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Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery(TV) (1990-1992)
An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
For more about Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray release, see Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on July 30, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Eric DaRe, Miguel Ferrer
Directors: David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Tim Hunter, Caleb Deschanel, Duwayne Dunham, Todd Holland
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Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray Review
A damn fine cup of coffee and a piece of cherry pie...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, July 30, 2014
The death of Twin Peaks didn't come by cancellation. No, it was a violent implosion that brought an end to David Lynch and Mark Frost's cult phenomenon. After garnering high praise from spellbound audiences and critics in 1990 with its first daring season, the tragically short-lived series began to fall apart a year later, with a more erratic second season that, in retrospect, was doomed to fail almost from the start. Not only did network execs make the decision to up the episode count from seven to twenty-two, hoping to capitalize on the show's popularity, they demanded the resolution of Laura Palmer's murder, which came just eight episodes in. With the central mystery all but solved and answers proving... divisive, Twin Peaks was forced to dramatically reorient and restructure, a necessity that slowly sent viewers scurrying. By the time the second season found its footing -- and, believe me, it did, ending with a razor-sharp arc that culminated in a jaw-dropping cliffhanger -- it was too late. Twin Peaks, which had once burned so intensely no one could look away, had been snuffed out.
The rest of the story is the stuff of post-development hell. Lynch and Frost split. Irreconcilable differences. Key members of the cast parted ways. Most stood by their director, but others, Kyle MacLachlan in particular, felt abandoned, while still others like Lara Flynn Boyle held a grudge, refusing to return to the Lynch fold. Wounded, reeling and above all obsessed, Lynch hurriedly announced, wrote and produced the now-infamous 1992 theatrical prequel Fire Walk with Me; sans Boyle and with a distressing eleventh hour change that, by MacLachlan's own request, reduced Agent Cooper's role to a glorified cameo. Booed at Cannes, eviscerated by critics and flatly rejected at the box office (earning less than $5 million), the feature film was nothing short of the saga's death knell. Twin Peaks was no more.
And yet the series continues its rise from the ashes, even some twenty-two years after its immolation. Still largely unfinished and unresolved, yes, but with a growing fanbase as fascinated by the series and its strange smalltown mysteries as it is by the story of its production, tumultuous run and untimely end. Make no mistake, despite its faults, Twin Peaks altered the television landscape forever. We still reap the benefits today. It remains as engrossing a story as it ever was, with a bold, surreal, cinematic eccentricity that stands in defiance of its age and almost prophetically ahead of its time.
"There are many stories in Twin Peaks. Some of them are sad, some funny. Some are stories of madness, of violence. Some are ordinary, yet they all have about them a sense of mystery. The mystery of life. Sometimes, the mystery of death. The mystery of the woods, the woods surrounding Twin Peaks. To introduce this story, let me just say it encompasses the all. It is beyond the fire, though few would know that meaning. It is a story of many, but it begins with one. And I knew her. The one leading to the many is Laura Palmer. Laura is the one."
The Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery features twenty-nine episodes, the feature film Fire Walk with Me, and numerous extras -- new, old and remastered -- spread across ten BD-50 discs:
- Disc 2: Season One, Episodes 3-7
- Disc 3: Season Two, Episodes 1-3
- Disc 4: Season Two, Episodes 4-7
- Disc 5: Season Two, Episodes 8-11
- Disc 6: Season Two, Episodes 12-15
- Disc 7: Season Two, Episodes 16-19
- Disc 8: Season Two, Episodes 20-22
- Disc 9: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
- Disc 10: Additional Bonus Content
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray, Video Quality
Twin Peaks offers a faithfully and meticulously remastered 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation that looks even better than I anticipated. Though there's some slight -- slight -- variation in quality as the series proper unfolds, it's extremely negligible, and really comes down to scattered white specks and the occasional halo. Nothing of consequence or concern. Otherwise, Season One fares as well as Season Two, which, setting aside the differences in production values, aspect ratio and other factors, handily bests Fire Walk with Me. (More on the feature film in a moment.) The series' colors are lovely, richly saturated and almost unnervingly warm, to the point that they sometimes come on a bit strong. It's all well within Lynch and cinematographer Frank Byers' intentions, though, and I never felt anything was off the mark. Skintones are quite striking, primaries are vivid (even visceral when more startling or surreal imagery is employed) and black levels are deep and inky, without hindering delineation. Detail is excellent too, from the pilot to the second season finale, with clean, naturally defined edges, crisply resolved fine textures, revealing close-ups and an unobtrusive, filmic layer of perfectly preserved grain. The only softness that creeps in originates in the series' photography, and I didn't notice any significant macroblocking, banding, crush or other unsightly issues. Every now and then I caught sight of some faint ringing or flickering, but nothing that made its way into my notes, and certainly nothing remotely severe. I'm still pretty blown away by the show's presentation. Fans will be ecstatic.
