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In the glitzy, glittering futuristic world of 1994, music is king -- and the man who controls it is all-powerful malicious mogul Mr. Boogalow. Now he has his eye on two fresh-faced young singers, Alphie and Bibi, who score a hit at his WorldVision Song Festival and fall under the irresistible spell of fame, money, and temptation. As Bibi becomes a mammoth superstar, will Alphie be able to save her soul before it s too late? Jammed with songs that will stay in your head for days, this cult classic musical blast directed by 80s cult legend Menahem Golan (The Delta Force, Enter the Ninja) and starring Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet, Nightflyers) is a rocking, rolling, pop-tastic midnight hit like no other. Once you ve taken a bite of The Apple, you will never be the same! Now see this amazing film from a brand new HD master!
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Star Catherine Mary Stewart, moderated by Film Historian Nathaniel Thompson | On Camera Interview with Star Catherine Mary Stewart, Deleted Scene Still Gallery, Original Theatrical Trailer
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This long awaited blu-ray release presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is based on a new HD scan done in 2016 specifically for this release. The movie looks amazing and blows the ancient MGM DVD away without breaking a sweat. Detail is immaculate and no digital scrubbing appears to have been done. Colors look bold and skin tones accurate. Simply put this is possibly the best "The Apple" has ever looked and kudos to Kino Lorber/Scorpion for taken the time to do a brand new HD master versus just recycling an ancient master used for the old DVD release. English subtitles are not included for the hearing impaired despite seeming like they were supposed to have been included based on the options listed on the back of the cover.
Sound is presented in lossless 2 channel stereo and sounds great with superb definition particularly during the many musical numbers.
There are only 2 extras included on this disc but they are great ones. Catherine Mary Stewart who starred as Bibi in the film sits down for a 47 minute interview focusing not just on "The Apple" which was her first film but other notable career highlights. Still gorgeous after all of these years along with being as engaging and charismatic as she always was, it is a lot of informative fun for fans. She also contributes an equally fun commentary track with a well organized moderator that contains a ton more insight into the film.
I should also mention that this release features the theatrical cut and not the legendary preview screening cut which has unfortunately gone missing in the hands of an unknown collector after a few public screenings in recent years.
"The Apple" won't be for everybody but remains a miscalculated cinematic blast for the brave. Fans will be more than pleased with this blu-ray release and newcomers can check out the film in superb HD clarity. Highly recommended and remember to do the BIM!
The film opens at a wretched music contest where the awful band promoted by "Mr. Boogalow" (Vladek Sheybal) is neck in neck with a small-time duo from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the cloying Bibi and Alphie. Boogalow resorts to devious means to win, but feels threatened enough to attempt to sign them to contracts. Boogalow give them little time to read the contracts and since they don't have legal representation, Alphie refuses to sign, while Bibi signs her soul away. If all this symbolism wasn't clear enough, there is a musical field trip to the lake of fire proving Boogalow's real identity; as a further confirmation Bibi is presented with an apple (not golden or delicious) that she is pressured into biting.
After the premise that music agents are analogous to the devil (not far from the truth in some instances) is firmly established, we learn that in the future cars feature completely ridiculous profiles, that triangles are the only shape sanctioned by B.I.M. (Boogalow's agency), and that B.I.M. and the government are essentially one organization. I was especially amused by the concept of the "National Fitness Program" (a government program sponsored by our favorite Faustian NGO, B.I.M.), though less amused by the dancing involved. On the other end of the spectrum, I was completely unamused by Vladek Sheybal's singing voice when he solos in "The Master," perhaps the worst vocal performance since the day of Florence Foster Jenkins.
Bibi gets a makeover and becomes wildly successful, while Alphie continues to write horrid folk songs and live in a dump. Eventually Alphie decides living in a cave under a bridge is better than his apartment, so he moves in with a commune of hippies with names like "Lotus Blossom." Bibi escapes the clutches of Boogalow and company and joins Alphie, only to have the entire commune arrested for harboring a fugitive. Yes, Bibi is wanted for breach of contract and Boogalow and his team of lawyers and police show up for a final confrontation of Lawyers versus Hippies. This posed a conundrum: which group is less appealing? No, I jest: the movie makes it clear that it is a battle of good and evil on a titanic scale. When our heroes have seemingly no options left, the film takes a spiritual turn and presents some theology decidedly not found in the Bible. The alleged deity, "Mr. Topps," shows up in a golden Rolls-Royce in the sky, turns the hippies to angels, and utterly defeats Boogalow in a scene that must be seen to be believed. I am sure this must have had something to do with the fact that the film was way over budget due to the cost of the insane costumes and musical numbers; well, that and the production team had absolutely no idea how to wrap up this mess.
The film is low on dialogue, but high on musical numbers. It's kind of like a steam roller: once you are relieved that a musical number is over (and you will be), another one starts. The costumes and makeup are delightfully kitsch (I especially like the silver lipstick and the triangular face stickers) and leave no doubt as to when this was made. This film is truly jaw-dropping. I am not especially fond of musicals, but love cheesy movies of all varieties. This is an especially runny, excrementally smelly Camembert, putting it near the top of the bad movie menu of fine cheeses.
"The Apple" is highly recommended for anyone who believes they have seen a film so bad that there is not one worse.
Come on...take the dare...bite "The Apple."
It's 1980 predicting what 1994 will be like. It's a love story. It's Satan vs. God. Characters sing their lines. Cars of the future resemble 70's station wagons! Unbelieveable costumes and makeup. There are hippies. The main character wears his jeans so tight he walks like he has braces on his legs. There's a surreal ballet number in an abandoned convention center. A demonic cave. An oh-so-subtle sex song. Jewish transvestities! Harry Potter's Professor Sprout gets felt up! God drives a pimpmobile! Triangles! And it all comes together in one big fat mess!
Long Live Bibi and Alphie!
My sister is getting a copy of this for Christmas; she will HOWL!