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You Betcha: 'Fargo' Arriving on Newly Remastered Blu-ray

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 5, 2014 at 1:22PM

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.
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'Fargo'
'Fargo'

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.

Fargo Blu-ray

Nominated for seven Oscars, and winning two (for Best Actress Frances McDormand and Best Original Screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen), "Fargo" is perhaps the Coens' best film -- and that's saying a lot -- certainly rivaling their 2007 Best Picture winner "No Country for Old Men." (Writing "Coens" and "Oscars" in the same sentence is still a bit painful for us die-hard "Inside Llewyn Davis" fans.)

Starring an unraveling William H. Macy as an unwise Minnesota car salesman who hires two thugs for a kidnap-and-ransom scheme, and Frances McDormand as the level-headed cop on the case, the film is a neo-noir masterpiece of cultural specificity. Hilarious and deeply upsetting in equal measure, with ace work by the Coens' go-to cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell. Deakins' commentary on the film is one of the special features in the new Blu-ray.

Meanwhile, "Fargo" is heading to the small screen, exec produced by the Coens and starring Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") and Billy Bob Thornton. Check out the teaser trailer here.

And here's the original "Fargo" trailer, for your enjoyment:

This article is related to: News, Coens, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Blu-ray, Classics, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.