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The X-Files: Fight the Future

Fox Home Entertainment's most recent release of The X-Files: Fight the Future is the second version of this DVD. Fox originally came out with a disc, now discontinued, in May of 1999, but without the anamorphic transfer found on this new edition. Released in January 2001 as part of a general re-release of several Fox titles, this single-sided, dual-layered disc (SS-DL) disc comes with both Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks, and a sampling of the DTS track unveils it as a significantly richer than the Dolby variant. The video transfer (anamorpic 2.35:1) is also excellent — flawless, and with beautiful colors and deep blacks. Supplements include an audio commentary from producer Chris Carter and director Rob Bowman; Carter is informative, and dominates the chat, explaining some of the X-Files mythology and the differences between making episodes of the series, which cost $2 million each, and the movie. There's also "The Making of The X-Files Movie: Fight the Future," a promotional featurette hosted by Mitch Pileggi, who plays FBI Deputy Director Skinner. The box from Fox advertises deleted scenes, but they couldn't be found on the disc this reviewer surveyed. However, there are three very effective theatrical trailers, a THX OPTMODE digital test program, and an eight-page production booklet. The animated menus come with 18 chapter scene selection. Keep-case.
—D.K. Holm

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