FARGO: 20TH ANNIVERSARY (STEELBOOK) REVIEWED
“Fargo” is a weird release for Shout to get. I know that the studios are only concerned with keeping the teens happy with movies that are new-2 years old. It’s just that this is a big part of the MGM makeup and continues making money for FOX. Almost all of the special features from the FOX Blu are ported over, but this release is special because it gets a Steelbook. Honestly, if the transfer has changed…I’d be stunned. As far as I can tell, it’s just a new case using an old disc. Still, the case is quite nice.
- American Cinematographer Article
- Original Trailer and TV Spot
- Still Photo Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 8/8/17
Video - 97%
Audio - 96%
Supplemental Material - 95%
Film Score - 99%
The Plot Thus Far
Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper that’s simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller, and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as “kinda funny lookin'” and “not circumcised”), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humor. At times shocking and hilarious, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators.