Twin Peaks died for our sins. Maybe that’s an overstatement as the show, which became one of the most buzzed about first seasons in television history, was sacrificed when ABC didn’t know what to do with it, and wanted to wrap up the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer and in doing so destroyed creators David Lynch and Mark Frost plans and then the network shuffled it around its schedule. The show was put out of its misery after that second season went off the rails, but in its death, everything that is good on television was born. And now that series is coming to Blu-ray.
And not only is it coming to Blu-ray, it’s coming with the long, long rumored hour and a half of deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me along with a Blu-ray release of that film. Here’s a trailer for its release:
The set also has a tumblr going in anticipation of the July 29 release, and the Blu-ray can be pre-ordered now. Seriously, from Lost to Breaking Bad to The Sopranos to Louie (and maybe even The Wire), there are few of the now classic shows that don’t at least owe a debt of gratitude to this work, for showing that television could (if nothing else) use the language of cinema to its benefit, to creating a narrative that is tracked over seasons, to making television cool, a lot of that started with Twin Peaks.
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