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Fargo (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (1996)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O7I6ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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 McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, Fargo is a brilliant tour de force from the creators of Raising Arizona and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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113 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coen's pay tribute to Middle America July 2, 2003
Format:DVD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Funny, Disturbing Movie November 24, 2004
Format:DVD
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A is for acting. October 12, 2006
Format:DVD
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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Betcha! July 5, 2003
Format:DVD
Whenever I rave about a movie I've recently seen, there's the inevitable question "What's it about?" With regard to this film, I recall responding that it's about a pregnant police chief who eventually solves a series of brutal murders somewhere in the Upper Midwest. (Brainerd, Minnesota? Fargo, North Dakota?) It is always a pleasure to observe Frances McDormand's performance in a role for which she received an Academy Award for best actress in 1996. The film was directed by Joel Coen who co-wrote the screenplay with brother Ethan. This film effectively combines some of the most dead-on (albeit affectionate) cultural satire of Scandinavian Americans in "Small Town U.S.A." with severe physical violence as when one victim is stuffed upside-down in a wood chip machine. (When I first observed "Margie" methodically gathering information, I was reminded of Colombo whose keen mind is also underestimated.) The basic story involves Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a desperate swindler. After his wealthy father-in-law Wade Gustafson (played by Harve Presnell whom I did not recognize) refuses to become involved in a real estate project, Lundegaard hires Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear Grimstad (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife Jean (Kristin Rudrud) so that he can use most of the ransom to cover his debts and thereby conceal his crimes. Of course, his plan fails and several lose their lives as a result. As the film ends, the camera focuses on Chief Gunderson as drives her police sedan across the bleak winter landscape (think of the surface of the moon beneath three feet of snow and ice), with one of the two kidnappers in custody. She claims not to understand how anyone could behave badly in such a "beautiful" world.
Yes, this is a nasty film...at times severely violent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie
My understanding is that this is a 4k remaster, as with Robocop. Robocop looks a lot better than this, though Fargo still looks great. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Justin C. Sallows
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
It's definitely a classic, I love the movie and since I started to really flesh out my blue ray collection I was glad to see this was as cheap as it was.
Published 4 days ago by Adrianna Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite
I loved this movie when it first came out, and so am very pleased to have this edition for home viewing. It holds up well. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ida's girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up.
Great movie. Simple but engaging plot set in an unlikely local with bumbling criminals and funny accents. Yea! Just watch
Published 13 days ago by krystle williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fargo
better than average true story line. Acting above average. if you like a really good drama its worth your time.
Published 14 days ago by JohnB from NJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie about the upper midwest area
Good movie to see that depicts how things were in the upper midwest over 20 years ago. Just a few hints of sex and some quick clips of violence to give you an idea of what has... Read more
Published 14 days ago by M Russo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
One of the Cohen Brother's absolute best. You don't even need to be a Cohen Brother's fan in today's terms to enjoy this film. It's simply excellent.
Published 15 days ago by Jeff N. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed.
An American Classic, this is the Cohen brothers at their best. Performances are stellar across the board and the script is among the best ever written. Read more
Published 16 days ago by movieman48fps
5.0 out of 5 stars 4K disc or Standard Blu Ray with 4K transfer?
I was looking to buy this, and then I did my homework. The "Remastered" version of Fargo is actually NOT the "4K" version. This is a 4K transfer to a regular blu ray disc. Read more
Published 18 days ago by iliveforhim1976
2.0 out of 5 stars Fargo
Lived in Minnesota for years as a "transplant," and the accents "Yah" and drawls in this movie were so unrealistic. Read more
Published 18 days ago by dalia
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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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