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The X-Files - The Complete Eighth Season (1993)

David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , Barry K. Thomas , Chris Carter  |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, Tom Braidwood
  • Directors: Barry K. Thomas, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Kim Manners, Peter Markle
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 984 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YGRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The X-Files - The Complete Eighth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 21 episodes on six discs
  • Commentary by Frank Spotnitz on 'Alone'
  • Commentary by Kim Manners on 'Existence'
  • All-new documentary: "The Truth About Season Eight"
  • Seven deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban
  • Seven special-effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • Character profiles on Alex Krycek, Gibson Praise, and John Doggett
  • 42 promotional television spots
  • 6 international language clips
  • All-new DVD-ROM game: Existence
  • 6 Disks in original collectible packaging

Editorial Reviews

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The eighth season of The X-Files will always be remembered as the year of brave decisions. David Duchovny's increasing dissatisfaction with the role meant he'd only appear in a few episodes. The solution? Enter Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) who basically stole the show within his first two minutes of screen time (and watch out for several Terminator 2 in-jokes too!). Scully (Gillian Anderson) switched roles to being the believer alongside Doggett's skeptic in a year that was more reliant on the background story arc than ever before. Her pregnancy remained at the foreground, while a more prominent Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) joined in a hunt for the abducted Mulder that drew upon the black oil, cloning, and bounty-hunting aspects of the convoluted alien conspiracy story. A distinct lack of guest stars or writers indicated maturity beyond the need for ratings stunts: dedicated fans were pleased to see sinister Krycek, the reliable Lone Gunmen, and the return of the show's very first abductee. The real strengths of the season came from new characters, including alternative female role model Special Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), and some terrific standalone episodes. Investigations covered a man going backward in time, deaths aboard an oil rig, a contagion in the Boston subway tunnels, and creatures resembling bats and slugs. Agent Leyla Harrison (named after an X-Files fan who died of cancer) got to ask all the petty questions regular viewers want to know themselves. With season 9 promised to be the last, this year was a remarkable achievement so late in a show's life. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

Now you can own the entire eighth season of THE X-FILES™. ALL 21 classic episodes are available for the first time in this exclusive 6-disc collector's edition. From the arrival of Agent John Doggett in "Within" and Mulder's miraculous resurrection in "Deadalive" to the birth od Scully's baby in "Existence," these Season Eight episodes are a must of every X-Files fan!

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual season from the final years of THE X FILES August 22, 2006
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Season 8 (21 episodes airing 2000-2001) was the most atypical of all nine years of THE X FILES for several reasons:

1. Much of the season makes due without the services of David Duchovny.

2. New characters, assuming key roles, are introduced.

3. An unprecedented percentage (nearly half) of the episodes are devoted to the mythology arc.

There is a noticeable, almost "symphonic", symmetry to the season (composer Mark Snow's haunting "Scully theme" functioning as "idee fixe") with the mythology arc divided into several well-defined sections: an opening 2-part prelude, massive 5-part mid season "adagio" and grand 2-part finale.

The loss of David Duchovny's full participation actually had the effect of re-focusing THE X FILES. Chris Carter and company were put to the test in coming up with an interesting and (somewhat) cohesive storyline that would work around the practical ( business related ) realities they faced behind the scenes. Though not without missteps, Season 8 succeeded both in revitalizing the dramatic intensity of the myth arc and maintaining the shows inexorable momentum toward a conclusion revealing much of Chris Carter's longstanding underground project.

In Season 8 Gillian Anderson became the lynchpin of THE X FILES, continuing to summon up her considerable skills in service to the show. The casting of Robert Patrick as Agent John Doggett was a stroke of genius; Doggett was written and acted in complete distinction to Mulder. This well-planned strategy allowed the imaginative landscape of THE X FILES to be viewed through the fresh eyes of a new character; in the process, some of the excitement of the show's early years was regained for longtime aficionados.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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Until just recently, all my wife and I had were The X-Files Seasons 1-7 on DVD. We watched 1-6 of these seasons with rapt fascination, enjoying each one it its turn.
Then we watched Season 7 and thought, "Hmmm. Something is different. The episodes are lighter, somewhat goofier, more humorous...but, thankfully, Mulder and Scully seem to be getting closer emotionally."
In other words, even though Season 7 contained a few good episodes, we thought it was the weakest season we had watched to date.
Since I knew David Duchovny's character (Fox Mulder) essentially left the show at the end of Season 7, I didn't have high hopes for Season 8. I read a few Amazon reviews and was expecting Season 8's stories to be just as fluffy, uneven and unsatisfying as those of Season 7. So I held off buying Seasons 8 and 9 until just last week. (I'm a completist and I really *had* to have all 9 seasons, even if they weren't up to par with the first 1-6.)
What a mistake! I shouldn't have waited! Season 8 is amazing!
Season 8's episodes are darker, more intense, and better written than any I've seen in a long time. Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick), whom my wife and I were all set to dislike with a passion -- because he took the place of Fox Mulder, one of TV's most all-time enjoyable characters -- surprised the heck out of us.
Robert Patrick is an excellent actor, and his character has shown a lot of depth, emotion and change over the course of the 15 episodes of Season 8 we've watched so far.
We tend to measure a show's Creativity Quotient by how often our jaws drop and we say, "Wow." Season 8 of The X-Files caused us to do that a lot.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's the problem... December 3, 2003
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I'm not nearly as prolific as some of the reviewers here, but I nonetheless had to add my two cents about this season. I've been an X Files fan since the very first episode aired back in '93. I know there are all sorts of wonderful things people can and have said about the mythology and the science vs. paranormal aspects of the show, but for me, the focus was always the relationship between Mulder and Scully.
Now, when Season 8 came out and 1. Mulder was gone, 2. Scully was pregnant with whose baby? 3. They had essentially replaced Mulder with some street smart cop that was excellently portrayed by Robert Patrick but ultimately superfluous (in my opinion), 4. There was no real acknowledgement of a Mulder/Scully relationship prior to the pregnancy (beyond hints in "All Things", "Requiem", and maybe, if you're reaching, "The Goldberg Variation"), and 5., what had bothered me most about the majority of season 8, was that they KEPT INVESTIGATING REGULAR CASES when they should have been out searching for Mulder, I was more than a little wary.
While plot-wise, I thought the standalone eps were pretty good, the context in which they were presented made them unnecessary and distracting. They would have been great if they had happened in the "regular" show, with Mulder and Scully investigating, but with all this other stuff going on, it just seemed like they kept getting sidetracked from the matter at hand: finding Mulder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of all previous seasons
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Published 6 days ago by Loylee Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF ALL TIME.
My family has netflix, but only two people can watch at a time so now that I have amazon prime I can binge on the x files without anyone bothering me! It's awesome. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Phoebe
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Published 17 days ago by Fawn Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love seeing the old phones and cars
We're doing marathons, 2 to 3 episodes some nights. Story themes still on target. Love seeing the old phones and cars.
Published 22 days ago by Elisabeth Waffenschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Great season of the X-Files with the introduction of Agent John Dogett. Great fun with some great episodes. Well recommended
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Season 8
Adding john Patrick was a good idea as the Xfiles run winds down I think just 9&10 remain.Ive enjoyed re-watching them after ,what 7 or 8 years snice it ended?
Published 1 month ago by Smileyface
5.0 out of 5 stars X-files
So do miss this show. I gave it 5 stars because I think it was one of the best in sci-fi and in government conspiracy story lines.
Published 1 month ago by L. morehead
5.0 out of 5 stars the best show ever
My favorite tv show of all times never gets old, big fan of paranormal phenomena, I wish this show would never have ended.
Published 1 month ago by jose
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!
This season was very mind blowing. It made me think about issues that are going on in the world today.
Published 2 months ago by gayla arendt
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