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The X-Files - The Complete Ninth Season (2002)

David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , David Duchovny , Chris Carter  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi, Tom Braidwood
  • Directors: David Duchovny, Chris Carter, Cliff Bole, Dwight H. Little, Frank Spotnitz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 886 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBMFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The X-Files - The Complete Ninth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 19 episodes on 7 discs: Nothing Important Happened Today I & II, Daemonicus, 4-D, Lord of the Flies, Trust No 1, John Doe, Hellbound, Provenance, Providence, Audrey Pauly, Underneath, Improbable, Scary Monsters, Jump the Shark, William, Release, Sunshine Days, The Truth
  • Commentary by Chris Carter on "Improbable"
  • Commentary by Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz on "Jump the Shark"
  • Commentary by Kim Manners on "The Truth"
  • 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter, with play-all feature
  • Special effects featurettes
  • "The Truth About Season 9" (30 min.)
  • "The Making of 'The Truth'" (90 min.)
  • Profiles: Monica Reyes, Brad Follmer, Cake Cutting, On Location
  • TV spots and international clips
  • All-new DVD-ROM game: "The Truth"
  • 7 Disks in original collectible packaging

Editorial Reviews

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Though season 9 may not be the best period in a long line of groundbreaking television, it is still worthy of the X-Files name. Knowing this was the last season had many fans prematurely disgruntled, and the expectation for "going out with a bang" was extremely high. Lots of longtime issues came to a head (Scully's single motherhood, new X-files agents at the helm, Agent Skinner is now a believer, Mulder MIA, etc.), and many new issues and plots arose. Learning the facts of his son's death, Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick) seeks out the missing Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) to help him expose the corrupt Deputy Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr.). Knowing that her gifted son William is a target of a religious cult, Scully (Gillian Anderson) enlists the help of the Lone Gunmen for protection. The missing Mulder is finally located. Unfortunately, he is being held in custody by the military on murder charges, which leads to the grand finale: the trial, not for a man guilty of murder, but for a man guilty of seeking the Truth.

The naysayers have plenty of valid complaints (particularly about the "Super Soldiers" segue), and many hated that the Mulder/Scully pairing was gone, but there are a few aspects that are universally positive, and there aren't many complaints about their replacements, Agent Doggett and Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish). In fact, many feel that the show could have easily continued if the show's writing had been better. The final episode was more or less a 90-minute recap of the X-Files phenomenon. After "The Truth" ended, disappointed hardcore fans couldn't help but feel it was a set-up for an upcoming movie, but casual fans should find the episode very helpful in linking together the mythos that entranced and confused viewers for years. It may not be up to par with the first six seasons, but season 9 is still a lot better than most television shows. If you have the nerve to revisit this season, you will be pleasantly surprised. --Rob Bracco

Product Description

Now you can own the entire ninth season of THE X-FILES™. All 19 classic episodes (including the 2-hour series finale) are available for the first time in this exclusive 7-disc collector’s edition. From the revelation about Scully’s baby in "Nothing Important Happened Today" and the mystery surrounding the murder of Agent Doggett’s son in "Release" to Mulder’s final confrontation with those who would deny "The Truth," these Season Nine episodes are a must for every X-Files fan!

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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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Sure, the ninth and final season of The X-Files was its weakest season, but The X-Files at its worst is much better than most TV shows out there today. This season retained excpetionally high production values and looking back, actually had some standout episodes, including the spectacular 2-hour finale that could never satisfactorily wrap up such a long-running series but did have a feel of the classic mythology episodes from the show's glory days.

This season tries to pass the baton to Agents Doggett and Reyes, a partnership that is very solid but would never have the appeal of Mulder and Scully. I think Doggett is a very underrated character. Robert Patrick is truly excellent in the role, he's a great actor and makes the character his own. Scully is present all season but is relegated to an advisory role, only really stepping into the spotlight near the end of the season.

David Duchovny's return for the 2-hour finale isn't handled perfectly, but it's so satisfying to see David and Gillian together on screen that you can all but forgive the fact that he left.

The DVD presentation is simply superb, as we have come to expect from this show. Spread over 7 discs as opposed to the 6-disc sets of recent seasons, this set has fantastic extras. The real gem on this set is the hour long documentary, The Making of The Truth. Ever since the show started I've wanted to see something like this. It takes you into the production meetings, location scouts and then the production itself, and it gives you a real sense of how hard working every member of the crew was and how much they loved working on it. It's an extremely thorough making of, not the usual puff-piece you see on DVDs.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the light shines in the darkness August 22, 2006
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The 9th (and final) season of THE X FILES (2001-02) stands, along with Season 6, as the most consistent of all the years filmed in Los Angeles and exhibits a number of unique qualities.

