Argo [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 7218141
  • Release Date: 02/19/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (291 out of 302)

Special Features


  • Picture-in-Picture: Eyewitness Account:
  • The chaos of revolutionary Iran comes to life with survivors' stories
  • Resued from Tehran: We Were There -
  • President Jimmy Carter, Tony Mendez and the actual houseguests recount the real-life harrowing experiences they endured
  • Argo: Absolute Authenticity
  • Ben Affleck explains how he re-created the world of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Argo: The CIA and Hollywood Connection
  • Former CIA agent Tony Mendez and Director Ben Affleck expose the secrets behind the phony movie that had all of Hollywood believing
  • Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option
  • Go inside the Canadian Government for a riveting look at the risks the Canadians took to shelter their closest neighbors
  • Feature-length Commentary with Director Ben Affleck and Writer Chris Terrio

Synopsis


Argo
When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed militants conduct thorough searches of local homes, and kill anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Realizing that it's only a matter of time before the six are identified and taken hostage, Mendez offers a unique - yet potentially dangerous - solution: posing as a Canadian film producer, he will enter into Tehran under the precipice of scouting locations for an upcoming science fiction opus, gather up the refugees, pass them off as his crew at the airport, and fly out of Iran right under the militants' noses. Shortly after touching down in Iran, however, Mendez contends with a few unexpected developments that threaten to erode the bond of trust he needs to establish with the refugees, and expose his deception. Meanwhile, even if they do manage to make it as far as the airport, government bureaucracy threatens to leave them hopelessly stranded in their most desperate hour. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston co-star. Inspired by actual events. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck - Tony Mendez
  • Bryan Cranston
    Bryan Cranston - Jack O'Donnell
  • Alan Arkin
    Alan Arkin - Lester Siegel
  • John Goodman
    John Goodman - John Chambers
  • Taylor Schilling
    Taylor Schilling - Christine Mendez



Overall customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affleck is now 3 for 3

    Posted
    Treydle
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    A hostile nation is holding 52 members of the embassy staff hostage. While the majority of the State Department is focused on those hostages, six members of the embassy staff have sought refuge with the Canadian ambassador. How would you get them out? Could you get them out? Thanks to the U.S. allowing their deposed leader to seek refuge in America, the Iranian people storm the American embassy on November 4, 1979. The staff is rushing to shred or burn all their confidential files. The majority of the staff are held hostage while a small percentage escape unnoticed. The State Department begins planning a rescue and asks the CIA to consult. It’s abundantly clear to the Agency’s “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck), that the State Department is in over their heads. With such plans as having the embassy workers ride to the border disguised as teachers on bicycles in winter. It was back in his hotel watching Battle for the Planet of the Apes and talking to the son Ian (played by Aidan Sussman) that Tony (Affleck) has an idea. Disguise the hostages as a film crew and sneak them out right under the enemy’s nose. After bringing the idea to his boss, Jack O’Donnell (played by Bryan Cranston) the plan gets the go-ahead. Later, they approach the make-up specialist who worked on The Planet of the Apes who has also done work for the Agency in the past, John Chambers (played by John Goodman). Chambers in turn introduces Mendez to a well-known producer named Lester Siegel (played by Alan Arkin). Once they’ve chosen a script, Argo, a science-fiction fantasy in the style of Star Wars, they go the extra mile in establishing it as a legitimate enterprise. Where it was simply a poster in the beginning, Siegel organizes a table-reading with known actors, press, and studio staff. While all this is going on, the Iranian government has sweatshop labor assembling the shredded photos so that they can identify anyone who they failed to capture. Also, our six escapees become increasingly fearful that they will be discovered. I’m kind of a sucker for movies based on factual events, no matter how much the narrative diverges from history. A Beautiful Mind, The Insider, some that don’t have Russell Crowe as the lead actor. That said, it doesn’t guarantee I will like it. Case in point, I found J. Edgar unbelievably dissatisfying. Argo, on the other hand, is brilliant, in my opinion. The story is gripping, the comic relief is hilarious, and the suspense has me on the edge of my seat. As a lead actor, Affleck has had some notable flops. Gigli and Surviving Christmas among them. As the director of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and now Argo, however, he is now three for three. You should definitely see this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite movies of 2012!

