Blu-ray Spotlight: The X-Files Collector’s Set

Ralph Potts puts the spotlight on this award winning sci-fi drama TV series that follows the exploits of two agents from vastly different backgrounds that join to solve cases the FBI has labeled X-Files.

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The truth is out there…and now it can be found in its entirety when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment exposes the complete world of “The X-Files” on Blu-ray for the first time – just ahead of the event series premiere Sunday, January 24, 2016. “The X-Files” The Collector’s Set – featuring a slot for the upcoming six-episode event series – releases on December 8, giving fans the chance to own a piece of television history and one of the year’s must-have gift set collections. Fans can also purchase each season individually on Blu-ray on December 8.

Since its inception in 1993, “The X-Files” has remained a worldwide phenomenon, garnering a loyal cult following, 16 Emmys® and five Golden Globes® Awards, including “Best Dramatic TV Series” during its nine-season run.

Now for the first time, all nine exhilarating, groundbreaking seasons of “The X-Files,” along with special features, can be yours to own on Blu-ray! Although they began as reluctant partners, FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Golden Globe®*** winners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) ultimately form a powerful bond as they struggle to unravel deadly conspiracies and solve paranormal mysteries.

“The X-Files” The Collector’s Set features more than 23 hours of content across all nine seasons – perfect for catching up on the series before the new event series airs. Relive all the mythology, conspiracy theories with special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, and commentaries by executive producer Chris Carter (“Millennium,” “Harsh Realm”), R.W. Goodwin, Rob Bowman, Kim Manners, Frank Spotnitz, Robert Patrick and Rod Hardy.

The X-Files: The Collector’s Set comes housed in a large rectangular cardboard keep case that is moderately sturdy and includes a matching slipcover/sleeve. There are placeholders inside that serves a dual purpose. They prevent the nine individual amaray disc cases from moving around inside the oversized box and can be replaced by the upcoming X-Files Event Series (when it is released on home video) which is due to premiere this January on Fox Television.

Release Date: December 8, 2015

The X-Files: The Collector’s Set comes to Blu-ray Disc from 2oth Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

In looking at the series as a whole I found that in general, the video renderings featured consistently resolute images, with appreciable fine detail in close ups and mid-level camera shots. The video had a filmic quality with stable sharpness that provided discernible texture and good dimensional depth. Blacks were rich with appreciable depth that stood out when onscreen with mixed content. Contrast was stable which provided whites and grays with ample detail and good gradational highlights. Color balance appeared spot on which left them natural looking with perhaps the slightest hint of over saturation in blue and red. The show uses lots of dark sequences and its ability to render them with good depth of field is essential. Detail in low lighting and dark area’s was excellent. The show’s roots as a TV production are sometimes noticeable but overall I found the quality here to be complimentary and gratifying.

Video: 88
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The DTS-HD 5.1 channel Master Audio mix used throughout does a nice job rendering the show’s recorded elements. Dialog has discernible intonation, with distinctive clarity and above average room penetration. These are more or less front heavy presentations that makes good use of the left, right and center channel to deliver seamlessly integrated panning sequences. Dynamic range is limited by the dated elements present in the recording but support is appropriate. Sounds and effects emanating from the front channels have discernible presence that extend well into the room. Surround activity isn’t frequent and when applied comes in the form of discernible spatial ambience with some discrete sounds that fill in front to rear directional pans. The LFE channel is similarly used to add impact to bass frequencies associated with the film’s active elements and music score. I thought that the applied sound mixes were well done and a good fit for the series.

