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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 212752722
UPC: 025195054584
UPC 14: 00025195054584
Sales Rank: 4690
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(9) To Save Us.
The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down. But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. With their group so few, these "stitchpunk" creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against still-functioning machines, one of which is a marauding mechanized beast. While showcasing a stunning "steampunk"-styled visual brilliance, 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community, and how one soul can change the world.

"Sci-fi fans will find heaven in Shane Acker's feature-film debut.  Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"...a story as sophisticated as its visuals...  Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club

Editor's Note
Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly lend their voices to this animated fantasy directed by Shane Acker, a veteran of Spike and Mike's film festival. In 9, Acker turns his Oscar-nominated short into a full-length fantasy about a world where humanity has been annihilated by machines. In this post-apocalyptic earth, a group of sewn creations bands together to battle the few remaining machines. Produced by visionary directors Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, this film also features the voices of Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, and Fred Tatasciore.

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Video Features English, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/25/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00025195054584
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review 9 (2009) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Josh Lasser Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 12/28/2009 10:50 AM
Occasionally, and just occasionally, one will come across a movie where the visuals are so appealing, so astounding, so utterly fantastic that they are able to carry a film where the plot is at best half-conveyed, and more likely not fully conceived. 9 (2009), being released to Blu-ray this week, is just such a film, and is worth checking out in high definition for its wondrous look if for nothing else. Directed and with a story by Shane Acker – who initially made a short of the same name for his UCLA thesis project – 9 is 3D computer-generated animation at its finest. The film, which was produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov amongst others, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, one that saw its apocalypse in, as is stated in some of the extras included with the Blu-ray, something of a 1920s or 1930s vision of the future....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Crispin Glover - Voice
Video Cast Info John C. Reilly - Voice
Video Cast Info Christopher Plummer - Voice
Video Cast Info Elijah Wood - Voice
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Producer
Video Cast Info Martin Landau - Voice
Video Cast Info Timur Bekmambetov - Producer
Video Cast Info Jennifer Connelly - Voice
Video Cast Info Fred Tatasciore - Voice
Video Cast Info Pamela Pettler - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Shane Acker - Story
Video Cast Info Jim Lemley - Producer
Video Cast Info Deborah Lurie - Composer
Video Cast Info Danny Elfman - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Shane Acker - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "9 is a brilliantly animated and welcome treat for moviegoers searching for adventure, inspiration and complete originality." 08/19/2009

Film Comment
"The visuals have been expanded and the characters have been given greater depth....The aesthetic wavelength of producer Tim Burton was clearly in sync with Acker's." 09/01/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he best reason to see it is simply because of the creativity of its visuals. They're entrancing." 09/09/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"The latest achievement in art direction with an end-of-humanity theme belongs to the CG-animated fantasy-adventure 9, a tale of trust, bravery, and cooperation..." -- Grade: B 09/18/2009

Washington Post
?Acker?s visual gifts are undeniable. He uses CGI to simulate the look of stop-motion, and his rendering of texture -- from grimy fiber to yellowed paper -- is a wonder.? 09/11/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "9 takes the extra time to expand its characters....Dialogue is added and monster quotient upped." 10/22/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "[With] delicate artistry by filmmaker Shane Acker..." 12/24/2009

A.V. Club
"The visuals are beautifully planned and executed, and they draw viewers deep into a terrifying post-apocalyptic world..." 01/06/2010

Uncut
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film itself is visually impressive -- you can, perhaps, detect Burton and Bekmambetov's influence in the eldritchian landscape and twisted dieselpunk designs." 10/26/2009

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "The eerie visuals are inspired -- they've clearly been swilling around the director's head for years..." 05/01/2010

ReelViews 7 of 10
Perhaps it says something about the nihilistic perspective of modern society, but the post-apocalyptic story is becoming a popular genre; not since the height of the Cold War have movies been so obsessed with the end of civilization. No longer restricted to art-house meditations and action/adventure sagas, this kind of tale has made its way into the animated realm, first with 2008's Pixar release, WALL-E, and now with the Tim Burton/Timur Bekmambetov co-production, 9. Although there are enough scares and thrills to tip the scales slightly onto the PG-13 side of the PG/PG-13 line, this is by no means "adult" animation - or at least it's not going to conjure up thoughts of Heavy Metal or Fritz the Cat. This is post-apocalyptic adventure as imagined for a teen crowd, and what it lacks in depth it makes up for in action. With a slight running time of 80 minutes, 9 doesn't contain an ounce of fat on its animated bones...9 is certainly no WALL-E, but its intentions are different. Like many action-oriented films, whether live-action or animated, this one doesn't take the time to develop the characters and their relationships are telegraphed through recognizable cliches. (The film might have been better off without the "romance" between 9 and 7.) But it excels in establishing a narrative-advancing breakneck pace that integrates exposition without bringing the action to a screeching halt, and represents a largely enjoyable 1 1/4 hours. Comparing this to the summer's biggest, most bloated movie about malevolent robots, 9 is about twice as enjoyable with half the length. - James Berardinelli

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