DVD of the Week: 'X-Files' Compilation; Plus: 'Batman Begins' on Blu-Ray

From Stacie Hougland: The X-Files: I Want to Believe sequel--coming what, 10 years after the first movie and series finale?--is right around the corner. To whet the appetites of X-Philes everywhere, Fox Home Video gives you X-Files Revelations - The Essential Guide to the X-Files Movie, the idea being to reacquaint old fans with the concept and characters and lure new ones with eight "critical episodes" to see before watching the new movie.

Memba them?

It's a handy compilation, especially if you've forgotten a lot of the series' nuances and details, and a good recommendation to those who may never have seen the show in its 1990s heyday.

The 2-disc set includes all kinds of fun new stuff, including introductions to each episode by series creators Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz; the X-Files 2 theatrical trailer; plus footage of the panel discussion at WonderCon earlier this year with Carter, Spotnitz and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. (I was there for that jam-packed presentation, which had so much buzz, it was like, "Iron Man who?"). The DVD also contains coupons toward DVD collections of the show and $8.50 off the price of a ticket--not too shabby.

Obviously without having seen the movie, who knows how necessary it is to see these episodes, but they do give a well-rounded idea of what the show was about.

Here's a list of the episodes included.
Season 1:
Series pilot
"Beyond the Sea"

Season 2:
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose"
“The Host”

Season 4:
"Memento Mori"

Season 5:
“Post-Modern Prometheus”
“Bad Blood”

Season 6:

Think they missed any?

Also New This Week: Batman Begins on Blu-Ray

Batman Begins has been released and re-released and re-re-released on DVD umpteen times, but (holy coincidence, Batman?) this week, on the eve of The Dark Knight's release, Warner Bros. has put it out on Blu-Ray for the first time, in a limited edition gift set.

First off, LOVE the movie in Blu, and it's really the highlight of this set, which includes a 32-page comic adaptation of the Dark Knight prologue, collectible postcards of never-printed Batman Begins artwork, script pages and storyboards, packaged with a pretty cool-looking 3D plastic cover (called a "lenticular").

There's also a 2-disc standard-def version of the set, that has the key art as well as a Batman-branded 128MB flash drive.

Both versions came out July 8. The BD will run you $49.99, SD about 10 bucks less.

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