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This Academy Award-winning movie directed by Ben Affleck tells the story of a dangerous rescue mission of U.S. hostages in Iran. In 1979, the American embassy in Tehran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, ex-filtration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. This thriller on DVD stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.

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Gifted, intelligent and full of cogent ideas, Mr. Affleck can almost always be depended on to come up with something fascinating, coherent and thoroughly cinematic. Argo, his third feature film as a director after Gone Baby Gone (2007) and The Town (2010), is no exception. It grabbed me by the lapels and held my attention for two solid hours without a side-ward glance, and I can't wait to see it again. You have to see it twice if you want to absorb the myriad pieces of a jigsaw too fantastic to accept as fact, although we know going in that the recently declassified records of an amazing history lesson prove otherwise. This movie is not only true, but unbelievably true. --Rex Reed, New York Observer

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

Special Features

- Escape from Tehran: We Were There

Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber
  • Directors: Ben Affleck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,642 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AHTYI5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Argo" on IMDb

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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.

Trivia

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.

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Format: Blu-ray
Most people, myself included, really enjoyed "Argo". If you don't already own the film, this Extended Edition might be the way to go. But if you already own the original blu-ray release, then is it worth an upgrade? Well, hopefully the details below will help you make a decision.

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.

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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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393 of 446 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
Format: DVD
"Argo" (2012 release; 120 min.) bring the story, based on true events but fictionalized for Hollywood purposes, of how CIA operative Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck) goes to Iran to help rescue 6 Americans who are holed up in the Canadian Ambassador's residence ever since Iranian fanatics violently took over the US Embassy compound. In order to get the 6 Americans out of Iran, Mendez proposes that they pose as Canadian film makers, who are in Iran scouting for appropriate locations to film Argo, a Star Wars-like adventure. When the various options and alternatives (foreign teachers? agriculture specialists? no, film makers!) are presented to US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, he looks incredulous, but when reassured about the various options available that "they are all bad ideas. but this is the BEST bad idea we have", Vance blesses the mission. In order to lend credibility to the idea that he is involved with this fake movie, Mendez and his Hollywood connections set up a fake film company, with a fake film production office, and a fake script, etc. Once in Iran, Mendez gets in contact with the Group of 6, and they are slowly but surely preparing to try and escape out of Tehran.

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).
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134 of 161 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on November 24, 2012
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Ben Affleck continues to prove himself one of Hollywood'd best, most intelligent 'mainstream' film-makers. In Argo he manages to combine nail-biting suspense created with a minimum of violence or standard movie action, a sharp, dark sense of humor about the weirdness of both espionage and Hollywood, and makes a film about getting American hostages released from Iran without giving in to jingoism.

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.
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