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Twin Peaks: Pilot Episode

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  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V54S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Kihn on March 30, 2005
Format: DVD
The good news: Twin Peaks is a singularly brilliant show, a must-see for anyone into David Lynch or TV history, and this disc is the only way to get the pilot on Region 1 DVD. The bad news: The disc runs fast, "chipmonk-ing" the sound and killing Lynch's deliberate pacing. I can't stand to watch it, myself. Your mileage may vary.

Your alternatives are to (1) deal, (2) get the first season Region 2 DVD set from, (3) get the "European pilot" film on VHS, or (4) wait until someone does it right.

Don't pay more than $20 for this DVD. You can get it on eBay anytime for that price.

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Rights to the Pilot Episode are owned by Paramount. Artisans box set contains the First Seven Episodes of the Series minus the Pilot Episode. Artisan tried to acquire it at one point, but Paramount wouldn't budge. Hopefully once Paramount sees how well Artisans box set sells, they will get smart and release the Pilot themselves. (and hopefully with both the TV and European endings via seamless branching)

Luckily the Pilot is available on all of the non-Region 1 Season One DVD sets by Paramount.
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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Christopher White on January 10, 2002
Format: DVD
Due to legal wranglings over the pilot episode, it was not included in the recent First Season DVD boxset (another 5 star product). What you get here is a Hong Kong import from Republic Pictures which is legitimate but not the highest quality product. I still gave the disc 5 stars because it is the pilot none the less and who knows how long it will be until it is released in America on DVD.
What you ARE getting: The original pilot episode of Twin Peaks that aired on television in the United States. This is good because it maintains continuity and most importantly the suprise of the series. In other words if you have never seen the show you should watch this version of the pilot, the 29 episodes of the series and then Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in order to experience it in the way you would have had you been watching the material as it was released. This is the best way for a newcomer to get the Twin Peaks experience.
What you are NOT getting: This is NOT the European version of the pilot. In David Lynch's contract he was required to make the pilot into a close ended feature which could stand alone to sell in European markets and possibly the US if the series were not picked up. That version is basically a Cliff's Notes for the series, showing you the end and culprit without any of the fun of arriving there from the series. I would recommend renting this version after you have seen all of the other material out there however, it has some good moments.
QUALITY: Like I said before this is an import from Republic and not the best quality. The video quality is about equal to if the pilot played on TV yesterday and I taped it on a regular VCR.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: DVD
David Lynch has gained a reputation for his weird and wonderful filmmaking style, like in "Mulholland Drive." And while the release of "Twin Peaks -- Pilot Episode" is not included with the first season release, this eerie and entrancing story will reel you in. It's cult TV at its absolute best.

The body of a beautiful young woman, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), washes up on a shore, wrapped in plastic. Apparently everyone in the town of Twin Peaks adored her, so her death is a blow. FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) takes a look at Laura's body -- and learns that she was murdered by someone he has tracked before.

He investigates Laura's diary, and finds that she may have been killed by someone she called "J." That hardly narrows it down, since the strange Twin Peaks is full of quirky people with that initial. And as Cooper investigates further, he finds himself in a town of dark secrets and strange occurrances -- and still the mystery of who killed Laura.

Due to some bizarre legal wrangles, the Twin Peaks pilot wasn't released with the first season of the show -- which is like releasing "Return of the Jedi" and "Empire Strikes Back" separately from "A New Hope." Despite this oddity, the pilot in itself is a magnificent piece of work, quirky and dark and twisted.

Drugs, murder, ghosts, precognition, dancing dwarves, supernatural possession and murder all crop up in the TV series, and this pilot set it all up -- it's not the best of the series, but it serves as a good set-up. And Lynch's handling of the solidly ordinary Northwest America is turned into a bizarre thing. Under the banality and the boringness is a dark undercurrent, making the town all the more eerie.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By William Adams on August 10, 2002
Format: DVD
I'd give five stars for a better transfer of this wonderful pilot. But if you want to enjoy the rest of the series, starting with the terrific First Season transfers, you need to see the complete pilot, and this is the only version of it.
If you've read this far, you probably know that, and you're going through all these contradictory reviews to make up your mind whether the audio and video quality of this import version is good enough to buy.
So mine is just another opinion by someone you don't know, but maybe it will help anyway.
First, I side with the guy who says that if you have 5.1 Surround sound, it doesn't sound bad at all. I have to believe from the other reviews that if you only have two-channel playback, it sounds very bad.
Visually, it's not nearly as good as it should be, compared with the beautifully transferred First Season collection -- but it *is* better than VHS and will last longer.
Finally, it's the only way to get the real pilot for the forseeable future. The old VHS versions floating around are all of the European release, which was a version of the pilot padded out with extraneous footage and given a completely arbitrary and pointless ending so that it could be seen in European theaters as a complete-in-itself movie. On which point:
DO NOT BELIEVE THE REVIEW THAT SAYS THIS IS A SHORTENED VERSION. THIS *IS* THE COMPLETE PILOT. Proof: It's ninety minutes long. The pilot was originally aired in a two-hour time-slot. At that time, 15 minutes of commercials per hour was standard. (It's more like 17 or 18 now.) Two hours minus thirty minutes is ninety minutes. The VHS version was, again, padded out with extraneous footage and a pointless, jury-rigged ending, and that's why it was rather longer.
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Absolutely! The pilot sets up the plot, introduces the characters. It's essential viewing.
Jan 26, 2007 by S. A. Gattuso |  See all 2 posts
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