The X-Files coming to Blu-Ray?

Mulder and Scully

For nine seasons and over 200 episodes, The X-Files taught fans that the truth was out there. But could the truth soon be in HD? If a post on the often correct Digital Bits "rumor mill" is to believed, the answer to that question will be a resounding yes by the end of 2013.

Hardcore X-Philes like myself may remember that the two X-Files theatrical films (Fight The Future and I Want To Believe) were released to Blu-Ray disc in late 2008. At the time, FOX was asked whether they had any plans to release the actual TV series to BD, and responded with an unequivocal no. As we all know though, a lot can change in five years, and with the high definition disc market growing exponentially as of late, it makes perfect sense that the studio would be considering bringing one of its hottest TV properties to high definition.

If FOX does go the Blu-Ray route, it won't just be a simple case of minting new hd transfers for the series and calling it a day. As the above linked "Bits" post points out, despite running until 2002 and filming seasons 5-9 in 16:9 widescreen, the X-Files never actually broadcast an episode in HD. In fact, FOX didn't start going HD as a network until 2004.

This means that all of the visual effects used for the show were finished in standard def. For the effects to look good in 1080p, FOX would need to make like Paramount has done with the Star Trek sets, and manually "rebuild" them for HD. As you might imagine, this would be an expensive proposition, and would only be undertaken if FOX was very confident that Blu-Ray sales would make it worth their while.

Outside of the effects, the show was shot on film, meaning that the original camera negatives would need to be restored and remastered for HD as well, although not to the degree of the SD effects sequences. If all goes according to plan, we can expect the first few seasons to arrive late next year.

Do you want to believe that we'll see Mulder and Scully's classic adventures on Blu-Ray?

- The X-Files

Written by: msd85
Nov 13th, 2012, 4:36 am

Brandon K

Message Posted On Nov 14th, 2012, 10:09 am
I would especially like to see what they could do with the earlier seasons considering they were 4:3. Assuming FOX doesn't half-ass it.

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Message Posted On Nov 13th, 2012, 8:47 am

Would prefer they brought it back to TV.

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