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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me [DVD]

Sheryl Lee , Moira Kelly , James Marshall    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton, Chris Isaak
  • Directors: James Marshall
  • Producers: Ronald Victor Garcia
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NOMP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

Cinematic prequel to the 'Twin Peaks' television series, tracing the events leading up to the death of troubled teen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). The saga begins when local police discover the corpse of a young woman named Teresa Banks. The FBI arrive to investigate and turn up a set of unusual circumstances, only to have two of their agents disappear without trace. Yet while the federal investigation continues under the leadership of the newly-assigned Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Banks' friend Laura Palmer sinks deeper and deeper into a personal hell involving nightmare visions, cocaine abuse and doomed relationships. Her friends Donna (Moira Kelly) and James (James Marshall) try to help, but nothing they do seems to be able to avert Laura from the bizarre, self-destructive path she is travelling.

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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conclusion to the series 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning both R1 & R2 versions. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks 13 July 2008
Format:DVD
This is Twin Peaks from the perspective of the victim of the main story so if you are expecting any big explanations as to some side bits raised in the second season then you wont get any. A great movie all the same with some seriously disturbing and deliciously surreal moments reminding us why we all love the mind of David Lynch.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware, but enjoy... 12 Oct 2005
By A Customer
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than the TV series 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray
After looking forward for a blu-ray release of this film for so long, this version is sadly disappointing. Not only are there no extras whatsoever (the coveted deleted scenes are missing, and even the documentary and EPK stuff from previous releases are absent here), but there are several moments in the film where the audio pitch drops suddenly for a brief moment, which is extremely distracting. I find it incredible that a release like this from a major distributor of a film with such a devoted fan base has received this kind of shoddy treatment, and hope sincerely that the error will result in a recall that at least corrects this technical issue. Until then, it's a very poor product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Time bending surrealistic drama
Spoilers I guess: The real hook is the fact that this film is both a prequel and a sequel and due to the time bending nature of the Lodges, we get to see the fate of future Dale... Read more
Published 2 days ago by kevin maguire
2.0 out of 5 stars A catchy waste of time
I am aware what I am going to write will not make me popular. I have seen almost all movies by D. Lynch, and used to like them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Panin
3.0 out of 5 stars Certificate reduced to a 15?! Too bizarre for telly? Unsatisfying?
Where to start? With so much of what was (is) loved from the series missing here, is there any point to this prequel what so ever at all? Well actually yes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Blu Ray
A really good companion to the series, but worth saving till you've watched both seasons.
Overall, the blu ray conversionis worth it, with Lynch's distinct visual style really... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam Holloway
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Very poor follow up to a great series
Disappointing change in actors
Only good thing is Bowie's appearance but doesn't last long enough to save the film
Expensive... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P Kyriakides
4.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks in name only
The TV series of Twin Peaks was widely regarded as `monumental' and some of the most original TV-viewing ever made. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Always one of my faves, but why a 15?
suddenly this film is a 15. fine, its not as if there are any graphic scenes of incestuous rape of a minor, or minors prostituting themselves while snorting and dealing drugs ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D.,
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray dialogue inaudible
While the picture transfer to Blu-ray is fairly good, something seems to have gone horribly wrong with the sound transfer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Suthers
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
If you think this is going to be anything like the series you are wrong. It is a disgraceful attempt to "fill in the blanks". It will ruin the series for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (DVD)
I have given this product 5 stars because it is the ending to the 'Twin Peaks' TV series. It's a classic and the actors are all brilliant in it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dream Customer
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