Fullscreen, all the way -- unless you're talking about the feature film (Fire Walk With Me), which was shot widescreen in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. As mentioned by the second poster above, any widescreen presentation of the TV series would involve cropping of the 4:3 picture-framing, which is an absolute no-go.
Amazon always gets these types of specs wrong. Don't worry, David Lynch would not allow the TV show to be released any other way than in the 4:3 ratio that he and the other directors originally composed their shots for.
Agreed. I mean, I could *kind* of understand cropping the picture if it's a situation where the framing was protected for 1.78:1, like the first four seasons of The X-Files or HBO's The Wire, but I'm going to guess that Twin Peaks, being shot in 1989-1991 for U.S. network television, was not.
Does anyone want to see people's heads cut off, and visible crew hanging out munching on sandwiches, and David Lynch doing transcendental meditation on the sides of the frame? That's pretty much what you're going to get with a 1.78 Twin Peaks. This isn't a situation where I want it 1.33:1 due to nostalgia; I want it at 1.33 because the creative personnel behind it do.
Actually very many shows hold up to cropping if done right. I have a set of The Prisoner - done in the 60s - on Blu-ray and when I use the Zoom funtion on my TV it very effectively fills the screen without cutting off heads or missing a lot of information off the top and bottom of the frame. The same works for Blu-ray versions of Star Trek.
The same does not go for all shows, however - it doesn't work for most animated series, nor does it work for ST:TNG, but DS9 does hold up to the zoom process fairly well.
And Bandsaw has it a little bit wrong. If you take a 1.33 [_] image and crop it then you get the effect where you might have heads cut off and information missing from top and bottom of frame. If you originally had a 1.78 [__] image that had the sides cropped off to fit 1.33 and remove the pillar bars, TVs then you might see crew and lights in the sides of the frame. But it's sort of a one-or-the-other situation.
All that being said, I have done the zoom on my Twin Peaks DVDs as well and they do look great - no important information lost from the frame, heads are not cut off. It's almost as if they expected there to be TV screens that would zoom like that to a 1.78 image some day.
You're correct, regarding the information posted concerning potential cropping of 1.33:1 versus 1.78:1 images, but I was referring more to certain series released in 1.33 but which are reframable in 1.78:1 (such as Star Trek: TNG), but which would also reveal gaffers and boom-mics off to the sides (the Season 1 Blu-Ray demonstrates this in one of the documentaries):
But you're right -- it pretty much depends upon the series, and whether it was filmed in a format such as Super 35 (widescreen "protected"), or otherwise in "native" 1.33:1; you can still have certain shows presented in 1:33 cropped, revealing previous off-camera details (again, it just kinda depends on the show).
Evidently Twin Peaks wasn't one of these, though, unlike TNG -- I stand corrected on that one (it was shot natively in 4:3).
Most of the directors on this series had it in mind to fill the frame with what they wanted to see. This isn't a sitcom where the background is ubiquitous. These were painstakingly assembled and delivered in the format as show. Cutting off the top or bottom is a ridiculous notion particularly at the cost of scenery. Thanks but no thanks to cropping for widescreen. That's even worse than pan and scan for widescreen converted to 4:3.