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on 15 August 2006
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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on 12 October 2005
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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on 10 August 2005
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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on 22 September 2013
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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on 9 June 2012
Although I was very much looking forward to the UK Blu-Ray release of FWWM (which has become one of my favourite films), I sadly had to return the film immediately upon discovering that this release is inexplicably inferior to that which is available in France and Australia. The film does not look right at 50Hz and the provision of 2.0 instead of 5.1 channel sound is a huge disappointment. This combined with random dips in sound throughout the film and the total absence of any extras mean you would be mad to purchase this release in its current state. I really hope they re-release this product and put something out which is up to standard as I'm very disappointed to have waited months for this shambles.
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on 11 July 2010
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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on 5 June 2012
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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on 17 August 2001
This is one of David Lynch's finest films. Considering the popularity of the TV series, this would seem a hard act to follow. As usual, Lynch doesn't fail to intrigue and push the envelope even further. The film does pander to those who wanted to see the last seven days of Laura Palmer's life, but it also sets many subplots in motion which were hinted at during the series. Fire Walk With Me is much, much darker than the series in terms of style, direction, plot, acting, humour and cinematography, and in many ways stands independantly of the series. The beauty is that one does not need the other. They are both memorable in their own ways, similar in some but extremely different in others. This is a classic film, not to be missed out. NOTE: As a suggestion to anyone interested in getting into Twin Peaks and hasn't viewed anything yet, do NOT watch this film beforehand. Make sure you watch the series in their entirety (don't forget to watch the Twin Peaks pilot at first!), and then watch the film. Many people who have only seen the film misunderstand many of the contexts and meanings, and don't get the chance to appreiciate it to its full potential.
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on 6 June 2012
I must agree with the previous reviewer. Good film - but there are at least three (possibly four) moments during the film when the sound behaves peculiarly. The effect is akin to what you might hear if you slowed down an audio tape. There is an example in the closing couple of minutes of the film when the angel appears before Laura and the music goes seriously wonky. Its clearly faulty. Would be interesting to hear if others have the same issue.
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on 14 August 2001
This is an awesome movie. The video transfer is awesome. The audio is average. The only problem is that it doesn't come with the hour of Deleted Footage that director David Lynch has chosen to be added. New Line's Region 1 DVD version coming next year will have this. Second Sight should have waited and opted to license the Deleted Scenes from New Line. Buy this if you want a good transfer and a Region 2 disc, but if you are an extras person like me, you're out of luck this time.
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