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  • Actors: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
  • Directors: Neill Blomkamp
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Hindi
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KCO1NS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,744 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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.


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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206 of 225 people found the following review helpful By stephen on 24 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Neill Blomkamps stunning directorial vision tells the story of a stranded race of aliens nicknamed prawns due to their appearance living in a shanty town named District 9. Attempting to relocate them to district 10 is MNU agent Wikus van de merwe brilliantly played by Sharlto Copley.

Abandoning the usual settings of Hollywood sc-fi and placing the film in the harsh slums of South Africa is a masterstroke. Also no celebrity names here, all unfamiliar actors but who still give solid performances. It's dark and moving with a story that is well told and that grips right from the beginning. A story which is almost saying that all humans are selfish driven by greed and vanity. Which is why this movie pulls no punches, hardly anyone comes out of it smelling of roses.

Blomkamp has managed to create aliens that are grotesque in appearance but yet display just enough feeling that made me care for their predicament something that the other humans in the Movie lack. The effects are genuinely good and don't look cheap with imaginative weaponry. No cheesy laser zappers here, just explosive firepower wait until you see what one alien gun does to a human Body.

The last third of the movie involves firefights and brilliant battle scenes with alien weaponry. Rarely in the sci-fi genre has a movie been so deep dealing with so many issues through prejudice, mans inhumanity and cruelness and large corrupt companies. Central to it is the superb performance of Copley and his bond with the alien Christopher. Blomkamp has fused a great story together and created a classic sci-fi flick that I enjoyed immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film but it took a while to get into it. A lot of it is presented as documentary reporting on events with fairly low productions values and at first, as the main character was a bit of a wet blanket, I wondered if it was to be a spoof. They do seem to be making some points but it not a spoof.

The story itself is that a huge spaceship has settled over Johannesburg but is inactive. Upon investigating insect like creatures are found and effectively put in a refugee and segregated camp. These creatures aren't harmless but they're not organised. We follow our main human characters as he is sent to serve notice of the them to move to a new camp but we know early on something happens.

It was a difficult film to get into at first but once I was used to the style (comparable to Cloverfield with its apparent amateurish camera work but some impressive special effects) it was an enjoyed the existing ride. I really didn't know what would happen and there was some great jeopardy moments; especially in the first two third of the film and I was very interested in the fate of several characters. In the final third we fall into a more familiar action story plot but it is still good. You can view the film on several levels, action film, comment on refugees, treatment of the poor, slumps etc

It wasn't perfect as the timing of some discoveries were very fortuitous to the plot. I also do not see why the alien's did but some of their 'tools' to better use for themselves; I know a reason was given but it wasn't that convincing.

Overall though a good film a more thoughtful 'action' film, there is a lot of action, but I think your overall enjoyment would depend on accepting the documentary style and Cloverfield type filming.

Finally must say that the main actor Sharlto Copley does actually gives an excellent performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2010
Format: DVD
This has more parallels with AVATAR than I'd expected, being a very different take on a present-day story of man vs aliens, with the heavy firepower also used by the humans against relatively vulnerable opposition. And just as with the Na'vi, the viewer is swayed to sympathise with the prawn-like aliens, even though they are a lot less appealing in this case.

Instead of taking place on an exotic distant planet, the location is Johannesburg in South Africa, and District 9 is a kind of shanty town designed to contain the 1.8 million 'prawns' who landed on Earth back in 1985 and have remained ever since. At first the impression is one of a spoof sci-fi comedy, and it does take a little while to 'get it', but once understood it's actually better than first impressions suggest. The special effects are of a very high standard, although somewhat old-skool in concept - one of the main alien weapons reminded me a lot of ED209 from Robocop.

It's very violent with a lot of bad language, but that's in keeping with the environment and the point of the film itself. As a Blu-ray film it's not bad but not one of the best I've seen from the point of view of high-definition for its own sake. It's not a film I would consider to show off the best that Blu-ray can be, but presumably it's a notch better than standard def. In hindsight I would probably buy the cheaper SD version.

I had no previous idea that this could be compared to Avatar, but it can be, as it shows human kind's coldness and destructive willpower towards an alien race. This isn't in the same league as Avatar in my humble opinion but it's pretty good nevertheless, despite my early negative impressions.
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