First and foremost, the loss of David Duchovny's participation created the necessity to play off (as in Season 8) his absence. While the (not insignificant) feeling of contrivance concerning yet another Mulder disappearance was unfortunate, the writers made full creative use of this (business related) circumstance. Specifically, through scripts (mostly "stand alone") that fleshed out new characters (Agents John Doggett & Monica Reyes) and through the mythology arc, in which themes from the previous year (and the series as a whole) were developed.

Secondly, the show regained a sense of equilibrium, its structure a throwback to the Vancouver years, where the (uniformly interesting) "mythology" episodes were aired at specific points: early, mid, and late season. This well-planned strategy mitigated the effect of some of the more routine "stand alone" efforts while moving inexorably towards a conclusion illuminating much of Chris Carter's "underground project".

STAND ALONE EPISODES:

There were several efforts by writers ( relatively ) new to THE X FILES:

An ambitious attempt to marry characterization to storyline appears in two of Steven Meada's scripts: both "4-D" and "Audrey Pauley" share similar sci-fi plots against a backdrop of (implied) romantic affection shared by Agents Doggett and Reyes. "Audrey Pauley" in particular, benefits from excellent writing as well as fine performances from the principles (esp Annabeth Gish) and guests (the actress playing Audrey was previously seen in the 3rd Season masterpiece "Oubliette").
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven 9th season still had diamonds in the rough March 11, 2006
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The 9th season of "The X-Files" was announced as the last and, as such, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and Kim Manners tried to imbue the last season with the top notch writing quality that had been a hallmark of the first 6 seasons. Unfortunately, the series didn't quite live up to its potential during the 9th season. With the fate of Mulder, Scully and their baby still hanging along with too many loose ends from the mythology arc (and a new mythology arc that was begun during season 8)the show had to juggle too many balls with too few hands. Still, the last season had some diamonds in the rough and a strong cast to polish them. The show looks extremely good in this DVD set and the boxed set is a lot smaller than the previous set because of the use of the thinpak holders.

"Underneath", "Scary Monsters" (an interesting variation on the same themes and material as Jerome Bixby's story "It's a Good Life"), "4-D", Sunshine Days" and most of the stand alone episodes are better than many of the mythology arc episodes particularly the finale "The Truth" which crams the previous seasons loose ends into a mishmash that doesn't quite work. "The Truth" in fact feels like it was setting us up for a sequel that has yet to be made (although Carter is reportedly working on a screenplay for a film)particularly since William disappears from the lives of Scully and Mulder for his safety. "Release" is a pivotal episode from this season and provides Robert Patrick with an opportunity to shine as well as Cary Elwes and Annabeth Gish.

Carter and his crew would have done better to play wrap up the season over five or six episodes and dropping some of the weaker episodes in the season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same without Mulder
I love the X-Files and have been re-watching it with my son. This season is still good, but it just isn't the same without Mulder.
Published 3 days ago by Gretchen Messer
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
perfect gift, this was for a fan of the old t v series X Files. and he loved it greatly
Published 18 days ago by Robert S Humphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not the best season even the for being the last, would have loved to see David more on this season
Published 27 days ago by Dinora
1.0 out of 5 stars i didnt buy this!
i didn't buy this so the fact i got this message is proof of fowl play which really isn't cool.
Published 1 month ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars X files deserved better ending
Great dvd, bad season. He show stumbled in its final seasons and was lacking due to the loss of Mulder.
Published 1 month ago by jts
5.0 out of 5 stars Xfiles fan
I was excited to find these on the internet and they came when they where expected and it has been nice being able to watch these episodes all over again
Published 1 month ago by Carrie Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous
It is still good, but not as good as the previous seasons when Mulder was still on the show. It seems like they tried to extend the show but failed after 1 season.
Published 1 month ago by Smyrnian
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Never watched it religiously when it was on network, but caught a few episodes here and there. Just streamed the entire series and it really is an amazing series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Corey Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Top shelf quality, I can zone out to the x files any time I like now. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves the paranormal.
Published 1 month ago by Lucas M Shumpert
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough to follow
9th Season really dropped off with the absence of Duchovney, and the end of the syndicate. It's still entertaining, just pales in comparison to earlier seasons.
Published 1 month ago by Brady M Ketchum
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