A*P*E Blu-ray Review
“A*P*E” is one dopey movie.
With “Kong: Skull Island” nearing release, Kino Lorber is doing their part to get in on the giant ape fever with the timely release of their catalogue title “A*P*E.” For those that are unaware, this American/South Korean 1976 film is in itself a “King Kong” rip-off. The story revolves around a giant destructive ape that has escaped from human custody and proceeds to wreak havoc in Seoul. While in Seoul, the ape becomes fascinated by an actress named Marilyn (played by Joanna Kerns of “Growing Pains” fame) and decides to kidnap her. Can this mad ape be stopped and can be Marilyn be saved?
There’s no question that “A*P*E” is a bad movie. The dialogue and acting is comically bad, the ape suit is so cheap you can see human eyes, the script is wafer thin and barely contains a story let alone characterization, and the sound is so poor that the blaring score tries to cover up the flaws. Through all of these problems, however, the movie definitely falls in the “so bad it’s good” category. While the movie does drag and eventually become tiresome in the last half hour, the first hour is actually quite funny for the most part. Any line reading with the word “S**t” is nearly guaranteed to make you laugh as are the ape’s downright weird gestures (he claps and flips the bird!). The most amusing scenes, however, are arguably the ape’s “battles” with foes including a shark and a snake. They truly feel like something out of an Ed Wood movie and they have to be seen to be believed.
Note: Viewers have the option of playing the film in 2-D or 3-D.
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Sadly, the transfer is quite poor. The print is littered with grain and dirt specs and sometimes appears fuzzy. It barely looks like it has been cleaned up at all.
Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? The audio track doesn’t fare much better I’m afraid. It’s very flat and even sounds a bit scratchy at times.
The only extras are trailers for “A*P*E,” “The Bubble, “GOG,” “The Mask,” and “September Storm.”
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