This past summer was a mixed bag to say the least, with some bigger movies disappointing many people (Terminator Salvation, Wolverine and Transformers 2 spring to mind on that front). However, it wasn’t all bad, as some genuine quality films snuck through (Up, The Hangover, Star Trek).

One of those quality movies was the relatively low-budget sci-fi flick, District 9, which was the directorial debut of commercial and short-film director, Neill Blomkamp. It was a breath of fresh air not just in and around the time of year when a string of letdowns were playing in every theater, but in the sci-fi genre in general. It’s on the list of the year’s best films, as far as I’m concerned.

Anyway, if you enjoyed District 9 as much as I did, you’ll probably be interested in picking it up on DVD or Blu-ray when it hits store shelves on December 22nd, just in time for Christmas. So what extras can you expect to get? Well, the info for both the Single and 2-Disc DVD, as well as the Blu-ray, have been released. Take a look, thanks to MoviesOnline.ca:

DISTRICT 9 DVD – SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log — Three-Part Documentary

DISTRICT 9, 2-DISC DVD – SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects

DISTRICT 9 BLU-RAY – SPECIAL FEATURES

  • BD Exclusive: MovieIQ – connects you to access real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
  • BD Exclusive: movieIQ (use logo): connects you to access real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
  • BD Exclusive: cinechat
  • BD Exclusive: CineChat – send on-screen instant messages to your friends around the world while you watch the movie together.
  • BD Exclusive: Joburg From Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9 – Interactive Map
  • BD Exclusive: GOD OF WAR III playable PlayStation®3 Game Demo and unlock an exclusive making-of the game.
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log — Three-Part Documentary
  • Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus
  • Innovation: Acting and Improvisation
  • Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9
  • Alien Generation: Visual Effects

Here’s the artwork for the DVD (the Blu-ray has the same artwork):

I like that with the single-disc DVD they’re not just giving you a “bear-bones” version with nothing extra beyond the movie: the three-part documentary is a nice touch for that version. But chances are if you’re a big fan of the movie, you’ll want to pay that bit extra and get either the 2-Disc DVD or even the Blu-ray. Personally, I’ll go for the Blu-ray, simply because District 9 is a movie that, to a certain degree, is about the visuals – which were stunning for the relatively small $30 million budget the film had. Take note, Michael Bay, you don’t need $200 million to achieve impressive special effects…

I can’t wait to see District 9 again having only seen it once in theaters (so many movies, so little time…). Unfortunately, since I live in the UK, the DVD and Blu-ray don’t get released until three days AFTER Christmas (where’s the logic in that?) but hey, I’ll have something really worthwhile to spend my money on when I do some shopping during the post-Xmas sales simple smile Full District 9 DVD & Blu ray Info .

Will you be buying District 9 when it comes out? Will you be sticking with the one-disc DVD or forking out for the 2-Disc DVD or Blu-ray?

As stated, District 9 hits shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on December 22nd in the U.S., and on December 28th in the UK. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.

Source: MoviesOnline.ca and Seat42f (for the DVD image)