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The Apple

review by Zach B.




In one of the weirdest and craziest musicals (and movies), you'll probably ever see, "The Apple" has become a cult camp classic of its own since its release in 1980 (with such innuendo on different topics, could this movie really be PG?). With the metaphor of forbidden fruit used at will, the film follows singers Alphie and Bibi who aim to make it big in the World Vision song competition. But the notorious Mr. Boogalow has other plans for the duo - which Bibi falls victim to. Bibi gives up her soul to be famous, which in turns gives Boogalow a leg up in his plot to take over the world pop rock. Of course, it's up to Alphie to save Bibi, stop Boogalow and save the world as everyone knows it.

Fun Fact: According to IMDb, writer-director Menahem Golan has nearly 200 producing credits.



The DVD of "The Apple" features two viewing aspect ratios - 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 full screen. Given all its visual splendor, I ignored the full screen version (and I suggest you all do the same - but then again, I'm a widescreen affeciando). For a movie-only release though, I was pretty impressed with the visual quality this DVD has. It's a bit soft at times, but overall I'd say this is a pretty sharp transfer. The print has a blemish or dirt speck here and there, but overall, it comes out to be pretty clean looking. There is a little noise, and edge enhancement is very slight. Detail is good though, fleshtones look nice and the transfer is up to snuff when it comes to the film's hodgepodge of crazy colors - they're well saturated, pretty bold and certainly a bit vibrant. On the whole though, I'm sure the picture quality could be slightly better but it looks a lot better than I anticipated. For such a visually flamboyant movie, the widescreen transfer represents it well.



I'm sure "The Apple" could have had a more-than-decent 5.1 track, but the Dolby Stereo Surround has to do. Overall it's fine - it's not really surround-y in nature, but uses stereo effects. Some of these effects are powerful than others, but the track as whole is not too lively or immersive. The dialogue and singing is easy to hear, and the sound effects come in fine too (but don't really highlight much). The music is the best sound element on this track, and good riddance that it is - this is a musical after all. The music bursts out well enough, and there are some musical notes that pull some punches, but in all it's rather straightforward. Not a bad track, but a 5.1 remix would have been nice. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French are included plus English closed captions.



The only thing the DVD of the film includes is a Theatrical Trailer (which is kinda weird like the film itself) in anamorphic widescreen. Perhaps if this version of the DVD sells well, MGM may consider a full special edition?



"The Apple" may never have achieved cult satus a la "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but you better believe this is a beloved cult movie. The DVD has a decent presentation for a catalog title, but the lack of extras is a disappointment. The retail is pretty low though, so if you're a fan of the movie or want to see what the fuss is about - you can't exactly go wrong here.

Studio: MGM

Retail Price: $14.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (24 Scenes)

Released: August 24th, 2004



MPAA Rating: PG

Running Time: 86 minutes

Starring: Cathering Mary Stewart, Allan Love, Grace Kennedy, George Gilmour, Joss Ackland, Vladek Shaybal, Ray Shell

Written by: Menahem Golan
Story by: Coby Recht & Iris Recht
Music by: Coby Recht
Lyrics by: Iris Recht & George Clinton

Written and Directed by: Menahem Golan