Twin Peaks was a pop culture phenomenon, for this first series at least, until the increasingly bizarre twists and maddening teases so confounded audiences that they lost interest in just who killed Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). This series was also a career peak for most of its eclectic ensemble cast, including Kyle MacLachlan as straight-arrow FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Michael Ontkean as local Sheriff Harry S Truman, Sherilyn Fenn as bad girl Audrey Horne, Peggy Lipton as waitress Norma Jennings and Catherine Coulson as the Log Lady.
On the DVD: Twin Peak, Series 1 comes as a four-disc set that contains the original pilot plus the first season's seven episodes (inexplicably, the pilot episode was omitted on the American Region 1 DVD release, but is reinstated here). Special features include episode introductions by the Log Lady, commentaries by assorted episode directors (but not Lynch), and features from the archives of the fanzine Wrapped in Plastic. The 4:3 picture has been digitally remastered, and is now accompanied by a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. --Donald Liebenson
Includes Pilot episode and all 7 episodes of Season 1
Released in Special Collector's Edition packaging with clear O'ring
4 DVD disc set (5.1) including one disc of extras:-
Deleted scenes and script notes
Easter Eggs and Log Lady Introductions
Postcards from the cast
17 pieces of pie
Mark Frost interview
Learning to speak in the red room
Twin Peaks has finally arrived on English DVD, and what a better time. Fresh after the release of Lynch's superb "Mulholland Drive" comes the TV series (which he co-created) that truly brought him into the public eye. The series deals with the murder of Laura Palmer, the homecoming queen in a small American town, and the effect it has on the entire community. Brought in to investigate is Special Agent Cooper, who is just as quirky as the quirky town folk. The series is utterly sublime and very hard to pin down, it is a mixture of drama, horror, thriller, late night soap opera, and your typical (surreal) Lynch film rolled into one series.
The box set includes the first season, which comprises of seven episodes of about 45 minutes spread over 3 discs. On disc one however, we are treated to the feature length original pilot (not the famed "European cut" which attempts to wrap up the entire story in a number of minutes) which is a bonus as it was not included on the American box set.
I cannot recommend the series enough, it is absolutely addictive and completely sublime in every way. For newcomers to the series you will get through it ridiculously quickly and be desperate for the second season, whereas older fans will love to revisit Twin Peaks on everyone's favourite format looking better than ever.
The Picture and Sound:
The picture quality is superb, full frame and completely clear. It has been digitally re-mastered and this shows. The only slight downfall is the pilot, which does not seem to be quite up to scratch with the other episodes, but overall there are no other complaints concerning picture. The sound is also great. It is a pity that we are not offered the DTS soundtrack available on the Region 1 release but it is no real loss.
I for one would have been perfectly content with the release of just the episodes, so for me it is an extra treat to have the extras available. For each episode (except the pilot) and audio commentary is available to listen to, they are all quite interesting and thankfully don't try and explain the more surreal moments of the show, but talk mainly of its production. Also accessible through the chapter menus are some script notes which are actually very interesting, featuring summaries of un filmed scenes, and deleted scenes. Check out the extras menu for each episode for an Easter egg as well!
If you put disc four into your player you will be treated with an entire disc (not very full!) of extras. To start with, there is a re-enacted (!?!) telephone interview with the co-creator of the show which runs about 15 minutes and details several questions about the casting and filming of the first season. Following this we have a nice short anecdotal "How to speak in the red room" with the actor who plays The Man From Another Place. This is a fun little piece and does exactly what it says on the tin. Following this there is a 20 minute series of interviews with many of the cast member which gives excellent insight into the show from many of the actors involved, but do not watch this until you have seen most of season 2 (unless you want a big plot spoiler to be given away). The next extra is an interview with the owner of the real diner that is the "RR" in the show, I found this of limiting interest, but it is worth a look. Finally we get a menu of "postcards from the cast" which is little bits of information and footage from each member of the cast. This is a nice little extra which I found really fun.
A great show on a nice disc, the set is also presented really nicely. I highly recommend this to any Twin Peaks or David Lynch fan (of any degree), and I encourage newcomers to both to give it a try - this wasn't a cultural phenomenon for nothing!
This product's forum
Active discussions in related forums
Search Customer Discussions