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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the brilliance! Feb. 22 2006
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This is a great way for fans of The X-files to add the DVDs to their collection. Previously, the set has cost $110. At a savings of over 50%, who could resist?
I think it is silly to complain about the features not being here. If you want the features, buy the collector's edition! Shell out the extra bucks!
This set is Fox's way of giving the fans a chance to own their own slice of tv history without having to forgo their monthly mortgage payment.
Buy it now! Buy it today!
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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
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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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I caught up with the first season of THE X-FILES via these DVDs recently, and as ever I am struck by the freshness of the chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully. Even in some of the lesser filler episodes you rarely get a sense of the two phoning in their performances like they were sometimes wont to do in later seasons. Already in the "Pilot," you sense these two clicking along wonderfully, and it continued on for quite a few more episodes afterwards. It's quite refreshing.
Overall, this first season was quite good. Inconsistent, maybe, but that can be forgiven as creator Chris Carter was still trying to find the show's distinctive voice. It may not be quite a match for the second or third seasons, which have many great moments and episodes among them, but there are still some very entertaining and creative episodes to be found here, most of which admirably emphasize intelligent horror over hollow shock value. As for the so-called "mythology" episodes of the season, they are quite refreshing to watch too: episodes during a time when the mythology wasn't so convoluted and overblown, when it was all simply a matter of touching upon our embedded paranoias about extraterrestrials or our government instead of degenerating into the bloated sci-fi soap opera it was to become in later seasons. Back then, the paranoia was fun, as you can probably sense in wonderful early episodes like "Deep Throat" and "E.B.E."
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Thus, some highlights and other random comments on this first season:
The first four episodes of the show really set the wheels in motion for THE X-FILES.
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Chris Carter clearly has found his niche as a writer. "The X-Files" combines elements of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (a series I loved as a kid) with other elements (including David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" where Duchovny appeared as a cross dressing FBI agent during the first season)to create a unique, scary and fun television series that captured the media & public's attention for 9 years.
Having purchased the first and second seasons when they first became available on VHS back in the 90's, I'm a happy camper that they finally appeared on DVD at a reasonable price. The first season looks exceptional on DVD. I had forgotten how good "Ice", "Deep Throat", "Squeeze", "Tooms", The Erhlanger Flask", the outstanding "Beyond the Sea" and many of the other outstanding episodes were here. Some weren't all that great to begin ("Space" being a prime example) but they only served to highlight how good the show was when it was firing on all cylinders.
The extras aren't quite as extensive as on later sets. We get a couple of deleted scenes from the pilot, international clips where we get to hear what Mulder and Scully sound like in other countries. We also get an 11 minute featurette on the first season where Carter and the other producers/writers/directors comment on the series and its formative first year. There's also a number of clips that were used for promos when "The X-Files" was being exclusively shown on FX network. These include segments were we meet some of the folks behind the scenes on the series including the special effects make up guy (who has always done a great job on helping to fashion a quality show that held its own against the best of TV and movies) and others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by shla
4.0 out of 5 stars X-Files still has it.
Fun to watch and holds up well in 2014. DVD arrived brand new.
Published 1 month ago by B. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a wonderful show
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Little
4.0 out of 5 stars The episode that started it all
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Louis Morin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
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!
Published 14 months ago by Interesting
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastique
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... Read more
Published 14 months ago by madcat
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Xfiles. How do you not like the Xfiles?
Great box set, enjoyed watching all the episodes without commercials. It fit great with the other X-file seasons DVD collections.
Published 16 months ago by Justin A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember them.
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.
Published 16 months ago by Breck Liles
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe
As Mulder states, "I believe !". Well, so do I. Whether there are Alien life forms or paranormal beings out there, I have no history of contact with them myself, but I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bryce Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good set... but where's the rest of it?
One of the most impressive things about The X-Files is how good it was right out of the gate. That famous Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) chemistry was there... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2011 by John Woodward
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