Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
I really do like the cover. It’s got the comedy element, Jason Bateman’s bruised little face, and enough personality to be fun but not obnoxious. Would I have it as a poster? No. Why? It’s not bold enough or interesting enough to hang on the wall. It’s destined to be small and functional.
The menu is themed with some kind of old school company software or something. I can’t really describe it. It’s an attempt to charm the menu up a bit, but with so little to look for in the way of features, well, it might be a touch of semi-flash over substance.
- Deleted Scene – 37 seconds of chopped neutrality.
- Extended Scenes – 4 minutes of a line here or there which were cut out of various scenes. There’s not much missing, I’ll tell ya that much. The stray humorous line from Affleck or Bateman hit the digital floor, but nothing that would have enhanced the movie.
- Mike Judge’s Secret Recipe Featurette – It’s short. It’s kind of packaged. It has a brief look at how and why the movie was made including interviews with some cast and the director/writer Mike Judge. I like it, it’s just shorter than I like these things to be. Isn’t that just like a woman?
The Movie: 6/10
I want to like this movie sooooo much more than I do. I’ll say it has cemented my fan status in the Jason Bateman arena! That’s a good thing. The best thing about the movie is Bateman, no doubt. I shouldn’t give the idea that I didn’t like it or it’s not a good flick. It’s a great little movie, if that can come off without sounding snotty. I enjoyed it. I didn’t feel satisfied by it.
The characters are all well played. The setting is pretty cool. It’s an extract bottling plant where the workers have their own little culture, as is the case with any working environment. The thing is, the working aspect of the story isn’t enough. We don’t get the fulfilling glimpse into factory working life. There are some very two dimensional characters who chime in, and they start to be pretty funny and identifiable, but then it drops off and they are left as side characters.
I wanted more drama or activity, or character development, or something in the world of working at the factory. It seemed like a little side bit of the movie rather than the main event. The romance between Bateman and his wife is the heart of the movie. It’s not very compelling for me, so that left the almost blah feeling I have to admit blankets my whole impression of the film. It’s not blah, lots of things happen, lots of laughs, good dialogue, classic characters touched on, but there might be too much without enough umph in anyone element.
You can identify with the marriage that’s gone stale. Yes. I like to see how humor comes out of the more mundane aspects of life, when the romance fades, what’s left and how can you look at the institution of marriage with some comedy but enough real life to “get it”? I just didn’t get that whole picture from Judge this time around. There are a lot of excellent bits and pieces, but add them all up and it’s not as substantial as I would love for it to be.
I recommend it for some laughs. I didn’t come away with those moments to remember, quotes, scenes, nothing stands out to me so it might fade too quickly from my movie watching brain
Audio & Video: 7/10 (By Ascully)
I enjoyed Extract but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me like Office Space did. That last sentence sums up pretty much how I feel about the movie now onto the audio/video.
Extract is presented in 1.85:1 wide screen and picture quality is fairly soft and inconsistent throughout. I think this might have been Mike Judge’s intention but the transfer does look like a lot of the movies we are seeing on Blu-Ray remastered from the 1980’s. Its not totally awful it’s just a little disappointing for a movie made in the last year.
Audio uses the DTS-HD Master audio codec and is anchored in the front speakers as the movie is mostly dialog. Even the scenes that take place in the factory (a great opportunity to use surround sound) do not seem to light up the rear speakers at all. But the dialog is crisp, clear and there is never a moment you cannot hear what anyone is saying.
I’m not a lover of Extract. I want to gush and spew great things about it, but it all comes out kind of wishy washy and middle of the road. I definitely recommend this as a rental for loads of folks. It’s charming and humorous and Jason Bateman is awesome. I’m not going to say it needs to live on my DVD shelf though, at least not for the full price. If they knock the sucker down to about 7 bucks…..I’m all over it.
Overall Score 6/10