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District 9 (Two-Disc Edition) (2009)

Sharlto Copley , David James , Neill Blomkamp  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (753 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike
  • Directors: Neill Blomkamp
  • Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
  • Producers: Bill Block, Carolynne Cunningham, Elliot Ferwerda, Ken Kamins, Michael S. Murphey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (753 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SJIO54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "District 9 (Two-Disc Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus

Director's commentary

Deleted scenes

The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log -- three-part documentary Innovation: Acting and Improvisation

Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9

Alien Generation: Visual Effects


Editorial Reviews

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A provocative science fiction drama, District 9 boasts an original story that gets a little lost in blow-'em-up mayhem. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 begins as a mock documentary about the imminent eviction of extraterrestrials from a pathetic shantytown (called District 9). The creatures, it turns out, have been on Earth for years, having arrived sickly and starving. Initially received by humans with compassion and care, the aliens are now mired in blighted conditions typical of long-term refugee camps unwanted by a hostile, host society. With the creatures' care contracted out to a for-profit corporation, the shantytown has become a violent slum. The aliens sift through massive piles of junk while their minders secretly research weapons technology that arrived on the visitors' spacecraft.

Against this backdrop is a more personal story about a bureaucrat named Wikus (Sharlto Copley) who is accidentally exposed to a DNA-altering substance. As he begins metamorphosing into one of the creatures, Wikus goes on the run from scientists who want to harvest his evolving, new parts and aliens who see him as a threat. When he pairs up with an extraterrestrial secretly planning an escape from Earth, however, what should be a fascinating relationship story becomes a series of firefights and explosions. Nuance is lost to numbing violence, and the more interesting potential of the film is obscured. Yet, for a while District 9 is a powerful movie with a unique tale to tell. Seamless special effects alone are worth seeing: the (often brutal) exchanges between alien and human are breathtaking. --Tom Keogh




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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.

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479 of 561 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film of 2009 August 21, 2009
Note: For those who have not seen the film, there are no "spoilers" in the review. The plot details I list have little to do with the focus of the story aside from providing exposition.

"District 9" is one of those rare gems that immediately immerses you in its world. Beginning in medias res with stark images of a massive spacecraft hovering over Johannesburg, the audience quickly discovers it's been there for over thirty years by the time our story picks up. For months after the craft appeared the Earth waited for a response. When none came, the decision was made to send special teams to board the vessel and finally get some answers. What they got, instead, were more questions.

The aliens inside were malnourished, unhealthy and their intelligence appeared to be below that of most humans. Labeled "prawns" due to their appearance, the aliens were removed from the ship and placed into a temporary encampment known as District 9, which has rapidly deteriorated into an outright slum. Enter Wikus van der Merwe, a seemingly naive yet likeable fellow employed with Multinational United (M.N.U.), the pseudo-U.N. organization tasked with handling the prawns. He's just received a promotion and is ordered to relocate the prawns to a newer camp set up in an area more isolated from humanity.

While the scope of "District 9" seems initially epic, the film wisely follows a very focused tale centered on Wikus and a prawn known as Christopher. As the story unfolds, the development of these characters is outstanding - particularly for an action-oriented film. A lesser film would've transformed Wikus into a more compassionate person as the events transpired, perhaps even culiminating into some sort of freedom fighter for the prawns.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good July 31, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
At first, the plot and characters in this movie seem quite bizarre, but it eventually becomes apparent that the movie is clearly and faithfully illustrating a theme which is natural to the human condition. That theme revolves around what happens when a minority group lives in the midst of a majority group, with the division into different and opposing groups being established based on their differences in ancestry, appearance, language, diet, and other cultural traits.

In such a situation, the majority group may grow to detest the minority group and unjustly blame them for many of their own troubles, and they may even be tempted to exterminate the minority group (ie, genocide), but their instincts will usually tell them that that's going too far. Instead, the minority group will usually be allowed to continue to exist, but they'll be geographically cordoned off and their rights will be limited, so that they suffer deprived circumstances, including epithets, physical abuse, poverty, exploitation, and crime.

Again, the movie illustrates this (important) theme well, and in a way that there's no question about who the minority group is and the ways in which they're being mistreated. I found the movie gripping, and I suspect that I'll remember it for a long time.

