HTF REVIEW: "Twin Peaks: The First Season SE DVD" - REVIEW UPDATED PAGE 2

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    After reading this initial review, please read the replies and then check out PAGE 2 where I have posted a FINAL UPDATE on my review of the series.
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    Twin Peaks: The First Season

    Welcome to Twin Peaks, Population 51201
    This is an interesting story, and really, it's
    almost the same story of my first experience
    watching The X-FILES boxed set.
    I am no big fan of David Lynch. I think the stuff
    he does is just plain weird -- that is -- with
    the exception of The Elephant Man, which
    I thought was brilliantly directed.
    Despite all the hoopla during its broadcast years,
    I had no interest whatsoever in Twin Peaks.
    I chalked the series up to being just another weirdness
    of David Lynch. When the DVD set was recently
    announced, I didn't even give it a second thought.
    But the folks at Artisan felt it necessary
    to send me a copy of the First Season Special
    Edition DVD. I was a little upset at first,
    I'll admit. This is a pretty costly DVD set, and
    this feeling of guilt came over me that I now had
    a responsibility to Artisan to review this set for
    them -- especially if I wanted to do future reviews
    for them.
    Okay, I thought, I would take the easy road out and
    just watch the first episode and write a review based
    on what I saw.
    Watching the first episode, I was about ready to
    turn my television off and just not do the review.
    But then....something happened. By the end of the
    first episode, I was finding myself wanting more.
    I watched the second episode -- and before I knew it --
    I was finishing episode three.
    Let me stop here and talk about this set....
    Handsomely cased in a removal plastic slipcase
    bearing Laura Palmer's picture, Twin Peaks The
    First Season unfolds into 5 sections. 4 of
    the sections contain plastic hubs with a photo
    beneath each that house the 4 discs that hold the
    complete 7 episodes for that season. The 5th
    section contains a pamphlet that contains an
    interview with Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), an
    index of chapters for each disc and episode, and
    a short bio of each of the main characters of
    Twin Peaks (which helped me immensely understand
    who was who).
    Upon watching the first episode, I became quite
    confused. EPISODE ONE starts with "Last Time on
    Twin Peaks". What do you mean "LAST TIME"?! Is this
    not the very first episode? It seems I missed a
    great deal involving Laura Palmer's death and
    of Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) arriving
    into town.
    Opening the small enclosed pamphlet, I see that
    a SUMMARY of the story so far is given. This leads
    me to believe that something aired prior to this
    television series, perhaps a pilot, that Artisan
    either did not have the rights to or chose not to
    include in this set. Fortunately, I was pretty much
    able to pick up what was going on right from the
    first episode.
    Before watching each episode, the viewer has the
    option to turn on many extras that can be added to
    the viewing experience. Here is a list of them:
    * Running Commentary by the Directors, Production
    Designers, etc.
    * Intro by the LOG LADY who we briefly meet in
    episode 2 (I think). Turning this feature on starts
    each episode with a philosophical ranting by the
    infamous log lady.
    * On Screen Script Notes: While watching the episode,
    a small campfirte icon appears on the screen. Click
    it to be taken to supplementary text that describes
    out-take scenes that support the current storyline, and
    things to watch for in the scene that have significance
    to things that happen later on.
    Those that have never watched TWIN PEAKS should
    watch with just the script notes turned on as well
    as the log lady introduction. Those that have already
    seen the episodes should opt for the running
    commentary.
    I was just amazed at how gorgeous the transfer
    is of this series on DVD. Checking the box I read
    that this is a newly remastered High-definition
    transfer. No shit! This is the best looking
    transfer of a television show I have seen on the
    format. The picture clarity has to be seen to be
    believed.
    I am sure that everyone will also be thrilled at
    the 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks that are
    included on this set. I opted for DTS, and was
    just blown away at how great the episodes sounded.
    There was extremely rich, strong sound from the
    front speakers. And the rear speakers came alive
    with a lot of rear music ambience that actually
    enveloped you into the entire presentation.
    I will say this again -- I have never seen a TV
    show look and sound as good as it does here.
    Disc 7 houses all the Supplemental Features
    that I am sure fans will be combing through. I must
    warn, however, the material is just as odd as the
    series itself. To begin, there's the Mark Frost
    interview with Wrapped In Plastic, which I found
    to be a fan based magazine. I must say that this
    is the oddest thing I have ever seen. Imagine these
    two geeks conducting a phone interview with Executive
    Producer Mark Frost. It's a general Q&A session that
    looks to be very revealing for fans that want to know
    everything about the Twin Peaks phenomenon.
    Learning to Speak in the Red Room is equally
    as weird. "Little Mike", the midget in the dream
    sequence in EPISODE TWO, gives courses on how to
    talk the language spoken in the red room, or better
    known as, the voices inside David Lynch's head.
    An Introduction to David Lynch begins with
    Catherinee Coulson (the Log Lady) talking about how
    she first met David Lynch. Film Producer Charles
    Ramirez talks about Lynch's brainstorm in coming
    up with the Red Room idea. We find out that Lynch is
    the type of individual that doesn't analyze or question
    what he does -- he just puts it out there (which
    in a nutshell totally explains his weirdness). This
    segment includes perspectives on Lynch from most of
    the major cast members, including Kyle MacLachlan.
    17 Pieces of Pie is an interview with
    Pat Cokewell, owner of the Mar T diner. Taking
    place during the Twin Peaks Fan Festival, the
    diner's owner recalls how she was approached to
    have her diner featured as the DOUBLE R DINER.
    17 pieces of pie refers to the amount of pie that
    the cast and crew ate during the first day of filming.
    Twin Peaks Directory is the most interesting
    of all the features. Laura Palmer becomes the
    center of a circle surrounded by the names of each
    character. By clicking on each character's name
    that surrounds her, you are told their relationship
    to her character. Click on another character and
    they become the center of an entirely new circle
    where you go through the same process of matching up
    character relationships. It may sound a bit confusing
    in description, but trust me, it's really neat!
    Included in this segment are biographies, episode
    facts and even video postcards from the characters.
    Final Thoughts....
    I spent three hours watching something I never
    thought you could pay me to watch. It's quite
    startling how I was drawn into this series --
    especially with how weird the characters within
    it are. But it's the characters that kept me
    returning. Whether it be Agent Dale Cooper,
    a wooden but extremely sharp FBI agent -or-
    Big Ed Hurley who loathes being married to
    Nadine, who is a real nutjob woman intent
    on inventing silent drape runners -or- Leo
    Johnson, who is the most suspicious of all the
    characters in town.
    I only watched the first three episodes, and yet,
    I have this strange desire to go back and check out
    the rest. I hope I'll find the time in the next
    upcoming weeks to do just that.
    Release Date: December 18th
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

