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Coming from writer/director Mike Judge EXTRACT ($40) is a slightly dark, and certainly off center comedy that offers up a number of hilarious moments. Much of the humor contained in EXTRACT is character-based, but this isn’t to say that the film doesn’t milk the physicality of certain situations. Jason Bateman stars in EXTRACT as Joel Reynolds, the owner and founder of Reynold's Extract, a company that make flavor-extract products. Although his business is rather successful, Joel finds himself dissatisfied with his life. The long hours required for running the business has caused Joel to become disconnected from his wife Suzie (Kristen Wiig) on both an emotional and physical level. Things start to look up when Joel’s business partner Brian (J.K. Simmons) announces that a large corporation is interested in buying out their company.

Joel’s euphoria is short-lived when, when a small industrial accident occurs on the factory floor, costing one of the employees a testicle, which also leaves the proposed buyout dangling by a thread. Things go from bad to worse when an attractive young woman named Cindy (Mila Kunis) comes to work for Reynold's Extract. Unaware of her true agenda, Joel allows himself to become distracted by Cindy… and even considers having an affair with her. The idea of the affair results in Joel taking some bad personal advice from his bartending friend Dean (Ben Affleck), just as Reynold's Extract faces a crushing lawsuit from the injured employee, and his ambulance-chasing lawyer. The cast of EXTRACT also features Clifton Collins, Jr., Dustin Milligan, Gene Simmons, David Koechner, Beth Grant, T.J. Miller, Matt Schulze and Mike Judge.

Miramax Home Entertainment has made EXTRACT available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. As small budget independent comedies go, EXTRACT looks quite nice and has been given a suitably attractive 1080p presentation. Image sharpness and detail is appropriate to the films production values, and thusly, never reaches the outstanding level that one associates with films costing ten to twenty times as much as EXTRACT. That said; the picture still appears crisp and rather nicely defined. Colors are rather naturally saturated and deliver attractive looking flesh tones. Blacks are deep, whites are clean and contrast is just fine. The elements from which EXTRACT appear just about perfect, with nary a blemish to be seen. Grain is mild, but noticeable, and falls within expected levels.

EXTRACT is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This is a totally uncomplicated standard comedy mix that is delivered without sonic flourishes. As this is a dialogue driven effort, it should come as no surprise that the majority of the sound is localized front and center. Most sound effects play across the forward soundstage, with occasional bits (other than ambience and fill) finding their way to the surround channels. The lossless encode provides a nice boost for the fidelity of the track, even if the sound design doesn’t make too many demands. Dialogue is cleanly rendered and always easy to understand. A French Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Mike Judge’s Secret Recipe is a ten-minute piece that focuses on the contributions of the film’s writer director. Extended Scenes, a Deleted Scene and Bonus Trailers close out the extras.

EXTRACT is an off center comedy for those who like their entertainment skewed in that direction. The Blu-ray presentation is rather nice, shining a good light on this little independent comedy.



Extract [Blu-ray] (2009)


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