The story behind David Lynch and Mark Frost’s eccentric mystery saga Twin Peaks has always been one of unrealized promises, as first the ABC TV series, then the 1992 prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and then all the subsequent home video releases have failed to live up fans’ expectations. But Twin Peaks freaks’ wishes may soon come true. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Blu-ray set called Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, out on July 29th, will contain not just the entire run of the show and Fire Walk With Me, but also 90 minutes of material that was cut from the movie.
This is great news for two reasons. For one, all of the previous Twin Peaks VHS and DVD collections have been lacking in one way or another, missing the pilot movie and/or the prequel, and frequently beset with technical snafus and subpar presentation. So even if the Blu-ray set just contained nice-looking transfers of every Twin Peaks episode plus the movies, it’d be welcome. But the Fire Walk With Me outtakes—some of which can be seen in the EW video below—elevate The Entire Mystery to event status.
Anyone who watched the hour of Blue Velvet deleted scenes that were added to its Blu-ray edition a couple of years ago knows that Lynch’s trims can be as thrillingly cinematic and surreal as what he keeps in his films. In the case of Fire Walk With Me, Lynch has said in interviews that the first cut of the movie came in at around five hours, and that during the editing process he lost whole subplots, along with some of the oddball humor that enlivened the TV series. Fans have been petitioning Lynch, Frost, and the various Twin Peaks rightsholders for years to cooperate and get everything that’s available into one set. Come July 29th, the full Twin Peaks finally arrives, wrapped in plastic.