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X-Files: I Want to Believe, The (DVD Review)

30 Nov, 2008 By: John Latchem


Street 12/2/08
Box Office $21 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 two-DVD set, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violent and disturbing content and thematic material.
Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Mitch Pileggi.

I wanted to believe that after a wait of six years since the end of the “X-Files” TV show, creator Chris Carter would present a film that wasn’t so mundane. What we did get was basically an extended episode. If that weren’t bad enough, it’s one of those filler episodes presented in between the so-called “mythology” arc that most casual fans tuned in to see.

I Want to Believe is a competently made thriller that styles itself along the lines of Silence of the Lambs while attempting to maintain the unique spirit of the series. This is actually the second “X-Files” movie, with the first coming in 1998 sandwiched between two seasons. But maybe too much time has passed since the end of the show.

There are no aliens, and only a few passing references to events from the series. The primary focus is on the character development of Mulder and Scully.

At least the home video version offers both the theatrical and extended cuts on the same disc, which is always preferable to separate releases. The extended cut adds a few more character moments that fans will want to see, and includes behind-the-scenes photographs during the end credits.

The DVD includes the usual accoutrements for a cultish release, such as deleted scenes and making-of info, the bulk of which is included with the feature-length documentary Trust No One: Can the X-Files Remain a Secret? on the second disc.

For the movie itself, director and series creator Chris Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz offer a pretty thorough commentary that runs the gamut from technical tidbits to neat behind-the-scenes trivia. They seem especially pleased about how they were able to keep the plot a secret prior to the theatrical release, although, judging by the box office results, that doesn’t seem too surprising.

The Blu-ray offers some interactive tidbits, such as a BonusView timeline and the BD Live-enabled “The X-Files Dossier: Agent Dakota Whitney Files,” which lets viewers create their own avatar and take on several cases.

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