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  • Actors: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Phoebe Augustine
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost, Robert Engels
  • Producers: David Lynch, Francis Bouygues, Gregg Fienberg, Johanna Ray
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303515304
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alternately fascinating and frustrating--and no doubt deliberately so on both counts--this controversial Twin Peaks installment (it was roundly booed by mystified audiences at the Cannes Film Festival) appeared in theaters after the series was canceled, serving as both prequel and coda to the whole remarkable Twin Peaks phenomenon. Designed especially for dedicated followers of the series (it would just bewilder anyone else), Fire Walk with Me further investigates the murder of Laura Palmer by exploring events that took place before the series's brilliant debut feature (Twin Peaks: The Premiere), up to and including the long, dark, terrible night of Laura's death. Familiar Twin Peaks denizens Sheryl Lee, Grace Zabriskie, and Ray Wise (as the three members of the Palmer family), Kyle MacLachlan, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Dana Ashbrook, Miguel Ferrer, Mädchen Amick, and director David Lynch himself reprise their series roles (with Moira Kelly subbing for Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward), joined by an equally motley group of guest stars, including Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, and Kiefer Sutherland. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews

Very few of David Lynch's films are perfect.
Kenneth E. Wagner Jr.
Not only does it make me feel better about the movies and their potential, it makes me feel better about people.
I rated this DVD release 1 star due to the folks at New Line Home Entertainment (NLHE).
Steven A. Miller

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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Jim Reed on March 6, 2006
Format: DVD
Much maligned film detailing the last days in the life of Laura Palmer has been dismissed by many as being an out of control freak show.Without the restraints of television David Lynch lets his imagination cut loose (a televsion is literally smashed to pieces at the end of the opening credits)and you may not understand everything but it's more straightforward than later Lynch mindtrips.The first half hour(which if you've seen this on T.V. is sometimes entirely lopped off)which features the investigation of Chris Isaak and Kiefer Sutherland is slow and strange.It concludes with a freakish David Bowie cameo before journeying to Twin Peaks and Laura Palmer herself where the film really takes off.Trying to escape the mysterious being Bob who molests her she descends into a vortex of drugs and sex.In the performance of her life Sheryl Lee gives an intense emotionally unstrung performance as Laura making her descent all the more harrowing.There are some scenes that have such a dreamlike quality they are unmatched in modern cinema:Laura's best friend follows her to a club where Julee Cruise sings the heartbreaking "Questions In A World of Blue" before abruptly swiching to a nightmarish strobelit club complete with clanging music.Laura's journey into a picture on her wall into the otherworldly lodge.Laura losing her grip on reality stumbling through a pitch black wood.The climax is gutwrenching and hard to watch(and reportedly slightly toned down after the audience at the Cannes film festival were too sickened to enjoy their dinner afterwards)and will leave you shaken.As always Lynch gives us no deleted scenes or commentary leaving us to deal with the film as it is.Oviously not for all tastes and there's no quirky humor for fans of the series.If however you watch the film from start to finish it could be one of the most disturbing experiences of your life.A surreal masterpiece.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By B. Erickson on February 8, 2005
Format: DVD
I remember "Twin Peaks" from when I was a kid, meaning that I remember the hype surrounding the series when it came out, and the way its increasingly gratuitous weirdness eventually alienated all but the hardest-core fans. I remember those commercials in which you'd see the face of "BOB" morph into that of an owl, etc. It all looked really strange and occult and obscure. I was too young to get into it, but the fascination of the show kind of stuck with me through the years. Later I became a fan of Lynch's films, particularly the brilliant "Mulholland Dr.," and from time to time I'd think oh yeah, this was the "TP" guy, but the general unavailability of the series as a whole kept me away from it. (Which is why it's just plain stupid to stall the release of the second season of a show like this - especially when there are only two seasons total! But I digress.) Eventually I wound up borrowing the pilot and first season DVD from a friend. Guess what, I got addicted, so I had to "acquire" the second season online. I even read the (likewise generally unobtainable) "Secret Diary of Laura Palmer," a truly gripping and powerful piece of writing by (if I recall) David Lynch's daughter, which recounts in first person the gory details of Laura's years of abuse and torture at the hands of the mysterious entity known as BOB. Take out the supernatural elements in this book and you're left with a convincing case study of the psychological impact of incest, drug abuse, and secrecy.

After all this I felt prepared to see the film. It's probably ideally best to watch "Fire Walk With Me" last, as a capper.
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146 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Broschat on April 11, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Amazon review suggests that anyone who didn't see the Twin Peaks TV series can't understand this film. I didn't see that series, know nothing of its characters, but was much impressed with the Lynch I'd seen to date (Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart). I took in the first part of the film without a problem, smiling through much, and admiring Lynch's guts. Then the real movie starts. I didn't smile at anything else in the film. In fact, I was emotionally numb for about two hours after it ended. I'd never been so shaken by a film. You need to love the main character, to feel this much pain, and Sheryl Lee makes it easy. What does she say to her "true" boyfriend--"The Laura you used to know doesn't exist anymore. There's only me." We get to see if not where the original Laura went then why. Smile through the first part. You'll know when it's over. He's just setting you up for the kill.
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2001
Format: DVD
If you are a Twin Peaks Fan, by now you know of the struggle over this DVD. New Line has made many statements to the entertainment press about its "fight" to include the deleted scenes from Fire Walk on this DVD. As legend has it, the original cut of FWWM ran over 4 hours. David Lynch, the film's gifted director gave permission for many of these scenes to be included on the DVD. New Line made news over the fact that the missing scenes were held by contract to another film company. They swore that they would not release the FWWM DVD without this deleted footage.
Well, insider word tells me that New Line never cared much about this DVD or the deleted scenes. The deleted footage issue was standard publicity cooked up by the marketing department. As it turns out, the company who holds the rights was asking no more for the footage than is considered normal. Criterion and other companies creating DVDs have paid far higher fees to secure footage to satisfy the hopes and demands of the fans.
New Line, having no faith in the power of Twin Peaks, was simply unwilling to shell out the customary dollars. So here we are, the fans of this amazing universe, tempted with one last original journey into the world of Twin Peaks. This final journey would have given the fans new Peaks - something we have dreamed about for over a decade. Unfortunately, New Line was more interested in a quick buck, "Fight" facade aside, New Line never had any intention of fighting for the deleted scenes to be included in this DVD. While I am thrilled that we can see the widescreen version of the film, and hear it in a quality audio transfer - I cannot forgive the fact that New Line never really intended to secure this footage for us.
The hype is for not.
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What was this movie trying to get across?
Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive, are actually more like soft porn. FWWM, is more like a beautiful nightmare.
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