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Weta Workshop is a brand that's synonymous with quality creative work. The Art of District 9 is another testament to the amazing work they do, on top of what they have already done - Avatar, Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Narnia.

The Art of District 9 is a 160-page hardcover. This book actually cost a few dollars less than typical art books of this size. This is a fantastic bargain.

The book is filled with concept art. Most of the things you see are in their various stages of development, from the idea to the final designs. There are lots of iterations for character designs, the aliens, props, weapons, the mothership and many other stuff. All the visuals in the book are in high resolution with great detail.

What you see in the film is actually a small part of what's presented in the book. You can see a discarded concepts like crazy Organ Retriever which can harvest organs at the press of a button (I suppose), and then there's the variation of the exo suit which was designed to the stage where a life-size model was created and then dropped - I can't even begin to imagine how it feels like to have work at that stage of completion thrown out. And there are a few impressive mothership designs which weren't used as well.

Other than the illustrated art, there are also lots of pictures on the sculpts created. What impresses me are the weapon designs. They look really good, and they are printed really big, and there are lots of them.

Lead conceptual designer Greg Broadmore, creature designer David Meng, Neill Blomkamp and other artists provide good insight into the conceptualization process with their commentary.

This is one of the better art books for 2010.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on May 19, 2012
When i say forgotten, i mean it in the sense that there was little to no marketing done for this flick, but it rocked our world. Everyone knows what transformer movies are, not as many will think so quickly to District 9. Given that, one must look back at what became of older films that at the time were successful but not extremely popular, and looking back now they sort of helped revolutionize the cinematic world more than some of their bigger budget cousins.

Thankfully, due to the internet, District 9 didn't have to bomb at the box office like Blade Runner did, and rode on a wave of positive reaction of those who did go see it.

This book is a wonderful view, not so much into Weta, as to how the world was shaped for the flick. Its not too character centric and its very well balanced in content. Hard cover and for under $30, knowing the material that would have been included, its definitely a safe choice for the sci-fi fan to spend their cash on, and expand the universe within their art book collection.
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on December 22, 2010
There's a lot of great stuff about the film District 9 that won't be necessary to go into here, but what makes the film work is how it feels visually, and exploring this book completely covers every single aspect of that. Unknown to me at the time when I first saw the film, is that they had planned on having 3 different types of aliens in the film that were refugees in South Africa, and within that slum area of District 9 existed a microcosm of society that would have weighed it down too much. What I love about these books are them displaying the process of world building for films, and that is exactly what you see here, from all the concepts of what the prawn aliens were going to look like, to the tests of what the man-in-suit aliens were supposed to look like, to the different types of technology and weapons, and their actual uses, are brilliantly presented here, all from the archives of the WETA workshop. Definitely a must have for any sci-fi fan, film buff, or art lover.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon November 5, 2014
 A very nice art book from the film "District 9". Weta Workshop created many of the designs, props, and technology used in the film - they also worked on films like Lord of the Rings and Avatar. The design work from Weta is always top-notch, and in this book we get to see a lot of cool concepts. If you thought that "District 9" was a great film like I did, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book.

What's included in the book:
- Conceptual art and CG models of the Aliens
- Alien Technology and Weapons
- The Exo-Suit
- Alien Mothership designs
- The alien's written language
- MNU logos and Anti-Alien signs
- MNU trucks/vehicles
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on January 9, 2014
Great Book! Goes into a lot of detail about how the film was created from start to finish. Amazing work!
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on July 30, 2014
Just loved it. VFX at its best, under a tight budget. Great film, great effort. The book says it all.
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