Definitive Gold Box Edition
it's all here. Whatever the rights problems were, CBS Home
Video has sorted them out and we can finally see all of
Twin Peaks in its muddy, dense glory. Though the
two seasons of this series had previously been available
(and reasonably restored), the original two hour pilot setting
the whole thing in motion had been missing.
the "Definitive Gold Box Edition," viewers can finally understand
what all the fuss was about, and why ABC blew our minds
back in 1990 when this first aired. Mixing exoticism and
mystery in warm hues over Angelo Badalamenti's ominous score,
this pilot episode set a tone nobody was ready for. Characters
comical and strange weave in and out of the deadly serious
mystery of who killed Laura Palmer.
watching Twin Peaks just isn't the same without
hearing Jack Nance worriedly bleat, "she's dead. Wrapped
in 1990, we also didn't have the internet, so when series
creators David Lynch and Mark Frost released the pilot in
Europe, word didn't exactly spread how they had spoiled
the ending. This Gold Box edition includes both the American
and overseas versions, which features a solution similar
(but not identical) to where the series eventually went.
Though otherwise, unfortunately, the disc doesn't have chapter
stops, you can access either version. If you don't want
to watch the pilot twice, you can just access the European
of the footage from that ending did pop back up in the series
in some of the infamous Black Lodge dream sequences. Nothing
like that had been on mainstream television before - Michael
Anderson's dancing dwarf shimmied into America's unconscious
and more people discovered what some fans already knew.
David Lynch is one crazy man, and it's fascinating to watch.
not an insult. Lynch works on a dream plane that we should
only be so lucky to visit. That gets underscored in a featurette
reuniting Lynch with two key cast members. Rather than be
an awkward studio sitdown, it's Lynch getting lost in reverie
over a piece of cherry pie. For a few moments it's unclear
whether or not he's going to take it seriously as Kyle MacLachlan
and Madchen Amick sit down with him to reminisce.
recycles a few extras from their earlier second season set,
but add enough to make it worthwhile - including excerpts
from MacLachlan's Saturday Night Live hosting stint.
Wait until you've watched at least the first season so you
can truly appreciate how dead on the Twin Peaks sketch
actually is. Not only do you get a silent cameo from Conan
O'Brien, but Phil Hartman did an amazing Ray Wise impersonation.
only really maddening thing about this set is a packet of
commemorative postcards. Randomly inserted, you only get
a small selection of a series of 63. But then again, that's
just like Twin Peaks to leave us vaguely unsettled
not too early to say this one's going on the Fanboy Planet
Christmas Gift Guide. And Tom - we can finally watch the
whole danged thing.
Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series)