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Starring: X-Files, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably
NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Commentary on "First Person Shooter," "All
Things," and "Je Souhaite"
30-minute documentary: "The Truth About Season 7"
17 international clips
9 deleted scenes
Profiles on A.D. Skinner and Samantha Mulder
2 TV spots
13 special effects featurettes with commentary by Paul
Playstation 2 game preview
Widescreen anamorphic format
Number of discs: 6
Editorial From Amazon.com
With the original conspiracy plot arc having fallen into a muddle
of loose ends, once-hungry lead actors on the verge of big-screen
careers and making demands for more time off or shots at writing
and directing, and the initial wish list of monsters-of-the-week
long exhausted, it's a miracle that by its seventh season The X-Files
was still making its airdates, let alone managing something pretty
good every other show and something outstanding at least once every
four episodes. The season opens with a dreary two-parter ("Sixth
Extinction" and "Amor Fati") and winds up with the
traditional incomprehensible cliffhanger ("Requiem"),
but along the way includes a clutch of episodes that may not match
the originality of earlier seasons but still effortlessly equal
any other fantasy-horror sci-fi on television.
The highlights: "Hungry," a brain-eating mutant story
told from the point of view of a monster who tries to control his
appetite by going to eating disorder self-help groups; "The
Goldberg Variation," a crime comedy about a weasely little
man who has the gift of incredible good luck, which means Wile E.
Coyote-style doom for anyone who crosses him; "The Amazing
Maleeni," guest-starring Ricky Jay in a rare nonfantastic crime
story about a feud between stage magicians that turns out to be
a cover for a heist; "X-Cops," a brilliant skit on the
TV docusoap Cops with Mulder and Scully caught on camera as they
track an apparent werewolf in Los Angeles (season-best acting from
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson); "Theef," a complex
revenge drama with gaunt Billy Drago as a hillbilly medicine man
stalking a slick doctor; "Brand X," a horror-comic tale
of corruption in the tobacco industry; "Hollywood AD"
(written and directed by Duchovny), in which Tea Leoni (Duchovny's
wife) and Garry Shandling are cast as Scully and Mulder in a crass
movie version of a real-life X-file; and "Je Souhaite,"
a deadpan comedy about a wry, cynical genie at the mercy of trailer-trash
masters who haven't an idea what to wish for. --Kim Newman