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District 9 (Nine) (Blu-ray)

Released on 28 December 2009

Featuring: Sharlto Copley, David James & Jason Cope

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Producer Peter Jackson ('Lord Of The Rings') presents this action-packed instant sci-fi classic. Rich with social and political themes, District 9 is also a spectacular effects-driven event picture, offering clear evidence that blockbuster movies can have a brain to go along with the brawn!

1982, Johannesburg, South Africa: A large alien spaceship hovers above the city carrying hundreds of thousands of ailing extraterrestrial creatures that the population of the 'Joburg' would soon come to unaffectionately refer to as 'Prawns'.

Twenty-eight years later and tensions are mounting. The 'Prawns' live in a militarized ghetto zone called District 9 where they are confined in squalor. Munitions company Multi-National United is contracted to remove the extraterrestrial element with force to a distant compound. Unexpectedly, bureaucrat Wikus van der Merwe supervises the military charge. However, when Wikus discovers an unknown substance and accidentally ingests it, he soon becomes the most hunted man in Johannesburg. Alone and stripped of his former life, Wikus' only allies are the creatures he once sought to banish.

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Taking elements from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, David Croneburg's The Fly, and cult eighties hit Alien Nation, District 9 is an expansion of director Neill Blomkamp's 2005 short film Alive In Joburg. Filmed in a gritty handheld documentary style, the movie thrusts viewers right into the heat of the action, capturing the full force of mounting tensions between the otherworldly immigrants and the bitter locals. Throw in some scathing social satire, remarkable - and sometimes grotesque - special effects (on a comparatively low budget), and some Hollywood-beating action scenes and you've got a movie that ticks all the boxes.

As for the cast, Sharlto Copley - soon to be seen as Captain `Howling Mad' Murdock in the A-Team Movie - is a revelation as Wikus; mixing pathos, naiveté and desperation to remarkable effect. And that's not forgetting the alien creatures themselves: veering from super strong, insatiable scavengers to thoughtful and intelligent freedom fighters, these CGI creations hold up remarkably well, and `Christopher', one of Wikus' only allies, is a wholly sympathetic and likeable character, in stark contrast to the majority of the nefarious individuals who prowl the slums in search of Wikus.

District 9 comes at a time when juggernauts such as Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen are on the scene, and it easily holds its own against the competition. More cerebral and exciting than the average sci-fi action flick, we urge you to take a trip to District 9 and experience one of the most exciting and original movies of the decade.

  • Joburg From Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9 - Interactive Map
  • Director's Commentary
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log Three-Part Documentary
  • Koobus Big Gun
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log - Chapter 3: Refining District 9
  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects
  • CineCHAT - where viewers can send on-screen instant messages to their friends while watching the movie
  • MovieIQ - which allows viewers to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast & crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie via BD-Live.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (83 reviews)

 Best sci fi since Alien(s)

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This film has something for everyone, gripping action, drama, a wicked story and Aliens! You won't regret adding this title to your HD collection.

 Massively brilliant movie, amazingly well done.

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I had heard this was worth a watch and duly I recieved a copy over christmas, it sat on the side until the 2nd of Jan when I got round to watching it and all I can say is this.... Wow
The script and ideas are brilliant, the actors excellent, the CGI aliens very believable and the sound and picture quality are top notch.
A proper 5 out of 5 movie in my book and well worth a watch.

 Fun, thoughtful actioner.

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Without trying to give away the entire plot, what we essentially have here is a cross between 'The Fly' and 'Alien Nation'; with added jokes, decent CGI, and some occasionally clumsy comments on race relations.

Filmed partly in a documentary style, with an excellent performance from the main actor, the director chooses to go down a more traditional action route for the big set pieces.

While it may go a little 'Robocop 2' / 'Iron Man' towards the end, it's still a thoroughly satisfying experience.

 Worth the extra detail

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The film was amazing. The CGI was unbeatably realistic. The great use of actors who you have never heard of or seen before and the documentry style filming makes it feel like it could happen for real tomorrow. A great film needs to be watched in great detail so thats why im am going to buy this on blu-ray.
In my opinion its worth 11 out of 10


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A modern day classic,go see this movie,great story and great visual effects no wonder the director was chosen to direct the maybe halo movie.Up there with star trek for film of the year 2009 cant wait to see it again.

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ActorsSharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Mandla Gaduka, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Louis Minaar & William Allen Young
DirectorNeill Blomkamp
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; English Audio Descriptive Track
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired ; French ; Hindi
Duration1 hour and 52 minutes (approx)