X-Files Season 1 to 10 Collection (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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The picture and audio quality (of the couple dozen episodes I've watched, from a few different seasons) is excellent. I'd already watched the entire series on Netflix, which is good HD quality, but this was noticeably better. There are loads of special features on each disk (more than you'll ever bother watching, likely, as it appears they've even included every TV spot they ever aired). I was disappointed to find that there is no blooper reels for seasons 1-9, but those are easily found on youtube. Season 10 has lots of fun extra content, including a blooper reel.
The regular price for this set is a little crazy, as you can buy each season individually and the total is about half the price of this set. I purchased this during Prime Day sales, when the price was actually lower than all 10 seasons bought individually. If you can get it on sale for less than or close to the amount of all the individuals (about $130-150) I would say it's well worth it. The box is sturdy and attractive, perfect for displaying (especially helpful for those with limited shelf space).
Note: If you haven't watched the series yet, watch the first few episodes before buying this or any individual seasons. The X-Files is one of those shows that people either really love or really hate, so there's no sense spending any money on it until you know for sure you don't fall into the latter category.
The blu-ray episodes look great and appear to have been remastered and cleaned up. The first four seasons are also now in anamorphic widescreen. I checked one frame of one episode in order to see what the image looked like in comparison to the DVD, and there is much more image on both sides such that the whole screen is filled on a flat screen TV. So there is actually more of the original image showing from the original master negative, as opposed to the image simply being stretched to fill the screen. There was also a bit more on the top, but a bit less on the bottom of the image of the blu-ray compared to the DVD's full frame image (which showed black bars on the sides of a flat screen TV). The sound is in 5.1 HD Master Audio surround sound as opposed to 2.0 on the DVDs. Some of the images occasionally appear to have been shot with a lower resolution, or are slightly out of focus, so they still look grainy, though in most cases the images look pristine in 1080p with much more clarity overall. And it appears that most of the special features from the Collector's Edition sets have been included, though now they appear grouped with the particular episode, and not on a separate disc like on the DVD Collector's Edition. All in all these episodes look great and fresh.
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!
Save yourselves the cash though and buy the seasons individually. They're pretty standardly on sale for $14.99, even with Season 10 at full price that works out to being $100 less than the asking price of the complete set just without the pretty box.
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Been waiting for this to go on sale for a long time. I'm enjoying itPublished 16 days ago by Allan Knight
I'm super stoked about it, but part of the box and one of the DVD cases is damaged.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Package arrived on time and in great condition. It has all nine seasons and 2 episodes from 2016 . Every disc works perfect. Happy it's on Blu-rayPublished 1 month ago by Trevor
Great blu-ray set and wonderful to see X-Files in HD. Meets all expectations. Arrived quickly in excellent condition.Published 1 month ago by Bench4
Classic series beautifully transferred to HD, includes all 9 original seasons plus the 2016 6 episode event series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. D.
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