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Fargo [Blu-ray] (1996)

Larry Brandenburg , Steve Buscemi , Joel Coen  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Larry Brandenburg, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell, Gary Houston, Warren Keith
  • Directors: Joel Coen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (940 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U6YI8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nominated* for seven Oscars+‚-® and winner of two, this darkly amusing thriller combines a first-rate cast, a dazzling mix of mirth and malice (Rolling Stone) and a bizarre kidnapping plot that unravels the Midwest like never before. Starring Frances McDo

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130 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coen's pay tribute to Middle America July 2, 2003
Of all the Cohen Brother's tremendously entertaining movies, this is the best. This is the one that they will be remembered for. William H. Macy plays Jerry Lundegaard, a man in a spot. He's a used car salesman that has been securing loans for cars that are not really in his lot. The bank is calling in the loans, threatening legal action, and he needs money fast. He forms a plan to have his own wife kidnapped, thereby splitting the ransom money between himself and the kidnappers.
It's a terrible plan, and it quickly unravels into a bloody mess of murder and betrayal. When bodies begin to mount, a local police officer, Marge Gunderson, is called in. Frances McDormand plays Marge Gunderson, and she makes the movie magical.
McDormand won an Oscar for the role, and this is one instance when the recipient deserved the award. She plays "Margie" with a huge dose of humanity. She is a character that sneaks up on you. When she is introduced, you wonder if perhaps she is just a small town officer in way over her head. She is pregnant, speaks in small town (Minnesota) idioms, and throws up from morning sickness when investigating the first brutal murders. She seems more like a nice, Minnesotan housewife than a cop. But early you get the feeling that there is something special about her.
The killings involve a traffic cop that was killed while issuing a ticket for a missing plate. In his log book, he was written DLR. When Marge's fellow officer says that he has run a search for all tags starting with DLR, Marge says gently, "I'm not sure I agree with you 100 percent on your police work there, Irv." She explains to Irv that DLR means that it was a new car, a dealer's car. "Oooh" says Irv, staring into space.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Funny, Disturbing Movie November 24, 2004
I put Fargo up there with the best. The Coens are young and productive, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with in their careers. They'll have a hard time topping Fargo. Some things I like about it...

--The way they mix violence with humor (not just gross-out easy laughs). Buscemi's reaction to Stormare shooting the cop is funny in a twisted way... but Stormare going after the young couple immediately after is scary and unsettling. This one scene sets the tone of the whole movie.

--Buscemi's reaction to Presnell's refusal to deal is funny...but Buscemi's reaction to being shot is also funny, and is also scary.

--Marge Gunderson feeling nauseated when she sees the mess at the crime scene...and it's just morning sickness. This brief moment really establishes her character.

--Marge Gunderson's relationship with her husband is really endearing, and is a thread that runs throughout the movie. It gives the movie a lot more humanity that most Coen films have.

--And Bill Macy; his character is so earnest and so out of his depth.

Fargo is a movie that stands up to repeated watching.

The DVD transfer is first-rate
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A is for acting. October 12, 2006
I can't believe how many reviewers neglected the fact that part of the genius of this movie is the way it is passed off as a true story. Even the rumor that the cop was really a man just fuels the belief, although it is pure fiction. The acting is great all around, but Macy steals the show as the complex, pathetic Lundegaard, a spineless, wimpy guy who married the overbearing, egotistical boss's ditzy, innocent daughter. We never really find out why Jerry needs the money, although schemes involving a parking lot investment, insurance fraud, and a phony kidnapping are all backfiring as the plot unfolds. Perhaps he simply needs the money from the kidnapping and/or the investment to cover the auto insurance fraud screw-up when they call his loan back. It is never really explained, and to good effect. The impetus for the capers is irrelevant.

Macy's lies (very realistic for a used car salesman), private temper tantrums and loss of control, and lack of authority over his father in-law are perfectly played. The police interview scene in his office with Frances McDormand is pure genius, from the acting to the writing to the filming. This is movie making artistry.

Buscemi and Stormare are perfect as the not-quite-competent thieves hired for the project, with Stormare a cold-blooded and obvious sociopath and Buscemi an almost likeable lost soul.

This is a fairly realistic movie, other than the scene where Stormare fires a single perfect shot at over 100 feet into the back of a fleeing crime witness, who is running in deep snow and illuminated only by car headlights. It's nice to actually see a character in serious pain after getting shot, with lasting wounds, such as Buscemi's Carl Showalter suffers.

Not for the faint of heart, I recommend this movie 100%.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fargo is one of the best films of the 1990's. It revolves around a bizzarre kidnapping scheme that unexpectedly leads to murder. Filled with cold settings, quirky characters, and excellent performances, Fargo is an excellent film.

The central characters of the film are an overextended car salesman (William H. Macy), a pregnant police chief (Frances McDormand), and two kidnappers (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare). William H. Macy's character is not a good person, but Macy's excellent performance is able to make us feel his pain. Frances McDormand's character is well mannered, and strong willed, which is great to see in a female character. She definately deserved her oscar for her performance.

Steve Buscemi is great as always. His character is a criminal, but is somewhat likeable. Peter Stormare's character is underrated. His character is a psychopath who hardly ever says anything. His actions show his aggresiveness without even needing to say anything. I would rank his character as one of the best psychopaths, up there with Frank Booth from Blue Velvet and Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas.

The plot is pretty simple, but you still need to pay attention in order to understand it. Part of what I really liked about this movie is how the plot is simple, but the Coen Brothers managed to create a story of kidnapping gone wrong and murder without having an overly complex plot.

The score is very affective. It has a celtic feel to it and expresses the mood of the midwest perfectly.

The way the film is shot resembles Stanley Kubrick's style, as every shot is like a perfectly drawn picture.

I recommend Fargo at all costs. It has a wintry feeling that stays with you hours after you've seen it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good movie.
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth Fowler
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great quality and service; however, this movie was a big disappointment after watching the miniseries
Published 4 days ago by Christine Negrete
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Accents terrific! Story had lots of holes, not a favorite with us.
Published 4 days ago by PJW
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The tv show was way better.
Published 5 days ago by Nate 12
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my taste in movies ... different strokes for different folks
Turned it off after the first 30 minutes due to the language and overly visual sex scenes. May be okay for others but it just wasn't a fit for me. I'd give it 0 stars if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Don't get any better than this.
Published 9 days ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good movie, ya
When I first started watching this movie I was skeptical, as the movie is a little older (1996). But, it was well worth watching. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Elise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The absolute best. Perfect cast, excellent writing, and fantastic directing. It's one of those you will watch over and over
Published 9 days ago by Loren w Christensen
3.0 out of 5 stars She's also pushing me towatch the TV version that she had me vcr
My wife loves this movie but I've had a hard time getting into it. I still haven't watched it completely. She's also pushing me to watch the TV version that she had me vcr. Read more
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OK, but now it's time for a really special edition
But, NCFOM wasn't supposed to be humorous. It was quite faithful to the book, which was pretty brutal, too, yet very well written. The Coens shot the movie well as they always do and since the movie had such a strong impact on you, it appears they did their usual stellar job.
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Books like Fargo?
Look up the author John Sanford and his "...of Prey" books.
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