Fans of "THE X FILES" finally get the chance to see the first "X FILES" film, "FIGHT THE FUTURE," on blu-ray, with the simultaneous release of "I WANT TO BELIEVE," the follow-up film. Unfortunately, while "X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE," isn't bad, it certainly doesn't come close to the entertainment or wow factor of the previous film.
The narrative picks up years after the first film ended, and Mulder is living a hermit-like existence, evading all contact from the FBI. Scully is working as a doctor, dealing with a poignant, yet unnecessary sub-plot concerning a dying youngster. When an FBI agent is abducted in a bizarre manner, and only a former, pedophilic priest with visions, can offer clues, it's up to the old team to assist in the investigation, with Mulder facing prison, unless he cooperates.
The story that follows has a fair share of thrills, and the pacing is tight. However, there's nothing about the story that lives up to the best of the episodes from the series, and the climax is almost anti-climatic. Having loved the series and the previous film, "I WANT TO BELIEVE," comes across as a disappointment, only because one hopes for it to be much better than the "good" film that it is.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The style of "I WANT TO BELIEVE" is completely different from the previous film, with a drive towards faster pans and hand-held camera movement, inherently causing less focused shots, and by extension, less detail in many scenes. Colors are solid and the contrast is excellent, especially handy with the number of darker night-time sequences making up much of the film. While it's not a consistently depth-filled image, there are a fair share of impressive moments with such detail. However, it's just not up there with the best FOX blu-rays available in that area.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Maser Audio 5.1 mix. Not nearly as aggressive as the previous film, "I WANT TO BELIEVE," still offers a number of ambient effects and low bass, to create the eerie atmosphere, the material needs. More dialogue-driven than "FIGHT THE FUTURE," big effects are less prominent, although more subtle ambient effects are consistently used throughout. A great score is perfectly complimented with all speakers. Like the image, the mix is good, but not close to reference quality.
In addition to all of the extras of the dvd being carried over(mostly)in HD, we also find some great blu-ray exclusives, including PIP bonusview supplements!