If I have to come up with a negative criticism of the movie, I would say that perhaps some of the violence is over the top, and I wonder if it was necessary to include Nigerians among the really bad guys (given that their reputation is already bad enough).

Nevertheless, I do recommend this movie. It's much better than I expected, and it does its job well enough to warrant a full 5 stars.
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139 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound! August 28, 2009
Just watched the movie at the opening night and I am spellbound! Firstly, I am living in Johannesburg and was absolutely amazed at many a subtle hints and glances at history this movie gave. There were too many moments that only living in Johannesburg will make one truly understand what the director was hinting at, and all done and put together brilliantly in a way I haven't seen done much before. Secondly, I simply loved the way Neil (btw never heard of him before) didn't conform to the traditional and all too cliched Hollywood sci-fi recipe, and wasn't scared of breaking lots of Hollywood cinema 'laws'. Alien ships always land somewhere in the US, aliens are always here to kill us with no reason, we always are the experts in solving any issues in the end - none of these were followed. I read some reviews of the film being too racist, xenophobic, sexist etc. which were issues that I believe the director was actually trying to highlight to us, rather than capitalise on them. And these are real issues well and alive in many countries outside of South Africa, not sure why people pretend to see past and overlook them as if life is all perfect. In conclusion, a very thought-provoking movie for me that combines great elements of sci-fi action and storytelling - and maybe the message is, sometimes to be human again we have to think like and become alien.
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109 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best movie of the summer October 20, 2009
Format:DVD
District 9 is something that perhaps no one saw coming, and ends up being the absolute best movie of the summer hands down. Produced by Peter Jackson and helmed by Neill Blomkamp (the director Jackson hand picked for the shelved Halo movie), District 9 depicts an alien race that came to Earth on an emergency basis a couple decades before hand, and have since become refugees in a violent slum in Johannesburg. Bureaucrat Wikus (Sharlto Copley) is charged with serving eviction notices to the alien "prawns", and through a mishap, ends up undergoing a horrifying transformation that makes him a wanted man by everyone. As he and a prawn dubbed Christopher Johnson become unlikely allies, things begin to really kick into high gear. Beginning as part mockumentary and part satire on apartheid, District 9 takes its time to become a bloody full-blown action/sci-fi opus that stays with you long after the credits are done rolling. What also helps make District 9 so good is that you truly never know what is going to happen next. The sheer unpredictability of the film helps make it so magnetic, and newcomer Copley manages to be hateable, likable, and sympathetic all at the same time as his character continues to develop and change (literally) as the film goes on. All in all, District 9 is an incredible science fiction film that features equal parts action and heart, and in a bloated summer full of empty blockbusters like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe, and the like; it is indeed refreshing to see something like this on the big screen. Do yourself a favor, don't miss out on District 9.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film. Thank you.
Published 9 days ago by Curtis Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Message
Of course this was a fun movie, an action and sci-fi movie for every movie fan. But the message of peace and racial harmony was there. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average space drama
This movie is an under-appreciated gem. Though, a bit predictable, it still draws you in and you can't stop watching. Absolutely NOT recommended for small children.
Published 21 days ago by Mr. Higgle-Piggle
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite alien movie
Easily my favorite alien movie. For being (relatively) low budget, the entire cast and creators did an amazing job. The acting was amazing and the story was brilliant and original. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars By far one of my favorite movies
Maybe its my love for my aliens but this movie brought out more emotions from me than anything else. It scared me, it freaked me out, it made me cry and feel sad... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama
Some might think this is a SCFI, but besides the set containing other lifeforms from another planet, it's completely earth/human specific drama.
Published 1 month ago by Unk
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Fantasy
I enjoyed this film very much. I could imagine what life would be like if this really happens in the future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G.M. Vans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. A real glimpse into what "Apartheid" is about.
I thought this movie was fantastic! It's horrific in its implications. I totally get the parallel to Apartheid. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tuviel
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and excellent
This is an unusual and really good movie. It is brutal to watch in parts because the movie explores issues like human rights and the treatment of refugees with the aliens as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marna Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I liked this movie it was great to see humans and the outer space creatures living on earth on a day to day life struggles!. Read more
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