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9 [Blu-ray] (2009)

Christopher Plummer , Martin Landau , Shane Acker  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly
  • Directors: Shane Acker
  • Writers: Pamela Pettler
  • Producers: Jim Lemley, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, Dana Ginsburg
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Academy Award®-nominated director Shane Acker comes this visually stunning and original epic adventure. In the final days of humanity, a dedicated scientist gives the spark of life to nine of his creations. The world has turned into an unrecognizable landscape of machines and spare parts, but this group of nine finds that if they band together, their small community might just be able to change the course of history. Featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover, it’s a thrilling, suspenseful story critics call “Spellbinding!” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

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144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie! January 8, 2010
You need to know before going into this movie that this is NOT a movie for kids. It was strange watching it at first (how often do you see a dead body in an animated film in the first scene?), but once you get past the fact that this is an animated film for ADULTS, it's a very good movie.

For those of you who don't understand the movie, you weren't paying much attention. There were visual cues throughout as to where the machines come from (the BRAIN creates them) and also for where the characters 1-9 get their soul/s (they each get a *piece* of the scientist's soul). 9 gets the last piece of the scientist's soul, which is why the scientist died. Each character epitomizes various aspects of humanity: fear, survival, strength, courage, endurance, memory, self-sacrifice, etc.

The movie is rich with allusions and symbols that are drawn from human tendencies and survival instincts. I think it's one of those movies that you can watch over and over and find different meanings each time (if you're open to it). You could even go so far as to argue that the movie is religious in a way. The scientist gave his life to save humanity/life on earth. You could also say that the souls who are taken by the BRAIN are in a state similar to Limbo.

Also, one of the rag dolls is a female; what could be said about the fact that her soul came from a male scientist? Etc.

Very thought provoking and conversation starting movie. I loved every minute of it, and will watch it again.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Genius January 13, 2010
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Tim Burton has once again proven his subtle twisted genius as a storyteller. Like many, I saw previews for 9 in the movie theatre but missed seeing it on the big screen. I read the other reviews before renting this film & 2 out of the 3 rightfully praised the animation but sadly all 3 misunderstood the story. I hate spoilers but I feel it necessary to share a bit regarding the plot in hopes to inspire others to discover this wonderful film.
The 9 refer to 9 elements of the human soul which the Inventor never placed in his original creation and which were the only hope for a second chance for life on the planet. One reviewer mentioned that they were left with questions such as why are the 9 beings the only hope for humans when no humans were left on the planet. The answer is in the rain, which that reviewer must have missed. Rain/Water is a symbol of life universally.
Too often modern writers and directors spoon feed audiences everything so that it seems more and more modern audiences are hard pressed to add their own imagination/understanding to the story. Tim Burton has done a magnificent job of weaving ancient folk lore into a magical tale. I highly recommend this film to individuals & families alike. It is completely worth it!
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75 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "We had such potential, such promise." January 9, 2010
"9" is an animated film based on the 2005 Academy Award nominated short film of the same name (which is included on the DVD). The film is the work of animator Shane Acker and was co-produced by Tim Burton, who got involved with the project after seeing Acker's short film. Although Burton did not write or direct "9," the film is very consistent with his past animated work such as "Corpse Bride." Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the movie focuses on a rag doll robot (!) named 9 who suddenly becomes sentient. As he explores his world, he discovers that the only other inhabitants are other, similarly numbered rag doll robots as well as a strange cat-like machine who hunts them. He befriends the other robots and changes their world drastically.

The world created in this film is fascinating and unlike any other animated film I've seen. I particularly loved the use of contrasts, including having the robots made of burlap and other unexpected materials (Acker has referred to the bots as "stitchpunks"). The "look" of "9" is by far its main draw, though, because unfortunately the plot is a rather drab and predictable affair with the robots fighting the cat-like machine (and then other machines). I found myself getting irritated by the repetitious battles and wanted to see more of this intriguing world. Likewise, I wanted to see more of the adorable "stitchpunks," especially the "cataloguing" scholars 3 and 4. Unfortunately, as soon as the robots are introduced they almost immediately start chasing the machines.

As with other Tim Burton produced animated films, "9" is not targeted toward children (it's rated PG-13); however, the plot was too juvenile to keep me interested. I actually strongly preferred the short film, which I watched after the feature-length movie.
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51 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Based on the award-winning short film by Shane Acker, the CGI-animated full-length feature film "9" intends to expand on its myth and story. Acker himself takes the helm as director in this film co-produced by Tim Burton along with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). When I first saw the trailer for "9", I was blown away. I tempered my expectations when I went into the theater and did watch the film with an open mind. The film is a visually stunning piece with superb set designs and fluid animation whose style may have been inspired by traditional stop-motion animation.

In unknown time and place, a curious doll-like creature with the number "9" (Elijah Wood) on its back awakens to find his supposed creator (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) dead. "9" has awakened in a barren world, this world is now a wasteland, destroyed by war; a war waged between humans and machines. "9" discovers that he is not alone, stumbling across a similar creature called "2" (Martin Landau) who also gets kidnapped by a mechanical monster. "9" then discovers that he is a "stitch punk" and there are more of his kind being led by "1" (Christopher Plummer). "9" sets out to rescue "2" but instead awakens an evil with the use of a talisman that may doom them all. It is now up to "9" and his brethren to try to discover the truth behind their creation....

"9" is the last created "stitch punk" and he is the final piece of the puzzle in the "9" mythos. These creatures are miniature creations that resemble a sack held together by either leather strings, metal snaps, buttons, zippers, or shoe strings. They have camera-like eyes and instant access to their innards. The characters in "9" are well thought out, # 1 is the supposed leader and the cautious kind--whose sensibilities are all about preservation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie, But Not Enough Action
This movie was great, but it's squarely PG the whole way through. It was awesome, no less, no more. 5/5
Published 4 days ago by legostud
4.0 out of 5 stars from the mind of Tim Burton
Exceptionally imaginative as usual from the mind of Tim Burton. Excellent animation and a story line that came straight out of left field. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Al Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Is sooo good
This movie is sooo good and if you like dark movies then this is definitely for you!!! Highly recommended :))))
Published 24 days ago by Edwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Burton = GOD!
This is one of the only tim Burton film that I did not own yet. I love this movie! It arrived in perfect condition, sealed and was a few days early as well!
Published 25 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love
Love this movie. So creative and so much fun to watch. Will watch again and again! This one was a gift to someone else!
Published 29 days ago by GeekMoM
4.0 out of 5 stars My kids love this movie
My youngest is obsessed with Tim Burton movies, and has the entire collection almost, we just had to add this on to it! It is definitely an imaginative movie! Read more
Published 1 month ago by cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars 9
I have owned this cartoon several times. Its one of the few i dont go crazy seeing it a 100 times a week my kids love it
Published 1 month ago by roxann gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
what a cool great movie. I had a few preconceived ideas about this movie like the usual-kids type movie etc etc
and i was wrong
great movie, great story, great graphics,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. W. Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film for kids.
This film's animation and imaginative concept are very good. However the story itself is more appropriate for juveniles then for adults.
Published 1 month ago by Citris1
5.0 out of 5 stars 9
Love this video. The characters are very quirky but the story is great and soooo imaginative. Not really for little kids pretty dark. Great ending
Published 1 month ago by D. C. von Rhine
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I just found the 'Bilingual' DVD from Alliance studios, out of Canada at my local A & P Supermarket for $9.99 the other day.
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