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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me [Blu-ray] (1992)


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  • Actors: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, David Bowie
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EU6DXC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A small and tranquil town, snuggled into the hollow of a valley. A mysterious death, a puzzling investigation. A secret diary, a pact, a double and an unlucky ring. Dreams, hallucinations, premonitions. Loves without a future, a singer who goes through the memory of times past. A Red Room, white "lines", a high school girl in ankle socks who ends up incinerating her life away. This is the world of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The last seven days of Laura Palmer.

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Fire Walk With Me is a rare spin-off that refuses to repeat what worked on TV. Despite mannerisms and "draggy" spots, Twin Peaks emerged as one of the wonders of American TV: scary and funny, erotic and serious, offensive and freakish. It meandered in an always interesting but sometimes frustrating way through two seasons, then signed off with a cliff-hanger upon cancellation. When Lynch announced he would continue the saga with a theatrical movie, fans assumed he would: (a) pull out the stops to show what evils really lurked behind the pretty façade of that small town, and (b) wrap up a storyline which tailed off with Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) possessed by the evil spirit "Bob". As it happens, Lynch delivered on (a) but refrained from fulfilling clause (b), opting to do a prequel--adapted in part from The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, a tie-in novel by Jennifer (Boxing Helena) Lynch--which sets up the series by following the last week in the life of the "prom queen from Hell".

Fire Walk With Me assumes you will be familiar with the series (some bits are incomprehensible unless you paid attention while other bits are just incomprehensible), making it most accessible to Twin Peaks initiates though sometimes deliberately offensive to them. It then omits several of the show's stars (Michael Ontkean, Richard Beymer, Joan Chen, Sherilyn Fenn) and a great many of the "lovable" aspects (wry jokes, damn fine coffee), relegating MacLachlan to a walk-on since the story happens before Cooper was assigned to Twin Peaks. Some instances of joyless sex and violence exceed anything Lynch could do on television, but for the most part he creates an atmosphere of dread through edgy performances, unsettling lighting and sound effects and sheer grimness. Without the catchphrases and the quirky charm, the film never feels cuddly in the way the TV show did, but it is one of Lynch's finest works and, though deeply uncomfortable, a TV spin-off which ranks with the best in both media.

On the DVD: The DVD is Region 0 with a widescreen print, augmented for 16x9 televisions. It holds a better-looking transfer than previous video or laserdisc releases and offers an eerie red room/blue rose menu. However the disc offers absolutely no notes, trailers, crib sheets, bios, or other extra features. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By P. Godfrey on 15 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
Firstly a warning: If you have yet to see both seasons of the Twin Peaks Series THINK VERY CAREFULLY before buying this. Not only does it give away Laura Palmer's killer (a twist that'll ruin everything up to mid-Season 2), but will make very VERY little sense (even for an avid Lynch fan).

For those, however, how have traversed the awesome TV series this film is a must. Even though it is set up 7 days prior to the TV series it reveals mysteries and depths behind the characters of the show and answers some of the questions that you may have had (although as always with a Lynch film, it raises equally as many questions). Much more dark in atmosphere than the episodes, the film goes much into the depth of Laura's psyche and the horrors she has to face (The ending along with the haunting sound of "Requiem in C Minor" will almost have you in tears). Although some may find the lack of humour (deeply prevalant in the TV shows) somewhat un-nerving, it does add a tremendous weight to the characters and story so much so it'll make you want to re-watch the episodes again to see them in a new frame of reference.

To conclude, a fantastic film that completes the whole Twin Peaks series but only if you've watched the regular shows first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Suthers on 22 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
While the picture transfer to Blu-ray is fairly good, something seems to have gone horribly wrong with the sound transfer.
The dialogue is so quiet it is impossible to watch this disk in a domestic environment without subtitles.
The original film was Dolby Stereo, also known as Pro-Logic in home cinema systems, when decoded Dolby Stereo routes the dialogue to the centre speaker. It sounds like the Dolby Stereo was decoded to Left Centre Right & Surround, but only the Left & Right being transferred to the 2.0 Linear PCM on the disk.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Mabberley on 11 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Even if you already own the Region 2 version of Fire Walk With Me, it's worth obtaining a copy of the Region 1 version as well, if you have a DVD player that will play Region 1 DVDs.

