This week saw the release of one of the most exciting Blu-ray box sets of the year: ‘Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery’. Unfortunately, the reps at Paramount decided to be a bunch of cheapskates and didn’t send us an advance screener copy. As such, we had to buy one on street date, and it will take us a little while to dig through the contents. As a teaser, here are some close-up views of the box set packaging.
The first thing to note is that the box set of course comes wrapped in plastic. Har har.
I’m not a fan of the way the back cover has a clear plastic sheet with content info simply taped to it.
I wound up scratching the heck out of the specs listing on the bottom when I tried to remove an annoying security tag.
When I first saw promo images of the box set, I wasn’t really sold on the freaky artwork that shows Laura Palmer’s homecoming queen portrait smashed, with an image of her corpse underneath. I mean, I get what this is going for thematically. I just didn’t think it looked very attractive.
The effect works much better with the box set in hand, when you discover that the cover is actually layered three-dimensionally.
The box’s lid flips up to reveal that the inner contents are stored in a series of flip-book pages.
Some pages have paper with the contents listed.
Discs are held in cardboard slots in the pages. This is not my favorite packaging design. All of the discs have black and blue zig-zag artwork.
I’ve removed the discs from the remaining photos so that you can see the artwork underneath.
When you finally hit the end, a secret compartment reveals a scrap of paper with “FIRE WALK WITH ME” scrawled on it. I’d think that a half-heart locket would be more appropriate, given the image of dirt and all, but I suppose Paramount didn’t want to pony up to have those mass-produced.
Even though I may have some quibbles, this is a very handsome package that does justice to this iconic TV series.