The X-Files: The Complete Season 8 [Blu-ray] [6 Discs]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (99 out of 106)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary on select episodes by Kim Manners, Robert Patrick, Frank Spotnitz and Rod Hardy
  • Special effects sequences by Mat Beck wiht commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • International clips
  • Documentary: the truth about season 8
  • Threads of mythologhy: colonization
  • X-Files profiles: Gibson Praise, John Doggett and Alex Krycek
  • Deleted scenes
  • Television spots

Cast & Crew


  • David Duchovny - Fox Mulder
  • Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully
  • Mitch Pileggi - Walter Skinner
  • Robert Patrick - John Doggett
  • Annabeth Gish - Monica Reyes




Overall customer rating

4.6
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the best, but definitely not the worst!

    Posted
    lucidhysteria

    [MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS] First of all, let me say that I think season 8 is too often automatically dismissed by fans simply because of Mulder not being around so much, and believe me, no one's a bigger Mulder fan than myself, but to be honest, season 7 was stale, and at this point in the show, I would agree with Duchovny's attitude at the time, that there really wasn't much left for the characters to do. All of their major story arcs had been more or less resolved, and while 7 had its highlights, the "magic" was, in a tangible sense, gone. That being said, what better way to totally shake up your show than to have one of the two main characters gone for half of the season?! Even those who ended up hating the result were probably there every week wanting to find out what was going to happen - I know that's the sense I had, and that's one of the best things season 8 has going for it; it broke the mold and took some risks, and I think this alone made it MUCH more interesting than the bulk of the season before it. It starts off, in my opinion, the best way it possibly could - those personal scenes with Scully coming to grips with what has happened while that haunting season 8 music says more about her situation than any dialogue could have. The introduction of John Doggett and the gradual progression of their relationship was expertly done, I thought, and he was the best thing that could have happened to the show, under the circumstances. Robert Patrick's top-notch acting aside, Doggett's character - while a challenge to Scully in their paranormal investigations - almost immediately became one of the pillars propping Scully up during this dark time, a loyal protector when she needed it most in a way that Mulder never really was (his curious wrecklessness put her in harm's way more often than not). It was a very cordial relationship, to be sure (instead of the "Mulder" and "Scully" personal casualness she shared with her old partner, John Doggett was always "Agent Doggett" to Scully, and she was "Agent Scully" to him - there was a clear respect for each other on a deep level (even despite serious differences regarding the work), but they kept their relationship professional and platonic at all times). Gillian Anderson also does a great job, as usual, evolving Scully's character and taking the viewer along on this bizarre journey. Even so, the stories themselves are somewhat hit and miss. I tend to think they "hit" more than they missed in this season (highlights include "Within," "Without," "Patience," "The Gift," "Three Words," and "Essence"/"Existence," which probably should have been the series finale - oh, and the worst of the bunch would have to be "Surekill" and "Salvage"; the rest are somewhere in the middle). But what's strange is that, to me, the writers were doing a much better job in the earlier part of the season, before Mulder returns. As soon as he's back - when we should be cheering contentedly - I find that I cannot help but feel this is not the Mulder we know and love, that even though there are some good bits here and there (the season finale, while I have gripes about parts of the plot, is pretty much the last feeling of "classic X-Files mytharc episode fun" you're going to get for the series, what with all the late nights and parking garages) the soul of the show really is gone, at this point (this is the same problem I have with Scully in season 9 - she's just not herself. She becomes bland and lifeless much of the time, but then, that's pretty much the vibe of the whole ninth season). There's a lot more to talk about (Kersh is back! The only season without Smoking Man, what the heck is the deal with the baby? Why is Reyes so annoying?), but I'll leave the rest up to the viewer. Overall, I recommend this as, if nothing else, a fascinating case study on how a show can try to adapt when the basic formula for its success is drastically altered. You'll see some laudable achievements as well as some staggering examples of lackluster lethargy, but overall, I think this season deserves a lot more credit than it receives. For the most part, it managed to retain that elusive "X-Files" quality that made the show so great, and it as a whole, it's a lot more fun than a show in this tricky situation should be!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome.

