Monday, December 21, 2009

Extract Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 21.0 GB
Film Size: 17.9 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
Video
Extract comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation that looks decent in high-definition. I can't say I was very impressed at all, I was actually quite surprised to be honest. The Blu-ray release is the first time I have seen the film and the look didn't lend itself well to high-def.

The film was surprisingly soft and lacking in detail, I quickly associated it with a made for TV special in high-def. Many high-def specials exhibit the same overly soft look with detail, but very little of it. The colors on the release were good and probably the best thing about the high-def release, black levels are usually fine throughout.

Certain brief wideshots of a building did not look very high-def at all, you could definitely confuse those quick moments for upconverted content. The film just feels lifeless aside from colors, it has no depth or pop, it just stays flat as can be and ultimately ends up feeling like a mediocre video presentation. 6/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and is just as lifeless as the video presentation, it's there but there's nothing special about it. Dialogue was front and center and was clear and easy to understand for the majority of the film. The surround use was extremely minimal, reserved only for the film's music.

Sound effects were surprisingly dull with the majority of them being placed directly in the center, slightly expanding into the front left and right speakers. I did not find the track engaging whatsoever, it was actually quite dull. 6/10.

Extras

Mike Judge's Secret Recipe (10:49) (HD)
Mike Judge and crew talks about the inspiration for Extract. The cast also talks about filming, featuring a good amount of behind-the-scenes footage.

Extended Scenes (4:29) (SD)
Five scenes are included and are presented in standard-definition.

Deleted Scene (:40) (SD)
One, yes one, deleted scene is included and is presented in standard-definition.

Sneak Peeks (HD)
On Blu-ray Disc
When In Rome
Surrogates
The Boys Are Back (No upcoming Blu-ray release, trailer says differently though)

Extras on this release are not very satisfying, with the only really enjoyable extra being the included featurette about Mike Judge. The featurette is not very lengthy but it's certainly a fun and informative extra. Aside from that, this is one pretty bare supplements package. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary
Extract is a film that many end up being disappointed by, with the most notable mistake of expecting Office Space. Yes Office Space is an absolute riot, but this wasn't exactly a sequel to that film. Behind-the-disappointment, Extract is actually quite the decent comedy, you just need to go in with average expectations.

Office Space takes place in an office, Extract takes place in a factory that manufactures vanilla extract, hence the title. The film is about factory life, a workplace comedy similar in many ways to Office Space, but also quite different. For one the writing and lines in the film certainly are not memorable at all in Extract, but the movie does feature a very impressive cast.

Notable actors include Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons and Kristen Wiig. The majority of the cast have been famous for quite some time, but I have to say, it's definitely nice to see Kristen Wiig get bigger and better parts as her career continues to grow. She's a very funny lady that has had small appearances in many films, but the past two years have definitely been very good for her and appreciate her comedic talent.

Extract tells the story of quite a few characters working at the factory, Jason Batemen as the owner of the factory and the many employees working there. A few situations on the side are thrown in, including a traveling thief, a bar friend, and a lonely wife. The film is extremely simple, and the biggest disappointment would have to be the 'whatever' style ending, satisfying but definitely lacking. 7/10.

The Blu-ray release is very average, featuring mediocre video and audio presentations. Extras feel lacking as well, making Extract on Blu-ray 'For Fans Only.'

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