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This review is from: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me [Blu-ray] (1992) (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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Initial post: 6 Jun 2012 22:31:42 BDT
I was so pleased to see this getting a Blu-ray release (other than the difficult to get hold of MK2 French version). I'd finally retired my DVD copy and now I'm thinking I should have kept it. I'll let you know if I experience the same audio problems once this is delivered (I hoped it would drop through my letterbox today, as I've had this on pre-order since the release was announced).
I'm wondering if the audio problems are down to this being a quick port of the master MK2 used for their DVD release? Rather than mastering a new audio track, Universal may simply have used MK2's audio master from the DVD, and slowed the track down at various points to compensate for PAL speed-up? I'm guessing the static menu is the same as MK2's DVD release as well, so it's looking like minimum effort has gone into this release.
If the audio and video are up to scratch I'll get over the poor menu and lack of features (would be very nice to see the deleted scenes, though). However, if there's an audio problem affecting all discs (and it's starting to sound like that's the case), I think we should all be screaming refund.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 15:09:57 BDT
OK, I've figured out what's happenned here, and it's not good.
The video has been ported over from the DVD master at 50Hz (it should be 24Hz, as originally filmed at 24 frames per second). However, the inclusion of a PCM soundtrack suggests Universal have gone back to the original audio master (which runs at the same speed as the original film).
What this means is that the video is running slightly faster than the audio throughout the Blu-ray. To compensate, the audio speeds up (rather than slows down) at various intervals. This happens at important moments, too (most irritatingly during Julee Cruise's rendition of "Questions in a World of Blue") and is hugely distracting.
A further annoyance is the lack of subtitles during moments when the dialogue is purposefully set low (there should be forced English subtitles during these scenes).
However you look at it, this is a faulty product, and I'm requesting a full refund. Universal needs to sort the abovementioned problems out and issue a full product recall (or offer a disc swap). Unless this happens you should avoid this release at all costs...
The video offers a worthwhile upgrade over the DVD, but issues with the Blu-ray mean I'd much rather have my old DVD back.
This is a shambles of a release from Universal.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 15:15:44 BDT
Thanks for the helpful comments. The lack of subtitles during those key scenes is annoying, but for this at least, Universal holds somewhat less blame: prior to release, David Lynch kept going back and forth on whether those sequences should include subtitles or not, and by the time he made up his mind that he should, the theatrical prints for the UK had already been created without. Ever since, British versions have lacked subtitles, while North-American ones have included them. (This is also something that can be remedied quite easily by turning on the English-language subtitles that have fortunately been included on this release.)
The audio issue is clearly a much more serious problem. I have written to Amazon about this, and they were nice enough to give me a full refund for the disc. I still hope though that the distributor addresses this and organizes a recall.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 15:37:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2012 19:37:08 BDT
Glad you got a refund sorted (I just requested one as well).
As you say, I can live without the subtitles, though the previous MK2 DVD included these. I wasn't aware of the earlier debate over whether they should be included, and I never saw the film theatrically.
Like yourself, I can't get past the audio issue, and I'd also like to see the film presented at 24 frames per second (as originally screened in cinemas).
That last point might sound pedantic, but every other Blu-ray release runs at 24 frames per second (unless the film wasn't shot at that speed). Why would we want our films to run 4% faster than originally shown? It's one of those things that becomes very distracting once you're conscious of it.
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 20:08:20 BDT
I totally agree with other buyers of this blu ray release.
It's a huge disappointment - I pre-ordered Fire walk with me then it was announced, only shows I was a little too quick to order - now I'm only happy that I did'n buy the box set. People have reported problems with that too.
I hope they will take our critique seriously and redo these David Lynch BD releases.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 23:10:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 17:05:04 BDT
Well, I can't comment on Universal's handling of Blue Velvet and Lost Highway, as fortunately I have these on Blu (the US and German releases respectively). I'm not a great fan of Wild at Heart, so I'll happily stick with the DVD.
However, I pounced on the Eraserhead Blu and I'm very impressed with it. It looks and sounds great, and runs as 24 frames per second, as it should! That's all I ask for. I usually find special features rather uninteresting. Would have been nice to see the Twin Peaks deleted scenes, though...
What were the other problems reported with the Universal Lynch box set (I'm interested to know)?
Also, has anyone seen the Australian Twin Peaks Blu? I'd like to know how it compares with the MK2 and Universal releases.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 23:38:27 BDT
The new UK blu-ray of Lost Highway also runs at 1080i, with PCM 2.0 audio. The German version, while not quite perfect, is therefore far superior. I've had the German blu-ray of Eraserhead for some time, and have been extremely pleased with it - especially because it includes the 90-minute feature of David Lynch discussing the film, which I watch almost as frequently as I do the film itself.
Thanks for pointing out the Australian blu-ray. I couldn't find any reliable reviews online, but according to the case, it has a 1080p transfer and DTS-HD 5.1 audio. Now that I've been obsessing over this release, I considered it worth a gamble and placed an order for it. It's most likely very similar or even identical to the French MK2 release, but it's at least a bit less expensive, and more 'English-friendly'. Fingers crossed!
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 17:04:20 BDT
Good luck with the Australian Twin Peaks Blu (and hope you don't get stung with customs charges). I prefer the Australian cover art as well, even if it has little to do with original promotional material.
I think you're right that it's probably identical to the MK2 release in terms of the transfer and audio (it certainly contains the same "press kit" special features as the MK2 Blu-ray). Just out of interest, where did you order from? I've been considering taking a chance on this myself. Many thanks...
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 17:34:26 BDT
I ordered it from DeVoteD, and since it cost less than 22 euro, it's customs-free (where I live).
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 19:36:29 BDT
Thanks again, I'll take a look...