ARGO, Best Picture Academy Award Winner, Now Available on BluRay Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download

| February 25, 2013

Burbank, CA, January 2, 2013 – The most honored and best-reviewed movie of 2012, the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo” is available NOW on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.  Directed by Ben Affleck, “Argo” is based on the declassified true story of 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. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an extended cut of the film, featuring an additional 9 minutes of footage that delve deeper in CIA specialist’s Tony Mendez’s personal relationships with his wife and son.

Argo” is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.  Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.*

In addition to the Oscar®, presented to producers Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney, “Argo” won Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Picture.   Affleck also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award and Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director.

Affleck also stars in the film, leading an ensemble cast, which won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance.  Arkin has also been recognized with Oscar®, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award® nominations for his performance in the film.  “Argo” also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

Screenwriter Chris Terrio, won Oscar® and Writers Guild of America awards for his screenplay, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape,” by Joshuah Bearman.

Synopsis and Credits

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.

Warner Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with GK Films, a Smokehouse Pictures production, “Argo.”  David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King and Tim Headington are the executive producers, with Amy Herman co-producing.

Blu-Ray and DVD Elements

“Argo” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

·        Feature Length Picture in Picture: Eye Witness Account

·        Audio Commentary with director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio

·        Rescued from Tehran: We Were There

·        Argo: Absolute Authenticity

·        Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection

·        Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option

“Argo” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

·        Rescued from Tehran: We Were There

Digital Distribution Elements

Argo” is available for download from online retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow.

The film is also available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

About the Author:

Del Harvey is a co-founder of Film Monthly. He is an independent filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, and film teacher, currently living in Chicago.
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