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Friday, February 22, 2013

Argo Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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Argo Blu-Ray / DVD Review

Synopsis: 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

Review: Argo has had a lot of hype surrounding it, so when I sat down to watch it I wanted to keep an open mind.  Often times films don't live up to their hype, but Argo managed to pull through.  From the moment the vintage WB logo comes up and through the end of this period film, they do a great job of authentically recreating the feel that the film takes place in the 1970s.  All too often this isn't executed well these days.  Beyond that, the film is intense.  It is, obviously, the "real" story of a hostage crisis.  We all know that any film based on real events is based on the events, they don't necessarily follow them exactly.  That aside, I felt that Argo was well acted, very well written and it managed to entertain on many levels.  Its rare that a film with this much mass appeal comes around, Argo is truly a treasure.

The special features on this Blu-ray include:

- Feature Length Picture in Picture: Eye Witness Account
- Commentary
- Rescued from Tehran: We Were There
- Argo: Absolute Authenticity
- ARGO: The CIA & Hollywood Connection - Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option

Interest Range: Drama