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The X-Files: The First Season [7 Discs]

David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , Robert Mandel    Unrated   DVD
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In the first season of The X-Files, creator Chris Carter was uncertain of the series' future, so each of the episodes is a self-contained suspense story; they do not delve deep into the ongoing X-Files mythology or turn to self-parody and humor as do episodes in later seasons. Yet, these episodes display the elements for which the show would become famous: the cinematic production values and top-notch special effects, the stark lighting of the Vancouver sets, the atmospheric halo of Mark Snow's score, and the clever plots dealing with subjects ranging from the occult, religion, and monsters to urban legends, conspiracy theories, and science fiction. Most importantly, season 1 introduces FBI agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox "Spooky" Mulder (David Duchovny), two of the most attractive government officials around. Scully is the serious-minded medical scientist assigned to join Mulder on the X-Files, a division of the FBI dealing with the paranormal. Mulder is the intuitive thinker with a dry wit, a passionate believer in the existence of paranormal phenomena and one of the few characters on television smart enough to figure out who the bad guy is before the audience does. Their muddled relationship, a deep friendship laced with sexual tension, provides the human heart in a world where the bizarre and horrible lurk in everyday society.

The materials on the bonus disc provide some interesting trivia and background, but it is the 24 episodes themselves that make this seven-disc boxed set a true find. Those unfamiliar with The X-Files often view all the fuss with the same skepticism with which Scully first regards her new partner's ideas. But just as she comes to realize the uncanny accuracy of Mulder's outlandish theories, newcomers to The X-Files who sample a few episodes in this boxed set will likely find themselves riveted to their television late into the night. And undoubtedly, the shadows and creaking noises in the house that evening will seem more menacing than usual. --Eugene Wei



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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Right Here Aug. 15 2007
By Greg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A masterful series exploring the unexplained. Its conception was brilliant, its production spectacular, and its themes ahead-of-its-time. The X-Files is a series which should never be forgotten.

Chris Carter, earlier a freelance writer and associate editor of the magazine "Surfacing", afterwards initiated into a semi-successful writing career for Walt Disney in 1985, was given a chance to help a struggling FOX network in the early 90s. Tired of the comedies he had been working on and inspired by a report that 3.7 million Americans had been abducted by aliens, Carter wrote the pilot for a very different kind of television series in 1992. This idea placed both a believer (Fox Mulder) and a skeptic (Dana Scully) together to investigate a series of unsolved paranormal mysteries, and to peer into the very well-guarded secrets of covert FBI and military factions. These often involved the 'Shadow Government', responsible for safe-guarding certain classified truths at any cost.

Despite the carefully developed plots, Carter never wanted the cases to dominate the characters; instead, the series is very character-oriented, focusing deeply on their pasts, beliefs and personal struggles. The show was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, which supplied the filmmakers with ample rich forests in which to film haunting scenes for eerie effect. The series is ultimately about the value of truth, about how passionately some of us are willing to fight to find it. It is part horror, part murder mystery, and part government conspiracy intrigue and part mythological adventure. The brilliant photography, lighting, acting and directing added up to make a fantastic series which will live on long after the series' end. I also believe it is the most realistic series ever aired on television ...
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as original set. Feb. 1 2006
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This reduced price edition of The X-Files: Season 1 differs from the original not only in packaging but in content.
The episodes are all here, but the bonus features found on the 7th disc is not. This is evidenced here:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5019
I also have personally checked this and other reissued sets in the store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The episode that started it all Sept. 15 2013
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What else can i say other than : this is a pionneer series in the genre. Fringe, Supernatural and numerous similar modern series all owe their inspiration to this first season of a great series. The only problem of this series is the end was never what it could have being and fans are still expecting a film or a season that would finally be a satisfactory ending to this faboulous serie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 29 2013
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I know now why i liked fringe; a great replacement for the x-files; now i have both at my leasure....! $103.49 for 9 season's not a bad deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastique June 8 2013
By madcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Une série que j'ai écouter a sa diffusion original dans les années 90 et que je réécoute aux 5-6 ans sans m'en lassé, un chef-d’œuvre rien de moins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Xfiles. How do you not like the Xfiles? April 21 2013
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Great box set, enjoyed watching all the episodes without commercials. It fit great with the other X-file seasons DVD collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember them. April 10 2013
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Fantastic show. I'm glad I'm able to see them again. It was a fabulous price and the delivery was perfect. Also the DVD set is perfect as well with no problems encountered so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a wonderful show April 10 2014
By Keith Little TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Season 1 is fantastic. I love the pilot episode and really like seeing where it all began. As for extras, there's just a few deleted scenes and a special effects clip in the repackage.
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