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In an interview this weekend, film director, musician, and painter David Lynch let it slip that the famously mysterious “the owls are not what they seem” proclamation from the second season of his 1990-91 hit series Twin Peaks was a deliberate reference to Temple University.
“Back when I was living on Aspen Street,” Lynch admits, “I used to look out our rear window at the lights from Temple a few blocks to the northeast. It seemed like another world, a place both wonderful and strange when compared to the sick, twisted, violent, fear-ridden, decadent, decaying neighborhood where Peggy and I lived at the time.”
It seems memories of that time were on his mind when he and Mark Frost were writing the Season 2 scripts, and the reference crept in almost without Lynch realizing it.
LOS ANGELES—Emphasizing that the bright hues and striking tones would finally bring his vision to life, filmmaker David Lynch announced Wednesday that he had released a colorized edition of his seminal work, Eraserhead. “Sadly, when we shot Eraserhead, we did not have the technology to make this film the sensory overload of technicolor that it was always meant to be,” said Lynch, who lamented that his original storyboards for the film, which featured characters bathed in bright pinks and blinding yellows, had to be scrapped in favor of a grayscale color scheme “mired with dark shadows and grainy, distracting dark splotches.” “Would I have preferred to shoot the bleeding rotisserie chicken in a striking blood-red, like it was written? Or the sperm-shaped alien fetus in it’s glowing, rosey tones? Of course. Which is why today, Eraserhead, and my 1980 film The Elephant Man, will be filled in with over 4,000 shades of beautiful color.” Lynch also added that the new release would be re-cut to include a pivotal scene in which a doctor operates on Henry’s baby early on, allowing it to lead a normal life.
David Lynch’s first cut of Blue Velvet was four hours long. Since he was contractually obligated to deliver a two hour film, lots of stuff got cut. For some time the deleted scenes were thought lost, but here they are. Lynch doesn’t do Director’s Cuts: the deleted scenes stand alone and the movie remains its what it is. Lost Footage: 1. Frank beats Willard in a bar. 2. A neighbor sees Jeffrey’s dad unconscious in his yard. 3. Jeffrey is recalled from college when his father suffers a brain hemorrhage. Summoned from a school dance (where he watches a date rape in progress – !) Jeffrey gets the bad news on a dorm phone. 4. Jeffrey calls Louise. 5. Jeffrey first sees Sandy while eating cake with her mother. He also meets Sandy’s boyfriend Mike at this time. 6. Jeffrey and Sandy go to the Slow Club. 7. Jeffrey’s mom criticizes him for coming back home late. 8. Jeffrey calls Louise again. 9. Jeffrey talks to aunt Barbara before going out. 10. At the Williams house Jeffrey makes Mike jealous by hanging out with the couple. 11. Jeffrey calls Dorothy but it’s Frank who answers the phone. Jeffrey goes to Dorothy’s apartment. She leads Jeffrey to the apartment roof. Doro