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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784724
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.8 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,468 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hall on 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 By Igor Ramos on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fox Mulder on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flowerpotfaerie on 21 April 2009
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Blewett on 26 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute must have for any & all X- Files fans out there. It is a complete guide to the show, from the very first episode right through to the new film. Its packed with hundreds of full colour pictures and tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the show and its 15 year history. Also, hidden away in the books cover are 3 poster, Chris Carters hand written note cards & a copy of The Lone Gunmen newspaper. What are you waiting for ? Buy it now !
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