Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) is a Minneapolis car salesman who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. His plan is to collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law to pay the thugs and keep the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the kidnappers murder three innocent victims in rural Minnesota, drawing the local Police Chief, Marge Gunderson (McDormand), into her first homicide investigation.
While the DVD reviewed in Issue 25 earned a 4.5 for image quality, this new anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD is much preferred for more fully saturated colors, sharper images and increased resolution. Blacks are noticeably deeper on this DVD, while shadow delineation remains excellent. Minor pixelization is apparent, as is edge enhancement, but neither prove to be much of a distraction. Source element artifacts, scratches and film grain are noticed, but the overall picture will surely please. Despite the .5 difference between the two versions, it should be known that this is, by far, the preferred version.
The soundtrack, incorrectly credited on the DVD cover, is Dolby
Reason #26 Why Readers Love Widescreen Review:
Before WSR, there was a 4:3 picture tube. After WSR, there is a nice 65 inch widescreen rear projection TV. However, it's only a beginning, because WSR started a dream. The reality looks crisper and clearer now, even the sound is more precise and enveloping. Widescreen Review: P5/S5, one's critic’s composite: 5. Thank you, WSR. Keep up the excellent work!