The Coen brothers’ blackly comic yarn about a crime gone wrong, cheekily presented as a true story, feels like a dry run for No Country for Old Men. Frances McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar as the pregnant police chief on the trail of hapless kidnappers in snowbound Minnesota, but fellow nominee William H Macy and the rest of the cast are equally laudable, and the Oscar-winning script may be the Coens’ finest. And does Roger Deakins’ Oscar-nominated cinematography look “a hundert per cent” in HD? You betcha.
EXTRAS: The Coen brothers interview and Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner commentary from the standard-def Special Edition are mysteriously missing, but, heck, everything else is here: Deakins’ commentary, 30-minute retrospective ‘making of’, American Cinematography article, photo gallery, trailer and TV spots.