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The Apple Blu-ray Review


“The Apple” is deliciously bad.

1980 was quite a year for musicals. More specifically, magically bad musicals ala “Xanadu” and “The Apple.” “The Apple,” for those that don’t know, is a truly bizarre musical that has to be seen to be believed. To describe “The Apple” would not do the film justice, but I’ll at least tell you the basic story. Set in a sort of totalitarian 1994, the story centers on two wannabe music stars Alphie and Bibi who are trying to make it big. They wind up making a literal deal with the Devil (Mr. Boogalow), but soon regret their decision. Will their lives spiral out of control or can they be saved from ruin?

The name Golan-Globus is frequently associated with cheesy 80’s films and “The Apple” is no exception. It’s a truly mesmerizingly weird story about dreams, totalitarianism, Heaven and Hell, Adam and Eve and the music industry. None of it is remotely subtle, but the way the material is presented is flat-out crazy. It’s not surprising then that the film is both widely hated and a cult classic all in one. Personally, I’m one of the film’s fans. In the pantheon of “so bad its good” movies, “The Apple” ranks high. From the crazy musical set pieces and numbers like “BIM,” “Speed,” and the titular “The Apple,” to the never ending off the wall imagery on display, “The Apple” never ceases to fascinate.

“The Apple” also works as a one-of-a-kind sci-fi musical. Granted, most of the songs stay in your head because they barely have any lyrics, but still, it stays with you! It’s also unlike any musical out there. Where else are you going to find a movie with a vampire, forehead stickers, and God in a Rolls Royce?


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This new HD master is deeply impressive. Honestly, this is the best the film has looked. There are some dirt specs here and there, but the image is so much clearer.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A solid 2.0 track. The music really shines here.

Extras: * “The Apple” trailer. * A new 47 minute interview with Catherine Mary Stewart who talks about her life, career, “The Apple,” and so on. Expect lots of in-depth behind-the-scenes stories about her time on “The Apple” set as well as her impressions on cast and crew members. * A charming commentary by Catherine Mary Stewart and moderator Nathaniel Thompson.

June 29, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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