District 9 really came out of nowhere. There was a great trailer and a director no one had heard of outside South Africa. But in 2009, Peter Jackson's name meant a lot, coming off the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that stellar King Kong remake. And his stamp of approval really made this low-budget alien invasion thriller a must-see. The film ended up earning more than $200 million worldwide and receiving four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It also proved to be a high bar director Neill Blomkamp could never reach again, failing to find the same success with the prescient but ineffective Elysium and the instant punchline Chappie. But that doesn't take anything away from his impressive feature debut.
While it missed the film's 10th anniversary last summer, Sony is finally giving the film a 4K upgrade.
The new release will provide a sharper picture and upgraded sound. Two new special features include a panel from Comic Con (remember when you could still go to conventions?) and remastered trailers. All the content on the original Blu-ray will also be included: deleted scenes, Blomkamp's commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a special on those incredible visual effects.
District 9 will make its 4K UHD debut on Tuesday, October 13.