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The Complete "X-files": Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies [Special Edition] [Paperback]

Matt Hurwitz , Chris Knowles
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12 Dec 2013
The Complete X-Files is a declassified look at all nine seasons of the American Peabody and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. Delve into the mystery and myth of X-Files with in-depth looks at its entire television run, the first X-Files film, and the upcoming cinematic sequel. X-Files creator and producer Chris Carter takes us into the never-before-seen archives with explanations of unsolved plots, discussions of the FBI's paranormal investigations, scene by scene breakdowns of popular episodes, and insider information on both the previous and upcoming X-Files films. Discover the mystery behind Mulder's alien abduction, Scully's secret objectives, the designs of the shadowy "Cancer Man," and the full truth about the Mytharc episodes. Includes many bells and whistles, such as gatefolds, alien and monster charts, alien and monster cards, movie posters, a secret dossier, Mulder and Scully booklets , and more! The Complete X-Files will captivate fans and sciencefiction audiences, proving that nothing is what it seems and that "the truth is out there."
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP; Limited edition edition (12 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784809
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 28.8 x 38.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,473,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Carter is the creator and executive producer of The X-Files; a concept he developed as synthesis of urban myths, conspiracy theory, and stories of extraterrestrial abduction. The X-Files remained a hit primetime evening show from 1993 to 2002, inspiring two movies, video games, and multiple network spin-offs. Matt Hurwitz is a prolific entertainment journalist, having written for Daily Variety, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Videography, The Los Angeles Times, American Cinematographer, Wired, and Fade In. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Hurwitz currently lives in Los Angeles. Chris Knowles is the author of the Eagle Award-winning Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes. He is also a contributing writer to Classic Rock and an associate editor on the five-time Eisner Award-winning magazine, Comic Book Artist. He lives with his family in New Jersey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is in Here 3 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
The first reviewer is spot on. This large hardback volume, whose correct subtitle is "Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies", weighs almost 4lb (1.8kg) and has a small typeface for the main text. In its 248 pages there are a dozen photographs that span two pages and more than 700 smaller photographs. Many delightful pictures evoke memories of the series and include Mulder and Scully's kiss in I Want to Believe (IWTB). There are more than 40 pictures from IWTB and good coverage of this movie and those in front of and behind the camera.

In addition to two pages of index there are five pages of thumbnail images whose captions include details of the episode title, directors and first broadcast date for the episode. This is followed by a page listing the awards the series won during its nine years.

There are some typographical errors and a few words omitted. On page 209 the reference to Scully and Mulder kissing with baby William appears, incorrectly, in the text for season nine. This memorable scene appears in Existence, the last episode of season eight. Despite these slight blemishes this is a splendid book.

The details from behind the series reveal the many tens of thousands of hours of hard work and dedication that went into the episodes and the movies. Understanding the huge effort involved in the episodes of just one season can leave the reader feeling exhausted!

The last paragraph of the introduction by Frank Spotnitz says much about the X Files and this book: "The fact that people are still watching these episodes (and now writing about them) is a dream come true. I don't need to feel nostalgic about the past. I can simply turn on the television, just about anywhere in the world, and celebrate the achievement that The X-Files was, and is."

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big and Beautiful 23 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the ultimate book for every X-Files fan.

There are hundreds of images that were never seen before from David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter...the whole cast, production crew, and, of course, THE MONSTERS!

Here you can read a lot of stories from the backstage, that were never made public. The book guides you through the series, from the "Pilot" to "The Truth", explaning how the X-Files started and how they eventualy became the worldwide phenomenon that we all know. Plus a very big scoop on the two motion pictures: Fight the Future and I Want to Belive. And also some surprises on the inside.

I get delighted just by lookking at the cover.

A must-buy for those who BELIEVE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for any X Files fan! 21 April 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a super book because it's an official book that covers ALL seasons as well as both films. Includes lovely photographs, does have some minor errors as explained in the other reviews but despite this it's very good value for money and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure... !!! 20 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
I'm so glad I got this amazing book. It is truely a treasure for any X File fan. The book entails great pictures of all season's and both movies with good sypnosis of each episodes. I love the fact that I got a 'I want to believe' poster too !!! The book brings back all those X File moments with Mulder & Scully, which I miss so much. X Files forever !!!
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