Two years ago society at large finally got the most complete version of Twin Peaks with the release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. It was an amazing box set full of Easter Eggs and the long anticipated deleted scenes from the follow up film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Fans around the globe rejoiced at finally having the definitive answer to “Who killed Laura Palmer?”
Except for the poor fans, who were bemoaning the $120 price tag.
CBS, being benevolent Blu-ray overlords, heard the pleas of the common folk and declared “Fine! You shall have Twin Peaks as well, you poor ragamuffins! For $70 less! But we’re taking a disc back and making the box less pretty. It’s the price you pay for poverty.”
“Whoa whoa whoa Mr. Review Guy,” I hear you say, “I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. I just crawled out from under a rock and I don’t know what Twin Peaks is!”
Oops, Loyal Reader, you’re absolutely correct.
Twin Peaks is a 30 episode television series that originally aired in 1990 and ran for two seasons. The story centered on a murder mystery being investigated by FBI Agent Dale Cooper, whose methods were unorthodox, to say the least. Fitting in rather well with the townsfolk who all had their own secrets and idiosyncrasies, Cooper finds himself at odds with darker and more sinister forces at work…until the second season ends on a cliffhanger.
David Lynch, not wanting to leave the story unfinished, or have it make some semblance of sense, decided to make a film that would act as a prequel AND sequel called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. While appreciated by fans, the movie is largely concerned with the last hours of Laura Palmer’s life, which is far darker than anything shown on the series at that point, and with only a handful of the characters the loyal viewership has come to know and love over the course of thirty hours of television. While technically a box office bomb, the film still earned cult status because of the rumors of a four hour cut that might have someday seen the light of day. Well, it never did, but the content of that cut is on this set, hence the Missing Pieces part!
Now, all kidding aside, even though it’s missing the disc of bonus features, this is still a solid set, and budget priced for the consumer. You’ve still got hours of content to get through and the 90 minutes of deleted scenes from the Fire Walk With Me film are the Holy Grail for Peakers (I don’t know if that’s an actual name for Twin Peaks fans, but if it’s not, I’m making it one.) The box is also a standard nine disc keepcase with a slipbox, forgoing the beautiful and intricate set that was originally offered. Also, the audio sync issues that plagued the original have been corrected for this set, so no worries on that front. It’s still missing the episode commentaries that were present on the season one DVD release, but those weren’t present on The Gold Box DVD release either.
Long story short: If you want to save a few bucks, buy this set. It still has some special features, like the Log Lady intros, but it isn’t as comprehensive as the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery set.