Saturday, March 03, 2007

wrapped in plastic.

it has been years. literally, years. we have scoured the internet for signs, gossip, any kind of information whatsoever. we hung on every potential new development, sighed with disappointment with every seemingly promising development that turned out to be a bust. and we had recently, to be honest, started to give up hope.

then, around the end of 2006, things seemed to pick up speed. i was convinced it was going to happen. BoyCat was convinced we would merely be disappointed again. about a month or so ago, we argued vociferously about it in a Georgia Ave. kitchen around 12:30 am, while other partygoers looked on in bemusement. "it will!," i insisted. "it won't!," he retorted. "just wait and see, " i said, "it's gonna happen."

and i was right.

on april 3, 2007, the second season of Twin Peaks will finally be released on DVD in the US. for twin peaks fans, this is monumental. we thought this day would really never come, given a falling out between series creator david lynch and writer/executive producer mark frost in the wake of the first season's transition to DVD. so, while we had the first eight episodes on DVD, the final 22 were still relegated to poor quality VHS - and really, does anyone even have a VCR anymore? so years and years passed, and while talk and rumor would emerge every now again again about some progress on the DVD front, it started to seem like a lost cause.

however, in 2005 the rights to the show went to Paramount, and in 2006 word that Lynch was working on the transfers for the second season started to actually seem credible. by the end of 2006, news of the season's release in europe started popping up, prompting my assertions that the definitive arrival of the DVDs here in the US by 2007. and as i noted my correctness above already, i won't do it again. oh wait, i just did.

anyway, i just pre-ordered our box set on amazon.com this morning; i am not exaggerating by saying it kinda made me giddy. BoyCat has some friends and co-workers who have never seen the show and want to do some Twin Peaks marathon viewings (which truly, having been introduced to the show in that way back in 2002, is the only way to see it) soon. now that we have an estimated ship date for season two, we can set a date to start watching season one!

i realize, as i type this, how bizarre this must sound to some people (ok, most people). sorry about that. but my devotee-level love of this show has just driven me to write a whole post about getting to watch it...again. i am subjecting you all to some strange and annoying stuff lately, aren't i?

i'll get back to patriarchy blaming and college basketball soon enough, i promise. but for now, i'm too excited to find out "who killed laura palmer?" all over again to care about all that...

6 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh, how exciting! We have a bootleg DVD set of season 2 that someone made from laserdisc so you know we're fans!

Toast said...

Well, obviously you'd be the person to answer this question: Did they ever release the pilot on DVD? I seem to recall looking around for this show a few years back and finding a DVD set that had all of season 1 except the pilot. Which struck me as mildly insane.

kate.d. said...

toast, you're right, it's insane. there were ownership issues - WB owned it, due to an overseas release of the pilot as a movie, with extended scenes and a different ending - when Season 1 came out, so it wasn't included.

i was just reading that when paramount releases the Complete Series on DVD (sometime in 2007 too, i think), the pilot will be included. so that's good, at least!

honestly, i'm not sure if i've ever seen it. if i did, i think it was after watching all the other episodes, so it wasn't totally integral to understanding things. because really, not quite understanding what's going on is half the fun! :)

Toast said...

i was just reading that when paramount releases the Complete Series on DVD (sometime in 2007 too, i think), the pilot will be included.

Excellent. I'd love to watch that series again. Christ, I've got the music going through my head now. Going to have to bust out Julie Cruise on iTunes...

Heather said...

I've never seen Twin Peaks, but I understand the devotion: I'm that way about LOST, and I've also been a fangirl of X-Files and Buffy (and Angel to a lesser degree). So congrats!

Phillip said...

OMG... this is great news. I have an ancient VHS set of the complete series somewhere in the storage area of the condo basement. And the Laura diaries. And "Fire Walk With Me." (Don't get me started on Laura Dern's performance... its easy to see why she had to die). And the Julee Cruise soundtrack to the film. Too bad my vacation's nearly over, and I don't even remember how to use my VHS player.