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What appears to be another terrorist bomb threat in Washington, aimed it seems at the Federal Building, turns out to be something even worse than a crazed fanatic’s dream: someone is trying to cover up a virus so vicious, so fast and so impregnable that nothing can stop it annihilating the human race. FBI Special Agents Mulder (David Duschovny) and Scully (Gillian Andesron) are drawn into a dangerous, global web of intrigue as they try to track down not only the perpetrators and those who want it covered up, but also the deadly virus and its source. Mulder recognises that alien sources could be responsible, and Scully’s medical expertise determines that something new is invading humans. Mulder’s late father’s friend, Dr Kurtzweil (Martin landau) provides Mulder with some crucial information – endangering himself in the process. The agents have to brave the Arctic ice as well as the cold hearts of a conspiracy at the highest levels before they come face to face with the horrendous truth.

"The move to a larger canvas, and audience, posed a difficult task for X-Files creator, Chris Carter. For the X-Files movie, Carter had to re-establish the characters for both an old and new audience. "…that was the trick… …not to bore the regular audience and keep the new audience entertained…" says Carter. He has succeeded admirably. Even back on the smaller screen, the grandeur of this ‘episode’ of the X-Files is unmistakable. Presented in the original 2.40:1 widescreen format, the film has been almost perfectly preserved on DVD. Images are consistently sharp and clear throughout, film artifacts being all but absent. The soundtrack is equally spectacular. From the building explosion in Dallas to the helicopter chase through the cornfield, you are drawn into the action with Mulder and Scully - sometimes closer than you’d like to go. The animated menu is well designed and easy to operate, consisting of a dark road leading into a corn field with a huge ‘X’ projected onto the moving clouds above. The feature commentary from Chris Carter and director Rob Bowman, while full of interesting production insight, fails in entertainment value due to the fact that there’s no communication between the two commentators. The track appears to consist of two separate recordings that have been edited, with the more interesting comments glued together. While this means we only hear the most interesting information, we don’t hear any conversations between the two, usually the most entertaining part of such commentaries. Also included in the extras package is a 27-minute ‘Making Of…’ documentary, narrated by Mitch Pileggi (aka Skinner). Here we get to go behind-the-scenes on the X-Files set and see how many of the amazing shots, like the building explosion in Dallas, were accomplished. We also get to hear of David Duchovny’s and Gillian Anderson’s experiences working with 300,000 ‘supposedly’ stinging bees. "That wasn’t one of my favourite experiences, because I like it when humans control the set," says Duchovny. The X-Files movie has been done justice being presented at it’s very best on DVD. It certainly deserves a place in every collection."
Ben Hooft


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CAST: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Blythe Danner, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Mitch Pileggi

DIRECTOR: Rob Bowman

RUNNING TIME: 122 minutes


DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

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