9 (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Shane Acker

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Great animated film.

on 1/10/2014

My son and I enjoyed this movie, great sound quality. We had the DVD version previously, this one has many extra.

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 212752722
UPC 025195054584
UPC 14 00025195054584
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/25/2014
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Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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 ,Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "[With] delicate artistry by filmmaker Shane Acker..." 12/24/2009
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
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
Shane Acker
Cast & Crew
Crispin Glover - Voice
John C. Reilly - Voice
Christopher Plummer - Voice
Elijah Wood - Voice
Tim Burton - Producer
Martin Landau - Voice
Timur Bekmambetov - Producer
Jennifer Connelly - Voice
Fred Tatasciore - Voice
Pamela Pettler - Screenwriter
Shane Acker - Story
Jim Lemley - Producer
Deborah Lurie - Composer
Danny Elfman - Additional Music/Songs
Shane Acker - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025195054584
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Sci-fi fans will find heaven in Shane Acker's feature-film debut.
Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club ...a story as sophisticated as its visuals...

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