Twin Peaks -- 10 DVD set

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On Friday, I got the Twin Peaks Definitive Gold Box Edition -- a 10 DVD set of David Lynch's mind-bendingly creepy/dreamy TV series.

In addition to the remastered versions of all 29 episodes plus the US and European pilots, it's loaded with excellent supplemental material, including lots of making-of documentaries and interviews. It's a terrific package of stuff.

This 10-disc set includes "Greetings from Twin Peaks" collectable postcards and a plethora of special features, including hours of newly-minted bonus content, featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews and rare footage never before released on DVD.

"Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks" is a collection of four new documentaries exploring the origins, production and impact of the show. The cast and crew, including co-creator Mark Frost, composer Angelo Badalamenti, singer Julee Cruise, actors Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Kenneth Welsh, Maedchen Amick, Miguel Ferrer and many others share their memories of creating the show in this in-depth piece covering the sensational and tumultuous evolution of TWIN PEAKS in four parts: "Northwest Passage: Creating the Pilot," "Freshly Squeezed: Creating Season One," "Where We're From: Creating the Music" and "Into the Night: Creating Season Two."

Co-creator and four-time Academy Award(R) nominee David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan and Maedchen Amick take an amusing look back at the series in "A Slice of Lynch," an all-new get-together of friends over piping hot coffee and sweet cherry pie.

"Return to Twin Peaks" follows a group of devoted fans to the 2006 Twin Peaks Festival, where the show's faithful have been regularly gathering for costume contests, celebrity sightings, trivia games and other wildness in the woods outside of Seattle. And an Interactive Map allows viewers to revisit the show's unforgettable locations as they appear today...and how to find them in real life.

Newly remastered from the original negative and personally approved by David Lynch, the episodes have never looked better. Moreover, viewers will have the option of enjoying the episodes in either new 5.1 Surround Sound or the original 2.0 network television audio.

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  1. I live a short drive from the area(in Microsoft land), and the “twin peaks cafe” always serves a great slice of pie. If you go, get the boysenberry (cold!). The peak itself is also an exceptional day hike, offering panoramic vistas you won’t soon forget.

  2. It *is* a beautiful place to hike. And the huge, round, flat rocks at the bottom of the falls soak up the sun and make a nice place to rest…until you have to hike back up, that is. ;)

    All I have to say is AAAAAAAH! I’ve been waiting for this series to come out on DVD for like a million years, and of course it has to become available when I’m broke.

    I wonder what I can sell…I must own this!!!

  3. Thois looks fanytastic, content-wise, but the gold box is early 90’s foil-stamped-x-men-cover ugly. The original Twin Pwaks season 1 dvd was much truer to the spirt and aesthetic of the series.

  4. The folks in charge of TV DVD releases are the most sadistic SOB’s on the planet. We wait 10 years for Twin Peaks to come out, fork out 50 bucks for 8 episodes of season one–with NO PILOT, wait another ten years and fork out another 50 bucks for season two, then they come out with this. My wife and I spent hundreds of dollars buying every season of Buffy and Angel as they came out, and now look longingly at the deluxe boxed sets with bonus material. Then there’s the crappy packaging of the Simpsons Season 6…and don’t even get me started on Malcolm in the Middle–I’ve considered burning all of my They Might Be Giants CDs.

  5. Heresy, I know, but this promising series jumped the shark well before Laura’s killer was revealed. It happened the precise moment in S02 E02 “Coma” when the Log Lady told Commander Briggs to “deliver the message” – and he brought Agent Cooper a printout of decoded deep-space noise that said (I think) “Cooper -Cooper-Cooper.” What the heck does Deep Space have to do with Laura and Bob and those mysterious woods?

    Once Lynch left the show after season 1 to work on “Wild at Heart,” Mark Frost’s mischievous nature turned the show into more of a bizarre rural comedy than the truly creepy, surreal mood piece it’d been before.

    And don’t get me started on the Horne brothers tasting ice cream and commenting on how to improve the flavor – because they’re “Ben & Jerry,” geddit?

  6. Season two was a classic case of “Be careful what you wish for”. But yeah, I’m jazzed to see the pilot again.

  7. Orlando, thank you very much for the Agent Cooper tapes upload.

    I regretted not buying it when it was released all those years ago.

    I’ll burn a CD to go along with the box set.

  8. Oh, yes, yes, yes!

    Finally the buggers bring it out on DVD and I can retire my greying, warped VHS boxed set…

    Incidentally, for Twin Peaks fans – the books are worth aquiring too, particularly “The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper”, which is actually rather good. Abebooks should be able to hook you up.

  9. Damn, this is pretty irritating. Wait all this time, snap up season 2 and now this? Way to screw over the people who ran out to pick up the season releases.

  10. Holding back special features, rare/hard to find versions, etc. seems to be standard practice now. I bought each release of the three seasons of Strangers with Candy as they came out; the boxed complete-series set included a copy of The Trip Back, a video of the bizarre motivational speaker Florrie Fisher, on whom the character of Jerri Blank was based. The video was also supposed to be on YouTube, but when I checked, the video had been yanked due to “copyright violations”. Wonder who had done that? (The Wikipedia article does have other links to the video, but I can’t check them right now, so maybe it’s available for free again.)

