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Fargo [Blu-ray] [1996]

Frances McDormand , Larry Brandenburg , Melissa Peterman    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frances McDormand, Larry Brandenburg, William H. Macy, Jose Feliciano, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Melissa Peterman
  • Producers: Carter Burwell
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U3EOIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper with Fargo that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humour. At times shocking and hilarious, this is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff Shannon

On the DVD:Fargo, Special Edition presents the movie in anamorphic widescreen (16:9) with Dolby 5.1 available in a choice of English, French or Spanish. Extras include a rare 20-minute interview with the Coens and Frances McDormand, dating from the time of the movie's release, and the 27-minute retrospective documentary, "Minnesota Nice", which has more interviews with the principal cast and crew. There's a "Coen Brothers' Family Tree" listing actors who have collaborated with the duo, and an on-screen trivia track which, among other nuggets, provides a history of pancakes after Peter Stormare's character famously demands "Where is pancakes house?". Cinematographer Roger Deakins provides an intermittent commentary mostly concerned with technical issues. The text of an American Cinematographer article about Deakins and the Coens, trailers and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery complete the package. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Offbeat, grisly black comedy from the Coen brothers. Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), deeply in debt, arranges for the kidnapping of his wife in order to obtain a sizeable ransom from her father, to pay off both his henchmen and his debts. However, all does not go according to plan. Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of the heavily pregnant Police Officer assigned to the case, while the film also won Best Original Screenplay.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Noir? 26 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
In this 1996 masterpiece, a complex tale of murder and kidnapping in snowy Minnesota, the Coen brothers find themselves in similar terrain to that explored in their debut feature film "Blood Simple". Both films are brilliantly constructed studies of criminal behavior spiraling out of control, but whereas "Blood Simple" stayed true to the rules of film noir, "Fargo" turns the genre on its head, resulting in a truly unique film-going experience.
The most obvious example of Fargo's subversion of the genre to which it loosely belongs must be the use of Minnesota's stark, snow covered landscape in setting the mood of the piece. Some truly stunning cinematography, combined with a haunting score, produce a backdrop to the film which is undeniably bleak, but also oddly beautiful. The Coen brothers populate this landscape with a host of memorable characters, most noticeably Brainerd's heavily pregnant police chief, Marge Gunderson (played to perfection by Francis McDormand). No hard-boiled copper here, the Coens again toy with convention by imbuing the character of Marge with warmth, humanity and optimism. It is she who must untangle the web of deceit created by desperate car salesman Gerry Lundegaard (the excellant William H Macy) and the incompetent hoods he has hired to do his dirty work (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stromare), and ultimately it is Marge who provides the moral counterpoint to the movies amoral plot.
In conclusion, Fargo was one of the greatest American films of the 1990's, well deserving of it's two Oscars and required viewing for anyone who considers themselves to be a true fan of cinema.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **********BLU-RAY REVIEW********* 7 Aug 2011
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Fargo is a Coen classic that no matter how many times I watch it, gives me a wince and a laugh. Frances McDormand is her usual excellent self although you could argue that her characters are always the same.

If you're a newcomer to the Coen catalogue put Fargo prettyy close to the top of your wishlist. It's the Coen's doing what they do best, short and sweet excellent story telling. It does bug me that they put 'Based on a true story' at the start, just to get us talking about it. A bit of boy who cried wolf going on...

The blu-ray transfer is very so-so. Most of the time, it's very grainy but the colours are enhanced. I didn't notice anything different with the audio - there's not much for HD audio to work with. Is it better than the DVD? Marginally but given it's such a low price it's just about worth the upgrade.

Languages on disc: English DTS HD master & Stereo; Castillian Spanish 5.1 DTS; Brazillian Portugese 5.1 DTS; French (Parisian) 5.1 DTS; French (Quebecous) 5.1 DTS; German; Italian; Latin Spanish;

Subs on disc: Loads! Castillian text and commentary; Brazillian Portugese, Cantonese; Croatian; Czech; Dutch text and commentary; French (Parisian & Quebecois); German text and commentary; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Italian text and commentary; Korean; Latin Spanish; Mandarin; Polish; Potugese; Thai; Turkish

NOTE: The packaging says that there are Japanese language and subtitles available but they are NOT on the disc.

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great features 2 May 2003
Format:DVD
By turns funny, chilling, gripping and moving, this is a film that I would recommend to anyone. Coen Brothers fans will already be aware of their unique approach to movie-making, but for those who are wondering what the fuss is all about, watch this film. Everything is excellent - the photography is beautiful, the music haunting and the performances...!! William H. Macy's desperate car salesman is a peach and Frances McDormand judges her part to perfection. As you'll guess, I cannot say how much I enjoy this film, but the real beauty of it is that it's a great story, well told. It will keep you watching and make you want to watch it again to catch all the bits you missed the first time round ... then you'll watch it again just for the sheer enjoyment of it!
PLUS the DVD has good extras - a trivia feature that is interesting and funny and an excellent commentary track. Do buy this DVD - you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Piece of Humour 31 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The reviews of the BluRay have put me off upgrading from my Special Edition DVD, but I cannot for the life of me understand the negative reviews of this piece of great cinematic humour. I watched it again last night with "her indoors" and within minutes of the start, we were both grinning like cheshire cats at some of the ludicrous things that Jerry tries to do to get himself out of the hole he is in. I honestly found this a lot better than some of the other Coen Brothers stuff, loved every minute of my re-run, and will watch it again and recommend it to anyone with a sense of humour, particularly a dark one. Jerry's stupidity, the kidnappers' cackhandedness, the overbearing father in law and the bickering of Steve Buscemi with his partner all make this riotously entertaining, but add to that the local laconic drawl of the cast, and it is just so engaging and amusing. Ignore the negatives and get a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good? - You Betcha! 17 April 2010
By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A very entertaining black comedy, this follows a seemingly ordinary car salesman who has a debt problem and hatches a plot to solve it. Naturally, things don't go according to plan...

Set in a wintery Minnesota, the landscapes are large, bleak and cold, with some interesting camerawork emphasising this. There are some great characters, particularly Marge the cop, hapless Jerry and the two hitmen. The dialogue and accents are apparently reflective of the area, with a lot of "Ya, You Betcha and Jeez" in almost Scandinavian accents.

Marge's interview with the girls was particularly amusing, describing the guys as "funny looking".

The blu-ray picture quality didn't strike me as anything brilliant and the sound is low-key anyway, so nothing special there. I'd still take the blu-ray over the DVD though.

Definitely a very watchable film, with many moments of calm, lots of amusing dialogue and some almost cartoon-like violence.
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