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4.0 out of 5 stars The X-Files (New Packaging - 2012) - 'The Truth Is Out There', but this isn't it - Buyer beware..., 3 Nov 2012
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The X-Files truly is an amazing show - within the first 7 seasons there is only one bad episode and that is in Season 2 and it's called '3'... I won't explain why, but if you watch it, be warned. I've yet to watch 8 and 9 - but this review isn't about the show it's about the DVD.

I originally bought the Complete Collector's Edition of The X-Files which is essentially what this is, except THIS DOESN'T have some of the extra discs the original DVD sets had or the Collector's box, for that matter. The Collector's box also has an extremely nice episode guide telling you each episode. I originally bought this for more storage space but... well just read on...

The DVD box is almost identical to the packaging of the complete 24 box set that was repackaged in 2008 (24 - Complete Season 1-8 + Redemption (New Packaging) [DVD]).

So what you get is 2 huge Amaray DVD boxes (4 single DVD cases, all next to each other's, width) contain 4 seasons each (1-4, 4-8) and then you have a smaller DVD box about half the size of the huge boxes (2 DVD width) and within there contains Season 9 and the 2 feature films. The outer box is small, yes - and looks lovely, and the bulky plastic box design is quite nice yes - but the fact there's NO extra discs on Seasons 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 - it really is kind of a 'rip-off'... But then again on the front of the box it does say 55 discs (which is what confused me) as my original box has 61. I was shocked to discover it was the basic show and films with 2 extra discs... And the only reason they're included is because they have the last episodes of Season 2 & 6. It's a shame these 6 extra discs - featuring tons of documentaries and deleted scenes, out-takes, and other material - weren't included.

So, overall - the packaging is nice, but with the exclusion of the 6 discs and collector's episode guide - it feels incomplete. At least all the shows are in tact and how they should be.

Also, if you don't care for your extras - then buy this as it is great value for your money, and worth price just for the 9 seasons and 2 films as well.

P.S. In case my review makes about as much sense as the existence of aliens (bad joke...) - I have uploaded 24/25 pictures of the set itself so that you, the buyer, don't end up making the mistake that I made and thinking it was the same as the previous 61 disc set, when it's not.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2012 19:55:05 GMT
Stefano says:
Thank you so much for your review, definitively a very useful and detailed one! They should all be like this ;)
Do you know if it is possible to buy only the extra dvd's on amazon or somewhere else? The collector edition is quite overpriced right now and it is still cheaper to buy this limited box + single extra, if available.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 22:20:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2012 22:48:03 GMT
You can't buy the extras on their own, no - however the sets individually look much nicer, they contain their own little booklets and the extra discs - granted, they are expensive sold seperately, but they are worth the value much more than the big collector's boxsets. I, myself bought them seperately and am very pleased with them. And thank you for your kind response! I just think it's fair that people know what they are getting, and as no one else had stated what the box was like, I thought I'd rise to the challenge and do so :)

Posted on 12 Dec 2012 08:14:23 GMT
A good review, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 08:18:09 GMT
No problem! I aim to write more like this, too.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 15:49:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2013 01:12:48 BDT
Matty S says:
Fantastic review.
I personally don't think it's wise to ask questions here, although i'd appreciate if you could reply to a minor query. When is the best time to watch the two movies included? Do they tie in during the 9 seasons at a point or are they both standalone films that can be enjoyed without the need to watch the season episodes.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 16:09:54 GMT
Well, 'The X-Files: Fight The Future' was designed to be able to be watched as an 'X-Phile' and as a person who's never seen it before. It was in theatres between Seasons 5 and 6, and I will say now it is essential you watch it in that order as in S6 they refference some of the events of the film and another thing happens which I won't spoil for you but hey, you'll see what I mean - and The Truth Is Out There works as a standalone film and is set after the events of S9 of The X-Files and that one is like a monster-of-the-week story - featuring Billy Connoly aswell! - that is more like a comeback as it's set at a time when the two haven't been working together in a while.

Also, in Season 7 of The X-Files there is an episode called 'Millenium', now you probably know about this but I will say just in case you don't - this is a tie up to Chris Carter's other show within the same world as this show, it's called 'Millenium'. That's like a darker and grittier X-Files with only one character who exists in both shows, Josť Chung. It's wise to watch Millenium too.

And in Season 9, there's an episide called 'Jump The Shark' which ties up the other spin-off show 'The Lone Gunmen'. There's only one season of that but that will help make sense with some of the events in this episode too.

And glad you enjoyed the review!

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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 17:03:56 BDT
Gmon78 says:
Hi. Sorry, i am replying to this message as i can't see how to just 'leave a comment' on the main page. Can you please explain what you meant about the last episodes of season 2 and 6 being on the extra's disc? Why are they not in sequence with the rest of the episodes?
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