Recently I watched the newly remastered Fargo movie. I actually watched the film back in the 90’s. I loved it then, and I love it now. Fargo is about a car salesman who hires a couple of thugs to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Naturally, things go wrong in this dark comedy. The movie stars William H. Macy and Frances McDormand. The Fargo Remastered Edition (MGM and 20th Century Fox) is available now on Blu-ray.
5 Things About the Fargo Remastered Edition Blu-ray
The main character never gives up
The main character of the story is Jerry Lundegaard. He’s a car salesman that has a big financial problem. So he hires a couple of guys to kidnap his wife for ransom. He plans to have his wealthy father-in-law pay for the ransom. But after the kidnapping, the thugs end up killing multiple people. This results in an investigation that eventually leads the police to Jerry’s car dealership. Meanwhile, Jerry tries to convince his father-in-law to loan him money for a business deal. When that doesn’t work, he tells his father-in-law that he needs money to pay for the ransom of his wife. Meanwhile, the kidnapping continues to spiral out of control. But no matter what, Jerry continues on his quest to get out of his financial mess. That’s one of the most interesting aspect about the main character. He never gives up.
It’s not a true story
The movie starts off with a message that the film is based on a true story and that names have been changed to protect the people in the story. That’s not true. The entire story is fiction. According to an extra feature, the Coen brothers put the “true story” bit in movie as a gag and to hook the audience into the story. It worked because I really thought the story was real and interesting.
William H. Macy and Frances McDormand are outstanding
William H. Macy plays the part of the main character, Jerry Lundegaard. He was outstanding. The other actor that stood out was Frances McDormand. She played the part of Marge Gunderson, the police officer investigating the murders. Fargo also featured Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Kristin Rudrüd (Jean Lundegaard), Tony Denman (Scotty Lundegaard), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Gary Houston (Irate Customer), Sally Wingert (Irate Customer’s Wife), Kurt Schweickhardt (Car Salesman), Larissa Kokernot (Hooker #1), Melissa Peterman (Hooker #2), Steve Reevis (Shep Proudfoot), Warren Keith (Reilly Diefenbach), Steve Edelman (Morning Show Host), and Sharon Anderson (Morning Show Hostess). The film was directed by the Coen brothers, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
Fargo Remastered Edition includes several special features
The remastered edition includes the Fargo movie on Blu-ray only. The disc includes the special features below, but I don’t think they are new. In my opinion, Minnesota Nice is the most interesting extra on the disk. I got a big kick out of the Minnesota accent, slang and politeness in the movie. There was a lot of yaa’s and please’s in the film.
- Feature Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins
- Minnesota Nice
- Trivia Track
- American Cinematographer Article
- Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
Fargo is rated R
The 140-minute movie is rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality. It’s not a hard R, but there is profanity and a couple brief sex scenes in the film. In addition, there are a few scenes that are bloody, and a scene with a part body sticking out of a wood chipper.
More info: Fargo Remastered Edition Blu-ray