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


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#1 of 153 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 06 2001 - 08:18 AM

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

 

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#2 of 153 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted December 06 2001 - 08:25 AM

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!

#3 of 153 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted December 06 2001 - 08:26 AM

Quote:
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.

Ron.

Stop, and buy the Pilot. Watch it now. Order it from Lasersedge or from Jeff...

Seriously. I'll send you my copy if I have to. YOu are really missing out by not seeing the pilot! It's the best episode (besides the last one of season one).

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#4 of 153 OFFLINE   Mark Silver

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Posted December 06 2001 - 08:36 AM

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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Posted December 06 2001 - 09:35 AM

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."
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#6 of 153 OFFLINE   Kenny Goldin

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Posted December 06 2001 - 10:58 AM

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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Posted December 06 2001 - 11:14 AM

Mwuahahahaaa(diabolical laughter). Ron, you have finally been sucked into the world of Twin PeaksPosted Image . 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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#8 of 153 OFFLINE   Chuck Dowling

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Posted December 06 2001 - 12:38 PM

I know HKFlix.com had the DVD of the pilot in stock for a while...

#9 of 153 OFFLINE   Antonio Silva

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Posted December 06 2001 - 01:44 PM

Ron ,

Can you please tell if the discs have any subtitles or closed captions?

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#10 of 153 OFFLINE   Patrick Larkin

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Posted December 06 2001 - 03:08 PM

What's wrong with "weird" ?!?!? Posted Image I take it you didn't see Mulholland Drive?

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#11 of 153 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted December 06 2001 - 04:03 PM

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 of 153 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 06 2001 - 09:01 PM

Subtitles....

Yes! I forgot to mention this, although it
was written in my notes.

There are NO subtitles, but, there is closed
captioning.

 

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#13 of 153 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted December 06 2001 - 09:37 PM

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

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#14 of 153 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted December 07 2001 - 02:26 AM

Kenny,

http://www.hometheat....threadid=28023


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Posted December 07 2001 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for the answer Ron.

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#16 of 153 OFFLINE   Gabe Sigler

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Posted December 07 2001 - 02:56 AM

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?)
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#17 of 153 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted December 07 2001 - 03:30 AM

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.

#18 of 153 OFFLINE   BrianB

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Posted December 07 2001 - 06:23 AM

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How many seasons were actually aired?

Two seasons. The first season was short - effectively 8 episodes, whilst the second was full length - effectively 22 episodes.

Some were shown as back to back double length ones. Overall, there's a total of 30 episodes + pilot + Fire Walk With Me.
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#19 of 153 OFFLINE   Aryn Leroux

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Posted December 07 2001 - 07:40 AM

actually there are 29 episodes total Posted Image
heres a good link to a episode guide.

http://www.twinpeaks....k/shows/tp.asp

actually it is 30 after all if you count pilot my mistake :b

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Posted December 07 2001 - 08:35 AM

Whoops, sorry.
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