Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Extended Blue Rose CutFeatured
- Chet and Sam talking to Jack about Teresa Banks (extended scene)
- Sunrise with power lines (deleted)
- Fight between Chet and Cable (deleted)
- Cooper chatting with Diane (deleted)
- Phillip Jeffries arriving at the Palm Deluxe in Buenos Aires (deleted)
- Full Jeffries appearance at the FBI (extended)
- Full 'above convenience store' reunion (extended)
- Full Jeffries disappearance from the FBI (extended)
- Jeffries reappearing at the Palm Deluxe (deleted)
- Cooper questioning Sam about Chet (deleted)
- Bobby and Mike chatting in car, messing with Donna and Laura (extended)
- Laura running into her mom at the door, asking for keys (deleted)
- Laura gets home, Sarah questions where she was (deleted)
- Palmer dinner scene, Leland teaches Sarah and Laura to speak norwegian (deleted)
- Laura meets trucker by the road (deleted)
- Ed and Nadine enter the RR, Nadine storms off, Ed runs after her (deleted)
- Donna calms Laura down, Doc Hayward plays magic tricks, they eat muffins, Leland calls Laura (deleted)
- LMFAP shows Cooper the ring, asks if it's future or past (extended)
- Leo shows Shelly how to clean the floor (extended)
- Ed and Norma talk in Ed's truck (deleted)
- Tommy and Buck drive Laura and Donna across the border to "The Power and the Glory" (deleted)
- Phillip Gerard/Mike chants by a circle of candles (deleted)
- Leland calls Teresa (extended)
- Teresa tells Laura and Ronette "the guy split", Laura notices her ring, Teresa calls Jacques then Leland (deleted)
- Laura opens her diary and snorts some coke (extended)
- Bobby gives Laura the money, discovers the coke is actually laxative (deleted)
- Jacoby phones Laura (deleted)
- Laura and Sarah have dinner, Laura says she's going to Bobby's (deleted)
- Garland reads from the bible, Betty opens the door to Laura (deleted)
- Laura meets Bobby in the basement (extended)
- Bobby walks Laura to the door, Garland keeps reading (deleted)
- Leland gets home and sees Laura hiding behind bush (deleted)
- The nurses rush Annie in a stretcher (deleted)
- Cooper questions LMFAP about the ring, realizes he's trapped (deleted)
- Annie repeats her words to Laura. The nurse takes her ring (deleted)
- Doc Hayward and Truman break in and find Cooper on the floor (deleted)
I've been a fan of Twin Peaks for years and, like many fans, had some issues with Fire Walk With Me, the film prequel to the series that's also a partial sequel. Certain things felt missing or absent. Where was Laura being given the money found in her safety-deposit box from the pilot? Why did the scene with Philip Jeffries feel incomplete and fragmented? Where's Nadine and Dr. Jacoby and Norma? Thankfully, not too long after the release of The Missing pieces, an enterprising and consistently on-point editor named Q2 did what we all wanted and added all but one scene back into the film, giving us the complete package. But then, one day, I hear about another FWWM edit. One that aims to create a hybrid of the theatrical and Q2's extended version, picking and choosing the added scenes with more care and attention as opposed to all-in. Color me intrigued. Q2's version had become my go-to version of the film, period, and I wondered how someone else's attempt at an extended edition might go. I'm pleased to say that Agent Sam Stanley has created a great and worthy version of this troubled masterpiece. Editing with an eye for greater tonal consistency and pacing, this version adds back in all but a few scenes, by my count: the extended scenes at the Double R; the scenes at the police station; Pete and Josie at the mill. These scenes, while enjoyable by themselves and okay in the context of the film (see Q2's version), can interrupt the emotional flow of the story here and there and seem jarring on some viewings. By excising these pieces, Sam Stanley achieves a hybrid between the theatrical cut's oppressive darkness and Q2's added clarity.
Audio: No audible issues or bad transitions that I made out. Clear and fairly consistent volume throughout, no real problems for me.
Video: The editing in this is invisible, which is half testament to the editor, and half to how poor the theatrical cut is by comparison. No hard or noticeable shifts or jarring transitions unless specifically intended by Lynch.
Narrative: I'm unsure which FWWM edit is my favorite, between this and Q2's. However, this version is what the theatrical cut SHOULD have been from the beginning. A clear, stable tone throughout, all the mythology and plot elements in place, characters reinstated where they should be, and the world of Twin Peaks feeling familiar.
Final Thoughts: I suppose, for me, what it comes down to is what I want during a given viewing of Fire Walk With Me. If I want the whole package, the fullest experience available, I'll go with Q2's. If, however, I want a leaner, more consistent and to-the-point version that takes the best of The Missing Pieces and lovingly reinserts them, I'll go with this version. Regardless, it's great to finally see more attention being paid to Twin Peaks in the fan edit community. Part of me hopes that Sam Stanley's next project is a tightening and restructuring of Season Two. He's demonstrated an eye for trimming the fat and distilling the meat in this edit that would serve Season Two well. Either way, I feel more than comfortable in giving Agent Sam Stanley the glad hand and congratulating him on stepping up to the plate and giving us his own take on this unfairly-maligned classic, showing us not only what could have been, but what should have been. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next from him, as he's made one hell of a first impression.
Surprised to be the first person reviewing this one, but I should add I haven't seen the Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer version so can't compare the two.
Having seen the Missing Pieces independently it was great to see them put into context of the original film. The scenes themselves were seamlessly edited into the movie, and at times it was difficult to place exactly which scenes were original vs reincorporated. In the original cut there were a few issues of continuity, so seeing scenes with Agent Desmond's fistfight, Agent Jeffries' transportations and Teresa Banks' call to Leland made the flow much clearer, particularly the latter and for Leland's so violent a response.
That said, some scenes whilst enjoyable independently add little to the film's narrative and almost seem a little jarring, such as Big Ed and Norma and a few other tv series characters who up until that point had made no appearances. Perhaps thats why they were cut from the theatrical release.
With the new series back on tv it will be interesting to see how the additional ending scenes might play out, particularly with Annie and the nurse at the very end. Time will tell, but overall a thoroughly enjoyable edit of the film that adds depth to the original.