I've resent the emails -- if you don't see them in your email inbox please look around to see if they were filed as spam.
Now let me post what I found in case others stumble upon the same problem:
"Is it possible that the files are somehow being changed between your employer's computer and yours? How did they send them to you? did they make a zip file of them first and then you unzipped them?"
I have found that the files are slightly "corrupted"
But corrupted in a way that makes me think maybe the files were zipped and then unzipped and the zip program made a mistake where it thought the files were TEXT files that had their end of line characters modified.
That may not make much sense to you but the point is, i believe it explains the problem completely.. and tells us what the solution is -- you need to have your employer resend you the files, but not use a zip program. OR ALTERNATIVELY you can actually tell your zip program to assume the files are binary, and then it will work.
If the files were not sent to you in zip file format, maybe an email program did this corruption.. i can actually manually repair the files for you if need be, but its more work.