“Applesauce” is a film that plays on the same ground that Stone covered in “Talk Radio”. However, it’s quick to push the focus back onto a specific caller rather than the host. When a random call goes too far for the caller, he starts being sent severed body parts. The problem is that there are too many suspects and no clear answer behind the bloody gifts. I appreciate the gore, but I could’ve stood a bit more focus.
Dylan Baker needed to be in the film way more than setting up a larger study of adult New Yorkers trying to piece together what’s truly horrible in life. Nobody really learns anything outside of morbid inconvenience. Some of it is funny, while the rest feels forced. Still, I liked the relationships and it was nice see a film that didn’t treat High School kids like empty headed dolts. Most might be, but intellectual diversity is a thing.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, deleted scenes, blooper reel and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for an indie drama. The 1080p transfer plays with natural and interiors well. I thought the mix was supposed to be lossy Dolby 5.1, but my receiver picked up DTS-HD 5.1 when the main feature started. I don’t know what to pin that on. Ultimately, it’s worth a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 11/24/2015