Fargo

( 23 )

Overview

Although Joel and Ethan Coen's award-winning Fargo was available before on DVD, this special edition from MGM/UA is a vast improvement. Roger Deakins' simply astonishing cinematography is given first-rate treatment on this disc. The monochromatic look of the film, dominated by vast fields of white snow, brought the film many well-deserved accolades. Roger Deakins' commentary track goes into great detail about his artistic process, his working relationship with Joel and Ethan, and some fairly technical talk about ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen / Pan & Scan)
$13.64
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (25) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $6.90   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   

Overview

Although Joel and Ethan Coen's award-winning Fargo was available before on DVD, this special edition from MGM/UA is a vast improvement. Roger Deakins' simply astonishing cinematography is given first-rate treatment on this disc. The monochromatic look of the film, dominated by vast fields of white snow, brought the film many well-deserved accolades. Roger Deakins' commentary track goes into great detail about his artistic process, his working relationship with Joel and Ethan, and some fairly technical talk about how some of the shots in the film were achieved. Rounding out this entertaining disc are a short retrospective featurette consisting of the cast and crew sharing their memories of working on the film, a segment of The Charlie Rose Show with the brothers and lead actress Frances McDormand, an onscreen text trivia track that combines bizarre tangential trivia about events that transpire on the screen with more conventional production information, and a gallery of advertising materials. Ask a character in the film if this DVD is any good, and odds are they will respond, "Oh yeah, you betcha."
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Minnesota Nice" documentary; Interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand; Audio commentary by Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins; Trivia track; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Original advertising gallery; Hidden menus and other surprises
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The Coen brothers Blood Simple, Barton Fink scored their biggest critical success with this darkly funny thriller set in a small, winter-bound Minnesota town. The story revolves around a kidnapping that goes awry and the efforts of a quiet, efficient -- and very pregnant -- Fargo police chief Frances McDormand to solve a series of increasingly gruesome murders. McDormand won an Oscar for her marvelously understated portrayal of a kind-hearted, coffee-swilling sleuth, but the whole cast -- including William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi -- is superb, delivering the kind of offbeat, stylized performances that are a Coen brothers trademark. Music by regular Coen collaborator Carter Burwell sets a moody tone, beautifully evoking the long nights and frozen expanses of a Minnesota winter. Holding it all together is the directors' complete confidence in their own sensibility; despite the film's mainstream recognition -- it got an Oscar nomination for best picture -- Fargo shows no hint of Hollywood compromise. The film is distinguished by the brothers' unique and very black sense of humor, right down to the foot poking out of the wood chipper.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Fargo never seems to make up its mind if it wants to be an absurdist comedy or a stylized crime drama, and that's a big part of its charm: somehow it manages to be both at the same time. While the movie never shies away from the grim facts or consequences of the kidnapping and multiple murders at the core of the narrative, Fargo does manage to skate playfully into a dryly comic look at life in the frozen wastes of Minnesota, where cuisine is ruled by the buffet and folks really say "You betcha!" Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, former Minnesotans themselves, understand the physical and emotional landscape of the little town of Brainerd, and they seem to laugh both with it and at it; while they can't help but find humor in the nasal, Nordic drawl and implacably low-key nature of these people, Joel and Ethan seem genuinely to like them -- especially Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand, in a deservedly Oscar-winning performance), whose perversely sunny disposition only partially obscures the fact that she's a clever, observant, and very effective cop. The Coens have even more fun (though of an edgier variety) with Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi, who steals every scene he's in), a weasely crook whose every word and gesture screams, "I'm Not From Around Here." Despite the film's assured comic sensibility, the Coens bring a nail-biting tension to the murder scenes, and William H. Macy's Jerry Lundergaard is a pathetically compelling mass of misguided motivation and bad choices. While most of their films are remarkable for a gymnastic visual style, the Coen brothers give Fargo a stark, clean look that's the perfect match for the chilly near-monochrome of the snowy Midwestern landscape; Fargo looks less like a Coen brothers film than anything else they've done, while defining their signature themes as clearly as anything else they've done.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 027616884152
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,509

