The X-Files Season 4

Title: X-Files Season 4 DVD
Rating: NR
Release Date: November 13, 2001
Running Time: approximately 999 minutes
Ten-second Rundown: Mulder gets infected, Scully gets cancer and three inbred brothers take motherly love too far.
Version: 7-Disc Complete Season

Tech Specs:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Layers: Dual
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)

Choice Scene: In the episode "Small Potatoes" Mulder gets Scully drunk and they finally kiss. If only it wasn't that wacky shape shifting loser.

Twentieth Century Fox knows how to make good DVDs. From the excellent Fight Club DVD to these season packs of The X-Files, you can bet that you're getting a high quality DVD that is loaded with extras. Take a look at what you get:

All 24 episodes:
1 Herrenvolk
2 Unruhe
3 Home
4 Teliko
5 The Field Where I Died
6 Sanguinarium
7 Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
8 Paper Hearts
9 Tunguska
10 Terma
11 El Mundo Gira
12 Kaddish
13 Never Again
14 Leonard Betts
15 Memento Mori
16 Unrequited
17 Tempus Fugit
18 Max
19 Synchrony
20 Small Potatoes
21 Zero Sum
22 Elegy
23 Demons
24 Gethsemane


  • The Truth Behind Season Four (a 30 minute documentary)
  • Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Box set
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • International Clips
  • Interviews with Frank Spotnitz on "Herrervolk," Vince Gilligan on "Unruhe" and "Paper Hearts," James Wong on "Home" and Chris Carter on "Tunguska"
  • "Behind The Truth" Spots
  • Episode commentary from "Memento Mori" with writer/ producer Frank Spotnitz
  • Episode commentary from "Small Potatoes" with writer/ producer Vince Gilligan
  • Special Effects clips from select episodes with Commentary by Paul Rabwin
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Chris Carter
  • 10 and 20 second spots for all episodes
  • DVD ROM: Game - Urbs Tertia

    The fourth season is a favorite of X-philes. Long before the series got mired in conspiracies, it still took time off to tell wonderful one-shot episodes. To this day, Home remains the most disturbing yet satisfying episode. Small Potatoes and Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man are both excellent episode with a light-hearted comical touch.

    Of course the main story line for season four was that Scully got cancer. This led to brilliant episodes like Memento Mori and Gethsemane. After much buzz, Gillian Anderson finally won an Emmy for her role of Agent Dana Scully for her performance in Season 4.

    The deleted scenes are entertaining, but like most deleted scenes, it's not too hard to figure out why they were cut. The episode commentaries are interesting but too often sound like over-educated film student lectures. The Behind the Truth spots are the 1-2 minute teasers that aired on FX. They usually focus on some special effect from an episode or an overall theme of the show. Maybe it's my short attention span, but they are far more interesting than Chris Carter's commentaries. All the extras are entertaining to a fan that loves the show and wants to know more. Most people will buy it just to own the episodes though.

    I have only one serious complaint about the collection, but it's a big one. The suggested retail price for the collection is $149.99 US/$179.99 CAN. That's a lot of dough. Amazon sells the set for as low as 112.49 but when compared to the season one set of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer ($29.98), the first season of Twin Peaks ($44.98) or the season two set of The Sopranos ($74.98), The X-Files set feels overpriced. I've been a fan since the first episode, but there is no way I can justify 113 dollars for something that I'm going to watch once, maybe twice, in my lifetime.

    The Season Four gift pack, as well as the rest of The X-Files season packs, are only for the hardcore and financially well to do collector. The rest of us will have to watch the reruns until the price comes down.

    Amazon has it for $112.49.

    Michael Goodson


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