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District 9 [Blu-ray] [2009]

  • SKU: 9640876
  • Release Date: 12/22/2009
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (267 out of 289)

    Special Features


    • Deleted Scenes
    • Director's Commentary
    • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log - Three-Part Documentary
    • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
    • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
    • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
    • Alien Generation: Visual Effects

    Synopsis


    District 9
    Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sharlto Copley
      Sharlto Copley - Wikus van der Merwe
    • Jason Cope
      Jason Cope - Grey Bradnam/UKNR Chief Correspondent
    • Image coming soon
      Vanessa Haywood - Tania Van de Merwe
    • Image coming soon
      Mandla Gaduka - Fundiswa Mhlanga
    • Kenneth Nkosi
      Kenneth Nkosi - Thomas



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 289 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An Excellent Film

      Posted
      Jericho1964
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      Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers. I won't spoil the rest. I will say it is excellently acted by Sharlto Copley and Director Neill Blomkamp is a force to be reckoned with.. The story line is great and it addresses a lot of Society's flaws and prejudces and poverty. At first, the plot and characters in this movie seem quite bizarre, but it eventually becomes apparent that the movie is clearly and faithfully illustrating a theme which is natural to the human condition. That theme revolves around what happens when a minority group lives in the midst of a majority group, with the division into different and opposing groups being established based on their differences in ancestry, appearance, language, diet, and other cultural traits.The changes the main character goes through is shocking and unpredictable (as is the story). All in all, District 9 is an incredible science fiction film that features equal parts action and heart and works well on many different levels. The acting, story and milieu add up to a very excellent film. Special Features include: BD Exclusive: Joburg From Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9 - Interactive Map Director's Commentary Deleted Scenes The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log -- Three-Part Documentary Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus Innovation: Acting and Improvisation Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9 Alien Generation: Visual Effects God of War III Playable Playstation 3 Game Demo The Steelbook art is unique, simple in an intriguing way and overall is very well done.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best films of 2009

      Posted
      DRFronkensteen

      Wow. THat is the first thing I thought when this film was over. It seemed like a breath of fresh air, something new in a summer filled with sequels and remakes. It puts a new twist on the common si-fi story of aliens visiting earth. District 9 takes place in Johannesburg South Africa. A large alien ship hovers over the town, setting up the story from the very first image on the screen. There is one thing about this story that sets it apart from other alien movies. The aliens are not here to invade the planet, eat our brains, or to share technology with us. They are refugees, starving and diseased. And I'll let you figure out the rest of the story from there. The film is presented in an odd fashion. About half is presented in an almost documentary style, with interviews spaced in between news footage and the infamous "shaky cam". The other half feels like a normal fictional movie. This may be annoying for some viewers, but the transitions between the two styles are seamless. The "shaky cam" is not overdone, it feels just about right. This original style really immerses you into the film, and makes you genuinely care about the characters. The acting is just superb. Sharlto Copley, who plays the lead role, does an amazing job. It is hard to believe this is his first major acting role. You really need to see this film!! Don't get turned off by the first few minutes, it takes a little getting used to. I think you will be happy with it. I read a few posts back that someone said this is an English movie. It is not. It was made in South Africa, by South African director, with all South African actors. One more note, there is LOTS of swearing and LOTS of violence in this movie. Not for children.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very Solid Movie

      Posted
      natronbacon

      Good things: Loved the plot, which was based on incidents from the apartheid era (racial, not extraterrestrial) in South Africa. This is a very unique approach to this controversial topic. The main character goes through a wide range of emotions through the film, fear, shock, sadness, lonliness, anger, helplessness, selfishness, courage, hopeful, uncertain. The ending is a bit of a surprise as well. Not what I was expecting. It was filmed in the increasingly popular psuedo-documentary style, which is still somewhat unique for a major hollywood release, but somewhat common for low budget films (this was both). Sharlto Copley is excellant, and most of the film revolves around him, so it's hard to judge the acting (since the aliens are CGI, I don't think they were up for an oscar). Bad things: CGI was a bit choppy at times. The exploding humans were a little cheesy, but on a small budget, this was not a surprise. The supporting actors won't blow anyone away, but none of them are developed either. If you love fairy tales, this movie isn't for you. The producers (Peter Jackson) got the most out of the money they had, but I suspect that some extra money would have helped. Conclusion: This is the Bizzaro Avitar. Very good plot and acting, a bit weaker with its CGI and gritty documentary style. I liked this and couldn't care less about Avitar and its CGI. If that is you, you will like this movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful steelbook for anyone who collects!

