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Blu-Ray Review: ‘9’ Counts on Audacious Visuals to Pull in Viewers

23 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Seventy years ago, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released a haunting animated short named “Peace On Earth.” Director Hugh Harman set his story in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited only by animals, who have rebuilt a society dedicated to peace and nonviolence. Mankind ultimately brought about their own extinction by forging never-ending wars.

With tough subject matter and a cautionary message, this groundbreaking cartoon proved that the medium of animation could be used for more than lightweight escapism aimed at children. In 2005, UCLA student Shane Acker made a thesis film that resembled Harman’s short, in terms of its setting and themes. Instead of animals emerging from the wreckage of a bombed-out wasteland, there were odd mechanical creatures with burlap skin and camera irises for eyes. This wordless, visually arresting short ended up snagging an Oscar nod.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

In its feature-length incarnation, “9” delivers a thrilling visual experience on Blu-ray. There’s a visceral »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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