“I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”
Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery Blu-ray includes both seasons of Twin Peaks, the brilliant film Twin Peaks: Fire Come Walk With Me and a bunch of extras!
I am so excited about this release. I’m a big Twin Peaks fan and like many others bought the Gold Box Set and boy was it is good but this new release is full of even more goodies.
Twin Peaks changed TV. Literally. It’s a bit like when someone says ‘if it wasn’t for the Beatles we wouldn’t have – insert band here-‘ Well it’s the same with Twin Peaks, it was so different to anything else on TV at the time and it inspired many of the people working in film and TV today. LOST and The X Files owe a lot to Twin Peaks and recently with True Detective, there was more than a hint of the Peaks in there.
Twin Peaks wasn’t just a show, it was a TV phenomenon.
The show centered around the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer, a schoolgirl with more than a few secrets. Dale Cooper, a wonderfully perfect creation, is the FBI agent sent to investigate as it could be this murder is connected to another he’s investigating.
In typical Lynch style Twin Peaks is populated with some strange residents, The Log Lady, who knows more than she lets on “one day my log will have something to say about this” , the odd Dr Jacoby, Laura Palmer’s psychiatrist who was secretly in love with Laura, a one eyed woman who thinks she’s a teenager after a knock to the head which causes amnesia, Laurie Piper plays the formidable Catharine Martell and David Duchovny as you’ve never seen him before!
Agent Cooper fits right in as he has his own style of detection and all manner of idiosyncrasies.
Never without his trusty tape recorder on which he leaves notes for himself and the unseen Diane, he was unlike any other FBI agent we’d seen. Singular in his approach to detection, he is able to appear both innocent and fiercely intelligent. Long before True Detective was born Coop was philosophising and bringing wisdom wherever he went.
He is also the other half of the most romantic story never told, that of him and Audrey Horne. I love Audrey. Story goes, as Kyle MacLachlan was dating co-star Lara Flynn Boyle at the time and she wasn’t happy with the Audrey-Cooper relationship and forced the writers to come up with an alternative. Boooo Laura Flynn Boyle Booo!
I haven’t even mentioned the music yet! The music in Twin Peaks is beautiful, Angelo Badalamenti has worked with David Lynch on many projects since they first worked together on Blue Velvet. I have the Twin Peaks soundtrack on all formats, that’s how much I love the music. It’s just perfect.
It’s not great quality I know but I just love hearing this story.
So, that’s Twin Peaks in a nut shell, a very small nutshell. There is so much more to the story than just the murder of Laura Palmer.
Season Two of Twin Peaks saw a decline in the viewing figures partly due a loss in direction. Forced to reveal the identity of Laura’s killer left the show without a driving force, Lynch has always started they never intended to reveal who the killer was but the network thought it knew better and once the killer was revealed some of mystery was gone and even though I enjoy the second season it has its flaws. Big flaws and one awful song but aside from that I can still watch and enjoy it.
The Second season was cancelled midway due to poor viewing figures, after episode 15 was aired ABC put Twin Peaks on indefinite hiatus however thanks to Twin Peaks fans a letter writing campaign (remember this was before the days of internet petitions) called COOP (Citizens Opposed to the Offing of Peaks) petitioned for the last episodes to be shown – and they were!
Sadly the episodes were shown at the different time slot and made viewing ratings worse, ensuring the show would never return.
The blu-ray includes the The Log Lady intros to each episode, which was also available in the Gold Box Set but also a two-part feature “Between Two Worlds,” where Lynch himself interviews the Palmer family. Deleted scenes and some rare outtakes and a newly extended version of the Gold Box featurette A Slice of Lynch.
Fire Walk With Me is also included in the boxset “edited by Lynch exclusively for this release. Capping off more than 30 deleted/alternate scenes is an epilogue providing a fascinating glimpse beyond the cliffhanger finale of the TV series.” This is exciting news! 90 minutes of previously unseen footage baby!
Fire Walk With Me
Fire Walk With Me was panned by critics at the time of its release but has gone on to find a cult following.
The film takes place over the last 7 days of Laura Palmer’s life and can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue to the television series. Not often thought of as horror, FWWM is without a doubt a horror. It has some of the strangest images David Lynch has ever created and a sense of dread that doesn’t quite let up until the credits roll.
As well as the 90mins of extra footage once thought lost forever the Blu-ray also includes Reflections On The Phenomenon Of Twin Peaks, interviews and Actors Discussion Moving Through Time: Fire Walk With Me Memories and lots more.