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The X-Files: Season 7 (Collector's Edition)

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Now you can own the entire seventh season of THE X-FILES™. ALL 22 classic episodes from David Duchovny's last full season as Agent Fox Muler are available for the first time in this exclusive 6-disc collector's edition. From Scully discovering the alien spacecraft in "The Sixth Extinction" and Mulder finally learning the truth about his sister in "Closure," to Mulder's own disappearance and Scully's miraculous pregnancy in "Requiem," these Season Seven episodes are a must for every X-Files fan!

With the original conspiracy plot arc having fallen into a muddle of loose ends, once-hungry lead actors on the verge of big-screen careers and making demands for more time off or shots at writing and directing, and the initial wish list of monsters-of-the-week long exhausted, it's a miracle that by its seventh season The X-Files was still making its airdates, let alone managing something pretty good every other show and something outstanding at least once every four episodes. The season opens with a dreary two-parter ("Sixth Extinction" and "Amor Fati") and winds up with the traditional incomprehensible cliffhanger ("Requiem"), but along the way includes a clutch of episodes that may not match the originality of earlier seasons but still effortlessly equal any other fantasy-horror sci-fi on television.

The highlights: "Hungry," a brain-eating mutant story told from the point of view of a monster who tries to control his appetite by going to eating disorder self-help groups; "The Goldberg Variation," a crime comedy about a weasely little man who has the gift of incredible good luck, which means Wile E. Coyote-style doom for anyone who crosses him; "The Amazing Maleeni," guest-starring Ricky Jay in a rare nonfantastic crime story about a feud between stage magicians that turns out to be a cover for a heist; "X-Cops," a brilliant skit on the TV docusoap Cops with Mulder and Scully caught on camera as they track an apparent werewolf in Los Angeles (season-best acting from David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson); "Theef," a complex revenge drama with gaunt Billy Drago as a hillbilly medicine man stalking a slick doctor; "Brand X," a horror-comic tale of corruption in the tobacco industry; "Hollywood AD" (written and directed by Duchovny), in which Tea Leoni (Duchovny's wife) and Garry Shandling are cast as Scully and Mulder in a crass movie version of a real-life X-file; and "Je Souhaite," a deadpan comedy about a wry, cynical genie at the mercy of trailer-trash masters who haven't an idea what to wish for. --Kim Newman

Special Features

  • 30-minute documentary: "The Truth About Season 7"
  • 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chris Carter
  • 13 special effects featurettes with commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • 44 promotional TV spots
  • 17 international language clips
  • All-new DVD-ROM game "Maitreya 2.0"
  • PlayStation 2 game preview
  • 6 Disks in original collectible packaging

Product Details

  • Actors: X-Files, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
  • Directors: Chris Carter
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, 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
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089RT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The X-Files: Season 7 (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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The new slimpack releases of Seasons 7 through 9-which are essentially the original sets with the extras disc removed as well as many other special features-will complete the entire rerelease of all the X-FILES in affordable editions. I've been disappointed to find many of the special features missing in the first six volumes, but given that I couldn't afford the original editions, I'm all in all delighted to finally own my own copies, instead of relying on video stores and Netflix.

Season Seven is, on the one hand, unquestionably the weakest of the first seven that featured David Duchovny fulltime, and perhaps even weaker than Season Eight when Duchovny was only a part time member of the cast. On the other hand, the series still had more outstanding episodes than the vast majority of shows in TV history. So, my five-star rating reflects the show compared with other series, not with other seasons in its own run. In my opinion, the only season weaker than this one is the unfortunate Season Nine, with the near complete loss of David Duchovny and the weak overall story line.

