Twin Peaks could easily be classified as a network TV catalog title.
It could be. Most wouldn't dare.
I certainly wouldn't.
In 1990-91, Twin Peaks grabbed television viewers by their throats, and didn't release its continuously confusing, befuddling, and frustrating strangle-hold for 30 47-minute episodes.
This was not your typical TV police procedural.
There must have been a waiting list of filmmakers desiring to direct episodes.
Among those on tap, 6 by David Lynch, 4 by Lesli Linka Glatter, and more from cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, Tim Hunter, Todd Holland, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton and others.
The new Blu-ray from Paramount via CBS is something to behold. Beautifully packaged in a sturdy box, but there are a decent number of nicely packaged Blu-rays out there. It's what's inside that matters most. This is not a product that was rushed to Blu-ray, mastered from whatever film elements were easily available.
All 1,503 minutes were scanned from original negatives, and fully cleaned and restored. Color balance, black levels, shadow detail is all in place. Audio has been re-mixed to DTS-HD MA 7.1 -- something decidedly different for a production in it's original TV aspect ratio of 1.33:1
Grain structure is perfect.
As with the series, the feature version --Twin Peaks: Walk Fire with Me, also had its image harvested from the original negatives -- this time accessing the elements in Europe, to create the finest presentation possible.
Imagery was digitally restored, with a final result that stands beautifully next to the series, with proper color, densities, and grain structure intact.
I've only had a chance to touch the surface of this release, which is filled to overflowing with extras.
Finally, one of the great Events in television history, has made its way to Blu-ray, with everything intact.
Twin Peaks on Blu-ray is a class act, and may possibly be the Best Blu-ray of 2014 featuring TV product.
Image - 5
Audio - 5