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson
William H. Macy Jerry Lundegaard
Steve Buscemi Carl Showalter
Peter Stormare Gaear Grimsrud
Harve Presnell Wade Gustafson
John Carroll Lynch Norm Gunderson
Kristin Rudrud Jean Lundegaard
Larry Brandenburg Stan Grossman
Stephen Park Mike Yanagita
Cliff Rakerd Officer Olson
Steve Reevis Shep Proudfoot
Bruce Campbell Soap Opera Star on TV
José Feliciano Himself
Sharon Anderson Morning Show Hostess
Gary Houston Irate Customer
Warren Keith Reilly Diefenbach
Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
John Blake Makeup
Michelangelo Csaba Bolla Asst. Director
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
John Cameron Producer
Ethan Coen Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
John Lyons Casting
Paul Murphy Special Effects
Thomas D. Wilkins Art Director
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. True Story/Main Title [2:52]
2. Personal Matters [3:31]
3. "Dad's Here" [2:04]
4. Sex and Pancakes [:55]
5. "But That TruCoat..." [2:37]
6. If the Numbers Are Right... [1:18]
7. To Vouch or Not to Vouch [1:00]
8. Complete Silence [1:39]
9. The Darn Serial Numbers [1:28]
10. Unguent for the Kidnapper [2:47]
11. "We're Not a Bank, Jerry" [3:31]
12. "It's Jean... It's My Wife...!" [1:29]
13. Killing for Compliance [7:29]
14. The Most Important Meal [2:49]
15. Murder and Morning Sickness [2:22]
16. Lou's Police Work [1:40]
17. "No Cops! That's Final!" [2:17]
18. Mom's in Florida [1:26]
19. Blind Woman's Bluff [1:12]
20. Better Than the Hautmans [1:20]
21. "Kinda Funny-Lookin'" [3:58]
22. "Blood Has Been Shed" [2:35]
23. The Phone Records [1:33]
24. Wade Prefers to Handle It [4:15]
25. Jerry and the Cop [3:03]
26. Mike's Plight and Times [3:59]
27. "The Old In 'n' Out" [2:27]
28. No Jean, No Money, No Deal [5:36]
29. Going Crazy by the Lake [2:18]
30. Snow Bank [3:54]
31. Snippy Yet Cooperative [3:43]
32. How to Split a Car [2:24]
33. Woodchipped [3:38]
34. More to Life Than Money [3:19]
35. The 3-Cent Stamp [1:35]
36. End Credits [3:41]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. True Story/Main Title [2:52]
2. Personal Matters [3:31]
3. "Dad's Here" [2:04]
4. Sex and Pancakes [:55]
5. "But That TruCoat..." [2:37]
6. If the Numbers Are Right... [1:18]
7. To Vouch or Not to Vouch [1:00]
8. Complete Silence [1:39]
9. The Darn Serial Numbers [1:28]
10. Unguent for the Kidnapper [2:47]
11. "We're Not a Bank, Jerry" [3:31]
12. "It's Jean... It's My Wife...!" [1:29]
13. Killing for Compliance [7:29]
14. The Most Important Meal [2:49]
15. Murder and Morning Sickness [2:22]
16. Lou's Police Work [1:40]
17. "No Cops! That's Final!" [2:17]
18. Mom's in Florida [1:26]
19. Blind Woman's Bluff [1:12]
20. Better Than the Hautmans [1:20]
21. "Kinda Funny-Lookin'" [3:58]
22. "Blood Has Been Shed" [2:35]
23. The Phone Records [1:33]
24. Wade Prefers to Handle It [4:15]
25. Jerry and the Cop [3:03]
26. Mike's Plight and Times [3:59]
27. "The Old In 'n' Out" [2:27]
28. No Jean, No Money, No Deal [5:36]
29. Going Crazy by the Lake [2:18]
30. Snow Bank [3:54]
31. Snippy Yet Cooperative [3:43]
32. How to Split a Car [2:24]
33. Woodchipped [3:38]
34. More to Life Than Money [3:19]
35. The 3-Cent Stamp [1:35]
36. End Credits [3:41]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins
      Documentary - "Minnesota Nice"
      "The Charlie Rose Show" Segment
      Trivia Track: On
      Trivia Track: Off
      Photo Gallery
      Advertising Gallery: Theatrical Trailer
      Advertising Gallery: TV Spot
      Advertising Gallery: American Cinematographer Article
      Blue Velvet Special Edition DVD Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins
      Trivia Track: On
      Trivia Track: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      Blue Velvet Special Edition DVD Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 23 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(14)

4 Star

(9)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All-Time Favorite!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fargo is a dark comedy that has a mood all its own. There are cringeworthy moments where you don't know whether to laugh or squirm. All the performances in it are truly amazing (especially Macy as wormy Jerry Lundegaard and McDormand as good-hearted Marge Gunderson). This film is not for everyone- especially kids. It is full of violence and profanity, but it manages to be a great movie in spite of that. The whole mood of the film is dark, yet somehow homey. It's hard to explain. I've never really seen a film quite like this one. It's tragic and funny and dark and triumphant all in one. Fargo is truly a masterpiece.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dangerously Funny

    In the usual Coen sense of black humor, this film shines as their best orchestrated one. A pregnant Police Chief Margo Guenderson. Two whacked killers (of course, one being Steve Buschemi) and a depressed car salesman. Don't forget the wood chipper.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!.....

    WHAT A VERY STRANGE, ODD, AND WEIRD MOVIE!....THE COEN BROTHERS REALLY WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT. MY FAMILY IS FROM MINNESOTA AND I HAVE BEEN THERE A FEW TIMES AND I MUST SAY THAT THE COENS REALLY MADE A GREAT ADAPTION. THE CRIMINALS ARE MY FAVORITE PARTS. NOTHING EVER GOES QUITE RIGHT FOR THEM AND THE PERSONALITIES ARE SO ODD AS WELL. THIS FILM COULD BE A DRAMA, CRIME, HORROR, POLICE DRAMA, OR COMEDY. THIS FILM IS DARKLY AMUSING AND FUNNY. PARENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT THE CRIMINALS USE STRONG AND CONSTANT LANGUAGE AND THERE ARE TWO SCENES OF INEXPLICIT BUT SOMEWHAT REVEALING SEXUALITY. THIS DOES ALSO CONTAIN SOME FAIRLY STRONG VIOLENCE INCLUDING SEVEN SHOOTINGS OF WHICH ONLY TWO PEOPLE SURVIVED. ONE OF THE SURVIVERS OF A GUN WOUND IS LATER HIT WITH AN AXE AND THEN SHREDED TO BITS. THE KILLINGS ARE EXPLICIT WITH BLOODY AFTHERMATHS. AND THERE IS ONE KIDNAPPING, WHICH IS THE STORYLINE OF THE MOVIE. BUT OVERALL THIS IS A VERY DARK YET FUN AND ADVENTUROUS COEN BROTHERS FILM. ENJOY!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a verry weird, weird movie.

    This movie does not fit in to any catergorie. You my say its a Drama,You may say its a Comedy,and you may say it a crime thriller. In Fargo, The Coen brothers really show their creative talent. Francis gives a great job and completly nails the Minnisota accent. I reccomend this movie to anybody who loves twisted and werid movies.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews