After more than a quarter of a century of waiting, 2017 was the year fans were finally able to return to the gloomy and brooding Northwest of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult TV series. Twin peaks. The series aired on Showtime with 18 new episodes over the summer. Expectations were high, because not only Twin peaks a return to one of the most revered series of all time, it was also David Lynch’s first project since 2006 Inner empire. Could Peaks 2.0 live up to the hype?
The answer was a definite yes. Twin peaks the return was anything but a seizure of cheap money. Rather, it’s an 18-hour film, ditching the traditional episodic television structure for something much more experimental and rewarding. In a way, the Twin Peaks Limited Event Series, as it is called on the Blu-ray set, was unlike anything previously seen on television. And actors like Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern put on the performances of their lives.
Some fans who preferred the classic 1990 series soap opera / thriller structure might not be down for this iteration, but in their own way, the new episodes were a game-changer for television in 2017 like the original in 1990. I am I’m not going to go deep into the season content review, mainly because I did it during the summer, and you can still read all of those thoughts here, but I’ll go over the rest of the Blu-ray set, including the wealth of special features included.
Image and audio quality
Twin Peaks: a series of limited events was shot on premium video rather than film, which David Lynch now prefers, claiming he will likely never work on a film again. Although it’s sad I can’t say Twin peaks looks anything but beautiful in every way. Working on high-end videos didn’t hamper Lynch’s aesthetic at all. The picture quality on set is amazing, and definitely an improvement over the Showtime presentation we saw this summer.
Sound is an important part of any David Lynch project, as more often than not he is the sound designer of his own films as well. In addition, the new Twin peaks has a ton of musical performances from Chromatics and Nine Inch Nails, which viewers would want to listen to in the best possible way. Fortunately, for the new Blu-ray bundle, we get a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack that lets you hear every eerie noise and haunting song with crystal-clear clarity.
Here is the real gift for Twin peaks fans on this Blu-ray set: the peculiarities. The first disc contains a series of promotions that aired over the year and a half leading up to the premiere. These are very short and last a little over five minutes in total, but are fun for hardcore peakers to watch.
Next on disk one is Twin Peaks: the phenomenon, which is a series of promotional videos that Showtime aired on YouTube in the weeks leading up to the premiere. This is divided into three parts, Part 1: Creation, which details how Lynch and Frost conceived the series in the late 1980s and how the series became a cultural phenomenon in 1990, only to see its popularity wane after just two seasons. Part 2: Life after death shows how the show grew in status over the next two decades, and finally, Part 3: Renaissance, which responds to growing fan demand for a new season of Peaks.
Discs three through six contain episodes, but disc seven contains the excellent half-hour documentary A very beautiful dream: a week at Twin Peaks, which chronicles the cast’s return to iconic locations from the original series 25 years later. All over a week in 2015, this documentary comes from Charles de Lauzirika, the king of behind-the-scenes documentaries for some of your favorite DVDs and Blu-rays over the years. Also on this disc, two additional half-hour documentaries, by actor Richard Beymer (Ben Horne), Behind the red curtain and I had bad milk in Dehradun.
Disc eight, however, is the real treasure. Lynch’s friend, filmmaker Jason S., had unprecedented access to filming the series and captured over five hours of behind-the-scenes footage of Lynch directing the cover series. Now Lynch fans know he’s a man who never gives audio commentary for his films, rarely gives interviews about his work, so five hours of behind-the-scenes footage is a gift for Peakers everywhere.
We see Lynch interacting with his actors, who he has had a relationship with for decades. And we’re getting more insight into his process than ever before. We also see something few fans have ever seen: Lynch loses his temper! He generally looks cool as a cucumber in almost every interview he gives (rarely), but seeing the Zen master lose his temper is both fascinating and slightly unnerving.
Bottom line, if you like Twin peaks or the works of David Lynch, the Blu-ray box set for Twin Peaks: a limited edition event is a must. This may be the last visit we have to this mysterious town in the woods, and if so, it has a package worthy of its legendary status.
RATING: 5 BURRITOS OUT OF 5
Twin Peaks: a series of limited events is now available everywhere.
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