For two reasons: 1) On the US release there is a 30 minute feature not on the R2 version, catching up with the cast and crew from the series and the film, in 2000. 2) The US release has the option of subtitles throughout, which are essential for some scenes in the film where it's just not possible to understand the dialogue. I am not thinking of the Paradise Club scene, where subtitles are provided anyway, but the scene where the One Armed Man confronts Leland Palmer when he's driving with Laura and the scene where Laura meets up with James at the school early on in the movie.

I hope one day there will be a release with all the deleted scenes I have heard so much about, particularly those featuring characters from the TV series that were cut from the final version of the film.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 10 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
When this film came out, most Twin Peaks fans hoped it would neatly wrap up all the strange goings on from the series. But Lynch, baffling as ever, made a prequel which was WAY darker in tone than TV (at the time) would allow.
This is a genuinely disturbing film, shot through with Lynch's customary bizzare brilliance. If you loved the TV show, you may not like the film (it bombed when originally released), but keep an open mind and its plot, acting and imagery will haunt you.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
FILM: This film works most efficiently if you have seen both seasons of the TWIN PEAKS series, as it's power resides in the inevitability of Laura's demise (this is not to say it is by the numbers and there are no surprises in store) and images from the later episodes of the series (which, yes, occur a long time later chronologically). It is considerably darker, however, than the series with the humour more or less restricted to the opening half hour, which sets up the entire TWIN PEAKS story, but once Laura Palmer is introduced, the story is (appropriately, to say the least) extremely dark and void of the light tone which characterised the television series. It is, like much of David Lynch's canon, a film that will surprise you and find beauty and truth in the strangest images and places. As long as you are aware of Lynch's earlier work (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Lost Highway seem to be the better films to serve as a prelude of what to expect over Eraserhead, Dune or The Elephant Man), the darker scenes/moments should not come as too much of a surprise. If you expect more of the TV series, you will, I'm afraid, be disappointed. But with an open mind, you will enjoy this film on it's own, strong merits.
DVD: Anyone aware of David Lynch's adamant refusal to discuss his own films or any previous DVDs by the director will not be suprised by the lack of a director's commentary. However this DVD features the film in a beautiful new anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 or DTS sound, a huge booklet with some interesting thoughts and analysis on the film and a making of featurette from 1992. This is as close to a SPECIAL EDITION of Lynch's film as one could get and I would say it is the best DVD presentation available of any of David Lynch's films anywhere, on any region (Though Sanctuary Entertainment's Special Editions of DUNE and BLUE VELVET are fantastic, too.)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
The cult show "Twin Peaks" was reknowned for being weird and oddballish, but until fans have seen "Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me," they ain't seen weird yet. Without the restraints of weekly TV, David Lynch allows his unnerving imagination to run wild as it explores what happened before Laura died.

It begins with another FBI investigation -- waitress Teresa Banks has been murdered, but not much of the investigation is going forward. Then the investigation is dropped, and the movie skips ahead a year, showing us the last week of Laura Palmer's (Sheryll Lee) life.

In the course of those days, Laura is slowly slipping over to the Dark Side -- drugs, prostitutional sex, and nightmarish visions that are increasingly consuming her life. But as the drugs and sex take over Laura's life, she doesn't realize that a worse fate awaits her -- death, "wrapped in plastic."

David Lynch is known for making movies that are absolutely addling. They can make your brain hurt, and sometimes you never understand them at all. "Fire Walk With Me" goes under this heading. At the same time, it makes you think. And think. Like an Expressionist painting, it captivates as it bends your mind.

Lynch doesn't follow a real plot; instead, he lets the storyline slowly sink into Laura's downfall. Lynch paints the whole experience with nightmarish, surreal images and visions, and allows it to drip into your subconscious. And along the way, he fills it with slightly offbeat direction, heavy atmosphere, and the ability to make anything -- ANYTHING -- look menacing.

It's not exactly friendly to Lynch virgins -- if you don't know what to expect, this will simply tie your head in knots.
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