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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Review
Directed By: David Lynch.
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan
Harry Dean Stanton, Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Phoebe Augustine, David Bowie, Eric DaRe, Miguel Ferrer, Pamela Gidley, Heather Graham, Chris Isaak, Moira Kelly, Peggy Lipton, David Lynch .
Synopsis: Two federal agents (Kyle MacLachlan, TV's Sex and the City and Chris Isaak, TV's "The Chris Isaak Show") arrive in twin Peaks and unravel the bizarre clues, mysterious disappearances and strange happenings that lead to the death of local girl Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee, John Carpenter's Vampires).
I absolutely had to get this on DVD. This format is perfect for showcasing the beautiful colours and awesome soundtrack of this film. Fire Walk With Me is a mesmerizing piece of work. I remember first seeing it on video when it came out. I hadn't seen the series at that point, but I was still amazed. I find that to be an interesting strength of the picture, in that you can still enjoy it even if you have no knowledge of the series. You won't understand what the hell's going on, but you can still get wrapped up in the insanity of it all.
Eventually, I was able to catch the show's 30 or so episodes and imagine the revelation I experienced when I watched the same film in a whole new light. It was literally like someone just flipped a switch.
The DVD includes a documentary that includes interviews from several cast members of the show. While it was good to see where all the actors are now, as of 2000, the documentary is pretty weak. I assume the director was trying to edit the documentary in such a way to emulate the erratic, time shifting world of Twin Peaks, but instead comes off looking inept. Seriously, it's like something you would submit for a high school media arts project. There is also the requisite trailer tacked on, as well.
I find the fact that I have to defend this film to people as much as I do, a little frustrating. In the documentary, Al Strobel, who played Phil Gerard, the one armed man, puts it better than I ever could.
"Fire Walk With Me is hard to look at, if are not prepared to look at a piece of art. It's like if you went into a gallery that was showing extremely expressionistic works and you were expecting English landscapes... this is more a piece of art, than it is a movie."
Copyright© Written By: Tom Servo
Original Documentary - Reflections on the phenomenon of Twin Peaks by members of the cast and crew. Featuring new on-camera interviews with Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Horse, Miguel Ferrer, Kimmy Robertson, Al Strobel, Michael Anderson, Catherine Coulson, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Johanna Ray, Ron Garcia, Michael Chion and Josh Eisenstadt
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
The DVD Review:
DVD review is included in the main review above.