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"For anyone who doesn’t yet know about The X-Files, (if that’s possible), the series surrounds the quest for the truth behind the paranormal and unexplained by two FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). In this seven-disc set we go back to where it all began with the entire twenty-four episodes of season one.

Image quality is generally very good throughout the entire series. Colours are not overly vibrant and a few scenes, particularly in ‘Deep Throat’, are quite grainy. However, this is the way The X-Files has always looked, so in this respect the series has made the transfer to DVD very well. Presented in 4:3, as filmed, the series appears to have been transferred from a video source rather than directly from film, resulting in a slight lack of detail. The pilot episode, in particular, seems to be overly soft. Most episodes also suffer from some minor pixelization (which appears to have come from the source material) as well as some occasional jitteriness during shots where the camera is panning. However, despite any imperfections the image quality far exceeds that of VHS and even makes the TV broadcasts look pretty ordinary as well. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and although it’s not specified whether it carries Dolby Surround encoding, it can be listened to in surround sound if your receiver is equipped with Dolby Pro-Logic (you will most likely have to manually set your receiver to do this). All speakers are used quite well, with plenty of information being sent to rear speakers creating a reasonably good surround environment.

For those who think eighteen hours of entertainment isn’t enough, there are extras to be found, mostly on disc seven. The 11-minute documentary provides a retrospective look at season one by the cast and crew, whereas the twelve interviews with X-Files creator Chris Carter provide a more in-depth look at the series through his eyes. The two deleted scenes, once activated in the ‘Special Features’ menu of the pilot, can be viewed during the episode by clicking the ENTER button on your remote when you see an ‘X’ appear on screen. These can also be viewed separately on disc seven. The scenes depict Scully with her boyfriend Ethan, and as Chris Carter explains during the documentary, they were an attempt by the network executives to create the love interest they felt wasn’t there between Mulder and Scully. "It just slowed down the scenes where you would see Mulder and Scully together, which was where all the heat really was…" says Carter.

This is a dream come true for every X-Files fan (myself included), but even I have to admit - there are probably much healthier ways to spend more than twenty hours."
Ben Hooft

Published: December 21, 2000

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CAST: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Mitch Pileggi and Jerry Hardin

DIRECTORS: Robert Mandel, Daniel Sackheim, Harry Longstreet, Joe Napolitano, Michael Katleman, Jerrold Freedman, David Nutter, William Graham, Larry Shaw, Fred Gerber, Rob Bowman, Michael Lange and R.W. Goodwin


RRP: $189

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

DVD RELEASE: November 22, 2000

Documentary – "The Truth About Season One"

12 interviews with Chris Carter

11 "Behind-the-Truth" spots from F/X

Deleted scenes
47 TV spots
DVD-ROM game – "Roots of Conspiracy"

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