The recent release of Twin Peaks on blu-ray has excited die-hard David Lynch fans to not only see the nightmarish and bizarre northwestern town for the first time in high definition but for a new version of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which includes a number of deleted scenes Lynch left in the cutting room. While Fire Walk With Me is easily the most decisive film in Lynch’s filmography, a group of viewers (including myself) consider it a neglected and unfairly maligned picture, an ambitious if somewhat unnecessary experiment. While I haven’t yet purchased the collection (the movie unfortunately is not sold separately from the TV series, making the whole package very expensive), I’m very excited to see what’s available.
This brings me to this week’s question: what do you think of deleted scenes? Often times I’m excited to see them and typically when I purchase a movie on DVD, I make sure to watch them afterwards. But while some deleted scenes live up to the hype surrounding them (the extras in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master make it essential to buy), it becomes clear for many films that these scenes were cut for a reason: they’re non-essential or too excessive for the final draft. So despite my interest in them, deleted scenes are usually never quite as good as the movie’s actual content. But what about you?