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: