District 9 (Blu-ray)

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From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original sciencefiction thriller that "soars on the imagination of its creators" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 212627182
UPC 043396292260
UPC 14 00043396292260
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/22/2015
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Alien Encounters
Aliens
Live-Action
Race Relations
Racism
Recommended
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Variety "[T]his grossly engrossing speculative fiction bears Jackson's blood-spattered fingerprints but also heralds first-time feature director Neill Blomkamp as a nimble talent to watch."
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The filmmakers] have stealthily laid the artifacts of these dark days beneath the guise of an Alien invasion movie that is intense, graphically novelistic and just funny enough to keep thoroughly entertained, even while the subtext is of a very serious nature." 07/29/2009
Hollywood Reporter "[I]t's a helluva movie. No true fan of science fiction -- or, for that matter, cinema -- can help but thrill to the action, high stakes and suspense built around a very original chase movie." 07/28/2009
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "You'll be wowed by Copley. His heart-rending tour de force deserves comparison to Jeff Goldblum's in THE FLY." 08/20/2009 ,Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "[It] deserves one of those 10 Oscar spots for Best Picture." 12/24/2009
A.V. Club "DISTRICT 9 fuses science fiction mayhem and biting social commentary as well as any film since STARSHIP TROOPERS. It's the rare alien invasion story that has the aliens running scared." 08/13/2009
Entertainment Weekly "A thinking person's sci-fie movie from an inventive director...DISTRICT 9 revels in the fun of mashing up narrative styles..." -- Grade: A 08/21/2009 ,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "[A] madly original social drama/sci-fi thriller set in South Africa..." 12/25/2009
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- ?With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years.? 08/14/2009 ,Ranked #7 in USA Today's "Top Ten Films Of 2009." 12/31/2009
Los Angeles Times "DISTRICT 9 is very smart sci-fi, but that's just the beginning; it's also a scathing social satire hidden inside a terrific action thriller....It's a blast..." 08/14/2009 ,Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "[I]nventively fresh...at the same time reflective of the best of the genre's social commentary traditions." 12/20/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] seamless merger of the mockumentary and special effects. And there's a harsh parable here about the alienation and treatment of refugees." 08/13/2009
Wall Street Journal "[O]ften inventive....DISTRICT 9 begins in cinéma vérité style with a collection of talking heads..." 08/14/2009
New York Times "[The filmmakers] embed their ideas in an ingenious, propulsive and suspenseful genre entertainment, one that respects your intelligence even as it makes your eyes pop..." 08/14/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- ?[A] fascinating sci-fi specimen....The historical resonances only enhance the film?s blazing neo-realism, as does the dizzying, docu-style camerawork...? 10/01/2009
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "Blomkamp's wry satirical parallels to apartheid work pretty well here." 09/01/2009
Directors
Neill Blomkamp
Actors
Sharlto Copley
Jason Cope
David James
Cast & Crew
Vanessa Haywood - Star
Mandla Gaduka - Star
Kenneth Nkosi - Star
Sharlto Copley - Star
Jason Cope - Star
William Allen Young - Star
Devlin Brown - Star
David James - Star
Trent Opaloch - Director of Photography
Clinton Shorter - Composer
Carolynne Cunningham - Producer
Ken Kamins - Executive Producer
Bill Block - Executive Producer
Neill Blomkamp - Screenwriter
Peter Jackson - Producer
Terri Tatchell - Screenwriter
Neill Blomkamp - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396292260
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It is universally acknowledged (at least by those who don't play with Transformers toys) that the best science fiction stories are those that use the devices of aliens, robots, and space ships to illustrate some greater truth. Star Trek (the TV series in its various incarnations and, to a lesser degree, the movies) understood this, and that's one reason it has become revered in some circles despite frequent lapses into dubious science. District 9, the eye-opening feature debut from South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, recognizes this as well and, in order to avoid the possibility of his message being overlooked, he abandons subtlety. Anyone who watches District 9 and doesn't think of Apartheid, Nazis, and Josef Mengele needs to spend some time reading a few history books...District 9 expands upon the ideas explored in Blomkamp's 2005 short, Alive in Joburg (which one assumes will be included on the DVD). Peter Jackson produced the movie, adding an internationally revered name to the credits that will doubtless help in marketing. (Jackson had originally intended for Blomkamp to direct the movie adaptation of Halo, but when that deal fell apart, District 9 became Plan B.) However, although Jackson's moniker may help to get warm bodies into theater seats, the Lord of the Rings director is not needed to keep them there. Nor is the lack of an established actor (Sharlto Copley, the lead, and only human with significant screen time, acquits himself admirably, but is an unkown) a drawback. District 9 speaks with a loud, clear voice and by defying as many science fiction conventions as it embraces, it becomes a singular movie-going experience. For fans of the genre, the summer of 2009 truly has been the best of times and the worst of times. Sure, there have been the likes of Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe, but this has also been the season of Moon and now District 9...District 9 ends in a way that is both satisfying and unsettling. Although the story is told, there are untilled ground and unanswered questions - not the least of which is what will happen in three years. A sequel, if one is warranted, is effectively set up, but is not mandatory. The strongest afterimage left by the film is the one provided by gazing through the dark lens of District 9 at human nature. I, for one, hope the inhabitants of Earth never encounter visitors from another planet because the reality of how we might interact with them could be close to what is depicted here, and that's a depressing thought.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I suppose there's no reason the first alien race to reach the Earth shouldn't look like what the cat threw up. After all, they love to eat cat food. The alien beings in District 9, nicknamed "prawns" because they look like a cross between lobsters and grasshoppers, arrive in a space ship that hovers over Johannesburg. Found inside, huddled together and starving to death, are the aliens, who benefit from a humanitarian impulse to relocate them to a location on the ground...Who are these aliens? Where did they come from? How did their ship apparently run out of power (except what's necessary to levitate its massive tonnage?). No one asks: They're here, we don't like them, get them out of town. There doesn't seem to be a lot to like. In appearance, they're loathsome, in behavior disgusting and evoke so little sympathy that killing one is like -- why, like dropping a 7-foot lobster into boiling water...The film's South African setting brings up inescapable parallels with its now-defunct apartheid system of racial segregation. Many of them are obvious, such as the action to move a race out of the city and to a remote location. Others will be more pointed in South Africa. The title District 9 evokes Cape Town's historic District 6, where Cape Coloureds (as they were called then) owned homes and businesses for many years before being bulldozed out and relocated. The hero's name, van der Merwe, is not only a common name for Afrikaners, the white South Africans of Dutch descent, but also the name of the protagonist of van der Merwe jokes, of which the point is that the hero is stupid. Nor would it escape a South African ear that the alien language incorporates clicking sounds, just as Bantu, the language of a large group of African apartheid targets...I'll be interested to see if general audiences go for these aliens. I said they're loathsome and disgusting, and I don't think that's just me. The movie mentions Nigerian prostitutes servicing the aliens, but wisely refrains from entertaining us with this spectacle.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Betsy Sharkey, 100Los Angeles Times ...it's a blast.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat ...one of the best of the summer, and undoubtedly the most inventive from the multiplex this year.

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