Extract (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Miramax || R - 92 minutes - $39.99 || December 22, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-12-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Mike Judge
Writer(s): Mike Judge (written by)
Cast: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Clifton Collins Jr., Ben Affleck


Theatrical Release Date: September 4, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Mike Judge scored a cult hit with Office Space a film that did abysmal business at the box office but took on a life of its own speaking to all those who have endured the tireless daily gruel of the corporate office. Problem is, in what is only Judgeís third film in 10 years, Extract never quite strike the right chord despite a few funny scenes, mostly involving David Koechner as that annoying, talkative next-door neighbor.

Extract stars Jason Bateman as Joel the owner of an extract plant whose personal problems begin to mount as the film journeys along. First issue is he spends a good portion of his time moaning that he and his wife (KRISTEN WIIG) sparingly have sex and if he doesnít get home in time and those sweatpants are on, it ainít happening. In a drunken and drugged up state, with a little help of stoner bud Dean (BEN AFFLECK), he devices a plan to hire a gigalo posing a pool boy to seduce his wife with the results being that if she gives in and has sex it would give him permission to have an affair with the plantís newest hire... which leads into issue #2.

New temp hire Cindy (MILA KUNIS) is a hot chick with sticky fingers and a liars tongue. Sheís a drifter going stealing things like guitars and then turns around and hawks it. When she reads in the paper that plant worker Step (CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.) got majorly injured during an accident which left him Ė well Ė nearly nutless, she sees the possible millions that would be derived from a lawsuit that would also bankrupt the company.

Although the movie isnít dreadful as some poorly written comedies can sometimes get, it still isnít quite as funny despite some poignantly workplace observations the film makes even for those who have not worked in a factory; as most of us know, incompetent workers are everywhere. But that the extent of Extract, it never found a firm footing with the plot and by the end it just felt like another half-baked comedy that will be lost in the lores of comedic obscurity.

The cast isnít all too bad if not a little underwhelming. Jason Bateman plays the same soft-spoken character weíve seen on ďArrested DevelopmentĒ and in Hancock while Mila Kunis is left with a character that seemed, even for a comedy, vastly underwritten. I commend Ben Affleck for taking on a small supporting role and his role was funny, but nothing outstanding. As I said before, the lone bright spot (with batteries running low, however) is David Koechner as the obnoxious neighbor. I canít comment on how realistic his character is as I tend to avoid mine all together, but I have no doubt people like him exist.

Obviously in 5 years Extract could be what Office Space is now but I donít see it happening. Itís missing the witty writing and the comedic timing. Again, itís not a bad movie just one that, much like food coloring, looks good on the surface but once you take a bite, itís all too average.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Unfortunately there isnít a whole lot on this disc. The only featurette, Mike Judgeís Secret Recipe (10:48; 1080p), just covers how the movie came together with behind-the-scenes footage and shooting at a real factory. There are also a few Extended Scenes (4:28; 480i) and one lonely Deleted Scene (0:39; 480i).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Extract, presented with a 1.85 aspect ratio and 1080p (48 kHz/24-bit) high-definition is awfully... vanilla in its presentation. While the picture is generally free of flaws and imperfections like scratches or dust, it looked awfully soft throughout. The movie also contains a good amount of grain which I normally would overlook but it just seemed to stand out. This is probably only slightly above an upconverted DVD but not by much.

Equally, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track isnít anything special. Yes, the dialogue is very clear from beginning to end and the comedic score is fine but it didnít have much of an audio depth that I expect from lossless audio, even for one in the genre.



.::OVERALL::.

Although Writer/Director Mike Judge scored a cult hit with Office Space (and to a lesser extent, Idiocracy), his latest never hit the right cord both in terms of story and characters. The plot doesnít seem to know where itís going and the characters have little appeal. That being said, I did manage to laugh more than a few times and I do love Mila Kunis so thatís an extra bonus. Outside of that, and for the fact the audio and video are not anything special, skip this release.