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DVD Review: Twin Peaks – The Definitive Gold Box Edition

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Twin Peaks originally aired over two seasons in 1990-1991, when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I wandered into the living room one night and asked my parents what they were watching. “Twin Peaks,” they replied.

“Can I watch?” I was bored and done with my homework.

“I don’t think you would like it. It is… weird. And hard to follow.” I shrugged and wandered off to play in my room or cause some sort of trouble.

Seven years later, I was really into underground, exploitation, and art films. Another David Lynch masterpiece, Lost Highway, had just been released, and the movie changed my life. I eagerly began to dig into the rest of Lynch’s oeuvre. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that Twin Peaks was one of Lynch’s few mainstream creations that was not readily available.

But now Twin Peaks is here, in a big, beautiful, complete box set, the “definitive gold box edition.” To supremely simplify the plotline, a beautiful young high school senior, Laura Palmer, is found murdered in her small “everyone knows everyone” hometown. But this quiet logging town isn’t as banal as it seems. Everyone is cheating and being cheated on. High school kids do blow at secret sex clubs. A lady treats a log like a baby. A dancing midget haunts the townspeople's dreams. And the local coffee shop has the best cherry pie in the state.

The ensemble cast includes Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who comes in to investigate Laura's death; Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey, Laura's best friend; and Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna, the town naughty girl. The show suffered from a lack of network support, causing it to be abruptly canceled after its second season – much to the chagrin of both fans and Lynch himself.

There is no shortage of special features here. Die-hard Lynch fans should be satisfied. It including all 29 episodes and the pilot (both the U.S. and European versions). The picture was remastered from the original negatives, with original audio and a new 5.1 mix (overseen by Lynch, himself an experienced sound mixer). Three fascinating documentaries include thoughts from Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, and Machden Amick, as well as a look behind the scenes and a visit to a Twin Peaks convention.

Other goodies in this box include the complete Log Lady introductions, lots of deleted scenes and never-before-seen footage, a guide to finding the real-life locales of memorable town landmarks, a Saturday Night Live spoof, music videos, TV spots and promos, production stills, and a packet of collectible Twin Peaks picture postcards.

This set is the ultimate for Lynch fans. If you bought the first season when it was released a number of years ago, and were contemplating just buying the smaller second season box set, don’t bother. Sell, return, give away your first season set and splurge on this deluxe collection.

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  • apckrfan

    Donna was Laura’s best friend and Audrey was the town naughty girl. Right actresses associated with each character, though.

  • http://www.sporkfashion.com Alyse

    Whoops! Thanks for that – I am so terrible with names

  • http://jdmccallen.blogspot.com/ jdmccallen

    “Everyone is cheating and being cheated on. High school kids do blow at secret sex clubs. A lady treats a log like a baby. A dancing midget haunts the townspeople’s dreams. And the local coffee shop has the best cherry pie in the state.”

    sorry, but I have to geek out a little:

    The secret sex clubs are in the movie, The log lady treats her log more like a child that never quite came to fruition, than a baby. The Arm (the dancing midget) only really haunts Cooper and if you’ve seen the pilot than you know that in Cooper’s opinion the best cherry pie is at the Lamplighter Inn (on highway 2, near Lewis Fork).

    not trying to be patronizing – Twin Peaks is just kind of like religion.

  • James

    Don’t give away your first two seasons because there are extras that are on the first to season releases that are not included with the box set.