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.
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.
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!