Weekly Digital Disc Picks – July 8, 2008

If you’re a fan of horror, detectives, and combinations of the two, you’ll be very, very happy this week.

First, the DVD releases:

Now, the Blu-Ray releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. I’ve got to go with the “X-Files” set. I’ve always been a fan of the show, as some readers may remember. (Heck, the first columns I wrote were X-Files reviews way back in the fall of 2000.) I wasn’t too thrilled with “Milagro,” but the rest of the episodes in this set are fantastic. For those who don’t recognize the episode titles, here’s a rundown:

  • Pilot – The first episode, mostly useful for introducing the characters.
  • Beyond The Sea – Don S. Davis, Scully’s father, passes away. Weird timing on that one, but still a great episode.
  • The Host – The “Flukeman” episode, from the second season.
  • Clude Bruckman’s Final Repose – Starring Peter Boyle as the psychic who could see how people were going to die. The second attempt at a comedic episode, and one of the most successful. Highly, highly entertaining, and emmy award winning.
  • Memento Mori – The episode that reveals Scully’s cancer in detail, following “Leonard Betts.”
  • Post Modern Prometheus – The black and white episode and the first broadcast in widescreen. Entertaining, beautifully filmed, and very funny. Excellent episode, and one of the best of the series.
  • Bad Blood – The “Rashomon”-esque vampire episode, with one of the greatest teasers in the series, in which Mulder stakes a boy in the woods, convinced he’s a vampire, only to have Scully remove the plastic fangs from his corpse.
  • Milagro – Mulder’s new neighbour writes crimes that keep happening.