Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The X-Files Movie 2-Pack |
I Want to Believe / Fight the Future
Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Rating: PG13 Release Date: 2-DEC-2008 Media Type: Blu-Ray
Excellent twofer of the first X-Files movie with new extras,
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 12/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A really nice boxed set of the two "X-Files" movie, "The X Files: Fight the Future" looks terrific in its first Blu-ray transfer. "Fight the Future" looks nearly as good as the more recent "I Want to Believe".
"Fight the Future" info:
Fox has upgraded this for Blu-ray with new extras including a new featurette and a new PIP commentary by Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Daniel Sackheim and Director Rob Bowman. We also get the gag reel and everything that I can recall from the original DVD. The extras are high def as well. We get both the theatrical cut and unrated DVD version BOTH remastered for high def. There is no Digital Copy for the film included.
The plot (SPOILERS): Set between the fifth and sixth season of the TV series, the X files has been closed down. Mulder and Scully have been reassigned. They work a terrorist threat in Texas. When Mulder follows a hunch he discovers the bomb and it's in a DIFFERENT building than they've been canvasing. More importantly, a doctor (Martin Landau)informs Mulder that there were a little boy and a fireman that rescued the boy that was infected with a pathogen in the bombed building. They were already DEAD when the bomb went off and clearly the bombing was designed to cover this up.
"Fight the Future" is a strong movie and a key "episode" of the mythology arc but can stand on its own as well. Rob Bowman opens up the show making it appropriate for the big screen with a often visually dazzling movie with top notch visual effects.
"I Want To Believe"
Includes featurettes on the film, a PIP commentary track with Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz as well as a full blown documentary on the making of the film.
The Plot: (SPOILERS) Mulder comes out of hiding and Scully out of "retirement" to help find a kidnapped FBI agent. Because of their experience with the X-files, they are called int to verify if a disgraced pedophile priest (Billy Connolly in an excellent performance)is, indeed, psychic as he claims to know that the FBI agent is alive and he's having visions related to the case.
I had mixed feelings about the film--it's a good one which reminds me of some of the non-mythology episodes that would be squeezed in between those key episodes. It plays like a smaller, more intimate movie so don't come expecting "Fight the Future" and you won't be disappointed. The story is a bit muddled at times and is a bit slow paced but has its rewards.
The film, regardless of how you feel about it, looks excellent with a crisp image that isn't digitally overprocessed. The extras are excellent with a PIP commentary from Carter and Spotnitz, a full length documentary on the making of the film. We also get a gag reel. It doesn't say it on the box but you DO get a Digital Copy of the film here as well for "I Want to Believe".
Fox did an excellent job pulling the original extras and adding some nice new ones as part of the new package. Highly recommended although it MIGHT be more cost effective to buy this as the two Blu-ray set."
Digital Copy included with "I Want To Believe"
ZarkSeven | St. Louis, MO USA | 12/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't see it mentioned anywhere, but the 2nd movie "The X-Files: I Want To Believe" comes with the Digital Copy disc and code, just like the stand alone version. The stand-alone version of the 2nd movie on Blu-ray is promoted with the Digital Copy included, but the 2-pack description doesn't mention it."
Blu-Ray gives it a great picture, but can't help "I Want to
J. Loscheider | Midwest | 03/05/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a massive X-files fan. I got rid of my well-worn VCR episodes only when they came out on DVD. So this 2-disc set was a true and well-received gift from my lovely wife.
The most relevant point here is the blu-ray presentation: Chris Carter indulges a thrill for the cinematic in his shots of Vancouver posing as the beltway in the depts of winter in "I Want to Believe". The scenery is gorgeous and leery, although with the dark ambiance of much of the action, the movie does not always take full advantage of the blu-ray capabilities (who needs 1080p in a nearly dark building?).
Now for the movie reviews: "Fight the Future" was a very necessary link that advanced well the story, and indispensible for a fan of the series who followed the mythos behind alien colonization, human conspirators, and an interstellar war. For someone who isn't a fan, it's a bit off kilter, but still a well-told and tightly written plot with lots of suspense. That's movie 1 on disc 1.
Going to movie 2 on disc 2 is a bit of a shock, then. It's supposed to have been 6 years since the end of the TV series, but Mulder and Scully have aged a good decade since "Fight the Future", and so has Chris Carter's writing skills. The screenplay is honestly fairly lousy. Mulder and Scully share a good deal of chemistry (complete with Mulderisms) but the events in the movie are improbable even by X-files standards. Not that improbability makes a bad story (indeed, Carter's brilliant work in the series was getting his writers' improbable elements to make good stories), but there's no effort to explain the why's behind the little hill-country house of horrors that forms the impetus for the movie. Call it Russian science if you need an oxymoronic title, but really there are a lot of WTF moments here.
But if you're going to buy "Fight the Future" on blu-ray, might as well buy the second disc as well."
Rated "X" for my files
J.J.A. | Moorpark, CA USA | 02/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of the television series, I had great expectations for the big screen versions. Although I'll admit I enjoyed the first feature a little better. The second one deviated too far from the truth (so to speak); it was like "Silence of the Lambs" meets one of the "Saw" movies. No aleination, what so ever. They should've kept Scully's and Mulder's "distant" attraction for each other in tact, and not put them in bed together!"