Fargo Blu-Ray Review: You Betcha It's Great!

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In 1996 a little movie called Fargo arrived on screens and immediately took moviegoers by storm. The Coen brothers long had a fan base who treasured their films, but there was something about the "aw shucks" landscape of their murder story that audiences adored and Oscar did too, awarding it numerous nominations, including Best Picture, and giving its star, Frances McDormand, an Oscar for Best Actress.

Fargo Blu-Ray

As the Coen brothers went on to make one of our favorites -- that you can discover when you watch The Big Lebowski online -- and most recently Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re looking back in a stellar upgrade to one of their best works.

Fargo is not only coming back in the form of a TV show over on FX, but it’s getting an upgrade and a very special release on Blu-Ray and digital download.

The thing that is most striking -- besides rediscovering a movie that is as classic as they come -- is the remastered film has never looked or sounded better. And with Roger A. Deakins handling the cinematography, the film finally has the format worthy of the Coen brothers’ go-to cinematic artist.

Most know the story (that gave us those fabulous Fargo quotes) of a small town car salesman who hires two socially challenged thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can get some ransom from his rich father-in-law. But, things go completely wrong and bodies start piling up, which leads our favorite super pregnant police chief Marge (McDormand) to explore the case.

Given that the film’s true improvement is its crisp picture, the feature audio commentary by Deakins is utterly priceless. To be able to see what we’re watching in the film through the eyes of the man who shot it is a fan of Fargo’s dream. That snow-covered, mostly barren landscape truly comes alive with Deakins’ insight.

Carl Showalter Picture

We also appreciated, as a longtime fan of the movie, the Trivia Track feature. It delves deeper into the Coen brothers' Midwestern world and it’s fun to see how well you know this instant classic. And for kicks, checking out the theatrical trailer and a TV spot shows how the buzz for this Oscar-winning film truly got going.

It may be almost two decades since we visited Fargo, but the arrival of the film on Blu-Ray has us simultaneously feeling like we’ve never left while possessing the sense that we’re seeing it for the first time with a much needed pair of glasses making the picture more gorgeous than ever. 

And we have this version when you watch Fargo online!

Fargo Review

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Fargo Quotes

So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don't you know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well, I just don't understand it.

Marge Gunderson

Carl Showalter: Alright Jerry, you got the phone to yourself?
Jerry Lundegaard: Well, yeah.
Carl Showalter: You know who this is?
Jerry Lundegaard: Well, yeah, I got an idea. How's that Sierra working out for ya?
Carl Showalter: Circumstances have changed, Jerry.
Jerry Lundegaard: Well, what do ya mean?
Carl Showalter: Thing have changed, circumstances Jerry, beyond the uh acts of god.
Jerry Lundegaard: How's Jean?
Carl Showalter: Who's Jean?
Jerry Lundegaard: My wife! What the?
Carl Showalter: Oh she's alright, but there's a few people in Brainerd who aren't so ok I'll tell you that.
Jerry Lundegaard: What the heck are ya talking about? Let's just finish this deal up here.
Carl Showalter: Blood has been Jerry.
Jerry Lundegaard: What the heck do ya mean?
Carl Showalter: Three people, in Brainerd.
Jerry Lundegaard: Oh jeez.
Carl Showalter: That's right we need more money.
Jerry Lundegaard: What the heck are ya talking about? What do you fellas have yourself mixed up in?
Carl Showalter: We need more money...
Jerry Lundegaard: [interrupting] This was supposed to be a no rough stuff type deal!
Jerry Lundegaard: Well I'm sorry but I just- I don't
Carl Showalter: I'm not gonna debate you Jerry! I'm not gonna debate! We now want the entire 80,00!
Jerry Lundegaard: Oh for christ's sake here!

Fargo Review

In 1996 a little movie called Fargo arrived on screens and immediately took moviegoers by storm. The Coen brothers long had a fan base...

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