DVD Review: THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE has been released on DVD and Blue-ray Disc.
I was able to take a look at the DVD and I am sorry to say that The X-Files: I Want to Believe doesn’t live up to expectations.
I was a fan of the show when I was younger, but at some point gave up and never really found out how it all ended. And so I was sort of excited when The X-Files: I Want to Believe came out because I thought it would be a trip down memory lane. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
When I think of all the amazing episodes of The X-Files that we have seen throughout the years (especially with the recently released The X-Files Revelations on DVD), I found The X-Files: I Want to Believe to be no better than an average episode of the series, except that it lasted longer.
The case that Scully and Mulder work on is not that interesting and the reveal is very disappointing. For a show that brought us episodes like “Clyde Bruckmans Final Repose” (featuring Peter Boyle), “Beyond the Sea,” and characters like Eugene Victor Tooms, this movie was very weak.
Another thing that just seemed weird to me is that Mulder and Scully are now a couple. And I have to ask, were they a couple before this movie? Because if they weren’t, then this movie does a really poor job of explaining how that happened.
Overall, I think fans of the show might enjoy it just because they get to see Murlder and Scully one more time, but I personally would have rather kept the memory of the show the way it was.
The special features were more interesting to me. I especially loved the gag reel and the featurettes. So at least if the movie is not that appealing, you still get some fun extra features. You can find more details about the special features below.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny re-team to unravel a bizarre case right out of “The X-Files.” Amidst an eerily deceptive calm, F.B.I. agent Monica Bannan is abducted. Not only does the search for the missing woman ignite sparks between partners Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), it defies the boundaries of science, the supernatural and the terrifying spaces in between!
The new cast includes Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, and Xzibit.
DVD Special Features:
Theatrical Release & Extended Cut
Audio Commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production Featurette
Body Parts: Special Makeup Effects Featurette
Gag Reel: On-Set Antics and Bloopers
“Dying 2 Live” by Xzibit
Deleted Scenes and Still Galleries
Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain a Secret? Documentary
Digital Copy of The X-Files: I Want to Believe for Portable Media Players
Blu-ray Disc Special Features:
Includes all of the standard-def DVD special features, plus the following exclusive elements:
BD-Live web-enabled content
- The X-Files Dossier: Agent Dakota Whitney Files – create your own Special Agent avatar profile to browse through 5 “X-Files” case files on clairvoyance; users can also participate in several online forensic challenges with Agent Drummy
- The X-Files Complete Interactive Timeline – featuring over 80 video clip segments from “The X-Files” archives
- Picture-in-picture commentary with Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz*
In-Movie Features via BD remote direct access*
- Real-time Index (Red Button)
- BonusView Commentary (Green Button)
- Behind The Camera (Blue Button)
- Storyboards and Concept Art (Yellow Button)
Isolated Score track
Enhanced for D-Box Motion Code systems
Digital Copy of the film for portable media players