TP Gold Box Mini Review
Mini-Review by Jordan
Finally, the entire Twin Peaks series in one box set. No more multiple box sets, no more tapes, no more individual DVDs -- it's all here in one set. Having only received the DVD today and only having time to pretty much watch most of the special features, this will be a short mini-review. Expect a fuller review this weekend.
First, let's talk about the DVD box cover. Many fans have been extremely unhappy with the design. The gold box cover just doesn't look Twin Peaks enough. However, the digital images we've seen online are a lot more golden in color than the actual physical box. In your hands, it doesn't look as bad as I had thought it might look. The back side of the box has a nice golden-tint shot of the train car from the series, along with the contents of the boxset.
Inside the box set is the "book" of DVDs which also contains a "Greetings from Twin Peaks DVD Postcards" envelope containing 12 of the collectable cards.The quality of these cards are very nice. You'll also find a sheet for David Lynch's coffee.
The book of DVD's opens up to 10 discs, all with a nice tan-golden design.
So let's get to the Special Features.
Having been involved with the filming of the Twin Peaks Festival, we watched it first, and it's a great 20 minutes that really does give a nice impression of the Festival. Many of the fest-goers do a great job representing the Festival and show. Be sure to sit through the credits at the end for some outtakes and funny moments (the first one is of Kelly accidentally spitting on me).
The Slice of Lynch featurette is absolutely wonderful! It's a round table discussion between Lynch, Amick, MacLachlan and Wentworth discusing the show. At one point, Lynch brings up why Laura's killer was revealed, and it's obvious that it still frustrates and bothers him. It would've been nice to have had a few more people involved in the round table, but it's still very good. Lynch also explains the story about how BOB was discovered.
There's also a 1 hour and 45 minute featurette that spans the entire series, including both seasons and the music. Time didn't allow for us to watch all of it but we did scan to a scene of Kenneth Welsh being interviewed (this was filmed during the Festival when he attended). But scanning through the scenes, it was obvious that Charlie de Lauzrika's team put togehter some great interviews with a large amount of interviews, including Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Catherine Coulson, and a whole lot more! It should make for some great viewing when I get a chance.
Also included are TV Spots, bumpers, SNL sketch and MacLachlan monologue, Richard Beymer photos and a lot more. On Disc 9, there's also 4 deleted scenes on the DVD. It includes a scene with Jerry Horne, another with Jacoby and Cooper, one with Andy and Lucy buying donuts, and also a scene with Sylvia, Jacoby, Audrey and Johnny that gives a little bit more insight into Johnny's condition. Of the four, this one is probably the most interesting of the scenes. Fans should also note that the reason why there are not more scenes is due to the fact that many of the unused video and audio masters from the series were destroyed quite some time ago. Before the scenes start, there is short note mentioning this.
Alright, so after watching many of the features, we did watch the alternate ending of the pilot from Disc 1, and it looks and sounds great! The video quality is solid and of course, the sound was approved by Lynch so you know it's also solid. Having not watched any of the other discs, I can't really say anything more about the quality of the video and audio, but I'm sure it looks like the Season 2 set. Maybe more on all this after the weekend, including some screenshots!
(Thanks to CBS/Paramount for the review disc.)