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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Xzibit
  • Directors: Chris Carter
  • Writers: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
  • Producers: Chris Carter, Brent O'Connor, Frank Spotnitz
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G7PSSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The feature film The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a satisfying if unspectacular installment in the X-Files series, taking place an unspecified time after the show's nine-year television run. Former agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is now a doctor, while Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is being hunted by his former agency and living in seclusion. He and Scully are summoned back by a case involving a missing agent and a former priest (Billy Connolly) who claims to be able to see clues to the agent's whereabouts psychically, though his initial search turns up only a severed limb.

Don't expect the usual cast of characters; the FBI has completely turned over (except for the George W. Bush portrait), and the only reason Scully and Mulder are back is because agent Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) remembers his success on similar cases involving the inexplicable. Don't expect the same rogues' gallery either; unlike the previous X-Files feature film, which was inextricably linked to the series' convoluted mythology arc (and served as a bridge between the fifth and sixth seasons), I Want to Believe is a stand-alone piece that makes use of the series' roots in horror/sci-fi and moody Vancouver, B.C., locales. Also unlike the previous film, which was almost self-consciously shot for the big screen, this film is on a smaller scale, like a double-length episode of the series. But it's still a good reminder of the creepy vibe that hooked fans for years. And the relationship between Mulder and Scully? It seems to have resumed pretty much where it left off, at least when you take into account the long period of separation. But stick around for the end-credit sequence to take in all the possibilities for the future. --David Horiuchi,

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Toni L. James on 5 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
As with most people, I though that this would have a lot more weirdness and action. Then again, I was so confused by the ending of series 9, that I'll need to see it again to work out exactly what Mulder was fighting about, apart from "I believe and lots of people don't and they lied about it". So this film was like putting on an old pair of slippers. You don't expect much but they're comfortable. I wanted to say that Billy Connolly was excellent, but in fact he was not really given anything to get his teeth into. We had one scene between him and Scully where he questions the fact that paedophiles (well, the ones who ask for treatment, that is) medically dose themselves to fight off urges which are beyond their control. So if these urges are beyond their control, they come from....where? It would have been interesting to have had some debate between the god believer and the ex-priest (to whom the phrase "I want to believe" could also be applied), when he is now embittered by his relationship with god, but no. That spluttered out.

Why has Mulder got a beard? Tired cliche this, "I'm going to do something radical until the moment when I 'become' the character the fans have tuned in to see". Either have a beard or don't have one, show your transformation through acting instead.

"Don't give up" - very un-Scully like to have her giving up. She doesn't need people she doesn't believe in to say that to her, she's been through far more without giving up.

Not a lot of humour, shame, the Mulder quips are a little like hearing the same joke for the twentieth time. I only laughed at the pause before "Now I can't sleep".

I did cheer at the appearance of the only "Person at the FBI with balls". Too short an appearance.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By PIM on 21 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
When Chris Carter revealed the first footage from the new X-Files movie at this year's Comi-Con Festival 2008 in San Diego accompanied by stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, it was greeted with crowds of hysteria by the festival's visitors. It showed Billy Connolly rushing through the deep snow atop a frozen lake, an FBI search team equipped with helicopters and Alsatians following behind him. He would drop to his knees and cry..."Its Here!.....Here!'s Here!". Great stuff I can tell you, and certainly enough to get you very excited about the prospect of the new movie.

Indeed, it's very appealing to see Duchovny and Anderson back on the screen together after 6 years since the show aired it's final episode. The X-Files show was always of a high quality, and the first X-Files movie, released in '95, was also very well produced. The same can be said this time. X-Files creator Chris Carter, making his feature debut, has put together a very detailed and original story for our intrepid heroes to unravel. This time around the story has nothing to do with the alien mythology: the thread that ran through the core of the series. Here we have a stand-alone mystery enabling those who've never seen the series to enjoy and appreciate what the X-Files was all about. This was a wise move by the creator. That it has been 6 years since the show finished, it is also entirely possible that there is a whole new audience that may not have even heard of the show - and therefore, may have been completely indifferent to Chris Carter serving up another round of his alien invasion conspiracy.

So.....Just what exactly is this new adventure about?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Intended to revive the franchise as a series of occasional movies but met with such indifference it barely covered its modest budget at the worldwide box-office, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is definitely something of an improvement over the previous, much bigger budgeted and unhelpfully overhyped X-Files movie nearly a decade earlier. Rather than getting bogged down in the conspiracy mythology guff that constantly led the series down the same blind alley, it follows the standalone mystery-of-the-week episodes, with an estranged Mulder and Scully reunited in the hunt for a missing FBI agent who has become the subject of both paedophile priest Billy Connolly's visions and some dubious medical experiments. It's the kind of story the series could have knocked off in 42 minutes and it's not got much drive as a thriller, fizzling out badly with a mundane climax, but it compensates with more overt emotional content than the series had in its prime. If, like the mystery itself, the questions about the nature of faith - in God, in science, in each other - don't add up to much, both David Duchovny and particularly Gillian Anderson have improved enough as actors in the years since the show's cancellation to give it some weight as a character piece. It's also very impressively staged when Chris Carter doesn't get carried away with the crosscutting, his very cinematic visual sense giving it the kind of scale that belies the low budget and Mark Snow offering a superb orchestral score with some fine cello work that eschews the synthesised minimalism of his work on the series for something more emotive and classically intricate without ever descending into bombast or syrup. Not a great film, but a decent addition to the casebook.Read more ›
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