Extract is one of those little films that I never got around to seeing – even though I wanted to, the Blu-ray version recently showed up on my doorstep. Director Mike Judge has put together quite a tapestry of characters in this small little movie. (Jason Bateman) is great as a factory owner who has to deal with his loveless marriage and his crazy staff of employees. Everyone has raved about Bateman’s performance in this, but the real find is how good Ben Affleck is as Dean’s best friend. The Blu-ray transfer is gorgeous and really highlights the film’s bright and cheerful colors. There’s a nice gloss to everything and the audio quality is very nice.
It’s that time of the year where we all sit back and take stock on the year that just went by. I have to say this has been a pretty, ok year personally and professionally. Entertainment wise, I think it goes down as one of the worst years in a long time – bad movies, bad tv, and no-talent reality tv “stars” behaving badly. I’m going to look on the bright side and give you the best Blu-rays of the year. All are available in stores now, so this list also doubles as a Holiday buyer’s guide. With limited verbiage on my part and in no particular order here are the best Blu-ray’s of 2009.
Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collection
The Wizard of Oz Deluxe Set could have easily been the best Disk of 2009; it’s an absolutely gorgeous transfer for one of the greatest movies of all time. And this set is feature packed. Warner Home Video cheaped out in two ways 1) They included a horrible print of the Dreamer of Oz TV movie with John Ritter and 2) Most of the extras are in Standard Def. But there’s hours of good stuff wade through.