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Twin Peaks: Pilot Episode (1989)

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Kyle MacLachlan, Eric Da Re, more...
Director: David Lynch, David Lynch
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Studio: C Logic
Genre: Cult, Television, Cult TV, TV Drama, Cult TV
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Also known as "The Northwest Passage," the two-hour pilot episode of Twin Peaks originally aired April 8, 1990. The central plot of the series is set when Pete Martell (Jack Nance) finds the body of high school student Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) wrapped in plastic by the water at the Packard Sawmill dock. As the town slowly gets word of her murder, Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) from the FBI arrives in the Washington town of Twin Peaks to investigate. Assisted by Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), Cooper retrieves Laura's secret diary and a videotape. At the morgue, Cooper discovers the letter "R" from under Laura's fingernail, evidence similar to the murder case of Theresa Banks a year ago. Meanwhile, at the Great Northern Hotel, Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) disrupts her father's business deal, causing the would-be investors to back out. Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse) and Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz) locate the scene of the murder and find half of a gold heart necklace. Also, Laura's safe deposit box is opened, revealing a copy of Fleshworld magazine and about ten thousand dollars. Laura's boyfriend, Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), who is having a secret affair with waitress Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick), is brought in for questioning. Later on at the Roadhouse, Laura's other boyfriend, James Hurley (James Marshall), kisses Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle), Laura's best friend. This episode features Julee Cruise singing "Falling" and "The Nightingale" during the scenes at the Roadhouse. The American broadcast version ends with Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie) having a vision about the other half of the heart necklace. The European release contains extra scenes and an alternate ending. The Twin Peaks pilot episode was not included on the 2001 Artisan Entertainment DVD release of Twin Peaks: The First Season due to rights restrictions. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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This is the version that played on TV in the US by dojothemouse February 5, 2005 - 6:45 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Kudos to Greencine for scoring enough copies of this DVD. If you are interested in watching the whole Twin Peaks series, start with this. If I'm not mistaken, it's the only version currently available on DVD. The extra footage in the UK version (available on VHS) is something that you *do* *not* want to watch as that footage is used to better effect in the rest of the series. Ruins a little bit of the surprise. I suppose some people prefer the UK version because it is a better self-contained story.

Hope that made sense. The moral is: Don't worry about it, watch this DVD, then rent the first season, and pray that David Lynch will see the light, and they'll release the rest on DVD.

I Love This Show, but... by novachild January 7, 2005 - 8:54 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a relatively poor (color-faded) transfer, and it isn't the Pilot that I remember (I believe this is the US-edited pilot, not the original UK pilot).

Worthy of a rental, as it is David Lynch through and through. Still, with the technology we have today to turn 60-year-old films into high-quality transfers (ala Metropolis), it would be nice if the producers of this disc took the time to correct some of the flaws that accumulated whilst sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

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