Why did Season Seven fail to measure up to other X-Files seasons? First, there was the loss of the overall alien colonization story line. The season starts with a carry over of the final episode of Season Six, that seems to be reasserting an alien arc, but in fact this is a false promise, and the story told in that brief arc more or less disappears from the show. The problem, in fact, the show had in its final three seasons was the lack of a consistent and compelling story arc. There are efforts at story arcs, but the "super soldiers" arc that becomes full blown in Season Nine was riffled with inconsistencies, and was definitely not compelling.
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After watching the special features I found it hard to believe that the shows creator, Chris Carter wasn't sure whether or not there would be an eighth season. This lead Chris Carter and gang to come to some conclusions and closure of certain plot lines within the series. Chief among those is Mulder's quest to find his sister is finally brought to closure after six and half seasons of innuendo and unanswered questions leading to additional questions.
The "mythology" episodes had to take a somewhat different direction during the seventh season due to the syndicate being decimated in the sixth season, leaving only the CSM, Krycek, Diana Fowley and Marita Covarrubias and they seemed to be looking for a new direction during their episodes. The seventh season principally consists of going back to the thrilling standing alone episodes that did one of two things, provide a good scare with astonishing imagery not normally seen on television or they combined that with some brilliant humor.
The mythology episodes:
The Sixth Extinction & The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati - Continuing on from the outstanding sixth season cliffhanger, Biogenesis, these two episodes usher in the seventh season brilliantly. Fox is bed stricken, infected with an alien virus that has his mind working triple time; Scully is in Africa trying to come up with clues as to how to save her partner and AD Skinner is doing his best to help both Mulder and Scully while dealing with Agent Diana Fowley and Krycek. These two episodes also contain some of the best imagery of the entire series.
Sein Und Zeit - This exceptional and extremely emotional episode is part mythology as it leads into the follow on episode, Closure.
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The 7th season of "The X-Files" found the stand alone episodes as the stand out episodes as well. The best episodes did what the series always did best. "Hungry" told the story of a creature that sucks out brains to live and regrets every minute of it. It's a compelling episode because for the first time we see the point of view of the monster. "The Goldberg Variation" about a guy with all the luck in the world and disaster for anyone who messes with him. "X-Cops" plays as a witty parody of the Fox TV show "Cops". Shot in the same style as "Cops" it perfectly captures both the absurdity and sense of danger in that show. Although "Hollywood AD" written and directed by David Duchovny has its moments it just doesn't gel for me personally but does have fine performances. Garry Shandling and Mrs. Duchovny Tea Leoni are cast as Mulder and Scully in a movie version of one of their cases. It's a clever parody of why so many Hollywood projects that look so promising go bad.

"The Sixth Extinction" and "Amor Fati" have a compelling stories at their core but are overcome by some hamfisted writing by Chris Carter. Still, the show is visually impressive and features some strong performances. In this particular episode Scully goes to an excavation site along the African coast to uncover the meaning of strange markings on an alien spaceshift buried under the beach in order to save Mulder. He has been infected by an alien virus triggered by the rubbings from the craft's exterior that is burning out his brain by increasing synaptic activity at breathtaking speed.

"Sein Und Zeit" and "Closure" are more successful episodes. The first episode deals with the disappearence of a girl with an odd note left behind apparently by her own mother.
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Special features?
The slim sets are missing the seventh disc that was originally in the collectors edition of the X-Files. This disc contained deleted scenes, interviews, trivia and often a game of some sort. Most of this content is not available with the slim sets.
Mar 24, 2009 by JD |  See all 2 posts
Which X-Files season has the episode that was such a scandel to be aired...
Season 4- Episode 2: Home.

Disturbing shiz!!
Aug 23, 2010 by Matt B. |  See all 3 posts
Are there subtitles at all, as there were in the first 5 seasons? Does anyone know? I watch these DVDs while on a treadmill and I can't hear the dialog very well.....
Feb 21, 2013 by L. M. Teel |  See all 2 posts
Hell no
I felt the mythology episodes where very well done. 'Closure', in particular, stands as one of the finest episodes I've seen. The problem with this season is everything else. The 'stand alones' are atrocious.

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