Nothing’s ever been simple or straightforward about Twin Peaks, the 1990s cult hit TV series (and later flop movie) that made David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost woodland authorities on owls, coffee, damn fine pie and ritual murder in the Pacific Northwest.
After dazzling viewers in its debut year, the show’s second (and final) season succumbed to a surfeit of characters and a shortage of logic. Things got worse with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the 1992 film that further muddled the central mystery of the death of high schooler Laura Palmer.
This Blu-ray set goes a long way to righting wrongs. The 10 discs do more than add hi-def lustre to each TV episode and collect extras from old DVD releases, although they do all that. The set also features a mood music compilation and a reunion with Lynch and series regulars Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) and Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer).
Best of all is what the set does for Fire Walk With Me. It adds nearly 90 minutes of deleted/alternate scenes that considerably improve the film, including adding some back story for David Bowie’s crazed FBI character.
It makes you wonder what Lynch and his editor were smoking when they did the original cut. But then we always thought that about Twin Peaks, didn’t we?
The strict Sunday school account of Noah’s Ark is not the one pursued by director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel, who previously teamed for the considerably trippier The Fountain.
Here again they explore big ideas about man versus nature and free will versus predestination, but do so with stronger characters, a more propulsive narrative and absolutely no fear of absurdity or anachronism. They seek to inspire awe and to provoke debate — and they succeed, both in terms of big-screen entertainment and spiritual contemplation.
For better or worse (mostly better), they claw at the incongruities inherent in the story of the Flood, the most obvious being the “why” question. Why would a loving and forgiving God wish to destroy all of humanity, so soon after He created it?
Russell Crowe portrays Noah with outer devotion but inner turbulence, in one of the best roles he’s had in years. With Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson.
Extras include several making-of featurettes.