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Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move. --Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum. --David Edelstein, New York Magazine
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A Daring Plan. A Real-Life Rescue.
Argo begins in 1979 as Iranian militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take all but six people hostage. Making their way to the Canadian Embassy for protection, the remaining six are in hiding — but it’s only a matter of time until they’re discovered. CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez, played by award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck, is called in to help. Mendez devises a complex, and to some, dubious plan literally straight from Hollywood to smuggle out the Americans. Packed with mystery, suspense and a touch of dramedy, this movie is one you’ll want to watch again and again.
According to Mendez, the fake production office created as part of the rescue plan was so convincing that by the time the mission was completed, the office had received 26 scripts.
Thanks to Mendez, the film’s production crew was allowed unprecedented access to both the exterior and interior of the CIA.
None of the film scenes were shot in Iran.
The exterior shots of Lester Siegel’s home were actually taken at the estate of Zsa Zsa Gabor.
This was the first film directed by Affleck that was not set in his hometown of Boston.
An Edge-of-Your-Seat Thriller
- Based on a true story
- Won the 2013 Oscar for Best Picture
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
- Includes Ultraviolet digital copy for on-the-go viewing
Meet the Cast
Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck)
To smuggle six Americans out of war-torn Iran, CIA expert Mendez comes up with a plan — a fake movie project — that not only fools the enemy, but also the entire world.
John Chambers (John Goodman)
To assist in his efforts, Mendez turns to his old friend John Chambers, an award-winning makeup artist, to develop believable disguises for the Americans.
Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin)
To lend credibility to the fake movie project, Mendez enlists film producer Lester Siegel to help create a phony film studio and movie production.
Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston)
As Mendez’s supervisor in the CIA, O’Donnell supports the plan and works to ensure the powers in Washington don’t back out.
Top Customer Reviews
Included on the blu-rays:
- Theatrical Edition of the movie
- Extended Edition of the movie (an extra 10 minutes added to the film)
- 3 New Special Features + all the special features from the previous blu-ray release
Included in the box set:
- 40-page book premium featuring behind the scenes photos, production notes, bios and more
- Argo One-Sheet Poster (you know they are going to fold it to fit it in the box, so it will have creases right down the middle)
- Map of Tehran movie locations (14" x 20")
- Reproduction of Tony Mendez's CIA ID card
So if you enjoyed the movie, then you might want to consider picking this up. I'm interested in seeing if the extra 10 minutes of footage improves the film (not that it needs improvement); and with three all-new special features and the book/memorabilia from the film, this set might be worth it.
FULL LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES:
Brand New Features (exclusive to this blu-ray set):
1. Argo Declassified - Tony Mendez's daring operation gets honored as part of the CIA's 50th anniversary
2. Ben Affleck's Balancing Act - Balancing humor, politics, Hollywood and international intrigue as only Affleck and his team could do
3. Argo F*** Yourself - Ben Affleck leads an all-star review of Argo's classic line
Additional Features (from the old blu-ray release):
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Several comments: first and foremost, this is a terrific, tense and rousing historical drama, the likes of which we don't get to see often enough anymore these days. In fact, the whole movie experience feels like the movie was made in the late 70s (check out the classic Warner Bros. logo that opens the movie). It is equally clear that a number of events were fictionalized in order to advance the drama in the movie (just to name one: the chase to the plane at the end is a complete fabrication but makes for tense viewing).Read more ›
Affleck even takes the time at the beginning of the film to put the Iranian revolution into a larger context of prior American involvement and manipulation in Iran's politics, thus making the Iranians' hostage taking horribly wrong, but also somewhat human and understandable.
The story itself is a doozey, and definitely fits into the `you'd never believe it if it weren't true' mold. Using a fake movie as a cover-up for a long- shot rescue operation sounds like a bad episode of `Mission Impossible' (or even `Get Smart'). But here it is, a part of history.
I have only two small complaints about the film. First, other than Alan Arkin's and John Goodman's deliciously funny performances as the Hollywood end of the deal, not many of the other characters are given as much texture as they might, especially considering how strong the cast is. Perhaps the fear was slowing down the film with character details, but I would have gladly watched a few minutes more to know these people better on a human level.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you care about historical accuracy...this is not the film for you. As if the actual story isn't crazy enough...I have no idea why they felt compelled to change any of it.Published 2 days ago by Gina
This movie will have you on the edge of your seat possibly biting your nails with anticipation. It is based on a true story and won't leave you disappointed.Published 6 days ago by Ms. R. J. Trevivian
Great story... very well produced. Best Ben Affleck movie I've seen.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer