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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

9 On DVD Today

Earlier this year, Alliance Films released the feature film 9. Based on Shane Acker’s Oscar nominated short film from 2004 by the same name, this full-length version builds on the storyline in a visually inventive way.

The film was appropriately released on 9.9.09, where it was met with somewhat mixed reviews, with many preferring the short film. I, on the other hand, enjoyed both. We posted reviews of the film then, which you can read here.

You can also read an interview with Deborah Lurie, who composed the music for the film here, as well as coverage from the Animation festival in Ottawa from October, here and here.

This film is dark, but visually beautiful in it’s execution. It is definitely worth getting on DVD - especially with the nice raised O-sleeve (slipcover). The disc includes several special features, including the original short film, a couple of making-of featurettes, as well as feature commentary with writer/director Shane Acker, animation director Joe Ksander, head of story Ryan O'Loughlin, and editor Nick Kenway.

To finish, our consensus for the film was:

"9 is a visually stunning, darkly beautiful animated film, that's incredibly interesting and unique in terms of storytelling and style. Though not for young kids, for everyone else this is an animated gem. ***3/4 (Out of 4)"

-Erin V.

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