The X-Files: I Want to Believe

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December 02, 2008|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson. Directed by Chris Carter. Fox Home Video. $29.95, blu-ray $39.95 ***

The X-Files may have ended its television run in 2002, but interest in agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and all that stuff the FBI isn't telling us continues. Which is why, six years after the weekly series left the air, The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit the big screen in July.

Fans will be glad to run across Mulder and Scully once again: She's a dedicated surgeon trying to eradicate the world's ills over which she has some control, while he's become pretty much a basket case, burnt-out, disillusioned and basically not giving a darn anymore. When an FBI agent goes missing, and the only lead is a pedophile priest who sees visions of people in danger and bleeds from his eyes ... well, enough old-school FBI agents are still around to recognize that this is turf only Mulder and Scully can trod. So they're called back to active duty, even though neither exactly embraces the idea.

Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson slip back into their old roles with ease, and it's refreshing to see their relationship continue to deepen. Billy Connolly proves both heartbreaking and harrowing as the pedophile priest. There's precious little that's supernatural here, which means this boils down to maybe an average episode of the series. But that's way better than nothing.

A three-disc special edition ($34.95) includes a downloadable copy of the film, an unrated extended cut, bloopers and commentary by Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz.

Also out today: : The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Walt Disney Video, $29.99, blu-ray $40.99): Chapter two in Disney's Narnia series finds the Pevensie children a year older, Narnia in even greater peril and the noble lion Aslan nowhere to be found.

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