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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me [DVD]

Sheryl Lee , Moira Kelly , David Lynch    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton, Chris Isaak
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Producers: Gregg Fienberg
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NOMP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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


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105 of 106 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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10 of 10 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Void of the Object of Desire 5 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
This is most certainly a departure from the Twin Peaks TV series. Shot in a more distinctively Lynchian style with greater use of sound design and lighting effects the overall atmosphere is one of menace and nihilism. Those who appreciated the humorous touches and points of mysticism in the TV series will probably find the films brutal schizophrenic approach to the subject matter disturbing. Laura Palmer is a far more sympathetic and human character in this film than in the TV series where her story is told by others and a general sense of enigma is propagated regarding her status and the reasons behind her death. Fire Walk with me however is at its most basic a film about the horrors of incest and sexual abuse, but filtered through Lynchs twisted symbolism and narrative disjuncture.

Contrary to other reviewers I found the performance of Sheryl Lee to be excellent with what is undeniably difficult material. Trying to express the extreme mood swings and emotional turmoil of a person on the edge of psychosis is no easy job for an actress but her performance is both engaging and poignant, especially when the character reaches the point of resignation where death seems a better choice than life.

It is undeniably uneasy viewing and the cameo of David Bowie is really quite pointless, but perseverance and fidelity to the horrors of the Real (as opposed to religious obscurantism) will reap rewards for any Twin Peaks fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
For all fans of David Lynch, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is truly mandatory viewing, not least because it is by far his most surreal and puzzling work. The movie begins with Kiefer Sutherland and Chris Isaak investigating the murder of Teresa Banks. As this begins the dialogue between the two reveals the secret to the thinking required to decipher this movie by analysing the appearance of a strange woman presented to them by their superior and the symbolic nature of all her actions. BUT BE WARNED this type of thinking may not be enough to unravel this enigma of a movie, as the Teresa Banks story soon concludes and the rest of the movie focuses upon the last days of Laura Palmer, essentially the pre runner to the TV series.
Lynch requires you to think in a very perculiar way, and although this may discourage many viewers, don't let the perplexity of it all dissuade you, or you'll miss a treat. The imagery is nothing short of unique, and certain scenes just and story lines are truly baffling, such as the scenario involving placing the picture on the wall. What all this has to do with a girl who eventually gets murdered may seem complex, but that's where the pleasure lies, in working it out yourself. Even if you can't unravel it all, the pleasure lies in the uniqueness of it.
A must for Lynch fans and recomended to any fans of alternative cinema, or those dissatisfied with regular cinema and long for something less straightforward.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me
Having bought the entire series, I wanted this to watch before it - fantastic
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The ending was weared
Published 22 days ago by mrs susan johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved the series so good to seen the final week ...
i loved the series so good to seen the final week of the victim. Still just as weird with some dark humour worth the watch though
Published 29 days ago by lizzy-may
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort
I bought this as a fan of the series and expected ( as you do ) that it would be of the same quality of writing and sadly found that it was anything but. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Raeberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to watch after seeing the TV series again. Adds to the overall story.
Published 3 months ago by Benjamin Bennett
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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 8 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 8 months ago by P Kyriakides
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