If you asked me what it was I liked so much about this movie I’m not quite sure if I can give you a straight answer. Oddly enough, I’m supposed to tell you about this movie aren’t I? It was almost viral like, viral enough to the point that I put this movie in late at night expecting to fall asleep to it and finish the next day, but didn’t. Wow, bad move. I get up around 5:45 a.m. everyday and put this one in the player at 11:30 p.m. Needless to say I think you can see where this is headed, a groggy day to be had. I just couldn’t turn the damn thing off, it hooked me! Great character development, and I couldn’t help but smile many times at Ben Affleck. I know how that last part just sounded, but in the infamous words of Lil Wayne, “No homo.” Point being, Mike Judge the creator of Beavis & Butthead brought you the classic Office Space as well and with that and the two headbangers came an infectious like comedy. Critics have called Extract hit or miss, but with this fellow right here it was definitely a hit. Well, a hit in the sense of keeping my attention and keeping me entertained. I dont know it was at the end of it all that I liked so much but it had some funny and witty moments spread out at a nice pace that just kept you watching. Coincidence?
Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of an extract manufacturing plant, constantly finds himself in sticky situations that steadily worsen by the minute. First, his soon-to-be floor manager acquires a serious injury in a machine malfunctioning accident that takes off one of his nuts. Second, his personal life doesn’t fair much better when he takes the advice of his bartending friend Dean (Ben Affleck) during a drug-induced brainstorming session on how to test his wife’s faithfulness. Finally, pouring salt on the wounds of the current catastrophes is new employee Cindy (Mila Kunis), who happens to be a scam artist intent on milking the company for all its worth. Now, Joel must attempt to piece his company and his marriage back together all while trying to figure out what he’s really after.
The most creative element of Extract is the way it approaches comedy. It’s subdued, calm and not in-your-face. It steers away from raunchiness, it doesn’t abuse harsh language, and it’s not overly obscene or offensive. Instead, it sits back allows the viewer to take in the situations and observe the humor that lies in everyday events, the characters, and well-intentioned plans gone horribly awry.
Looks good! Extract has great attention to detail and hardly any grain instances. A bit of noise maybe but overall the colors are rich and vibrant and the blacks are black! There is a lot of different places for scenes in this movie which really shines well in this flick with all the different pallettes. From nice vibrant colors at the factory to smooth humble like earth tones of his house, the film displays them beautifully with ease. There isn’t a ton of special effects or CGI to amaze you but for what intention this film was set out to capture I believe it did just that.
Extract punches its way on Blu-ray with a DTS HD-Master 5.1 track that barely rumbles. Not so much as a fault just that this flick is dialogue heavy. No true immersion or engulfing like sound from the rears but the center and fronts ring true with great clarity on a tightly mixed track. All the sound effects and reproduction are done well like when his car comes to a screeching hault or when bottles of Extract break in the factory. Everything seems to be on que, its just that you have to know what to expect with a film of this nature before hand and not expect to have your ears blown away. The rocker in the factory who plays for a multitude of bands but the cover band “God Cock” seems to rock out a house party pretty well and that came great across my fronts. Of course, the scene never took you into the party for it truly rock out your speakers but quality none the less.
A very lackluster supplement package on this one. Although, I wont say I’m surprised but it would’ve been nice to see a tad more. I mean c’mon, trailers? Digital copy?
Mike Judge’s Secret Recipe (HD, 11 minutes) The bread and butter of the package, an interesting viewing no less.
Extended scenes (SD, 4 minutes) Self explanitory
Deleted Scene (SD, 1 minute) Self explanitory
Extract is a definite for a rental at the very least. It’s enjoyable and for some it may be the next “Office Space”. The acting is well, and although the story is a bit crazy for some reason I just felt glued to it. For many this Blu-ray would be worth a purchase, to watch from time to time but for the others I recommend a rental so you catch this treat of a film and perhaps the return of Mike Judge. The video quality is fine and does its job for what is intended with a film of this nature. The audio quality although a bit meager, still reproduces greatly with a DTS HD Master track. Supplements are weak, but I truly didn’t expect a lot tho a Digital Copy would have been nice. Overall a nice release to Blu-ray and the end decision of pass or fail by this title will fall back in the users lap. Give this one a chance.