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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 (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KCNT3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,721 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.

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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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207 of 226 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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89 of 104 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
It's rare at the moment to see a science fiction movie that isn't a remake, a cash-in, an adaptation, or a spinoff of another big success.

But "District 9" is not that kind of movie. Instead, the rarest kind of film -- a unique and original idea, handled in an intelligent manner, with no big name actors or flashy special effects. Director Neill Blomkamp instead creates a truly captivating sci-fi movie -- and by inverting the whole alien-invasion trope, Blomkamp also forces his audience to think. Hard.

Almost thirty years ago, an alien ship appeared over South Africa -- but it brought neither global destruction or salvation. When soldiers cut their way in, they found starving refugees who are now nicknamed "prawns."

Currently the aliens live as outcasts in District 9 while nations argue over them, and the company Multi-National United is selected to make their weapons work... which is not possible, because only alien DNA can activate them. Then during forced evictions of District 9, a typically callous MNU field operative named Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) accidently sprays himself with a black alien fluid in a little lab. Unfortunately, it starts turning him into one of the aliens.

Unsurprisingly, the MNU wants the secrets of Wikus' changing body, and the corporation is not terribly picky about how they get it. He manages to escape into the only place where he has a chance of surviving -- the very alien slum that he was trying to empty, District 9. And his only chance of surviving and becoming human again lies with an alien scientist who is trying to reactive the hovering "prawn" mothership.

Segregation. Blatant discrimination (including a racist nickname). Poverty. Shanty towns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bear on 24 Mar. 2015
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This will not be everyone's cup of tea but for me this is one of the best sci-fi movies. Just a great storyline located in Africa where an alien mothership has remained over Johannesberg since it arrived and a colony of aliens has settled. Humanity treated them well at first but current times show they are now living in slums, and dealt with total hostility. The story centers around one man who becomes infected and begins to turn into an alien himself, he too becomes rejected from humanity and is in a fight for survival. The film is quite moving as he comes across an alien and his son who have the means to leave the planet and return home. On the surface it is a sci fi movie, with aliens and lots of blood and shooting and everything you would expect, but underneath there is a far more deeper meaning, perhaps more so with being set in Africa, of humans dislike for anything different, be it race, colour or creature. Well worth watching and Team Alien all the way! 5 stars :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Stevenson on 16 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Its not very often you find a sci-fi film that has a solid story line. Most of the sci-fi Hollywood throws at us is just an overhaul of graphics and visuals. With a budget of $30 million this film needed to be able to draw in an audience, and it does. Everyone i know who has watched this film has said how good it is, and that doesn't happen often. The film not only gives a solid and plausible story but it also throws a lot issues that the world is still facing into the mix, mainly discrimination.

If your looking for a film to watch with a partner, friends or just by your lonesome then you can't go wrong with this. Buy it, watch it and enjoy it.
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By Captain Kirk on 16 April 2011
Format: DVD
Different from your usual benign or evil aliens.

An alien spacecraft arrives and hovers above Jo' burg , South Africa, in the near future. For weeks nothing happens, so the authorities send up helicopters and manage to open up the vessel. Inside they find starving, thirsty, dying aliens. And they are ugly as hell. They are ferried to a camp outside the city. They settle in this ghetto of temporary housing. But they do not integrate or communicate much. The humans nickname them "prawns". They are misunderstood and despised. The main protagonist has the job of moving them out of The District to a new location (they dont want to go). Then he accidentally injects or infects himself with some alien material. His body begins to change (shades of David Cronenberg)

Meanwhile, there are other strands in the story. The aliens' weapons are very powerful and, to find out how they work, the government is seriously maltreating the aliens, to put it mildly (complaint 1 - why dont the aliens fight back with these weapons?)

Another strand. One alien and his son - sympathetically played - are trying to collect enough alien fuel to .... I wont spoil it.

Complaints 2 and 3 - Last action scene went on too long, and the alien vessels are not alien enough to be interesting

Aliens as refugees. Different,clever, amusing, well shot. The characterisations are more subtle than in many films (esp SF). ie the main (human) protagonist is unlikable, yet his subsequent plight makes you sympathetic toward him, the "hero", if there is one, is an unprepossesing alien. Clearly has a political message, but none the worse for that. Not Hollywood, which is good. Leaves some questions unanswered, which is also good as it allows room for a sequel.
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