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X-Files First Season [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , Robert Mandel    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young, Sarah Koskoff
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: Chris Carter
  • Producers: Chris Carter, Daniel Sackheim
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2000
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003RQND
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 humour 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 scepticism with which Scully first regards her new partner's ideas. But just as she comes to realise 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

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 Movies for this price? 29 Dec 2004
By Simon McMahon VINE VOICE
I was a big fan of the X-Files when they were shown on the BBC back in the mid 90's. Unlike most other primetime shows, these mini-movies were beautifully shot and lit, the use of realistic lighting in many scenes juxtaposing with the use of abstract lighting in others. Deep shadows were common place, again a relativly new style then, though its legacy can be seen in many of the shows that followed.
Revisiting the X-File after 10 years really brought back to me why I loved this show. The stories are well crafted, the acting is, on the most part excellent (I've decidided that David Duchovney is one of the only actors who can cry convincingly on screen!). It has humour, horror, action and conspiracy, what more could you want?
But where the X-Files really excels is in the fact that it treats its audience as if it is intelligent, there are few "dead scenes" filled with needless recaps or explanations. This allows each 43 minute episode to speed along at quite a pace, fitting into each a lot more story than you are likely to find in most 2 hour Hollywood thrillers today.
This is TV at its best, the BBC killed the X-Files off for me with its bizarre scheduling of the later series'. With this pretty cheap but excellent DVD release I can at last, discover the truth! When you consider a Star Trek boxset sells for 70 odd pounds, this is an amzing bargain. By the 1st series as a test. I should warn you though, you will be hooked and with 9 series to get through, you'll have plenty to sate your appetite.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The X Files will truly stand the test of time 7 Jun 2007
I find it hard to believe that up until buying these DVD boxsets, I didn't see that many full episodes of The X Files on their original showing in the 1990's and I can't really make any excuses for this other than I just couldn't be bothered at the time even though I knew that I would love it if I watched it properly, although looking at the BBC air dates of each episode featured in the booklet (very nicely done) of this season one boxset and some of the other seasons, I am kind of glad that I didn't because acccording to this information, some of the episodes were not shown in the correct order and I really hate it when programmes are treated this way. Anyway like I said, I may have missed out properly the first time round but thankfully these boxsets have given me a second chance to appreciate something that I already knew, that this is one of those programmes that I truly believe will stand the test of time.

First of all I find Mulder and Scully very likeable lead characters and not in anyway annoying or shallow. Their relationship in this starts as nothing, but overtime their trust for each other gets stronger and stronger and this is done in a very quiet and clever way as to never get too much in the way of each story. Another great thing about this programme is that everybody that as seen it has their favourite episodes and not so favourite which proves how diverse it is. Personally I don't think there is such a thing as a bad episode of The X files, I believe people only think this because of the high standard of the ones that they do like. Anyway, this is where I am going to end my comments about this fantastic programme as I can't see the point in spoiling it for anyone that has never seen it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something great... 5 April 2006
There's something about season 1 of the X Files that I just love. It's a much simpler time for the series, without the presence of complicated mythology story arcs and in jokes. The X Files at this time, was a whole new concept. And we're given some of the darkest and strangest episodes of the entire 9 years that the show ran.
The X Files season 1 presents stand alone stories of top quality horror. The alien episodes themselves are fascinating, leaving the audience desperate for the truth that won't even be hinted at for another two years.
The stand alone eps are arguably better in this series than any other. My personal favourites include "Darkness Falls" and "Ice" in which Mulder and Scully are terrorised by agent bugs released from a cut down tree and trapped in an antarctic research lab where there's a parasite infecting the team...
Buy this series if you're just getting started, or if you want some horror/sci fi stories that can just be watched without worrying about the back story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Of late there has been a renaissance of middle to good sci-fi programming on television, both from the United States (Eureka, Heroes, The 4400, the short lived Invasion,Surface and Threshold as well) and the United Kingdom (Dr. Who, Torchwood, Primeval). However, none of these match the X-Files for sheer entertainment, consistent quality scriptwriting and the most appealing leads ever to grace the small screen, Mulder and Scully. Yes, by today's cgi standards some of the episodes seem ugly but by the second season, the show had larger budgets and better production values, quality that still holds up 14 years after the first episode and 5 years after the last. Yet, it was the sheer variety of stories - the stand alone episodes of horror, the paranormal and how warped nature can be as well as the alien invasion conspiracy arc - that were fascinating and compelling. In many of the episodes you could sense the paranoia, the creeping horror and you got the feeling that little in the world was under control. None of the other modern series even come close to this and tend to be more graphic and leave little to the imagination.

Season 1 had a far lower budget than the latter seasons and it sometimes shows, especially in episodes like "Ghost in the Machine" and "Space" which are now dated and seem out of place, but these were more than compensated for by episodes like "Squeeze" and "Tooms" and the best ones like "Darkness Falls", "Ice", have yet to be bettered. Of the alien conspiracy arc, "Fallen Angel", "E.B.E" and the "The Erlenmeyer Flask" set the stage for the following seasons and rank as some of the best despite the low production values.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst HD ever - avoid!!
The X Files is one of my favourite shows - but if your looking for the rumoured S1 to S4 Widescreen HD treatments - your in for a shock - in 4 3 & very grainy - worst HD I've seen... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr. M. S. O'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
Awesomeness, great , marvelous , exciting, good telly, thought provoking will be watching the rest of the series as soon as possible
Published 1 month ago by cs helm
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Watch the x files first time around and really enjoyed it. Can't wait to watch them again....Brill...wonderful..... great...stuff. Will def get more
Published 4 months ago by rita Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars So good to watch them again
I love the original series and had them on video with really bad quality watching so just didn't watch them for years. Great to see them again - in good quality!
Published 4 months ago by Momz
5.0 out of 5 stars No messing about, straight into it!
"The X Files" is a fantastic show, I can certainly see why it is so highly praised. Each storyline is different, with amazing sub-plots and story arcs (an on-going story going on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Picard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show - quality of visuals dubious
Having recently finished the final series of Fringe (a cracking show!) I thought I would revisit the Xfiles to see if it had aged after 20 years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I love the film and thought I would give this a go. I was not let down. Being twenty years old it it still isnt outdated. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars The X Files: Season 1 review of purchase
This purchase in itself was a success. What marred the purchase though was that one of the disks was faulty, making two of the episodes unwatchable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steve Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome start !!
Well the start is is filled with fantastic episodes with great sets , atmosphere , writing and characters . Read more
Published 12 months ago by davidinator
5.0 out of 5 stars I Want To Believe...
The X Files Season 1 is one of the greatest television series ever made.

If you are new to The X Files, this season introduced us to FBI agents Fox Mulder (David... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Materia Keeper
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