Twin Peaks back with extra mystery

MICHAEL IDATO
Last updated 14:37 16/05/2014
Laura Palmer
MYSTERIOUS: Twin Peaks' Laura Palmer, wrapped in plastic: "I will see you again in 25 years".

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In one of the final scenes of the iconic television program Twin Peaks back in 1991, murdered American schoolgirl Laura Palmer said: "I will see you again in 25 years."

It appears she is about to make good on that promise.

More than 90 minutes of deleted material has been restored to a special edition of the TV series, and its spin-off feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which is being released on Blu-ray and DVD later this year.

In addition, the series' original creator and director, the auteur David Lynch, has filmed new material for the release.

"During the last days in the life of Laura Palmer many things happened, which have never been seen before," Lynch said in a statement.

Twin Peaks, which was created by Lynch and producer Mark Frost, was a surreal crime thriller set in a small, picturesque American town, ripped apart when the community's much-loved girl next door Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was found dead, wrapped in plastic, on a riverbank.

It was an instant success, driven by a global marketing campaign which asked the question: Who killed Laura Palmer?

It also starred Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, the coffee-loving investigator who is tasked with finding Laura Palmer's killer, Michael Ontkean as the town's sheriff, Harry S. Truman, and Peggy Lipton, as Norma Jennings, the owner of the Double-R Diner.

But Twin Peaks was loved equally for its pantheon of bit players and quirky supporting characters: the "Logy Lady", Cooper's unseen assistant "Diane" to whom he tape-recorded notes, the mysterious Giant who appeared to Cooper regularly and offered clues, the sinister "Bob" and the "man from another place", a dwarf that Cooper saw in a series of visions.

The original series aired only for two seasons, struggling in its second to re-ignite audience interest after Lynch was pressured by the US network ABC to reveal Palmer's killer. It was eventually cancelled.

It was followed in 1992 by the prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Despite its modest shelf life, Twin Peaks has endured as a television classic, and one of the first examples of a high quality cinema-on-television-style drama.

It also remains a creative masterpiece, whose impact on television is still seen across the spectrum, in programs such as True Detective, Top of the Lake, Fargo and The Killing.

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery will be released on Blu-ray disc on July 29.

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