New on DVD: District 9, Extract, 500 Days of Summer & More

by | December 22, 2009 at 4:15 PM | The Movies

In stores today on Digital Versatile Disc are an eclectic selection of possibilities for your viewing pleasure. 500 Days of Summer and All About Steve are also available on Comcast On Demand today. There’s also the low-budget sci-fi surprise hit District 9, Mike Judge’s comedy Extract starring Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis, and the guitar-player’s life and art is documented in It Might Get Loud. Check out more below.

District 9
This buzz-heavy and incredibly original sci-fi film from producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp tells the story of aliens coming to Earth from a very new point of view. A massive alien spacecraft arrived hovering in stillness over South Africa, and when contact was finally made with the beings inside, they were in need of help and food. 20 years later, they all live in deplorable slums and are about to be evicted and forcefully moved into a detention camp. That is until Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) of Multi-National United, who is running the eviction process, comes across a startling, horrifying discovery that changes everything.

In Mike Judge’s latest low-key comedy, Jason Bateman is the owner of an extract factory on the verge of being bought out, and when a gorgeous grifter Cindy (Mila Kunis) starts working there, he goes along with his drug-addled friend (Ben Affleck) and his ridiculous plan to hire an idiot gigolo (Dustin Milligan) to sleep with his wife (Kristen Wiig) so he can sleep with Cindy.

500 Days of Summer
This Golden Globe nominee is a very unique and different take on the topic of love, which makes it only a quasi-romantic comedy, but definitely something to see. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Tom, a devastated greeting-card writer who has just been dumped by Summer (Zooey Deschanel), reflecting on their doomed but strongly affecting relationship and trying to make sense of how he came to love a girl who didn’t believe in the concept, how it all fell apart and how he can possibly win her back.

All About Steve
Sandra Bullock is Mary Horowitz, a quirky crossword-puzzle enthusiast whose blind date with news cameraman Steve (Bradley Cooper) becomes an obsession once Steve’s jerk colleague (Thomas Haden Church) fills her head with lies about him.

It Might Get Loud
You likely heard the news that Les Paul, the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, died this year at the age of 94. Could there possibly be any better way to celebrate the memory of the man who made rock and roll possible than going to see this documentary about three of the greatest guitarists of their respective generations practicing their craft? Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes get together to talk music, memories and the magic of the instrument they’ve chosen as their method of storytelling. “It is my voice,” says The Edge in the trailer above, and he has Les Paul to thank for allowing him to speak.