Twin Peaks: The First Season
Title: Twin Peaks:
The First Season
Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: December 18, 2001
Running Time: approximately 336 minutes
Ten-second Rundown: Who killed Laura Palmer? It almost doesn't matter
in this quirky town.
Version: Four-disc Special Edition
by episode directors and cinematographers
with series co-creator Mark Frost
by the Log Lady
Introduction to David Lynch
w/ select filmographies and interviews
to Speak in the Red Room
the real owner of the Double R Diner
Cooper visits The Red Room. Just trust us on this one.
Tech Specs: Full
screen, DTS Digital Surround, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, 2.0 Dolby
"She's dead. Wrapped
In 1990, those words
launched a mystery that had all the cool people talking, caused a run
on cherry pie and coffee, and inundated the small town of Snoqualmie,
Washington with Japanese tourists. Everybody had the same question:
Who killed Laura Palmer?
If you missed the
boat, Laura Palmer was an all-American high school girl found dead in
a river. After her death, Laura's dark secrets threatened to unravel
her town. And audiences couldn't decide whether to be horrified or just
laugh at the clever, slightly gothic histrionics in Twin Peaks.
The series teamed
loopy FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) with Sheriff Harry S. Truman
(Michael Ontkean) as they explored the town's dark underbelly. Set in
modern day but with a strange sense of being stuck in the fifties, this
innovative show (co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost) paved the
way for many popular shows of the last decade. Unfortunately, Twin
Peaks itself was a little too weird, too ground-breaking, to maintain
the interest of the average TV viewer.
Still held with
high regard, Twin Peaks should be getting new life from Artisan
Entertainment's release of it on DVD.
the first season set comes two episodes to a disc, with the seventh
season-ending episode (the show was a mid-season Hail Mary for ABC)
paired with all the extra documentary material. Slipping off the outer
case, Laura Palmer's senior portrait gives way to her water-logged corpse,
both crucial images to the series.
putting a disc in the player, you may want to refresh your memory with
the included booklet that nicely recaps the pilot episode. Possibly
because the pilot had a European theatrical release, a different company
holds its domestic video rights. We can only hope that company will
prepare a good DVD package for it soon, so we can have the story in
its entirety. Still, Artisan makes it easy to pick up on episode 1.
Each episode includes
commentary from a key crewmember. All provide insight into the process
of the show, and in a couple of cases, a good shot at the process of
David Lynch's mind. Not that Lynch will confirm this; he is noticeably
absent from the proceedings, though the commentary proves that everyone
involved was trying to keep things as Lynchian as possible.
You can compare
the episode as shot with the original scripts, annotated by the editors
of the Twin Peaks fan magazine (naturally, Wrapped In Plastic).
If you still need additional input, the discs have the option of viewing
introductions from the infamous Log Lady (Catherine Coulson). These
quirky introductions were shot for the show's rebroadcast on cable,
and have not been re-mastered. This actually helps to emphasize the
great care taken to restore the episodes themselves.
The sound and picture
are simply vibrant, crucial to a show so dependent on its imagery. Outdoor
shots have a soundtrack so precise you can hear twigs snap. Not a single
note of Angelo Badalamenti's score gets muddied. And the Red Room hasn't
been this vivid in years.
skimped on the extras, either.
The editors of
Wrapped In Plastic conduct a surprisingly good interview with
co-creator Mark Frost. Shot a couple of years ago, Frost is surprisingly
forthright about his experience on the show, and seems to acknowledge
that at some point they kind of lost their way. Making it up as you
go along is not always easy.
Follow the interview
up with the documentary labeled An Introduction To David Lynch.
It holds up well as a short subject, with views of Lynch's work from
both academia and the people who have worked with him. Though again
Lynch is never seen, this feature paints a pretty good portrait of him.
pieces get included for their quirkiness. Michael Anderson, "the man
from another place," offers up lessons on how to speak the language
of the Red Room. It's an obvious joke that goes on way too long. 17
Pieces of Pie interviews the owner of the diner used as Twin Peaks'
Double R Diner. While it's somewhat interesting to hear how it has affected
her life, it can be skipped.
If you feel lost
in the maze of Twin Peaks, Artisan has also included a helpful
directory. Formatted like a rotary phone dial, you can start with Laura
Palmer and start drawing connections between her and every other character
in the show revealed by the end of Episode 7. (The disc makes that caution,
so I felt bound to repeat it.) With the major characters, you can also
access extra little interviews and filmographies.
This hefty package
should keep you busy for a while, and will reward the attention. At
the very least, it will tide you over until the release of Season 2,
which had best be soon. The season ends on a purposely over the top
The First Season lists for $59.98, but you can buy it
here for $44.98.