At long last, the entire Twin Peaks series is out on Blu-ray—along with the inferior but still interesting prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
The complete series—with both the American and European pilots—and the film come in a nifty collector’s box with a ton of special features. Director/creator David Lynch oversaw many aspects of the Blu-ray’s production (it’s titled Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery), and the transfer is visually stunning.
The show itself—a mystery about a murdered young girl named Laura Palmer, and the supernatural forces that took her—remains one of the most innovative and scary TV productions ever. Something like Twin Peaks would never make it to ABC, NBC or CBS these days; this is the sort of stuff reserved for HBO, AMC and FX.
The show was actually very funny at times, anchored by the quirky performance of Kyle MacLachlan as special agent Dale Cooper. The absurdist humor is mostly lost in the movie, which is a dark, unpleasant film that accentuates the dark side of Twin Peaks and characters like Leland Palmer (Ray Wise). However, more than two decades after its release, I can now watch the prequel and like it. I see its value now. As for the TV show, this is one of the few series that I can watch over and over again, and never grow tired of the experience. (Breaking Bad also holds this honor.)
Special Features: There’s much to uncover here, including newly filmed interviews with actors in character, directed by David Lynch. It’s an interesting retrospective approach that gives us the unnerving experience of seeing Leland Palmer reminisce.
There are plenty of archival and new features, too, but the big reason to get this set would be “The Missing Pieces,” 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. These scenes include characters from the TV show, most notably Sheriff Truman, who were left on the cutting-room floor. There’s one scene involving Jack Nance and a two-by-four that would’ve given the film a much needed dose of absurdist humor. Indeed, the scenes show Lynch had a better movie in his back pocket.
One problem: My copy of the Blu-ray contains an audio-sync problem on the deleted scenes; the sound doesn’t match up with the mouths. I’ve done some research and found out that I am not alone—many copies have this glitch. The glitch can be improved by messing around with your player’s audio settings; it’s an annoyance fans will have to endure.