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District 9 (R1/US BD) in December

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the US DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of District 9 on 22nd December 2009. From producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp comes a science-fiction thriller where alien refugees, stranded on Earth, are exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg.

Available on 1-Disc DVD ($28.96 SRP), 2-Disc DVD ($36.95 SRP) and Blu-ray Disc ($39.95 SRP), features are outlined below…

1-Disc DVD

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and French DD5.1 Surround
  • English Audio Description Track
  • English and French subtitles
  • Director's Commentary
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log Three-Part Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes

2-Disc DVD - As above plus a bonus disc with the following additional extras:
  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects

Blu-ray Disc - Coded for all regions (A, B and C), extras are presented in HD. Features include:
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and French 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • English Audio Description Track
  • English, French, English SDH and Hindi subtitles (Main Feature only)
  • BD Exclusive: movieIQ
  • BD Exclusive: cinechat
  • BD Exclusive: “Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9” – Interactive Map -
  • BD Exclusive: Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod®
  • BD Exclusive: God of War III Playable PS3 Game Demo and unlock an exclusive Making-of the game
  • Director's Commentary
  • Koobus Big Gun
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log Three-Part Documentary
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log - Chapter 3: Refining District 9
  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects

Here is some additional blurb on the extra features:

Bonus materials on the Blu-ray™ and DVD include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Neill Blomkamp, deleted scenes and the three-part documentary “The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log.” The first part of the documentary explores the pre-production process and creation of the world of District 9, Peter Jackson’s role in producing the film, and the unorthodox approach to using South Africa as the setting for this film. The second part delves into the shooting style of the film utilizing small handheld cameras to tell the tale, the difficulties of shooting in Johannesburg, the challenges of shooting scenes that would include visual effects later in the process, and the overall challenges encountered during the production process. The third chapter of the documentary investigates the task of designing and editing the film's sound effects, and the general challenges encountered during the editing process.

The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray versions also exclusively feature four featurettes: “Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus” looks at the practical effects employed by filmmaker Blomkamp and the artists at WETA to create Wikus’s metamorphosis into an alien; “Innovation: The Acting and Improvisation of District 9” shows Blomkamp’s direction of the actors, his encouragement of improvisation, and the actors’ process for working together under these guidelines; “Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9” depicts the amazing design and theory behind the world of District 9, including Alien Design, Alien Technology, Space Travel, MNU and The First Reaction Force Battalion; and “Alien Generation: The Visual Effects of District 9” offers an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI aliens realistically into the scenes in post-production.

Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc™ include a Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod®, and the Interactive Map feature “Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9,” that allows users to explore alien technology and weaponry, MNU mercenary armory, and more from the film through a series of satellite maps, schematics and photo-real files. The PSP Digital Copy file will be included on the Blu-ray Disc for transfer to the PSP via PlayStation®3.

The Blu-ray Disc also exclusively features movieIQ—which allows viewers to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast & crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie via BD-Live™—and cinechat, where viewers can send on-screen instant messages to their friends while watching the movie.




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