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Fargo [1996] [DVD]

Joel Coen|Ethan Coen|William H. Macy|Steve Buscemi    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joel Coen|Ethan Coen|William H. Macy|Steve Buscemi
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Polygram
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R72G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper 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, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff Shannon,

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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film awful Bluray transfer 19 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love this film and have had it for years on DVD but when I saw the Bluray version for 5 I just had to have it. Watched it using my Panasonic 50 inch Plasma with Panasonic Bluray player. Both are five star products with proven performance. The disc was the worst transfer I have ever seen, the artefacts are awful, particularly in the snow scenes when "noise" is really visible. My DVD copy is much better quality, stay away from this disc.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Noir? 26 Nov 2003
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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great features 2 May 2003
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fargo Goes Far Beyond Your Average Black Comedy 18 Mar 2007
To many good film fanatics the assurance of William H Macy and Frances McDormand is normally enough to ensure a night in with the dvd player but for those who aren't familiar with the actors or the fantastic directorial work of the Coen Brothers this is going to convert you.

Quirky?! Yes its Coen Brothers work here.. but also hilarious Macy and McDormand stun in their Scandinavian lilts as a small town couple who are not so traditional. Steve Buscemi also shines and even though the language isn't exactly subtle the film is riddled with hilarious dark humour from beginning to end and is well worth watching for anyone who likes a bit of offbeat genius!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 16 April 2006
This was the Coen Brothers' breakthrough film, and again demonstrates the brothers' mastery of the art of filmmaking, particularly the genre film. In Fargo, they have turned to the thriller and produced an exemplary film with a perfectly structured plot and some incredible performances from actors such as William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Frances McDormand (who won an Oscar for her role.) This is a real masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fargo 16 Dec 2003
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A devastating comedy thriller about a car salesman who is so desperate to escape his debts that he hires two thugs to kidnap his wife and collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. When the scheme backfires, the local police chief, a slow talking, smart thinking, pregnant housewife - brilliantly portrayed by McDormand - investigates the killings. Violent, quirky, and darkly funny, this original crime story is written and directed with the verve, painstaking nuance and outrageously black humour that have become the mainstay of a Coen movie.
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9 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coens' Unclassifiable Masterpiece
Although brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have made many outstanding films over their 30 year careers, this 1996 effort probably (for me) encapsulates their cinematic approach more... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Coen movie
Brilliantly filmed and ghoulishly funny at times Frances McDormand is marvelous as the heavily pregnant sheriff - yah! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story that takes your breath away
A film that gives you humour, gore, thrills, a detective plot and twists and turns - and set in a part of the USA that doesn't get much exposure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tarka dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Yah yah, you betcha!
Hollywood prefers to ignore the Midwest. When it is featured at all, its people are often depicted as either drooling yokels or simple yet wise folk who exist just to teach life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film
great! on time, not disappointed, would recommend this film every time to any one who likes querky story lines such as this.
Published 2 months ago by john spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars COEN BROTHERS
The whole genre of this film is amazing, all parts well acted best the actors and the awards well merited.
Published 2 months ago by MJAY
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy the Blu-ray - Lousy Transfer!
I love this film and have seen it many times both in the cinema and on DVD. I am therefore, in a position to give a fair view about the quality of the transfer to Blu-ray. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and zany!
I love this film. The Cohen brothers created such a unique and quirky world. I highly recommend it. Great performances from the entire cast. Read more
Published 2 months ago by erik hart
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Another Coen bros movie, another waste of time, money and expectation. Can't believe this was recommened by everyone i know.
Published 2 months ago by kevin brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fargo blu-ray version
Fargo is brilliant, and this transfer is good. The movie itself is not high-definition in comparison to today's digital filming techniques, so there is grain, but that's down to... Read more
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