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5.0 out of 5 stars A great box set, with great extras, but a few minor niggles., 5 Jan 2009
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This review is from: TWIN PEAKS : Definitive Gold Box Edition (DVD)
For most UK fans, the major problem with this box set is of course that it hasn't been released here! Incredibly annoying seeing as it's available across Europe. I bought mine from Holland, and if you were wondering if it's worth it, then read on.

I won't try telling you all how wonderful this show is, about Lynch's influence, the writing, the characters and all the quirks... instead I can tell you about the box set as released in Europe. Now, the back of the box is in Dutch (or Germany depending where you buy it), but the front is in English, the lovely postcard set included is in English, and all the menus are in English when you play a disc.

Disc 1 is given to the Pilot episode, and includes both the European version seen originally in the UK, and the domestic US release which is more continuity friendly to the rest of the series. The only problem with the "correct" US version is that you don't get to see the wonderful "25 Years Later" sequence in the Black Lodge.

Discs 2 to 9 contain all seven episodes of Season 1 and the 22 of Season 2. Disc 9 also includes low quality versions of several lost scenes. Poor quality or not, it's interesting viewing!

Disc 10 is the Special Features. And wow. Several documentary shorts covering different aspects of the show, they can be viewed as one long documentary which I thought worked incredibly well. You have got to see the Angelo Badalamenti part for yourself to see what a wonderful guy he is, and see how he and Lynch work together so well. His one-man show of how he and Lynch formulated Laura Palmer's Theme is fantastic. Julee Cruise is also in this part of the documentary... how on Earth a woman with a voice like a crow can sing like an angel is beyond me!

As well as the documentary, there is a half-hour chat between Lynch, Madchen Amick, Kyle MacLachlan and Lynch's assistant in a smoky diner/bar which, while not particularly informative, is damn fun to watch. It's very casual, very friendly, and really nice to see them together talking. I only wish one or two other familar bar patrons would have stopped by.

The sound quality is excellent, and the mixes have thankfully removed all the tinniness that pervaded the first VHS releases.

The masters used for the picture transfers are very clean, but they are not as good as I had expected from product reviews. The masters on Season 1 are exactly the same as those used for the original Season 1 DVD release, although they have been colour timed again to match the new masters created for Season 2. David Lynch supervised two or three of the colour timing sessions to set the "temperature" and the rest was done to match. While Lynch's participation is obviously 100% welcome, I have to say that the picture sometimes appears to have had its temperature shifted too much to the red, green and brown. Warmer colours, yes, and it gives the show a very woody, autumnal tone, but it seems to be a little over-applied compared to what we've seen before. Additionally, the actual masters aren't really that great a quality. I can only hope that when the show is released on Blu-ray we get the quality they can derive from the original negatives.

Quibbles about the picture aside, it's a good set, and far better than we've seen it before.
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Initial post: 1 May 2009 23:46:53 BDT
John Smith says:
Nice review. But you mentioned 'original negatives' at one point. Was this series actually made on 'film' as opposed to video tape? It *looks* very much like it was filmed on video, which was common for the period.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2009 09:52:11 BDT
This show was most definitely shot on film. If you've seen the new DVD set there is no way you'd think it was shot on tape. Tape at this point was dreadfully cheap looking, and Twin Peaks has NEVER looked like that.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2009 00:23:23 BDT
yes, this show was definitely shot on film.
I have no idea who would give such a balanced review a negative vote, as I have since bought the box set and found the review to be perfectly accurate.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 11:19:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2010 11:22:07 BDT
coupland says:
The "European" version was not the one shown in UK. The US pilot was the one shown in the UK - I know, because I have it taped, from BBC2, Tuesday 23rd October 1990 at 9pm. The European version didn't come to light until it was released on VHS a year or more later - and was confusing.

The European version was one they made as a 'safety' version, without the cliffhanger from the end of the Pilot, but with the full length dream sequence from the series tacked on, giving an odd resolution to the mystery which feels particularly tacked on because it actually doesn't even make sense by itself until you've seen season 2.

They made it so that they could release the Pilot as a theatrical or VHS movie for Lynch fans if it wasn't picked up as a TV series. In the world of the series, the dream sequence at the end of the "European version" doesn't make nearly as much sense as it does cut down at the end of the second/third episode.

And the pilot episode ending the way it's supposed to, without the "European version" dream sequence, is actually a much better standalone film. Lynch's finest single piece of work IMHO.

Great notes on the timing & quality. Thanks a lot.

Posted on 5 Nov 2010 08:03:06 GMT
Chapman says:
Just a very quick question...

I've never seen an episode of Twin Peaks and was just wondering if the "25 years later" sequence has a bearing on the rest of series 1? ie, as a complete beginner to the series, which pilot episode should I watch? Or should I watch both?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 11:55:04 GMT
Jan Ruether says:
My recommendation: Don't watch the European Pilot until you finished the series. It is an alternative ending that doesn't match up with the rest of the series. It's definitely interesting to watch, but it could be spoilerous if you haven't seen the series yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2011 23:17:10 BDT
Melia says:
I agree with Jan. The alternative ending can be very confusing and spoiler-ridden if you haven't seen the rest of the show. I watched it after watching the original pilot, knowing how the show will end because I watched the show back in the 90s. Still, the alternative ending doesn't make much sense - it feels made-up, put-together and doesn't even remotely capture what the show is all about - especially the part that is set 25 years after. It just doesn't make sense if you haven't seen the entire show.
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