Another Mystery for Twin Peaks
Author: ENRIQUE RIVERO
Posted: December 20, 2001
It looks like the deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me won’t see the light of, uh, the fire.
After more than a year of trying, New Line Home Entertainment executives say they have been unable to secure the rights to the scenes from David Lynch’s feature film for the upcoming DVD.
The movie is based on Lynch’s television series from the early 1990s. Artisan Home Entertainment recently released the first season on DVD.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (street date Feb. 26, $19.98 suggested price) will feature a new anamorphic widescreen transfer; 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound and stereo surround sound in English and French; and Reflections on the Phenomenon of Twin Peaks, a new 30-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew.
The disc will have Lynch’s personal stamp, as the director supervised the video transfer and sound.
But the deleted scenes for which fans of the movie had long clamored remain in the hands of the French company that holds the rights to both the movie and deleted scenes.
New Line executives had said they were willing to wait as long as it took to get the deleted scenes for the disc.
Finally, after more than a year of trying, the two sides failed to come to an agreement. And they’re unlikely to ever reach one, says Michael Mulvihill, v.p. of content development for New Line Home Entertainment.
"Time is not going to resolve the issues that prevented us from getting the rights to these scenes," he says. "We felt now was the time to get this out, rather than wait for perpetuity."
Communications broke down in the last year, Mulvihill says. And senior v.p. of marketing Matt Lasorsa says that it was not a question of money.
"The discussions didn’t even get that far," Lasorsa says.
It sounds like they really tried, but I can't tell you how disappointed I am.