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Get reacquainted with Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and all the clever plots dealing with the occult, monsters, urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the rest that made this show an uncanny hit.

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.

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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  • 6 Disks in new thinpack packaging

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, Tom Braidwood
  • Directors: Daniel Sackheim, David Nutter, Fred Gerber, Harry Longstreet, Jerrold Freedman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 1089 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,374 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH986
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The X-Files: Season 1" on IMDb

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317 of 350 people found the following review helpful By dangertim on February 15, 2000
Format: DVD
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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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Veyera VINE VOICE on July 5, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"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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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Recurring Dream VINE VOICE on 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2005
Format: DVD
The first season of "The X-Files" had some of their best episodes ("Beyond the Sea", "E.B.E.", "Squeeze", "Tooms, the derivative "Ice")and a fair share of their weakest ("Ghost in the Machine" and "Space") until later seasons as well. Regardless, it's an essential purchase for fans as the mythology is established. What's different about this version vs. the previous release of the same title? Nothing but the packaging.

The transfers are the same as before. This set is packaged in slimline jewel cases vs. the more elaborate packaging for the previous more expensive edition. If you've put off buying the season sets because of cost, this is a good opportunity to get them at a reasonable price. The only part missing to this set is the disc that features all the extras.

All the seasons through the sixth are currently (as of 12/27/05)planned for re-release in the same packaging throughout 2006 as this reissued set. The good news is that Fox isn't changing the cover or the contents so if you've rented the previous seasons (or have a few of them already) you'll be getting the same stuff more or less but for much much less $$.
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Slim Set
There is a special features disc..but not worth the money in my opinion.
Aug 10, 2007 by Christine |  See all 2 posts
New to X-Files. Have a couple of questions... PRIZES!!
Hello. I can answer only one of your episodes' requests for absolutely sure. It is my most favorite episode. It involves a family of inbreds (just like you said) named "Peacock's". The name of the episode is "Home" and it is included in Season 4.
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Sep 7, 2008 by CCW |  See all 6 posts
Yes they do. The DVDs only have English and French audio, but they have English and Spanish subtitles.
May 13, 2008 by HG |  See all 2 posts
cheaper quality?
I haven't seen both versions, but the fact that they would go and re-author the DVDs for the Slim release seems very unlikely to me. Not only that, but that they would do a worse job for no reason? Unlikely. I'm fairly certain its the same exact discs with less expensive packaging and no bonus... Read More
Dec 11, 2006 by D. Hogan |  See all 4 posts
Play-All feature?
No. you have to select each episode from the main menu.
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