Today, I have the privilege of reviewing one of my most anticipated titles ever: TWIN PEAKS. I have been a big fan of David Lynch for many years, however I was never able to watch TWIN PEAKS for some reason. When I could find one of the VHS tapes, I could never find the rest; same with the DVDs. But now Paramount has released the entire series on Blu-ray, along with FIRE WALK WITH ME (the prequel movie), and a slew of extra features. Thus, this is a Lynch fan’s dream!
I have to say: the show is definitely worth all of the hype. I daresay it is now one of my Top Ten TV Shows of All Time. Full of intrigue and dark humor, this murder mystery goes WAY beyond the boundaries of normalcy and offers a vastly entertaining experience. If you’re new to the show like I was, this is the definitive collection to pick up. And if you’re a veteran “Peaker”, then you’ll want to snatch this up as a collector’s item. Regardless, make sure this set is on your To Buy List.
If you are not familiar with TWIN PEAKS, here is the plot synopsis:
The body of a young girl (Laura Palmer) is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to start the first episode. I have seen FIRE WALK WITH ME a couple of times in the past decade or so, but it pales in comparison to the TV show. When the somber opening theme music started on the pilot episode, my arms broke out in goosebumps. And when the final episode finished, I almost cried. “More!” my brain screamed.
Thankfully, this set includes just about everything PEAKS related that is available. In addition to the complete series (including a foreign pilot that is a bit different than the U.S. version) and the prequel movie, this contains several extras that will satiate even the heartiest of fans.
Each episode of TWIN PEAKS is shot well, in typical Lynch fashion. The cinematography does a magnificent job of capturing the picturesque Pacific Northwest landscape, and every detail can be accounted for onscreen. The HD transfer for the Blu-ray looks great, although the episodes are still in Fullscreen (I was hoping for Widescreen). This is not a detractor at all, just an observation.
Likewise, the sound quality is excellent. I enjoyed hearing the rushing water of the waterfall and other ambient sounds in my surround sound speakers, as it immersed me even deeper into the show.
The cast is stellar, with an all-star ensemble of Who’s Who in Hollywood today. Kyle MacLachlan does an outstanding job as the quirky Agent Cooper; Laura Flynn Boyle and Sherilyn Fenn shine as classmates of the deceased Laura Palmer; Dana Ashbrook is the gruff and wild Bobby Briggs; Joan Chen sizzles as Jocelyn Packard; and so on. I could go on, but my review would get a bit monotonous pretty quick.
This TWIN PEAKS Blu-ray collection is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend it. If you’re not already a fan, now is the perfect time to get on the bandwagon (new episodes of the show will air next year, 2017, on Showtime!); if you’re an existing fan, add this set to your library and enjoy knowing it is there. The collection is available now.