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  • Actors: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
  • Directors: Neill Blomkamp
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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 (419 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KCNT3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,933 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 224 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
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Neill Blomkamp's District 9 isn't exactly a new idea - it takes the basic premise of Alien Nation [1988] [DVD] [1989] of an alien spaceship crashing on Earth and its occupants having to become assimilated into a hostile human population - but the execution feels remarkably fresh because, rather than going for tired generic plotting, it's actually thought through what the consequences would be. Rather than opt for a simple cops and robbers drug running story, it starts out as a faux documentary before developing into a thriller as it follows its selfish antihero from too eager to please and cheerfully callous security company bureaucrat evicting the `prawns' from the fetid and violent gang-controlled Joburg shanty town they've been dumped in to a victim of the very people he works for after accidental exposure to an alien substance causes him to mutate and become a useful source of biological parts to harvest so his employers can take advantage of alien weapons technology that won't work with humans...

Unlike most found footage films, the first half hour or so works surprisingly well because this is a richly imagined environment with a lot of fascinating detail to fill in, managing to do it without seeming like pure exposition by contrasting the attitudes of the humans - mostly exploitative - with the violent aliens they barely co-exist with because their cultures are so incompatible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Tuen on 11 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
This film is very unusual for a Sci-Fi film. It's dirty, it's nasty and it's compulsive.
There are so many parallels with the human condition; all expertly portrayed by Aliens.
There are many questions asked and answered with nasty clarity.
What would happen if the change of command fell apart?
What would happen is everyone lost everything?
What would happen if aliens just arrived and could not communicate? How would we react?
How would humans react to a couple of million refugees?

There is no marvellous gadgets to make life easy. There is marvellous morality to wonder at.
It is hard, gritty and quite unpleasant to watch. The fact it is set in South Africa does not detract from the fact (sorry, but the history is there for all to behold - that said, it is interesting that the white/coloured question is totally pushed aside by the human/alien question... which is interesting in it's own right) but it does allow one not to take it personally.

There is a clear story - a simple story - and it's not clear what it is until the end.
You will walk away wondering why humans are stuff an unpleasant bunch of animals - nasty to the core, at the core.
There is a cool wrap up battle; mainly to show, when pushed, a person can 'do the right thing' but boy, do they need to be pushed - and hard. Self preservation is not a noble cause but it is the most powerful driver we have.

It is gritty - a phrase I personally hate - but it is. It shows life, in all it's nastiness, selfishness and desperation, well and truthfully.
The fact is it filmed in the then 'new' docu-drama style is clever and works well.

Its a brilliant film and best of it's style. Well worth a viewing or ten.
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