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Argo DVD [2013]

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Donovan Tate
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00683T3LU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on real events, the dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played--information that was not declassified until many years after the event. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

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• Rescued from Tehran: We Were There -- President Jimmy Carter, Tony Mendez and the actual house guests recount the real-life harrowing experience they endured.

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Set against the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 and 1980, Ben Affleck’s Argo is a nerve-jangling footnote to the birth of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic. The movie opens at the crest of the 1979 revolution--the storming of the US embassy in Tehran, and the escape of six diplomats to the precarious safety of the Canadian ambassador’s residence. To the rescue is Tony Mendez--a composed CIA agent whose heroism remained classified until 1997--and his state-approved plan to get the stranded embassy staff out of Iran under a brazen cover story: they’re an innocent film crew on a location hunt for the fake sci-fi blockbuster Argo. Hollywood is usually pressed into the service of the state in the name of comedy (either burying dictators in Team America: World Police or just bad news in Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog), but Argo is a true story, and the tone of Affleck's Oscar-winning script is carefully split, switching between mounting tension in consular Tehran and a satire of the Hollywood machine as fronted by Alan Arkin and John Goodman--two raffish producers hired by Mendez to reverse-engineer some convincing buzz for the Argo movie. Affleck himself takes the role of Mendez, the steady-eyed agent betting everything on Hollywood’s age-old efficiency at creating a media circus for a project long before it exists. ‘History starts out as farce and ends up a tragedy’, remarks Goodman, but Argo ends on a patriotic upbeat, and doesn’t reflect much on history. It politely nods at the context of Iran’s attitude to the West, and we’re told about but not shown--bar the blank rage of the revolutionary mob--Iran’s anger at the Westerly flow of resources under Shah Pahlavi. Instead, Argo concentrates on the eggshell complexities of deception in plain sight, including a climactic set-piece in which Mendez’ team must fend their way through layers of suspicious Iranian airport security--with imminent capture, execution and political calamity only on the other side of their paper-thin pretext. It may have the ring of historical escapism, but Argo holds its nerve as a great Hollywood escape. --Leo Batchelor

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Ah, Ben Affleck, never really bothers about the cinematography, but he is a damn good storyteller!

Here he offers a recap (with some lies thrown in, a couple of my fellow reviews pointed those out) of an amazing true life story, when brilliant and unconventional CIA agent, Tony Mendez, suggested to the US government production of a sci-fi thriller (taking place in the Middle East), called "Argo". The ingenious plan to get out six employees of American Embassy in Iran, who were hiding in refuge trying to avoid the destiny of their fellow American officials, who were kept hostages after the Iranian politically driven mob stormed the US Embassy in Tehran.

Two hours of this "nearly"-documentary film flew by. "Argo" is a watchable, enjoyable account of the brave (if not insolent) attempt to get the six Americans home. The film has intelligent dialogue, irony, sarcasm and plenty of nail-biting moments.

Taking into account that the majority of the audience will know little to nothing of the story (I certainly did not), and Ben Affleck is not an actor I would run to see performing, "Argo" delivers a brilliant entertainment and never fails to preserve suspense! Four and a half to five stars, easily!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 29 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
After Iranian militants stormed and took control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 taking 56 Americans as hostages, six Americans managed to get away and took refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador.

After two months of the Canadians putting their lives on the line everyday, the CIA and the US State Department try to come up with a plan to get their people out.

Tony Mendez is a specialist who proposes that they pose as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a science fiction movie called Argo.

Using Hollywood connections, Mendez creates a back story for the movie - ads in Variety, casting calls, inviting he media to a production launch - and then heads off to Iran to lead the six Americans out......

When I first heard this film was being made, I had no education on the history of the movie, all I knew is that is was a true story based on something political in the middle east, with a really strange title.

I was expecting another Syriana, which I found very mundane.

But the reviews and the plaudits for this film got me very curious, so I went in cold, and I came out seeing one of the most gratifying films of the year.

Affleck once again proves he could be the new Eastwood in Hollywood and the way he mixes comedy with intense drama is wonderful.

Some scenes are just genius, like the scene where there is a rehearsal, and the captives are treated to a pseudo execution, and then Affleck showing us that both sides can put on a show.

Arkin And Goodman are the brilliant comic relief, and whenever they are on screen, the tension is ever so slightly lifted and relief sets in, apart from one scene involving a phone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2013
Format: DVD
I didn't know the outcome of the fate of the 6 hostages in "real life". Lucky for me. The movie outcome was in doubt up to the very end. That's the sign of a good thriller.

John Goodman and Alan Arkin, though they have minor roles in this movie, add an extra depth to it. It was a pleasure every time one of them came on to the screen. Bryan Cranston also turns up as the CIA officer overseeing the operation.

Alan Arkin's character's reply to a journo, when asked about Argo, is really comically appropriate. I chuckled over it several times. This Argo idea - it is so off the wall that it just might work. Does it? Everything in the film revolves around this.

The tension is ratcheted up in several places - in particular when the "film crew" make a dry run in the bazaar.

Ben Afflek (And George Clooney too, apparently) directed. Well if he can continue making films in this vein, he has a bright future. His acting is just right in this movie too - a nice steady pace playing Tony Mendez. Good job.

In order to enjoy this movie you have to separate it from the "real life" story. Yes there are important differences to be sure. For example, and it's just one example, the Canadian Ambassador takes a lot of risk. Perhaps an excessive amount. You will have to see the film yourself to see what happens.

Enjoy the movie. There is dark humour in it as well as rather a lot of tension. That is as it should be. You can check out the historical details later.
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182 of 207 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris on 24 Nov. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is a taut and gripping thriller. Well made and acted about extricating diplomats from Iran under the guise of a departing film crew.

The tension builds up nicely with some good humourous moments, mainly from John Goodman. I have to say I suspect that the numerous cliff hangers were theatrical licence but heck it makes for superb viewing!

Like a lot of movies, the facts are often victims of the drama. In the film the CIA states that the hostages were rejected by the Brits and the Kiwis. That is not true. The Brits did take them in and it was only when the British embassy itself faced being stormed that they were moved to the Canadians. Why so many movies select to distort facts unnecessarily is a mystery? Maybe it is US politics? But it debases the film.

Likewise, we had some Canadian guests who had refused to see the film on the basis that most of the work was done by the Canadians, for which the credit was hi jacked by the CIA in the movie. So, what's new? But it remains a gripping movie.
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