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"District 9" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

District 9

Synopsis

In 1982, Johannesburg, South Africa, an alien ship situates itself above the city, but nothing happens after that. Humans board the ship and find aliens sick and starving, so they move them off the ship and into a sealed-off area nearby, calling it District 9.

The humans learn the alien language, but the aliens keep to themselves, foraging through garbage dumps for food, with a particular taste for catfood. They look like prawns, so the humans refer to them with that name.

Years go by, and the conditions of District 9 deteriorate, so an organization called Multi-National United decides to relocate them. They assign one of the officials, Wikus van de Merwe (Copley), to go to the aliens and get their leaders to sign an agreement to move, essentially evicting them from where they live. Along the way, Wikus finds a canister in one of the alien's huts, and accidentally gets sprayed in the face with its contents.

In the meantime, the military is trying to find a way to use the aliens' weapons, which are far superior to the ones they have. The problem is that the weapons only work when used by someone with the aliens' DNA. Well, it just so happens that Wikus finds that the spray has infected him, and he is slowly turning into one of the aliens himself.

So, the military now trys to capture Wikus and use him to research methods of obtaining ways that humans would be able to fire the aliens' weapons.

Wikus, now turning into an alien, joins the aliens in their fight to keep from being evicted.

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Sharlto Copley, Norman Anstey, Anthony Bishop, Anthony Fridjhon, William Allen Young, Mike Huff
  • Directed by Neill Blomkamp
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The story is filmed as a documentary, with a cameraman following Wikus through his exploits. The whole thing seems like a mixture of The Incredible Hulk series and James Cameron's Aliens.

Technical

The image quality is excellent and the DTS-HD MA does justice to the aliens' rather strange voices as well as the massive amount of violence at the climax of the film.

Extras

These include Deleted Scenes, Director's Commentary, The Alien Agenda, The Transformation of Wikus, Creating the World of District 9, Joburg from Above, a digital copy for your Video iPod, and BD-Live.