According to The Digital Bits, 20th Century Fox is planning a Blu-ray release of the cult-classic SciFi series, The X-Files for 2013. Normally, we don’t post rumors unless they are substantiated but when the source is TDB, we’ll give the attention it deserves. There’s also the fact that this makes perfect sense to us as we predicted that the remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation for Blu-ray would open the door for effects-heavy shows from the 1980s and 1990s to have the same treatment given to them and we actually mentioned The X-Files as one of the series that that would finally have a chance to get the HD treatment it deserves.
From TDB’s Bill Hunt:
So here’s today’s dispatch: A number of our industry sources are now telling us that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is planning (and in fact may already be gearing up to) release their classic TV seriesThe X-Files on Blu-ray. As fans will already be aware, the first four seasons of the show were produced in 4×3 format, like many TV programs of its era. The series then went to a 16×9 widescreen format for the remainder of its run, as anamorphic widescreen displays were starting to become common. The entire show was still broadcast in standard definition – not actual high-definition – and the visual effects and post-production were finished in SD. (Note that the first actual HD broadcast on Fox was for the 2004 NFL season, while X-Filesended its run in 2002.) Our sources say Fox has likely decided to “rebuild” the seasons in high-definition, in much the same way that CBS has done with Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Provided all the original camera negative has been properly stored and archived, it’ll presumably be an easier task as the show featured fewer and less elaborate visual effects.
This wouldn’t be the first time Fox has upgraded a show to Blu-ray: They did something roughly similar withFirefly on Blu-ray back in 2008, although to be fair all of the show’s visual effects were upconverted to HD rather than re-rendered in actual high-definition to save costs.
If all goes well, we’re told the first seasons of The X-Files could appear on BD sometime in late 2013. We’ll post additional updates as they come in. Stay tuned…
– Bill Hunt