Next month marks the 25th anniversary of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch's divisive prequel to the cult TV classic Twin Peaks. At the time of its release, shortly after the series itself folded, FWWM was critically panned and a box office bomb. As with much of Lynch's work, though, time has a way of changing these things, and in recent years it's undergone a re-appraisal among Peaks fans and Lynch devotees.
Twin Peaks is, of course, back on everyone's mind this year thanks to the excellent and critically acclaimed Twin Peaks: The Return, a series that owes a great deal of its plot to Fire Walk With Me and its characters. The re-emergence of the show as a pop culture force is great for a lot of reasons, including the news this week that Fire Walk With Me will join cinephile-favorite The Criterion Collection in just three months.
Criterion announced earlier this week that FWWM has been added to its October releases (which also include the brilliant new supernatural drama Personal Shopper) in the form of a Blu-ray featuring a new 4K high-definition transfer of the film supervised by Lynch himself. Also included are a new interview with star Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), archival interviews with Lynch and the cast, and The Missing Pieces, a 90-minute collection of deleted scenes and alternate footage including moments prized by fans for their relevance to the overall story.
Much of this was, of course, already included on the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray box set that arrived in 2014, but seeing the film arrive on 4K is exciting and the Criterion announcement promises more features to come. Plus, if you're someone who values the lovely and lovingly produced Criterion releases, you'll at the very least want to see how the box art turns out.
For more information, check out Criterion's website.