directed by David Lynch and Others
USA 1990

 

From three-time Academy-Award nominee for directing David Lynch ("The Elephant Man," "Blue Velvet," and "Mulholland Drive") and Mark Frost comes the wildly imaginative, darkly comic mystery-thriller series that is one of the most acclaimed events in television history, "Twin Peaks"...

The hunt for the killer of Twin Peaks homecoming queen Laura Palmer turns ugly for Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), who comes under investigation when he is suspended from the FBI for his unauthorized raid on the One-Eyed Jacks casino. Shot by a mysterious assailant upon returning to the Great Northern Hotel, he survives the attack...and receives some bizarre clues about Laura's murder from a giant that suddenly materializes during his recuperation. A fire at the mill leaves several residents - and possible suspects - missing. With the help from Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), Cooper attempts to decipher the secret of the Black Lodge...an undertaking that may release its sinister revelations just as the town is preparing for its festive "Miss Twin Peaks" contest. And Laura Palmer's secret diary is uncovered...containing details best read over a steaming hot cup o'joe.

Television: 2nd Season starting September 30th, 1990

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DVD Review: Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Kurtis Beard for the Review!

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Paramount Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1081min
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Portugese
Subtitles English, Spanish, and Portugese
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Disc 1: Jennifer Lynch (3:45)
• Disc 2: Todd Holland (4:10)
• Disc 3: Caleb Deschanel (4:20)
• Disc 4: Duwayne Dunham (4:00)
• Disc 5: Stephen Gyllenhaal (3:40)
• Disc 6: Tim Hunter (2:40)
• Disc 6: Interactive Grid Interviews (39:00)
• Log Lady Introductions

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2007
3 Slim-Cases in a Carboard Box

Chapters 6

 

 

Comments:

Video:

Artisan's release "Twin Peaks: Season 1” is frequently criticized for its over-saturated image. Although Lynch and company used red filters while shooting the series, Artisan's release conveys orange skin tones and inaccurate color schemes. The intended image has long been debated in many online film circles, and Paramount’s release will likely fuel further discussion. However, I am pleased with the new remastered transfer. While deep red accents are maintained, skin tones are rendered realistically. There are instances of damage (occasional instances of combing and the rare surface scratch), but this full screen image is a huge improvement over the Artisan set. The Log Lady introductions are considerably weaker and comparatively, appear much softer with far less detail. (With this new release, it is also possible to skip the title sequence.)

Sound:

For David-Lynch enthusiasts, a robust audio track is especially crucial to experience his work. This new Dolby Digital 5.1 English track complements Lynch's precise audio work with fine detail and clarity. Both dialogue and sound effects are crisp, and Angelo Badalemnti's score is given ample attention.

Extras:

Aside from the Log Lady introductions, which offer some fun through faux philosophical meandering, there is a vast array of interviews from numerous individuals. On each disc, a cast or crew member speaks on a topic related to the respective episodes. However, on the sixth disc, there is a vast collection of various interviews arranged in a clever grid system. Of the topics that are addressed, the origin of the series, production anecdotes, and the lasting appeal of the series are covered. While interesting insights are offered, these extra features are somewhat lackluster with the glaring omission of Lynch’s opinion. Fans of the series may also be disappointed by the lack of any commentary tracks.

Menus, Packaging, and Cover Art:

The menus are well-designed in a minimalist but innovative fashion (see the interactive grid on disc six). The discs are included in slim-cases, which are relatively convenient. Surprisingly, the cover art color scheme has been designed to coincide with Artisan's season one release. The consistency is likely appreciated by fans.

 - Kurtis Beard

 



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