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The X-Files Mythology, Vol. 1 - Abduction
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With sixteen episodes spread over the set, the image quality is exceptionally good throughout. It appears as if these are the same transfers that Fox used for the entire series when it first brought them out on DVD. While they've been tweaked a bit here and there they do also suffer many of the same flaws including halos, edge enhancement and other digital issues. The 2.0 soundtrack is crisp and clear with nice reproduction of the dialog and the music by Mark Snow.
In the new 30 minute documentary Carter comments on how Gillian Anderson's real-life pregnancy impacted the storytelling arc of the series. Suddenly, Carter and his crew had to create a series of episodes built around her abduction and her unavailability for shooting.Read more ›
These are great episodes. As I read through the listing on Fox's website I can see one classic after another. They take you through the early phases of the "Mythology arc" that ran through the series. You get a good initiation to key characters (Smoking Man, Krychek, Lone Gunmen) and a deep emersion into the paranoia that fueled The X-Files experience.
Because the Mythology episodes were scattered amongst the "Monster of the Week" episodes, it could be hard to follow the story chain; obviously this approach addresses that challenge. However, let me warn those not familiar with this show: Those expecting all things to be made clear and flow logically will be disappointed. This is The X-Files - Trust No Storyline.
Another strong point: The price is right, especially when compared to the complete seasons (on an episode basis, you get 16 episodes for about $30; compare that to a single season of 19-22 episodes for about $80. True, you don't appear to get the same number of extras, but still a clear price-friendly product.
So what's not to like? Well, if you're like me and already have all of the complete seasons you want (1-6), then there isn't a good reason to spend $30 on this. I don't collect for resale, and I already have all of these episodes.
Also, The X-Files was about more than just the Mythology. Personally, I loved the writing, odd sense of humor, and Mulder/Scully chemistry. You miss a lot of great stuff when you miss the other episodes. If you loved the series and can afford them, buy the complete seasons (though I only recommend seasons 1-6).
So, if you caught the show once and a while and wished you had followed the entire Mythology arc, this looks like a great deal, and I'm rating this high for you. Otherwise, I can't see the value of it, besides putting some more money in Fox's pockets.
RE: THE X FILE MYTHOLOGY, VOL 1-4 ("Abduction"; "Black Oil"; "Colonization"; "Super Soldier"):
Recommendations, divided into 4 categories of prospective buyers, are as follows:
True fanatics or obsessive collectors will, irrespective of whether they own all 9 complete seasons, want to add these 4 volumes to their shelves. That there exists only a small amount of new material ( in terms of extras: audio commentary + documentary ) is really irrelevant to those who fall into this category. 5 STARS in terms of its appeal for this group of people.
2) "REGULAR" FANS:
"X-Philes" who exist on a lesser ( if saner ) plane of dedication may want to consider whether, possessing some ( if not, perhaps, all ) of the complete DVD sets, these repackaged sets actually add to their enjoyment. It seems indisputable that THE X FILES will never be understood on an aesthetic level by solely watching the myth arc episodes; therefore, it begs the question of why one would purchase the "complete" myth arc when it's possible to go the way the series did when it originally aired- i.e., by alternating between mythology and stand alone episodes. 2 STARS in terms of its appeal for this group of people.Read more ›
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Pretty close to the First Season of X-Files. Thought it would be different. I think it is just certain episodes in this one.Published 9 months ago by LUVSERIES69
Created by Chris Carter and James Wong, The X-Files drew a massive fan base worldwide and become a cult phenomenon, during the Clinton Administration, that earned the series 6 Emmy... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hwang
This a a very well handled compilation. Of course, I would have included a few others as well, but, that is my way... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Charles JR Moss
The whole series is awesome, and these early mythology episodes really flesh out Mulder's motivations and the gradual shift of Scully's skepticism.Published on March 11, 2014 by Average Joe
This is not what I expected. I though it was going to be a background story of the main story but this is just the episodes of the main story through a few seasons. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Lenny Gomez
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