Today the "Definitive Gold Box Edition" of the complete "Twin Peaks" arrives on DVD, not so many months after the DVD release of the series’ second season, but still with plenty of time to purchase the set as an early holiday gift for someone, stare at it for a few days, give in and open it, then save up the $70 or so bucks to buy another one. Is it worth such delinquent behavior? "Normally, I’d be protesting louder than anyone about this flagrant case of double-dipping," writes Jen Chaney at the Washington Post. "But here’s the thing: This gold box edition is freaking fantastic, maybe even better than one of Cooper’s damn fine cups of coffee." Keith Uhlich and Ed Gonzalez at Slant point out some worthy extras:
More good stuff appears on disc 10, beginning with "A Slice of Lynch," in which Lynch is served a piece of cherry pie before hallucinating a sit-down with Kyle MacLachlan, MÃ¤dchen Amick, and John Wentworth. Much is discussed in 30 minutesâ€”like MacLachlan getting the part of Dale Cooper, the casting of Bob, and Lynch kissing Amick, over and over and over againâ€”before Lynch ends the chat with a seven-word summation of the show.
We can only imagine. Actually, we can’t. Lynch chats about the series with Jeff Jensen at Entertainment Weekly:
I know ABC asked you and co-creator Mark Frost to wrap up the Laura Palmer murder mystery much sooner than you wantedâ€”
About 10 years sooner!
Dennis Lim at the LA Times adds of the series ending:
The brilliant finale, a byzantine and often terrifying mood piece as boldly avant-garde as anything Lynch has ever made, is, in its way, a deeply satisfying act of revenge. Having been forced to get to the bottom of his central mystery ahead of schedule, Lynch took his leave from the world of serial television with a defiant nonending, plunging further into his characters’ haunted unconscious and posing many more questions than he answered.
Also, over at the Guardian Film Blog, Danny Leigh worries about Lynch after the director’s declaration that he’s done with film.
Having to negotiate the real world while remaining faithful to his vision has been the key to many of Lynch’s finest moments. But now, thanks to digital he can do what he wants, when he wants – no script, no executives, just the ideas as they come. The upside could, of course, be a whole new era of films that serve to constantly re-ignite that ol’ Lynch magic. The risk? Well, I loved Inland Empire; I’d happily watch it again at home tonight. Even I, however, don’t know that I want a sequel just yet.
+ Taking Another Trip to ‘Twin Peaks’ (Washington Post)
+ Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition (Slant)
+ David Lynch: Climbing the ‘Peaks’ (Entertainment Weekly)
+ ‘Twin Peaks’ gets its due at last (LA Times)
+ Are you ready for Inland Empire II? (Guardian Film Blog)