      Posted
      ASTrazor64
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      Besides the awesome steelbook casing the movie itself on my particular bluray player (2012 model vizio) the movie literally took like 10 minutes to bring up the title screen... At first I thought the disc was defected so I returned not once but twice only to have the same problem... So I decided to try playing it on my ps4 and ps3 gaming systems which are bluray compatible only to have the same problem... The trailers play no problem but once you watch them all or choose to skip thru them the screen goes black thus me thinking that the disc were defected... But that wasn't the case at all... I then realized that each of my 3 bluray players are connected to the internet and this particular movie has a feature called "IMOVIE" or something to that affect which retrieves data from the internet and allows you (if you want) to view the movie using that feature (an icon appears in the corner of the t.v screen at random times and if you click it gives you behind the scenes info etc) which is really cool if one is interested in such... Now my older vizio bluray player does this but im sure ANY better brand of player or newer model player will not have this problem but I'm not 100% sure on that? All and all great movie and beautiful steelbook case for any collector!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      District 9 - Pop Art Steelbook

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      LordSteve01
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      This is my least favorite of the pop-art steelbook series - just in design, not the in quality of the film. The film is excellent in my opinion. A sleeper hit born from the ashes of the Halo film. Producer Peter Jackson was so impressed with the director, Neil Blomkamp, and his original story (District 9) that he decided to carry the production of the failed Halo film over to District 9. And with that bit of Hollywood drama, a great sci-fi film was born, as well as a future sci-fi auteur, in director Blomkamp. Unfortunately, his following films - Elysium and Chappie - while great looking films, show a flaw in director/writer Blompkamp - and that is his ability to tell a tale as intriguing as District 9 (written over the span of almost 6 years) isn't up to par for the fast paced world of producer-driven films in Hollywood. I think Blomkamp would do wonders depicting others screenplays (like Zack Snyder), or perhaps a great auteur filmmaker if he were to take time to perfect his screenplays before moving into production. But for now, District 9 will do as not only Blomkamp's greatest achievement, but a wonderful film that stands out on its own in the world of science fiction films.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Welcome to Earth, here is your prison camp

      Posted
      JimG944

      3 of 5 stars for the sci-fi movie District 9. Believe it or not, I really had not seen any trailers nor clips from this movie. I was excited to see it just because it seemed like another Independance Day. So, I had no idea what to expect when it started. To summarize first, I was disappointed but still liked it enough to give 3 stars. The short version is a group of aliens come to the Earth and their mother ship gets stuck hanging above South Africa. This event happened many years ago and the aliens are now living in slum-like conditions in a prison camp. The style of this movie is to look like a news program or a documentary. Alot shot on video rather than film gives a crisp look. It seemed like a low budget film until you realize the high quality seamless special effects. So, I was not all that impressed with this movie and will give it a mildly positive recommendation. The blu-ray has some good behind the scenes materials that are helpful in understanding why the movie is as it is.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!

      Posted
      Viperboy749

      The movie was great. The fact that it was on Blu-ray made me enjoy the 1080p quality and it almost emerges you into the movie. The story was so unique and the lead character was very well portrayed. I genuinely felt bad for this guy halfway through the movie! The idea of extreme alien weaponry is awesome too! The movie lived up to the hype that was thrusted on me when it came out. Im eager for a sequel to this one. This is a must see for action and sci-fi people! One other plus of this is it includes the digital copy which is great for anyone with a laptop or an iphone/ipod its a wonderful addition!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, mediocre DVD

      Posted
      DaddyBiscuits

      Great film and a fantastic social commentary within a well done sci-fi movie. The treatment of the special effects is great...understated. Kept the CGI tricks as a side dish rather than a distracting focus that can easily date a film. The extras on the BluRay are pretty minimal. Some trailers and director commentary. Not by his filmmaking but by his non-stop droaning on can you tell he's a rookie. The commentary adds just a bit of insight to the movie, but he talks non-stop so the movie is nearly unwatchable...more seasoned directors either have some of the cast with and make an entertaining commentary track or remain quiet for some of the film and talk about shooting certain scenes. Perhaps the release of District 10 on BluRay he'll show some of that savy.

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