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    Ron, Warner owns the rights to the pilot, and wouldn't give it up to Artisan. Anyone who wants one can get a copy of their very own through the offer my friend is making to anyone and all who wants a copy of the pilot. See my thread in Software for Sale/Trade!
     
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  4. Mark Silver

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    Ron, you will slowly become addicted to this show. However, when you reach the end of the set, you are going to be begging someone to borrow their tape set, as the final Episode of Season 1 ends with a big cliffhanger. One that is not resolved until almost the middle of Season 2.
     
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    As someone who just last year moved to where this was filmed (North Bend/Snoqualmie, WA), I am so jazzed to see this series I can hardly stand it. I never saw it when it was originally broadcast. I got the Pilot and watched it, and now I am anxiously awaiting season one. I hope they eventually release the whole series, or I will be seriously upset.

    Plus, it is really fun to be watching and saying to yourself "Hey, I know where that is, I live there, I eat there, I hike there, etc."
     
  6. Kenny Goldin

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    does anyone but lasersedge have the pilot in stock? They are out and I do not know if they will get it back in stock if it is so hard to find. What is keeping warner from just releasing it? Don't they realize it would sell well if they put it out at the same time as the Artisan boxed set?
     
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    Mwuahahahaaa(diabolical laughter). Ron, you have finally been sucked into the world of Twin Peaks[​IMG] . The biggest problem, How are you going to be able to wait for the rest of the series. I agree with Vince, get the pilot as soon as you can. It really ties things into place.
     
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    I know HKFlix.com had the DVD of the pilot in stock for a while...
     
  9. Antonio Silva

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    Ron ,
    Can you please tell if the discs have any subtitles or closed captions?
    Thanks...welcome to Twin Peaks [​IMG]
     
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    What's wrong with "weird" ?!?!? [​IMG] I take it you didn't see Mulholland Drive?
    (Bob...stooping at the end of the bed....yikes!)
     
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    Wow!

    Don't even think of watching TP without the pilot. Your best bet for quality is the laserdisc, because it has proper 3:2 pulldown and no PAL speedup. You just need to know where to stop the episode. The DVD is the next desirable alternative.
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Subtitles....

    Yes! I forgot to mention this, although it

    was written in my notes.

    There are NO subtitles, but, there is closed

    captioning.
     
  13. Mark Cappelletty

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    Kenny,

    This might not help, but I've seen the pilot all over Los Angeles (Rhino Records, Amoeba Records, etc.) after buying it from Laser's Edge back in October; most are selling it for $25-26

    Nice sig file-- I agree! (now is there anyway to find Hoyt Axton's "Mah-Mah-Mah-Mah-Mitchell" song on vinyl?)
     
  14. Vince Maskeeper

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    Thanks for the answer Ron.
    Cheers, [​IMG]
     
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    How many seasons were actually aired?

    Has Artisan announced any plans to release the other seasons? (Or are they waiting to see how well this set sells?)
     
  17. Mark Cappelletty

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    Gabe,

    I heard that the two-week delay in streeting this box set (from 12/04 to 12/18) was because of unexpected demand and the need to replicate more copies, so that's a pretty good indication that we'll probably see a Season 2 box set within the next year.
     
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    Whoops, sorry.
     

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