twinpeaks

One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new showtime series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new Twin Peaks is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by David Lynch. This collection includes all 18 parts of the Showtime series, plus a wealth of exclusive, behind-the-scenes special features that will show fans what’s behind the red curtain and the making of this extraordinary television event.

twinpeakslimiteddvdStudio: Paramount
Year: 2017
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Run time: 1030 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 8 DVD
Region: A

The series has some glaring issues that could have been taken care of if Lynch had more time, or a better team. For example, the first two episodes don’t look like Twin Peaks. They seem to be just an average weird movie. But, they are redeemed by the Chromatics performance, that just mend the atmosphere. There is great weird music, but for whatever reason, it’s not enough of it. The atmosphere of the original series heavily depended on music. Some episodes of this series actually get it right, so I assume it was just an issue of Lynch not having enough time and music for all of them.

Some of the series’ ‘highlights’ include a man sweeping a floor for about 3 minutes, Dr Jacoby spray painting shovels for what felt like an age, and episode after episode of characters staring blankly at each other, waiting an eternity before delivering their lines. The Douglas Jones aspect became tedious almost immediately. The police officers /detectives who were supposed to be funny, notably the one with the idiotic laugh, were about as funny as haemorrhoids. And the less said about episode 8 the better. Watching a nuclear explosion in e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n, the Giant floating upwards for minute after painful minute, and a full performance by Nine Inch Nails?! If I wanted to watch a music video, I’d go on YouTube. The pacing of each episode was excruciatingly slow, just for the sake of being slow; the 55-minute episodes could easily have been condensed to 20 minutes and they still wouldn’t have felt rushed.

The original series tackled dark issues and the supernatural but it didn’t resort to nudity, swearing or any particularly graphic content, things which are now all too common in series three. Not that any of these things bother me at all but they simply have no place in Twin Peaks; in my opinion, it’s just not that type of show. Most of the swearing feels totally excessive, unwarranted, forced, and included for no other reason than to include some swearing. The sex scenes seemed pointless too, especially the one in the first episode that was put in purely for Madeline Zima to flash her flesh. The graphic scenes (the crushing /bursting skulls spring to mind) also appeared to have been added for sake of showing graphic content.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Special Features

  • Series Promos Produced by David Lynch
  • Twin Peaks: Phenomenon
  • Part 1: Creation
  • Part 2: Life After Death
  • Part 3: Renaissance
  • Comic-Con 2017: Twin Peaks Panel
  • Crew List
  • A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks
  • Richard Beymer Films
  • Behind the Red Curtain
  • I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun
  • Rancho Rosa Logos
  • Impressions: A Journey Behind the Scenes of ‘Twin Peaks’
  • The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair
  • Tell It Martin
  • Two Blue Balls
  • The Number of Completion
  • Bad Binoculars
  • See You On the Other Side Dear Friend
  • Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers
  • A Bloody Finger In Your Mouth
  • The Polish Account
  • A Pot of Boiling Oil

Special Features: 10/10

Final Thoughts

the atmosphere is great in most of the episodes, the music is good, and each of the characters is unique. There is mystery and enough weirdness to please Lynch’s fans. I don’t understand his abstractions and their meaning, and I’m not even sure he does have a coherent understanding of his own associations.
Overall Rating: 7/10