— by ALEXA MILAN —
From its ingenious viral marketing campaign to the original and thrilling final product, the low-budget sci-fi film “District 9” was 2009’s biggest surprise hit, scoring at the box office and with critics.
Now, the first movie from South African director Neill Blomkamp is available on DVD and behind-the-scenes featurettes are finding their way to the Internet.
The Peter Jackson-produced apartheid allegory centers on an alien species that crashed in South Africa nearly three decades earlier and is now confined to militarized slums. The government organization Multi-National United is hired to evict the aliens from Johannesburg. But when operative Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to alien chemicals, he is forced to reevaluate which side is the right side.
This featurette details the extensive make-up and prosthetics process as (spoiler warning) Wikus slowly transforms from a human to an alien following his exposure to the toxic chemicals. Depending on the stage of his transformation, the make-up process took anywhere from 30 minutes to five hours.
Check out the featurette below. “District 9” is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, just in time for the holidays.
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