The Coen Brothers have been in a class all their own from the first frames of Blood Simple in 1984. Whatever the setting or subject matter, a Coen Brothers film is unique and easily distinguishable from any other film. It would be hard for me to like one of their films more than my personal favorite, Raising Arizona, but most people would agree the quintessential Coen Brothers film would have to be Fargo, arriving on a newly remastered Blu-ray this week.
Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is in trouble. He needs money and fast. After trying various schemes at the used car lot he works at, Jerry eventually decides the only way to solve his problem is to hire thugs to kidnap his wife for him so her father will pay the ransom and solve Jerry’s financial troubles. What could go wrong? Brainerd Sheriff Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) is about to find out.
Fargo is a beautiful example of what the Coen’s do best. Snappy dialogue in hilarious Minnesota accents, gruesome goings on that you can’t help but laugh at even though they would be terrifying in real life, and memorable characters crossing in and out of each other’s lives in ways only the Coen’s could construct. The cast is perfection. McDormand is always incredible but this is a career high role for her, William H. Macy is brilliant as the desperate Jerry, Buscemi is great as the loser kidnapper and Peter Stormare performs miracles with very little dialogue as the lumbering kidnapper with no qualms about taking the job a little further. All in all this is a master course in Coen Brothers filmmaking and should not be missed.
The Blu-ray from MGM Home Entertainment is newly 4K remastered edition that even bests the previous edition, which was pretty darn great itself. Colors, detail and clarity are all incredible here even with the white blow outs of all the snow, the picture just never falters. With a dialogue driven soundtrack that is crystal clear, this is the edition of Fargo to have, so trade in that old one even though it was awesome. The extras are all the same, so you have nothing to lose and an even better picture to gain. Highly recommended.