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Twin Peaks : The Complete Second Season (DVD)

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I thought I’d win the lottery before I saw the second season of “Twin Peaks” on DVD – I really did. But thanks to some licence trade-offs; a consummate DVD editing team and the [I’m assuming they played a part] persistence of fans, the much-delayed second [and final] season of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s early 90s masterpiece – crazy, yes, but still a masterpiece – finally arrives on disc.


Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Richard Beymer, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, James Marshall, Lara Flynn Boyle, Grace Zabriskie, David Duchovny

I thought I’d win the lottery before I saw the second season of “Twin Peaks” on DVD – I really did. But thanks to some licence trade-offs; a consummate DVD editing team and the [I’m assuming they played a part] persistence of fans, the much-delayed second [and final] season of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s early 90s masterpiece – crazy, yes, but still a masterpiece – finally arrives on disc.

Yes, one expects ‘the world’ based on how long we’ve been waiting for the second season to arrive – the first season was released by Artisan 6 years ago! – and this package is hardly worth writing home about, but it’s here none-the-less.

Paramount had an opportunity to do something really special with this second season DVD set – and though they’ve gone to some trouble, they really could’ve done a lot more (granted, David Lynch isn’t a fan of DVDs, so the lack of DVD extras could fall on him – since he probably owns most of the old vintage promo material and interviews that they could’ve put on here as supplemental materials) than what they have.

Truth is, the first season extras – and even they were none too exciting – were better. Here, there’s a bunch of interviews (littered across the discs), where we here from members of cast and crew (near everyone but cast and crew), but they’re all too brief and inconsequential to get excited about. The ‘Log Lady’ introductions to the episodes – originally aired on cable in the states, when the show was repeated – aren’t exactly compulsory viewing either. I can’t figure out why they couldn’t have dug up some talk-show interviews with the cast; some TV spots; or even put together a piece on the cult hit that is.

On a better note, the transfers are great – much better than the first season. The colours are vibrant; there’s greater detail and you’d be hard pressed spotting too much dirt on the negative. All-in-all, it both looks and sounds rather sweet.

The second season is a ‘fans’ season – in other words, if you weren’t a die-hard devotee of the series, you’d be lost. Not just that, You’d hate it. The ‘Laura Palmer’ mystery was solved by about episode 15, and then the show took off into another area – largely, it started fixing on the many rogues of Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) past, like the dastardly Windom Earle. In my opinion, the only weak point of the series is the fact that we never find out what happens to Cooper after his doppleganger leaves the Red Room… the series ends on a major cliffhanger – one that would never be solved.

Still fantastic stuff, but it just went a bit too far south for occasional viewers. Us fans though… we thought it was tastier than a slice of pie from Norma’s Diner.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris

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