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Fargo Blu-ray

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Remastered Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1996 | 98 min | Rated R | Apr 01, 2014

Fargo (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (30.91 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian… (more)

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Crime46%
Dark humor35%
Film-Noir22%
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Fargo

 (1996)

Fargo Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this must-own Blu-ray release

Jerry Lundegaard, a car salesman in Minneapolis, is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father, paying half to the thugs and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper and two innocent bystanders in rural Minnesota, drawing local Police Chief Marge Gunderson into a homicide investigation.

For more about Fargo and the Fargo Blu-ray release, see Fargo Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch, Harve Presnell
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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Fargo Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The prior Blu-ray of Fargo was no slouch in the video department—Greg Maltz ranked it at 4/5, while Jeffrey Kauffman gave it a 4.5/5—but the remastered Blu-ray bests it in several respects, starting with the famous opening shot of Jerry Lundegaard's vehicle emerging from the white darkness of snow and clouds as he approaches his fateful meeting with the two kidnappers. On the old disc, the white field flickered at the sides, but on the new one it remains rock steady, providing a solid background for the spare credits that appear as Carter Burwell's score warns of impending disaster. The aliasing and video noise that occasionally showed up in forests and other scenes with fine edges are gone altogether, and additional detail is now visible in darker scenes, e.g. the exterior of the King of Clubs when Jerry drives up to it, the interior of the cabin where Carl and Gaear hide Jean Lundegaard or the roof of the parking garage where the fateful ransom drop occurs. The grain is much finer, but whether this results from a superior scan or an absence of electronic sharpening (which was lightly applied to the earlier disc) is impossible to say.

The color temperature has been subtly altered for the remastered disc, with a distinct shift toward the warmer end of the spectrum. This may seem an odd choice for a story set in the frigid winter of Minnesota, but to my eye the initial disc had too much of a bluish cast, which rendered flesh tones somewhat unnatural, especially indoors. On the remastered disc, faces look more natural, while the vast expanses of snow ensure that the arctic weather remains a constant presence. (Of course, to determine which color scheme is accurate to the source, one would need an authoritative reference, such as an answer print.)

Technical difficulties prevented me from measuring the average bitrate, but according to the Blu-ray cover, it is approximately 31 Mbps, which is roughly the same as the original disc.


Fargo Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The remastered Blu-ray appears to use the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack as the previous disc.

From Greg Maltz's review of the 2009 Blu-ray edition:

From the opening sound of the evocative instrumentation by Carter Burwell to the characters' voices to the blast of gunshots and open-throated engines, the DTS-HD MA audio track of Fargo is a pleasure to hear. Like the picture quality, it's a significant upgrade in definition and refinement. The soundstage up front is narrow but deep, and very little use of surrounds is apparent—just a touch of ambience in the music and some of the louder effects like car engines. Treble is a bit bloated here. Watch the scene where the kidnappers break into the Lundegaards' home. The sound of breaking glass has good presence and definition, and the piercing cries of Mrs. Lundegaard are more open, airy and not nearly as thin and digital-infused as the compressed Dolby Digital audio from the DVD version. In fact, voices throughout Fargo on Blu-ray feature better detail and tonality than ever before. When Jerry scrapes the ice off his windshield after the meeting with his father in law, the contributes to the overall impact and isolation of the scene. Another notable sound is the violin in Burwell's compositions that perfectly tie together the film's bleak landscapes, unbelievable plot and quirky characters. But ultimately, every sound in the DTS-HD MA track is a pleasure to hear and the only thing holding it back from the highest rating is a more dynamic surround mix. Frankly, that would not have seemed natural with this film, so the focus on the front three channels is perfectly suitable.


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