Fire Walk with Me delivers a decidedly decent 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation as well, albeit one that isn't as attractive or proficiently remastered as the series' image. Contrast and clarity are generally pleasing, even though skintones are a tad washed out and primaries are as brilliant as they could be. Black levels are strong nonetheless, shadows are absorbing and detail is exacting. (Much more so than it is in the French MK2 Blu-ray release.) Edge definition is, for the most part, precise, textures follow suit, and grain is mostly intact. There are several scenes in which the film takes on a mildly over-processed appearance -- note the shots at the beginning of Chapter 4 for starters, when Agents Desmond and Stanley arrive at the Deer Meadow Sheriff station -- but insofar as noise reduction is concerned, it hasn't been utilized in too egregious a manner; at least not one that produces any serious smearing or negative side effects. There also aren't any encoding issues, save a hint of artifacting and noise that sneaks into some darker shots. It definitely isn't as much of a revelation as the series' remaster and resurrection -- or a product of the tender loving care afforded the show -- but it still delivers and bests everything release that's come before it, domestic or intentional.
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery features a wonderful DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround experience. The series' sound design makes the transition to 7.1 surround with ease. The eerie sounds eerier, the unsettling more unsettling, and the atmospheric that much more atmospheric. Ambient effects have been distributed across the soundfield to great effect and Angelo Badalamenti's score fills and floods every channel, and without overpowering dialogue or fainter subtleties. The show remains a product of the early '90s, of course, and to that end the track is a smartly remixed throwback that neither overplays its hand nor underwhelms the listener. Voices are clear and intelligible, with only a small, easy to shrug off sampling of tinny, muffled or less than perfectly prioritized dialogue snippets. LFE output is weighty and haunting, exuding power at all the right moments and exercising restraint whenever a more measured low-end touch is required. The rear speakers are used somewhat sparingly, yet the soundfield is immersive and engaging, creating an all too convincing small town environment suited to the good-natured eccentricity and twisted underbelly of Twin Peaks. Sequences involving Bob, the Red Room and other supernatural elements are particularly aggressive too. Madness sounds maddening, insanity bring with it a creepy sonic instability, and violent acts pierces the soundscape... well, violently. And it all pairs with the series' video presentation masterfully. Again, I couldn't be happier.
Fire Walk with Me also includes a first-class DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track; one more comfortable in the move to Blu-ray and an eight-channel home theater mix. Dialogue is clean, carefully centered and neatly prioritized, even when chaos erupts or the surreal begins to seep into the real world. The LFE channel and rear speakers give their all as well, forging an able-bodied experience that's more cinematic than that which accompanies the television series. Directionality is commendable, pans are smooth and dynamics are quite good, without anything in the way of issues or shortcomings. There are a few scenes that sound a bit thin and flat compared to the rest, but it seems the film's sound design, not the lossless track, is the culprit. Other than that, though, there isn't anything to complain about. Fire Walk with Me doesn't sound like a film that was shot yesterday -- it too is a product of the early '90s -- but no matter. I doubt it could be much better than this.
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
The 10-disc Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery is easily one of the year's must-have television releases. Actually, forget television. It's one of the year's best. Period. Not only has rediscovering the series been a blast, the show's remaster and video presentation are magnificent, its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track is strong, and the extras are terrific. Fire Walk with Me looks and sounds pretty good too, and includes even tastier special features, among them ninety minutes of deleted scenes fans have been clamoring to see for decades. It just doesn't get much better than this. If you've never experienced the weird and wonderful surreality of Twin Peaks, there's no time like the present to take the plunge. If you've already fallen in love with the series and all its mysteries, eccentric inhabitants and otherworldly denizens, don't delay. The Entire Mystery comes highly recommended.
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• This Week on Blu-ray: July 29-August 5 - July 27, 2014
For the week of July 29th, Paramount is bringing Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - which contains both seasons of the iconic TV show, director David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me movie, and ninety minutes of Fire Walk with Me deleted scenes - to Blu-ray. ...
• Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray - Full Trailer - June 24, 2014
CBS Home Entertainment has released a new trailer for its upcoming Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. The release will be available for purchase on July 29th.
• Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - Lynch Interviews Leland - June 10, 2014
CBS Home Entertainment has released a clip from Between Two Worlds, in which David Lynch interviews the Palmer Family -- Leland, Sarah and daughter Laura -- about their current existence, 25 years after Laura's murder. The exclusive new featurette will be included ...
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