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The X-Files Finally Coming to Blu-Ray

After years of rumours, leaks and speculation, genre-defining science fiction series The X-Files is receiving a release on Blu-ray disc later this year. The series, which began in 1993, ran for nine seasons and 202 episodes and also spawned two feature films. All nine seasons will be available on December 8th this year, both as separate releases and in a deluxe boxed set which also features an empty space for the continuation miniseries set to screen on Fox in January 2016.

The X-Files follows the exploits of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny, Californication, Acquarius) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, Hannibal, The Fall), who are assigned to investigate paranormal events and weird occurrences known as X-Files. As the series continued, the show built a complex mythology for itself surrounding alien invasion, cloning and super soldiers that was ultimately left unresolved. The story will be continued (and concluded?) in the six episode miniseries set to premiere on Sunday, January 24, 2016 on the Fox network.

The series received critical acclaim throughout it’s run, earning 62 Emmy nominations of which it won 16, and launching a series of novels, comics, video games and a short-lived spin off in The Lone Gunmen. The X-Files influence on television science fiction, horror and both procedural and serialised storytelling cannot be overstated. It’s influence can be detected in everything from Fringe, to The Blacklist, to Sleepy Hollow. It revolutionised the idea of long-form storytelling on television, debuting in a time where virtually every programme had a story that was resolved at the end of every episode and pretty much introducing the idea of telling a single story over multiple seasons to network television.

The Blu-ray set will be presented in 1:78:1 widescreen, introducing new footage into the earlier seasons which were presented in the time of 4:3 standard definition television broadcasts. The set will also include more than twenty hours of special features according to a Fox issued press release, including

Season One

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter and by R.W. Goodwin
  • Series Introduction by Frank Spotnitz
  • Intro to Pilot by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • Intro to Beyond the Sea by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • Special Effects Sequence
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season One
  • FX: Behind the Truth
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chris Carter Talks About Season One
  • International Clips
  • TV Spots

Season Two

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter and by R.W. Goodwin
  • Behind-the-Scenes Clips
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Two
  • FX: Behind the Truth
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chris Carter Talks About Season Two
  • Introduction to The Host by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • TV Spots

Season Three

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Rob Bowman, Darin Morgan and by R.W. Goodwin
  • Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Mat Beck
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Three
  • Threads of Mythology: Abduction
  • FX: Behind the Truth
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chris Carter Talks About Season Three
  • Introduction to Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • TV Spots

Season Four

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Rob Bowman and Vince Gilligan
  • Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Four
  • FX: Behind the Truth
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Introduction to Momento Mori by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • TV Spots
  • Interviews on Select Episodes
  • Alternative Audio for Home Teaser

Season Five

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners and John Shiban
  • Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Five
  • FX: Behind the Truth
  • Inside The X-Files
  • FX Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Introduction to The Post-Modern Prometheus by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • Introduction to Bad Blood by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • Threads of Mythology: Black Oil
  • TV Spots

Season Six

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners and Frank Spotnitz
  • Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Six
  • X-Files Profile: Cigarette-Smoking Man
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Introduction to Milagro by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
  • TV Spots

Season Seven

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Chris Carter, Kim Manners, Gillian Anderson and Vince Gilligan
  • Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Seven
  • X-Files Profiles: A.D. Skinner and Samantha Mulder
  • Deleted Scenes
  • TV Spots

Season Eight

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Kim Manners, Robert Patrick, Frank Spotnitz and Rod Hardy
  • Special Effects Sequences by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International Clips
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Eight
  • Threads of Mythology: Colonization
  • X-Files Profiles: Gibson Praise, John Doggett and Alex Krycek
  • Deleted Scenes
  • TV Spots

Season Nine

  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes by Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban, Chris Carter, Kim Manners and Vince Gilligan
  • Special Effects Sequences by Mat Beck with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • The Making of The Truth
  • Reflections on The Truth Featurette
  • International Clips
  • 2008 WonderCon Panel
  • Documentary: The Truth About Season Nine
  • Deleted Scenes
  • TV Spots
  • Secrets of The X-Files
  • More Secrets of The X-Files
  • Tribute to The X-Files
  • Threads of Mythology: Super Soldiers
  • X-Files Profiles”

It is currently unclear whether the set will feature the 1998 film The X-Files: Fight the Future or the 2008 film The X-Files: I Want to Believe in North America, but a press release issued by the Australian branch of Fox Entertainment confirms that the movies will be included in the Australian release, so it’d be a tad bizarre if they weren’t on the worldwide ones. Both titles were previously available on Blu-ray. The complete collector’s set has a recommended retail price of US $299 with no currently confirmed price on the releases for individual seasons, but expect that number to drop when retailers actually start selling them. Very few outlets sell DVDs and Blu-rays at recommended retail value.

About Lawson Kiehne

Lawson Kiehne
Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.