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Fargo - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]

Frances McDormand , Larry Brandenburg , Joel Coen    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frances McDormand, Larry Brandenburg, William H. Macy, Jose Feliciano, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Joel Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I9Y8F0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,470 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

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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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32 of 34 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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13 of 14 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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3 of 3 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 "You're darned tootin'! " 23 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
The films that the infamous Coen brothers make are all very different but all maintain dark humour and character driven storylines. Fargo is a typical example of their work.
Running just over 90 minutes, it's hard to describe Fargo as a comedy or dark thriller. In all, it has aspects of both. Set in a cold Minnesota, It tells the story of a car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) who, in a get rich quick scheme, has his wife kidnapped by two men, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Peter Stormare). A ransom is demanded from Jerry's wife's wealthy father (Harve Presnell) which is to be divided between Jerry and the kidnappers. However, everything gets worse and worse when one of the kidnappers committs a murder. The police get involved, headed by a pregnant Marge Gunderson (Oscar-winning Frances McDormand).
The characters in Fargo are what keep the film going. Steve Buscemi plays Carl to perfection, talking too much and described as "funny looking". His colleague, Gaear is that shady silent type who likes to do things his own way and Peter Stormare delivers his threatening stares in a chilling way. For me, these two were the highlight of the film but William H. Macy pullsof Jerry brilliantly, displaying simulataneously a liar, a thief, a loving father and husband as well as ultimately a good guy whose life has taken a turn for the worse. Frances McDormand comically plays the traditional Minnesota local - good hearted and innocent and is a joy to watch.
Fargo is deep, chilling and clever as well as very witty in places and is definately worth seeing.
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