    Posted
    SuspenseLover
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    ARGO was one of my favorite movies of 2012. I viewed it without reading too much about the plot, so it was fun to be surprised. I was in 8th grade when this historical event happened, so I certainly remember what 1979 was like. I believe that Ben Affleck and company did a SUPERB job portraying the era of the late 1970s...and the political environs that surrounded Jimmy Carter...and then Ronald Reagan. Ben Affleck SHOULD have been nominated for Best Director for an Academy Award....as demonstrated by his many WINS in that category in OTHER awards shows this season. The Academy MESSED UP that one. Still, I'm hoping ARGO does well at the Academy Awards in other categories. The cast as an ensemble is a VERY believable bunch....portraying the perfect mix of angst, terror, heroism, and even nervous humor. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Enjoy ARGO! It's a wonderful depiction of a true story...and it's a perfect political suspense thriller!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie about an important historical moment

    Posted
    Rumblers
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    This movie lived up to the hype and accolades. I didn't catch it in the theaters but I was completely absorbed while watching this blu ray. The story telling was excellent and while very dialog heavy the moving events unfold in a very dramatic fashion. The last chapter will really have you on the edge of your seat. As for the blu ray, the audio and video is stellar though not really reference but more than good enough. The extra features are excellent, after watching the movie I immediately watched the supplements and while brief they really contributed to the overall enjoyment of the movie. Overall this is an excellent addition to any collection.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An incredible piece of historical fiction

    Posted
    NevetsWerdna
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    This is an incredible film that really keeps the viewer engaged while offering periodic breaks in the tension with well-placed humor. Ben Affleck proves once again he is a more-than-capable director and wows the audience with both amazing, sweeping shots of the city from afar and tight, close shots in the crowded streets. The only negative thing I can say about this film is there is not a whole lot of replay appeal outside of the commentary and documentary track. The film relies a lot on tension from internal and external factors and once you see how they all play out, the film's pacing seems quite a bit slower.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Film about Dedication, Cooperation

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    OinkOink
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    In a field of great films in 2012, Argo won and deserved the Oscar. Beautiful retelling of actual events that transpired in the Iran Hostage Crisis, including the dedication of many Americans to free those trapped there with no way out. Also brought to life in this retelling was the enduring cooperation of our Canadian allies which put their own safety and security at risk. The cast is this film is stellar and outstanding. Besides Affleck includes all-stars like Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan and many others giving great performances.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great best pic winner that falls a bit short

    Posted
    AWil
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    Argo is Ben Affleck's third effort behind the camera. (Hopefully) we're all aware of the Iran hostage crisis that occurred from 1979-81. This film focuses on six Americans who made it away from the embassy, and the Canadians and Americans who got them out of Iran. The film is well-made. Those who care about authenticity will be upset, however. The third act is not as strong as the rest of the film, but Affleck keeps the film from fully stumbling to its conclusion. The blu-ray offers excellent picture and audio, and above-average supplements.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Engaging Movie. Doesn't glamorize the subject.

    Posted
    beavers1964
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    I rented the movie when it was first available. My wife and I both enjoyed the movie especially since we were really unaware of the subject matter and lived through that part of history not knowing this part of it. We had 4 children at the time and with busy lives we really only knew about the "Crisis" was that it was always on the news and didn't know the deeper stories. So seeing the plot of this "sub-story" that we never knew about was engaging and the movie on the whole was quite good. Worth watching from time to time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An exciting and entertaining historical film.

    Posted
    Pyramids
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    I think that "Argo" was one of the best historical films of all-time and it was one of my favorite films. I had read about the Iranian Hostage Crisis in President Jimmy Carter's White House Memoirs and this film provided a surprising insight into the crisis that was kept classified. I also enjoyed all of the action, mystery, suspense, plot, storyline and a great and amazing cast that made this an exciting and entertaining film as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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