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"Extract" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Joel (Bateman) is the owner of a flavor extract company.  He’s bored with his job and his life in general.  He’s close to selling the company and moving on but a freak accident at his factory injures a worker and threatens to derail his plans for escape.  Add to that an attractive female con artist; a gigolo with the brain of a radish; and his laid-back, pill-popping, joint-smoking, bartender friend Dean (Affleck), and Joel is headed for several disasters at once.  Before he’s through, he’ll have to deal with his equally bored wife, Suzie (Wiig), some incredibly simple-minded employees and an aggressive lawyer played by Gene Simmons (yes, the Kiss guy).

Specifications

  • Miramax Films
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not listed
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, and Ben Affleck
  • Directed by Mike Judge
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: Frequent innuendo
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This workplace comedy is written and directed by Office Space creator Mike Judge.  The personalities of the various characters are all larger-than-life.  Most of them are quite funny in and of themselves.  There are also many funny moments throughout the film.  It just never really gels into a coherent storyline.  The movie is short at just under 90 minutes which is an ideal length as it ended before becoming boring.  It struck me as more a series of skits and scenes than anything else.  Some of the scenes were funny, others weren’t.  The various actors all do a superb job at their roles.  Jason Bateman is the man with serious doormat issues that ties it all together.  Gene Simmons is a riot as the ambulance-chasing lawyer.  I think my favorite though had to be the gigolo.  Brad (played by Dustin Milligan) was so incredibly stupid he had me laughing more than anyone else.  I’m not sure many would see this movie more than once.  If you’re a fan of dry comedy though, this film will appeal to you.

Technical

The Blu-ray transfer was of average quality with a somewhat flat color palette.  Outdoor scenes all appeared to have been shot at the same time of day as they were always warm in tone.  Film grain was evident but not intrusive.  I don’t know if the color presentation was part of the original film or something done during the telecine process but dimension was definitely lacking.  The image sharpness was fine with consistent black levels though dark material is pretty scarce.  I would say the transfer was probably faithful to the original film.

Audio was nothing special.  There is very little music and few sound effects.  Dialog was clear and properly placed on the screen.  Your surrounds and subwoofer will get a break watching this movie as they are not used perceptibly.

Extras

Bonus features are sparse with a short featurette called Mike Judge’s Secret Recipe, a deleted scene and five extended scenes.