking of re-buying some of those titles again just in order to support Julia and pay one last respect.

    Btw, $14-17 is pretty cheap for these titles! When Bill switched from printing up 1200 copies to only 600 he had to raise the price to just under $30 per title + postage.

  4. Thanks Jack, As for the missing titles!! You can get Iron Claw the Pirate off ebay from Tony at Xploited Cinema. Also Karanlik Sular is available on a Turkish dvd with English subs. That only leaves Woman Despiser which hasn't had a Turkish release yet!

  5. P.s. Karanlik Sular might not have English subtitles after all. It doesn't mention subs anywhere on the listings but they could be on the print of the film itself?!?!

  6. Hey there, unknown. I would certainly say the ONAR releases is the better option as they not only have English subs but also exclusive extras like interviews and trailers from other rare films, etc. Try and keep an eye out for them on eBay.

  7. The Last Onar Films Sale doesn't have it but Tsimonelli still has 3 copies of Iron Claw The Pirate Dvd on Ebay, get it or regret it!!

  8. The print used for Onar's KARANLIK SULAR had hard, non-removable English subs. One might surmise that the Turkish DVD uses the same print. Just a guess.

  9. @Jared: I haven't seen the Turkish dvd but I wouldn't be surprised if they had bootlegged his dvd. I remember there was talk about the Turkish 3 DEV ADAM dvd being a boot off his ONAR dvd as well. It's rather ironic isn't it; The Turkish couldn't be arsed to save and release their own old genre films but when someone else does the hard work putting out great looking prints they're not slow at ripping off these releases. :/

    @Ano: Thanks for the link, very useful for fans who don't have all the ONAR dvd's. Personally, I bought them all from Bill when they came out so I don't need them.

  10. It may not be that they just ripped the Onar disc. I asked Bill about the hard-subbed print at the time and he said it was all they had to offer. One might then presume that any other DVDs (even properly licensed ones) would use that same hard-subbed print. But then again, this business being what it is ...

  11. Yeah, I have no idea about any of this. So many rumours, so much hearsay, so many speculations. I'm just happy to have the ONAR releases. And I'm sad that he never got all the films out that he bought the rights for (not least the ZAGOR films that he already had covers for). Have you got the ZAGOR films, Jared? They came out on DVD in Italy with English subs. I'll be getting them very soon.

  12. From memory The Karanlik Sular Vcd was out before the Onar Dvd but the Turkish dvd of it was after the Onar release. I think they are all from the same source? The Turkish release of 3 Dev Adam which came out after the Onar one is from another source but the extras(interviews) and some of the menu images are ripped off the Onar disc. Also Thirsty for Love,Sex & Murder was released on vcd before the Onar Dvd came out and the same goes for Kilink in Istanbul which was out on vcd before Onar's release.

    Fully Baked

  13. Very interesting. Thanks for clearing that up, mate!

    Who are you?

  14. MESSAGE / PART-1

    Dear trash fan friends from all over the world,

    Greetings to all of you.

    My name is Ali Murat Guven, a Turkish film critic, cine-historian and Bill's fellow in Istanbul for many former Onar film releases.

    I saw this blog tonight and wanted to give some friendly information to you.

    Two weeks ago, I sent Mr. Kunt Tulgar, famous Turkish producer-director-actor, as a friendly representative to Bill's widow, Julia Barounis, to Athens, Greece. Julia knows very well all of us, here in Turkey. Because, we all helped Bill many times on his commercial efforts.
    Mr. Tulgar and his wife took many DVD's from Vassilis' home-office, put inside their luggage as they squeeze as possible and returned to Istanbul after two days.
    Now, I am trying to sell these first party of Onar DVD's one by one.

    This is not a commercial activity for me or for Mr. Tulgar. We, the Turks never forget our good friends and Vassilis was a very good friend. Everybody thinks that Turks and Greeks hate each other. But, we were "brothers". My nickname for Vassilis was always "brother" on his e-mail messages. Novadays, I try to deserve this emotional nickname.
    All the payment which is coming from the sales is collecting in a bank account. We earn "zero" on this proscedure.Everything for Julia and her little daughter. There is a deep economical crisis in our neighbour, Greece and this situation worries us too much. Turkey lived a similar position in 2001 and all the moral, ethic values collapsed. We don't want to see our Greek friends in a bad situtation. After they became rich again, then we may go on fighting with Greeks:) But,not now... It is the time of neighbourhood and friendship.

    You may check this info by writing to Julia, to Athens. She knows everything, these sales and my friendly aim and trusts me.

    Therefore, you are buying this DVD's for "Bill's family", not for me.


    After releasing these adverts on the trash film websites, everyday, I receive more than 20 messages from all around the world and reply all of them one by one.

    I sold 120 DVD to date, in first 10 days. And I sent all of them via registered airmail post to their owners from USA to Australia. And I added to all personal signed photos of Mr. Kunt Tulgar and Mr. Aytekin Akkaya. For only one DVD or for 10 DVD's, I always added 2 mini A4 color posters inside every parcel. This is our little present as the sales team for the supporters of this operation.

    You must know this first... Only "Cellat" (The Executioner) finished... It was really and certainly finished. As the honorary representative of Onar Films in Turkey, I have only ONE COPY from "Cellat" in my library now. And Julia has not got this title in Athens. There was only 9 copies at Athens and Mr. Tulgar bringed them to me. And if we don't print a new 500 legal copies with Onar label as an independent work, it will never be again.
    In the other side, "Kilink Istanbul"da is almost finishing. Last copies of this title are in Istanbul, in my office and I have only 25-30 copies from this title.

    Mr. Tulgar bringed only 11 titles from Athens because of airplane luggage limitations. He was with their wife, Mrs. Emel Tulgar, and they could bring 850 DVD's to me. More of it was destroying the little profits of these DVD's. Because, you know that, extra every kilogram is too expensive on board. A kilogram is two DVD's!

    An important info to you... "Karanlık Sular", "Kadın Dusmanı","Demirpence Korsan Adam" is AVAILABLE. But their copies are in Athens now. Mr. Tulgar will fly to Athens again at the beginning of next May and will also bring me these titles. Total DVD's of Onar Films at the stock is almost 2500. When we sold them, forget forever all these titles. Because, anybody in the world except "Bill" can't prepare these old films with many wonderful extras. There was 4 crazy persons for this madness 1) Metin Demirhan 2) Vassilis Barounis 3) Kunt Tulgar 4) Me... Two of them is dead now, and Kunt and me are fighting to do something for you.

    I shot many extras for Vassilis' former titles here. Last work I have done for Vassilis was a long interview with the actor of "Zagor" films, legendary stunt man Mr. Levent Cakir. Unfortunately, Vassilis couldn't complete the Zagor's. A Turkish company printed two Zagor's last years. But, they have any extras. The quality is so far away from Onar label. Because, Turkish DVD producers are looking to this area as only "the money". If you don't have a deep love against trash genre, you can not be a second Bill.

    I respect him too much, I missed him too much.

    Here is a link you my see our collection at the moment. Don't forget, next month 3 new titles will add to this list:

    If you need any titles and want to support this operation, then write me:

    Best regards to all,


  16. Dear Ali Murat,

    Thank you so much for your message. I will post it on this blog as a real post as well. Unfortunately, I never met Bill (I live at the opposite end of Europe, in Denmark) but I communicated quite a bit with him via the internet. He was a true film fan and a great person in real life. I can assure you we are many who are very happy about what you do here, selling his DVD's and helping Julia.

    best regards