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9 (Nine) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Elijah Wood , Christopher Plummer , Shane Acker    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover
  • Directors: Shane Acker
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030EFU8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

An action-packed adventure, director Shane Acker’s animated fantasy epic 9 is the feature-length expansion of his Academy Award-nominated 2004 short film of the same name. The screenplay for the feature is by Pamela Pettler (Monster House); directors Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) are producing .Set in the near future. The world’s machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest - decimating the human population. But as our world falls to pieces, a mission begins to salvage the legacy of civilization, and a group of small “stitchpunk” creations is given the spark of life by a scientist - and they successfully survive the apocalypse! With their group being so small, these creatures must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against the still-functioning monster machines. 9 dynamically explores the will to live and how one soul can change the world.

Special Features:
  • Picture in Picture Feature commentary
  • 9 - The Long and Short Of It
  • On Tour With Shane Acker
  • The Look of "9"
  • Acting Out
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Short
  • Original Short Commentary
  • BD Live and Pocket Blu capability

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look. 8 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
Considering this was a independent low budget animated film of the highest quality and is Shane's first featuer film direction it makes all those big studio productions some what embarrassing, The Animation alone is fascinating.

It's a simple story, with not a huge amount of character development but then theres a reason for it as theses dolls make up part of the scientists soul. Theres so much attention to details theres enough to keep coming back for several viewings.
And it has a fantastic ending leaving you full of wonder and mystery.

Two things wrong, First is a bit too short, while it's not worth adding stuff for the sake of it i felt it needed just a little bit more time to push the story a bit, build up more tension and learn a bit more about our hero's. The other thing it film can't decide if it wants to be mature and appeal to adults or Teens. It kinda stuck in between swinging form one to the other but it was grand effort to try and make a modern CG film with a bit more punch and seriousness.
Nice soundtrack too.

Rating should be 4.5 but I'll add the extra half for DVD content. :)
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Mankind has pursued technology too far and been destroyed by it. Again. A small group of resistance fighters carry the hopes of all mankind. Again. But this time mankind is represented by 9 small stitched toys.

This is one of those films that will divide opinion. It looks fantastic. Imagine a story drawn lovingly frame by frame by French graphic artist Moebius and then pulled together as a movie by Delicatessen era Jean-Pierre Jeunet and you will begin to picture how this film looks (tonally I was reminded of Delicatessen and Alien Resurrection a number of times). There is so much attention to detail, like the dust motes floating in the scene where 9 first wakes up, and the tooling scratches on the brass tools used by the inventor. Stitchpunk, the style has been called but that's the characters; their world is very much steampunk.

So far, so good. If, like me, you can drool over the visuals, that might be enough for you. In terms of storytelling, the assistance of producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov retain a cinematic style that keeps the interest and there are genuinely atmospheric moments. The problem is that the story is a familiar one (as per the opening paragraph of this review), the only difference being the graphic style and the unusual characters. I watched 'Up' only a few days ago and had completely the opposite experience: I was moved by the story and stopped noticing the visuals after a few minutes. During '9' I admired the visuals without becoming lost in the story.

This is not a film for small children but given some of the dark stuff on the Cartoon Network nowadays, 7 and upwards I would expect to enjoy it.

The limited edition comes in a hardback book. Not with a book, in the book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine is not just a number, 21 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
but only if you like "different" movies
and that means "nine" is very special.

The atmosphere of the movie may looks dark and sad
and the story may appeal slightly predictable but
that only invites you to look "behind the scenes"
and there is plenty to discover.

So what's special about "nine"?

1) It deals with life after human extinction
2) It deals with hope in a hopeless time
3) It deals with taking action despite all fears

It is a masterpiece of art and that's properly
the main reason for the very short time "nine" has spend
in European cinemas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly brilliant 2 Nov 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This film has brilliant animation and the story is wonderful,the detail on the bluray is quite stunning.Shane acker is a clever guy i look forward to more great stories and characters in future films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing fairy tale 7 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I wasn't very sure of what I was buying.
Once I watched it I was totally sure I made
a right call.
Low budget and independent doesn't always mean
let's wrap it up as best as we can.
The plot is convincing, the characters too,
the animation has nothing to envy from bigger
productions.

Once again buying it is a good call.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality animation 21 April 2010
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Some reviewers have criticised the lack of originality in the storyline of this film but I can remember my English teacher of 34 years ago saying that every story has already been written and its how they are presented that makes the difference. This is where 9 on blu-ray scores a ten for me, this is what your high defintion television was made for. Firstly it is presented in full screen so no irritating black bars to distract you and secondly this is animation of the highest quality, you may want to use this to demonstrate how good your tv really is. Witness the scene where 9 finds the body of his creator, every hair on his head stands out in crisp detail. This is not an animated film for children, the director does not draw the line at sacrificing his cute little creations and some of the scenes are quite scary for the younger child. Not only is the picture quality superb but it also has a dynamic soundtrack with strong low field effects that will give your subwoofer a work out and may wind up the neighbours if you watch it late at night. Definitely one for your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
This is tremendously well constructed, executed and delivered - a definite must-see for all the family! Highly recommended.
Published 7 days ago by Selina
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and Unique
Firstly 9 is not your typical animated movie, yes it's Tim Burton all over and naturally very dark, however there is some true meaning behind this story, that really leaves you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tamara2000
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 dvd
I thought to start with it was a bit strange but the more I watched the better it was,really different .
Published 4 months ago by caroline clayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated - very good film
This is a really good, one of the best cartoons out there (according to my wife, as it was for her) film seems to be underrated for some reason, maybe not enough exposure. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Robb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a short film but was enjoyed by all! There's a good story behind it also. I would recommend to anyone
Published 6 months ago by Rosebud
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Once again the g,children wanted this one again watched it once and loved it I.am shore they will get a lot of enjoyment from this film
Published 6 months ago by Paul Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!
I admit I did cry a little at parts, but the film takes you on an emotional journey with the characters and you can't help but get caught up in the action. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Minimad
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Quick delivery, new copy, and an excellent film. 3 was a bargain, well worth it, highly recommend 9, it's great
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
I really like Tim Burton's work and this movie is seriously another epic by his production, I loved it, I hope there will be more movies coming soon, I am collecting them all,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stefano Pedditzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really for kid's at all, but still quite good.
Well, I say that anyway. I bought this DVD used, and it would only play the first 15 minutes. I've bought from the seller countless times with no problems so I assume this to be a... Read more
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