(aka 'Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series)')
Twin Peaks is an American
Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody- and Golden Globe-winning television serial drama
created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, first broadcast on April 8, 1990 and last
broadcast on June 10, 1991. Although created by Lynch and Frost, most of the 30
episodes are by different writers and directors. The show is set in the
fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The primary filming took place in
Snoqualmie and North Bend, Washington.
Theatrical Release: April 8th, 1990
DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1, 4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Paramount Home Video - Region 1, 4 - NTSC|
|Runtime||47 minutes x 29 episodes (plus pilot - 1 1/2 hours, extras)|
Average Bitrate: 7.71 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, Portuguese, None|
• International Pilot
• Deleted Scenes
This Paramount ' Definitive Gold Box Edition' represents 10 dual-layered discs containing some 29 episodes and supplements from the 'anti-Mayberry' - dark and brooding Twin Peaks. The discs are coded for regions 1 and 4 in the NTSC standard ready for sale in South American as well with Spanish and Portuguese subs and DUBs offered as options. It is housed in a custom case with stacked clear -plastic holders that open in a book-style format.
The image looks tremendous - almost as exceptional as high-definition. It has a dark appearance with excellent color balance, contrast , black levels and detail. It shows some very minor digital noise but overall some of the best looking TV on SD DVD I have ever seen. When the 5.1 track is called upon - it is up to the task - dialogue is always clear and audible with subtitle options available. Outstanding transfers.
Fans will be quite pleased with the inclusion of not only the pilot episode but also the 'international' version of the pilot. On the last disc we have some featurettes - Running about 30 minutes is A Slice of Lynch it offers talking head comments from David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, and the sound editor John Wentworth. There is a humorous look at Twin Peaks fan festivals and a most enjoyable - Secrets From Another Place. This has more interviews (cast and crew) and a fair amount on production and development - quite worthwhile. Two Saturday Night Live pieces are included - satire stuff with Kyle MacLachlan plus filler in the form of a music video, TV spots, an interactive 'map' of the town, some stills galleries etc. . There are also four deleted scenes on the previous disc (#9) but I can't say they held any viable interest for me.
NOTE: They are supplements from the two stand-alone boxes (Season 1 and 2) that are not included in this Gold Edition set - namely the commentaries from the first season box set and the interviews from the second season (plus a few other tidbits).
Fans who don't own one of the two previously releases Season boxsets will want to pick this up for sure. For those that already own Season 1 and 2 - it will be a decision based on how much you adore the show. The extras, pilot and image quality may be enough to swing over many for double-dipping. This is a very impressive collection.
NOTE: 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.
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