    Posted
    Lexa

    Mulder's abducted, but he's still in a pretty decent amount of episodes. Doggett is unlikable at first, so it's a delight to cheer Scully on as she throws her water at him. But, criminey - he does grow on you. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that he's not half as bad as you thought he'd be. He's no replacement for Mulder, but still an awesome character. Scully's pregnant in this season, but that doesn't mean she's taking a backseat. She still kicks butt. Usually pregnancies are the worst thing to happen to a series, but I think the X-Files handled it well. I just didn't like the whole alien baby bit. It seems like it led nowhere in the end. Some familiar characters return, such as Gibson Praise, Jeremiah Smith, the alien bounty hunter, and Krychek. Who will survive...? However, CSM is still missing from this season. "Badlaa" is a seriously creepy episode, where an Indian mystic with amputated legs stalks his victims as he wheels himself on a board with this skin-crawling squeak. That bathroom scene spooked me. There's also an episode that reminds me of "Jeepers Creepers." Scary monsters this season are demon possession, gigantic reptiles, bat boy, alien babies, and Super Soldiers.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    colour transfer seems to be off

    Posted
    darthslater
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    first off I have owed all 9 seasons of the x-files on dvd and have binged watched them here or there over the years , but when I found out that they were coming out on blue ray, I got re-excited ! I have binge watched the seasons as I have bought them so heres my breakdown of season 8 great season with the trasition from the original cast to the new cast , however some episodes are very dark almost like the transfer was off, I wonder if there will be a replacement or recall on this season? other than that sound is good but terrible dark muddled picture quality, hold off on buying this season and check to see if a recall

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    conspiracy theory abound

    Posted
    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    In a world of cookie cutter entertainments, The X-Files was largely sui generis and continues to be one of the more distinctive entries in series television of the past couple of decades. Fans are already jonesin' for the reboot, but will at least have this massive new set to keep them knee high (or higher) in conspiracy theory until the new version begins airing in 2016. While some fans are understandably upset about the absence of the original aspect ratios for the first few seasons and/or the kind of weird decision to replace the show's iconic fonts, when taking this release as a whole, The X-Files season 8 blu comes Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Series, DVD's are good with one complain

    Posted
    DonnyDarko
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    If you are reading this review then you are an X Files fan. This is hands down one of the best science fiction series out there, I was sad when the series ended. I purchased all 9 seasons on DVD and very happy with the series on DVD with one complaint, the inability to watch each show consecutively. Currently, when an episode ends, I have to select the next one and click play, I don’t know what they were thinking when they created these DVD’s but they are all like this. I want to be able to click play and watch the all episodes on the DVD without being prompted click play just to watch the next episode.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FOX Season 8 Disc Replacement Program

    Posted
    Alan1961
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    In response to complaints, Fox is fixing an issue with the black levels on The X-Files: Complete Season 8. This problem affects all episodes in the set. FOX has stated they’re replacing the entire season set discs, expected ship date in March 2016. If you’ve purchased the set, contact Fox Customer Care at foxconnect@orderassistance.com. In the subject line - X-Files Season 8 Replacement Program. That's FOX Connect at Order Assistance dot com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great in HD, but check for black crush!

    Posted
    joeslang
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    I can't say enough positive things about The X-Files. Probably one of the greatest TV series to grace primetime. That being said, this is yet another excellent season. NOTE: Some copies of the 8th season have black levels that exceed the norm - a quick Google search will show comparisons of correct and incorrect black levels. My copies were fine, but if yours isn't adequate, replacement discs are being sent out while supplies last. Just a heads up.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An exciting and amazing series.

    Posted
    Pyramids
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    I think that "The X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season" was one of the greatest series of all-time and it was also one of my favorite series of all-time. I really enjoyed all of the action, mystery, suspense, drama and horror that kept this series very entertaining and enjoyable. I also think that "The X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season" had a really great and amazing cast, plots and storylines as well.

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