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article imageReview: ‘Twin Peaks: From Z to A’ is the ultimate mystery collection Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jan 5, 2020 in Entertainment
‘Twin Peaks: From Z to A’ is the definitive franchise collection in limited collectible packaging, containing every narrative and bonus feature to-date.
When Twin Peaks premiered in 1990, it was one of the strangest mysteries to takeover network television. Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, the series drew on elements of detective fiction, as well as daytime serials and the horror genre. However, as with Lynch’s other projects, it had a quirky sense of humour, countless moments of surrealism and a distinguished look. Although it only lasted two seasons, the show gained a cult following and a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. Consequently, it also produced a prequel movie, Fire Walk with Me, which was accompanied by nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes titled, “The Missing Pieces,” and a 2017 limited event series (or third season) written by Lynch and Frost, and promoted as Twin Peaks: The Return. Now fans can own all of these narratives in one attractive boxset called Twin Peaks: From Z to A.
The series follows the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who are stunned after the homecoming queen Laura Palmer is suddenly found murdered. The investigation that follows engenders an eerie chain of events with cataclysmic results felt across the entire town. The follow-up movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, focuses on the seven days leading up to Laura Palmer’s death. The 18-episode limited event series is set 25 years after the original and follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) return to Twin Peaks, though the story also travels to Las Vegas, South Dakota, Philadelphia, and New Mexico.
Though Lynch was permitted to bring his bizarre style of storytelling to the small screen, it's not entirely surprising the series only lasted two seasons with broadcasters demanding certain narrative concessions in the final chapter, but the first installment is pure in its conception. As in Blue Velvet, Lynch once again attempts to pull back the curtain concealing the seedy underbelly of a small town.
As demonstrated by the uniquely designed 2014 home entertainment release of “The Entire Mystery” (at the time, at least), this franchise’s personality permeates every aspect of its presentation. This collection, limited to 25,000 copies worldwide, takes it a step further. The 21-disc set is housed in a collectible cube that folds open to reveal the Red Room Gallery. Inside, fans also find a die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer and Special Agent Dale Cooper engaged in a kiss; two fold-out books containing most of the discs; a separate sleeve holding the 4K ultra high definition transfers of both versions of the original series pilot from 1990 (domestic and international), and Part 8 of the Limited Event Series – both overseen by David Lynch; a curated set of 25 5” x 5” printed cards; and an individually numbered, collectible certificate of authenticity.
The release from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment includes all existing special features from the previous release of the original series, movie and “The Missing Pieces,” as well as two standalone Blu-ray discs packed with new special features: “A Talk with Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee”; “Behind The Curtain”; “On the Couch with Kimmy and Harry”; and “Roadhouse Music.”
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