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Fargo (1996/MGM Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B     Extras: B-     Film: B



The Coen Brothers’ Fargo (1996) is back and finally on Blu-ray.  There have been many DVDs and none have been satisfactory, but you can read more about the best of them and the film itself at this link:





After seeing so many transfers of the film not capturing its often snow-drenched atmosphere staring with noise issues, softness and ending with bad Video White, the 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 21 MBPS digital High Definition image is a revelation with fine color, consistent detail (even with grain), depth and atmosphere that brought back my first screening in 35mm with ease.  Director of Photography Roger A. Deakins, A.S.C., delivers a visual experience like no other and few have dared to imitate it since.  It is as impressive as ever and a must for Blu-ray owners and film fans.


Originally a Dolby SR (Spectral Recording, advanced analog) theatrical film sound release, MGM had upgraded the film to DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 mix and even a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds for purists.  The DTS is definitely better than the Dolby and is a nice upgrade over all previous versions of the film.  The underrated Carter Burwell delivers a great score and the recording of dialogue and sound effects holds up well for their age and the kind of often dialogue-based drama/comedy this is.  Extras are the same as the DVD Special Edition.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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