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

David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , Robert Mandel  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (938 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003RQND
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The X-Files - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 7 Disks in original collectible packaging
  • Contains All 23 first season episodes plus! the pilot
  • Interviews with Chris Carter about 12 of his favorite episodes: Pilot, Deep Throat, Squeeze, Conduit, Ice, Fallen Angel, Eve, Beyond The Sea, E.B.E, Darkness Falls, Tooms and The Erlenmeyer Flask
  • Paranormal and Alien Abduction Trivia and Weblinks
  • Cross Reference of 24 Previews
  • An all new 11-minute "Truth About Season One" documentary
  • 47 promotional television spots
  • DVD-ROM Games
  • 11 "Behind-the-Truth" segments from F/X

Editorial Reviews

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 humor 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 skepticism with which Scully first regards her new partner's ideas. But just as she comes to realize 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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(2000) David Duchovny; Leon Russom

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309 of 342 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way TV should be released on DVD February 15, 2000
Remember back when The X-Files was still fairly easy to understand?
Relive those magic (and sometimes goofy) moments with this new box set. Sure, half of it has already been released on VHS - but this set includes some gems that the first couple waves of home video ignored.
Remember the eternally creepy "Young At Heart", or a few unintenionally silly episodes like "Space" or "Ghost in the Machine"? Or Nicholas Lea's first X-Files appearance (although not as Krycek)? How about "Roland" or "Born Again", which represent some of the finest moments from the first season? They're all here, alongside other popular episodes like "The Erlenmeyer Flask", "Deep Throat", "E.B.E.", "Darkness Falls" and "Ice" (which is essentially a remake of John Carpenter's The Thing - but the X-Files does it better)!
For the first time in the U.S., you can finally buy a TV program season by season. And plus - these discs give you trailers, interviews and even some cool DVD-ROM content.
If only Paramount would do their Star Trek discs this way!
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally--A Collection Well-Suited for DVD! July 5, 2000
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"The X-Files" is an excellent fit for DVD---beautifully shot, a mythology deep enough to keep teenagers buying background material, and a rabid fan following noted for their penchant to purchase anything "X".
Having collected several of the collector's sets on VHS, like many I was frustrated by the lack of completeness in each release, with a season represented by only 25% of its episodes. While this is acceptable for the casual fans, it proved exruciating for the true X-phile, as invariably favorite episodes were left out of the mix.
This situation has been rectified with the release of the entire first season of the show on DVD in a seven-disc collection. It is now possible to watch each episode commercial-free and in sequence in a digital-quality medium. In addition, an extras disc has been added (details are listed above), including a DVD-ROM computer game.
Having completed my viewing of the entire 1st set, several observations came to mind: - The "X-Files", almost unique in episodic television, hit the airwaves fully-formed. There is precious little difference in tone or execution between the pilot and subsequent episodes. - Whereas some of the 3rd and 4th season episodes saw a noticeable decline in quality (due to the loss of key writers and Chris Carter's focus elsewhere), the 1st season episodes are generally superbly-written.
Unfortunately, my cut of this collection did suffer from noticeable editing problems. Nothing major, typically just a couple of misaligned frames at chapter cuts, but let's face it--for this kind of money, it should be flawless.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this collection.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 classic episodes in a superb set! July 17, 2000
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There's something special about having a box set tucked away in your DVD collection. It's nice knowing you have every episode available to watch at any time. This set is simply superb. The entire first series of the X-Files is spread across seven discs with a host of extras and even a couple of DVD-ROM games for your computer. Season One of the X-Files was probably the best; it was a hundred times more fresh and original than some of the trite that has been doled out in the past seasons, notable six and seven. Every x-phile has a soft spot for Season One. It's hard to believe it is seven years old now. These episodes were made before David Duchovny could afford acting lessons and before the series' success forced them to dumb down the storylines for the general viewer. If you're a serious x-phile then you'll already own this set, but for the curious newcomer who missed out and wants to know what all the fuss is about (where have you been?) then this is by far the best place to start. There is no doubt whatsoever that the X-Files revolutionised the way TV looks and feels. This set is a fantastic way to own 18 hours of the best television ever made. See what it was like before everyone involved succumbed to the swinish flu of commerce. Don't even think about complaining about the price; seven DVDs for that price is an absolute bargain. You could never get a whole season on VHS for that price. Picture and sound quality in this set are excellent - for those people who have complained about it, remember that it was filmed seven years ago on a modest budget so the picture is never going to be truly crystal clear but it's the best you will ever see it. So, take the plunge and buy it. Completists beware though, you'll have to save up for the 7 subsequent box sets like me! It's worth every cent.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, they don't make 'em like they used to. January 26, 2001
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I have been a fan of The X-Files ever since the third season. What drew me to the show was the cool, creepy environments that Mulder and Scully kept finding themselves in, the gruesome special effects work, and the incredible production values (the writing and camera work are both top-notch.) However, I had completely missed the first two years of the show. Sure, Fox had released some episodes on VHS, but not even half of a season was available. When I got a DVD player, this was the first thing I bought. It is quite expensive, but do the math: an average DVD costs twenty bucks, and usually has at least 2 and a half hours of stuff. This set contains SEVEN discs, with four episodes per disc at 45 minutes each. That's 3 hours per disc, and less than 20 dollars each. Plus, the seventh disc has a ton of cool extra stuff, like all of the TV spots for each episode, plus the deleted Teletubby scene from "Fallen Angel." Bottom line: if you like this show, you need this set. It's just that simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grounds for maritial...togetherness! (Can't spell marry-til!)
You can't go wrong here! My kids are loving what I loved and it's so wonderful to see them engaged with Mulder and Scully. Tru;y classic television. Even got the Hubby addicted. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by KLVrabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
Love the show, and season 1 is one of the best!
Published 11 hours ago by J. Snipes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the series
One of the best seasons. Excellent character development and great foundational storyline to build upon. But what can I say I really loved the entire series.
Published 14 hours ago by Mathew Threadgill
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite season
Another great season. I like this one the best. It's new, unpredictable, and very well done. The acting is first class. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ralph Melone
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows in my opinion
I never know really how to review my favorite shows. There's some seasons I like better then others and so on but with the X-Files I think there was only one season I didn't care... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some good, some not.
Published 7 days ago by Cathy Vowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Great series. I forgot just how good it was until I watched it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful acting and story
Even after 20 years this show holds up. Wonderful acting and story telling
Published 9 days ago by Simon McGlone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like the actors and it's quite interesting.
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