Monday, January 11, 2010

EXTRACT (Blu-Ray)

EXTRACT (2009), the third feature film from BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD and KING OF THE HILL creator Mike Judge, is a difficult film to describe. Like OFFICE SPACE, it’s a low-key, character-driven piece that derives its comedy from the absurdities of a mundane life.

Joel (Jason Bateman, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) is a successful businessman who runs a company that makes and bottles cooking extract. But he’s unsatisfied with his life, and feeling a need to shake up his routine. Specifically, he’s considering selling his factory and cheating on his wife. But he feels guilty cheating on her unless she’s also cheating on him, so, unwisely taking advice from his bartender friend Dean (Ben Affleck, DAREDEVIL, in a marvelous character role), he puts into motion a plan to assuage his guilt and clear the way to chase after a beguiling young woman who’s just started working at his plant (Mila Kunis, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL). Wow. Long Sentence.

Judge’s smart script and direction are spot-on, absolutely nailing the comic possibilities derived from an all-too-familiar world composed of annoying neighbors, oblivious employees, airheaded gigolos and drug-addled bartenders. The ensemble cast is flawless, deftly breathing life into their eccentric characters. It’s a remarkable little film.

The Miramax Blu-Ray presents EXTRACT with a 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Audio is 5.1 DTS-HD. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, and deleted and extended scenes.

EXTRACT is a great character comedy given a fine presentation by Miramax. If you’re a fan of OFFICE SPACE, you should definitely check out this worthy follow-up.

BUY: Extract [Blu-ray]