  11. This is really weird, I was just thinking of this series a few days ago and how it would be perfect for it to come out as a box set.

    Anyway, I still remember the “shocking” season 1 finale of the show where there’s very red blood flying everywhere in the one important scene, and how that was breaking a major TV taboo for the time.

  12. Does this REALLY include THE PILOT? The one where Bob is stabbing Laura Palmer in the boxcar and the camera slowly backs away? One of the creepiest moments in TV history. If so, I’m glad I’ve waited until now.

  13. Oh God. I need this.

    The only other thing I need is all the EZ Streets episodes (cancelled awesome Paul Haggis TV show of the late 1990s). Not just the random handful of out-of-order episodes on the EZ Streets DVD.

  14. it’s loaded with excellent supplemental material, including lots of making-of documentaries and interviews.

    Interesting,
    I heard an interview where Lynch was raging against these kinds of extras, saying something like they took the mystery out of, and distracted from the finished piece of art.

  15. Well, I certainly lust after this, and have ceased feeling sad that I did not yet have any of the Twin Peaks DVDs.

  16. Speaking of poor tv-series dvd releases, I continue to be ashamed of the Northern Exposure releases. The first season had the humorous parka sleeve for the box, but other than that, it was terrible. The first disc was mislabeled, so Side A was really Side B, making for some very confused folks who were seeing the show for the first time but couldn’t figure out why everyone already had all this history together.

    Most of the original soundtrack was replaced, extras were limited to a brief handful of deleted scenes, I don’t even remember if there were any commentary tracks.

    Turns out the uber-fans in alt.tv.northern-exp had compiled their own DVD set, with great resolution captures, in order, with the original soundtrack, and TONS of extras. I’m considering buying that instead of picking up the other seasons, as they’re not that much better.

    sigh.
    diggum

  17. I heard an interview where Lynch was raging against these kinds of extras, saying something like they took the mystery out of, and distracted from the finished piece of art.

    I’m in the middle of reading Lynch on Lynch. He does say that he won’t to do commentary tracks, for the reason you said, but I don’t think he minds talking about his films–otherwise this book wouldn’t exist. There are some things he refuses to talk about, though, like how the baby in Eraserhead was done.

  18. in 1984 Stan Barr wrote a play and named it “Twin Peaks”. I forget the details, but Stan and David had some kind of company in common and Stan suspected that they had suggested to David that he steal the title Twin Peaks. Stan lived off Social Security and could not afford an attorney. He got a guy who had written legal textbooks on law to do some free work on it but the lawyer finally told Stan that it was too complex and he would have to come up with some way of paying the bill. That ended that. People Magazine interviewed Stan in los Angeles but some editor in New York decided not to run the interview. Stan’s mistake was simple-copyright does not apply to titles. Even though he copyrighted the business card with the name on it it didn’t apply. If he had Trademarked the name Twin Peaks David would have either paid up or come up with another name.

  19. I got this DVD set for Christmas, and it seems to be missing a scene. After episode 7 and before episode 8, I vaguely remember there being a scene in which Audrey Horne puts on a mask to evade her father at One Eyed Jacks. This was missing from the Gold Box Edition. Does anyone else remember this scene and/or does anyone think this is missing from the Gold Box edition at the end of 7 or the beginning of 8?

  20. We just got the set and it seems to be missing yet *another* scene…we haven’t gotten to episode 7/8, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be able to confirm the above “anonymous” findings soon. *sigh* How disappointing.

    Cooper has a dream at the end of episode #2. (He dreams of the man from another place and his “cousin” who looks like Laura Palmer. She whispers who killed Laura in his ear.) Episode #3 begins with the Horne family at the diningroom table. It DOES NOT include: The next morning, Cooper meets with Audrey, who confesses to leaving him the note about One Eyed Jack’s. Cooper tells Truman he can’t remember who the killer was in his dream, but insists the dream is a code to solving the crime. Albert, after offending everyone in town, is forced to end his autopsy early. Albert and Truman come to blows.

    What gives?! Didn’t Lynch personally approve this set? So confusing…

  21. We just got the set and it seems to be missing yet *another* scene…we haven’t gotten to episode 7/8, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be able to confirm the above “anonymous” findings soon. *sigh* How disappointing.

    Cooper has a dream at the end of episode #2. (He dreams of the man from another place and his “cousin” who looks like Laura Palmer. She whispers who killed Laura in his ear.) Episode #3 begins with the Horne family at the diningroom table. It DOES NOT include: The next morning, when Cooper meets with Audrey, who confesses to leaving him the note about One Eyed Jack’s. Cooper tells Truman he can’t remember who the killer was in his dream, but insists the dream is a code to solving the crime. Albert, after offending everyone in town, is forced to end his autopsy early. Albert and Truman come to blows.

    What gives?! Didn’t Lynch personally approve this set? So confusing…

  22. Anyone looking for those missing scenes…

    There seems to be an indexing problem on epsiode 8 (first episode 2nd season). The opening theme and first 10 to 15 minuets are all index 1. If you skip the theme, you miss the scenes listed. I have not checked all the episodes, but if you think anything else is missing, that might explain it.

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