There were no doughnuts, coffee or dancing dwarfs on Saturday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but there was a room backed full of die-hard Twin Peaks fans, all awaiting their first look at CBS Home Entertainment’s Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray, which hit stores shortly after the convention.
The new set includes all content from the previous Gold Box Edition, plus newly restored high-definition copies of the television episodes, new deleted scenes, new bonus content and, for the first time ever, the lost 88 minutes of deleted footage from David Lynch’s feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett, the panel featured Twin Peaks actress Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Blu-ray producer Charles de Lauzirika, Blu-ray co-producer Brian Kursar, restoration and remastering executive project managers David Grant and Ryan Adams, and CBS Home Entertainment Executive Vice President Ken Ross.
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Ross began by talking about CBS’s commitment to putting out television shows on home video. “Our philosophy at CBS Home Entertainment is very simple: It’s to give fans what they want,” he said. “The best presentation possible in terms of technical quality and the most content possible with respect to the episodes themselves that were shot and with respect to everything that surrounds those episodes whether it’s how the show was presented when it was originally aired on television, promos and bumpers and things like that, behind the scenes footage, extraordinary packaging — really creating a ‘true fan’-owner experience which becomes even more important and more significant as we get into digital forms of delivery. We are very committed to physical products that you can hold and touch and feel and put on your shelf. And the company is not afraid and getting away from it. We love physical product.”
Burnett showed the audience the box that the Twin Peaks:The Entire Mystery Blu-ray is packaged in and demonstrated how it opens and flips up. He urged fans who buy the set to go online and watch an “unboxing video” online that features Kimmy Robertson demonstrating how to cut open the box with a large serrated knife. Fans can “unbox” along with Robertson and watch and follow along at home as she goes through the box piece by piece.
Ross then paid tribute to de Lauzirika and Kursar, saying they were Twin Peaks aficionados who worked closely with Lynch to bring the best possible product to fans, and Grant and Adams, who made sure the product looks and sounds as close to Lynch’s original vision. “We all really care about it as much as you do,” Ross said.
Kursar said the Twin Peaks Gold Box Edition that was released in 2007 was missing some scenes that they couldn’t find at the time. “The Gold Box looked great but there were a few shots here and there where we couldn’t find the original negative,” he said. “So we spent months and months going through the archives trying to find every bit of negative so we could upgrade the shots.”
They then showed the audience three scenes from the series that were split down the middle, one side showing how the scene looked before, and the other showing the newly remastered version. The differences were very noticeable.
Another new upgrade was done to the “Log Lady intros” that were shown before the episodes when they aired on Bravo. The log lady intros on the Gold Box Edition “looked almost like bootleg VHS,” de Lauzirika said. “There were smeared colors — the resolution was really muddy.”
Ross said that a woman named Sabrina who works with David Lynch found a letter in a drawer which led to a man in Oregon who was on the crew when the log lady intros were filmed. He had the cans of 16mm film negatives for the intros. “After having nightmares that we would have to use the old log lady footage in the new set, I was holding my breath when the cans with the log lady footage came in,” he said. “Please tell me there’s something in there — that it hasn’t turned into vinegar. I was relieved. Now understand — it was shot on 16mm, not 35mm, so it’s never going to look as good as 35mm — but the difference is pretty exceptional.”
After footage of the remastered Log Lady intros were screened, Grant and Adams discussed the two-year-plus search to find missing deleted scenes from the television series. “A lot of the negative footage for the deleted scenes from the series are just gone. We just couldn’t find them,” Grant said. “But as we were looking for some of the upgrade shots, we found some boxes that were tucked away. We found boxes that were supposed to be full of special effects shots that actually contained misplaced deleted scenes. When I opened them up, it was like Christmas.”
The audience was then treated to the “world premiere” of one of those lost deleted scenes, titled “Cooper and the Bear.”
Burnett moved the discussion to the long-rumored deleted scenes from the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me which Ross has been trying to find since 2006, ever since Kursar and de Lauzirika told him about them. “They were the passion and I was the instrument. I would not take no for an answer,” Ross said. “So after years and years, it all came together in a way that was more spectacular than we could have possibly imagined. We were told maybe there was 30 minutes of footage, then it became 40 minutes, and then one day David Lynch called me up and said ‘Hey Ken, what would make you happy in terms of the length and number of deleted scenes?’ I said ‘What will make me happy is what will make the fans happy — as much as possible.’ He said “Well what if I told you there were 88 minutes?’ I almost dropped the phone.”
Ross added that “David told me that, ‘These deleted scenes were not going to be handled like typical deleted scenes on a Blu-ray or DVD. We’re going to handle it like a feature film. We’re going to color correct them. We’re going to score them. Just wait.’ I remember hanging up the phone and calling these guys [his fellow panelists]. It was so exciting. So yes. We’ve got the deleted scenes. The myth is a reality, and on Tuesday everybody will get to see them but today we will show you two.”
Robertson was relieved that the deleted scenes from the movie are finally going to be seen. “For some reason everyone on the entire planet has asked me when they are going to release the deleted scenes and I didn’t know,” she said. “And then they wanted to know what was in them and I didn’t know. It’s like a button. Your outfit doesn’t look good until you do the final button. A comedy routine isn’t any good until you do the final button. A David Lynch piece of art isn’t finished until he does the final button.”
They then showed the two scenes. The first was a scene at the Sheriff’s Office featuring Lucy, Sheriff Truman, and Deputy Andy. The second was a scene at the Palmer dinner table.
The panelists made sure to point out that this set also contains the U.S. Blu-ray debut of the theatrical cut of Fire Walk With Me and that it is the best the film has ever looked and sounded with a 4k scan and 7.1 sound mix personally supervised by David Lynch and his team.
De Lauzirika then touted the last new bonus feature titled “Between Two Worlds” which features David Lynch sitting at a table interviewing the actors who played the Palmer family (Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, and Sheryl Lee). This intercuts with a scripted segment that Lynch wrote featuring the same actors in character as the Palmers in an “alternate universe” setting.
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery is now available from CBS Home Entertainment.
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