David Lynch recognizes true beauty in wood.
Last night at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles, David Lynch, the American Film Institute, and the home entertainment divisions of CBS and Paramount held an unusual event: the theatrical premiere of deleted scenes from Twin Peaks and the feature film Fire Walk With Me. We don’t see too many theatrical premieres for deleted scenes, but in this case it was a feature-length footage presentation with David Lynch, much of the cast, and some of the crew of Fire Walk With Me in attendance.
The event really began with a short introduction from David Lynch, and anyone who hoped that he might talk about the context of the footage or the history of the show would find that Lynch had something else in mind. His short speech almost reads like a eulogy to the Twin Peaks character who suffered the strangest fate of any in the series, as he extols the grace and value of wood. Watch his introduction after the break. Read More »
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It’s safe to say that I am unreasonably excited about the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray box set. Rumors of new Twin Peaks material have always seemed both unrealistic and unappealing — the show’s ship has sailed, and we’ve all got to accept that. But the reveal of deleted scenes shot between 1989 and 1992 is something else altogether. That’s a holy grail, a set of artifacts from when the story was really alive.
The blu-ray set has a bunch of deleted material — almost a feature-length set of scenes and outtakes from the feature film Fire Walk With Me, and also some scenes cut from the TV series. We’ve seen a glimpse of some of that stuff via the first trailer for the box set. Below, we have the first full deleted scene to share. It’s a short bit from the TV series, specifically from the pilot, showing a thing we’ve never seen before: the moment when Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) for the first time. Read More »
“You’ve been dead for around 25 years now.” So begins this interview between Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch and Leland Palmer. Specifically, that’s Lynch speaking not to the actor Ray Wise, but to Wise in character as his Twin Peaks alter-ego. It’s part of what is sure to be the strangest bonus feature on the upcoming Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, in which Lynch speaks to the Palmer family as they exist now. (Or something.) Now you can watch a clip of the interview below. It’s the first new legit Twin Peaks material in many years, and that alone warrants a look. Read More »
Last week we got the great news that Twin Peaks would finally hit Blu-ray. Not just the show, but all of it. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery will collect both seasons of the television show, the prequel film Fire Walk With Me, and over an hour of deleted scenes and outtakes from Fire Walk With Me. Some of that deleted footage features characters that didn’t make the cut in the final film, which means it will be our first “new” look at some of those Peaks stalwarts since the show went off the air in 1991.
There are other bonus features in the set, too, and one of the most highly anticipated is Between Two Worlds. The segment features David Lynch talking with the actors who played the Palmer family — Ray Wise, who was father Leland, Grace Zabriske, who played mother Sarah, and Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer. (And who also played Laura’s cousin Madeleine Ferguson.) The segment isn’t just Lynch talking to the actors, but also talking to them in character as the Palmer family. We don’t know if Lynch will also be in character as FBI Agent Gordon Cole.
Below, see the first image of the reunited cast. Read More »
On July 29 we’re going to see the first new Twin Peaks material to arrive in 22 years. And while this stuff isn’t exactly “new” — it is footage that David Lynch shot for Fire Walk With Me — it is footage that fans have hoped to see ever since laserdisc and DVD made the presentation of deleted scenes a common practice. The scenes feature characters from the TV show who were cut from the movie, and entire minor plot lines. Were you upset that your favorite character from the show wasn’t given time in the film? These scenes will probably have you covered.
David Lynch has always talked about being game to release this footage. The issue was simply money. Not that he wanted to be paid to do it; he wanted to finish the footage properly so it would be mixed and color-timed to fit in with the existing film. And now, for the blu-ray box set — dubbed The Entire Mystery, Lynch’s wishes, and ours, have been granted.
Below, watch a teaser for the Twin Peaks blu-ray set — a teaser which features some of that deleted material.
Update: We’ve added specs for the 10-disc set, and an image of the packaging. The set will feature all episodes of the TV show, including both versions of the pilot, and the theatrical version of Fire Walk With Me in addition to deleted scenes and extras.
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When you think of filmmakers who build unique, vast worlds, five that certainly come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. Which is why the Hero Complex Gallery chose those five men as the subjects of Imagined Worlds, their latest exhibit at the Los Angeles based art gallery. Dozens of artists from around the world have chosen some of the filmmaker’s films to interpret through their own vision, creating a unique blend of creativity straddling the line of fandom and homage. The show opens Friday January 17 and remains open though February 2. Check out some images below. Read More »
On the Air, the second show from Twin Peaks creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, barely registered in the public consciousness when it premiered on ABC in 1992. The show’s seven episodes are now available on YouTube, and did the rounds at the very end of last year.
There’s a reason the show had little post-broadcast life and is all but forgotten: it isn’t very good. An attempt to create a zany behind-the-scenes look at live TV comedy in the late ’50s, On the Air is a bit like David Lynch doing 30 Rock. While the show did have the input of Twin Peaks creators Frost and Lynch, it stalled quickly, sliding into repetition and stale gags. Seven episodes were shot, but only three aired.
But wait! I didn’t write this piece just to say “here’s a thing, it’ kinda sucks.” In fact the pilot, written by Frost and Lynch and directed by Lynch, is actually pretty terrific. (In 1997 it was ranked squarely in the middle of a list of the 100 best TV episodes ever made.)
Now, Twin Peaks is in the ether again. David Lynch is evidently shooting something Peaks-related next week, which is probably a web-bound promo for the complete box set we know to be coming later this year. So it’s a good time to revisit On the Air. Because whatever intentions Frost and Lynch may have had, that first episode is like one long dream sequence that reconfigures and laughs at the whole experience of creating Twin Peaks. Read More »
Over the years Trent Reznor has been the benificiary of some of the most memorable music videos created for a rock band. Nine Inch Nails came to the forefront of the ’90s rock scene thanks to great songwriting and a violently energetic stage presence, but having a video like the one Mark Romanek made for ‘Closer’ sure didn’t hurt. Reznor was willing to play with the video form, producing long efforts destined to get zero airplay. The ‘Happiness in Slavery’ video in which performance artist Bob Flanagan (see also the documentary Sick) is torn to pieces is one of the better horror shorts of the decade.
All of which is a long way of saying that Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are no strangers to working with exemplary directors. Reznor reformed the band over the past year, and recently released a new single. ‘Came Back Haunted’ is a more dance-ready track than much of his work, but it has a great lean sound and much of the signature attitude and atmosphere of classic Nine Inch Nails.
And now it has a video from David Lynch, which you can see below. Read More »
It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of David Lynch‘s film career at this point. Outside the occasional fashion ad, music video or (admittedly pretty awesome) short film, the guy doesn’t now fall back to the movie camera as his primary creative device.
But there are signs that he’s not done with film yet. One is the revelation that he’s working on a new feature script. And the other is that his occasional acting resume will be bolstered with an appearance in the new film from his daughter, Jennifer Lynch. Read More »