Audio: 80
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Bonus Features:

  • Season One
    o Series Intro by Frank Spotnitz
    o Chris Carter Talks About Season 1
    o Deleted Scenes
    o International Clips
    o Deep Throat: Audio Commentary by Chris Carter
    o Erlenmeyer Flask: Audio Commentary by R.W. Goodwin
    o Special Effects Clip From Fallen Angel
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season 1”
  • Season Two
    o Deleted Scenes
    o Chris Carter Talks About Season 2
    o Humbug
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Two”
    o Duane Barry: Audio Commentary by Chris Carter
    o End Games: Audio Commentary by Frank Spotnitz
    o Anasazi: Audio Commentary by R.W. Goodwin
  • Season Three
    o Deleted Scenes (w/optional commentary by Chris Carter)
    o Chris Carter Talks About Season 3
    o International Clips
    o Special Effects with Commentary by Mat Beck
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Three”
    o Threads of Mythology: Abduction
    o Talitha Cuma: Audio Commentary by R.W. Goodwin
  • Season Four
    o Deleted Scenes
    o Extended Scenes
    o Special Effects with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o Deleted Scenes (w/optional commentary by Chris Carter)
    o Tunguska – Interview With Chris Carter
    o Paper Hearts – Interview with Vince Gilligan
    o Memento Mori: Audio Commentary by Rob Bowman
    o Introduction to Memento Mori by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
    o Max: Audio Commentary by Kim Manners
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Four”
  • Season Five
    o International Clips
    o Deleted Scenes (w/optional commentary by Chris Carter)
    o Special Effects with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Five”
    o Threads of Mythology: Black Oil
    o FX Featurette
    o Introduction to The Post-Modern Prometheus by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
    o Patient X: Audio Commentary by Kim Manners
    o The Red and the Black: Audio Commentary by Chris Carter
    o The Post Modern Prometheus: Audio Commentary by Chris Carter
    o The Pine Bluff Variant: Audio Commentary by John Shiban
  • Season Six
    o Special Effects with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o Deleted Scenes (w/optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz)
    o International Clips
    o Two Fathers: Audio Commentary by Kim Manners
    o One Son: Audio Commentary by Frank Spotnitz
    o Triangle: Audio Commentary by Chris Carter
    o Introduction to Milagro by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
    o X-Files Profiles: Cigarette-Smoking Man
    o Featurette on Season Six
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Six”
  • Season Seven
    o Deleted scenes (w/optional commentary by Chris Carter)
    o Special effects sequences with commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o International Clips
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Seven” Behind-the-Scenes featurette
    o X-Files Profiles: A.D. Skinner and Samantha Mulder
    o Closure: Audio Commentary by Kim Manners
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Seven”
  • Season Eight
    o Special Effects by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o International Clips
    o Deleted scenes (w/optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban)
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Eight”
    o Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Chris Carter
    o Threads of Mythology: Colonization
    o X-Files Profiles
    o Within: Commentary by Kim Manners and Robert Patrick
    o Deadalive: Commentary by Frank Spotnitz
    o Vienen: Commentary by Rod Hardy
  • Season Nine
    o Deleted scenes (w/optional commentary by Frank Spotnitz)
    o Special Effects by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
    o International Clips
    o Audio Commentary by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz, Kim Manners
    o Documentary: “The Truth About Season Nine”
    o “The Making of ‘The Truth’”
    o “Secrets of The X-Files”
    o “Tribute to The X-Files”
    o Threads of Mythology: Super Soldiers
    o X-Files Profiles
    o Reflections on the Truth Featurette
    o Wonder Con Panel

The X-Files: The Collector’s Set brings the popular cult TV series’ 9 seasons to Blu-ray for the first time, giving fans the opportunity to own them in a single collection. Additionally each season is available separately on Blu-ray allowing fans the flexibility to pick up their favorite season (s).The X-Files: The Collector’s Set comes to Blu-ray featuring solid high definition audio/video quality mated with a comprehensive supplemental set that fans can spend hours perusing. The X-Files returns to television in a six episode event which debuts January 24, 2016. Be sure to check your local listings. As for this collector’s set, it comes highly recommended for X-File fans.

Here is the trailer for the upcoming X-Files TV Event:

Ralph Potts
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