Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the 2-disc Blu-ray release of Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition collector's set, which features new supplemental content, a 64-page photo book, and several reproductions and replicas. The extended edition of director Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning dramatic thriller arrives on Blu-ray on December 3rd.
Synopsis: Based on real events, 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 (Affleck), 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.
Jeff Baker, WBHE's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, commented, "We are very pleased to be collaborating with Ben and his team for a second time. This new edition of Argo is even more enriched by the never-before-seen bonus footage and fascinating collectible memorabilia."
Argo was one of the most honored and best reviewed movies of 2012. In addition to the Oscar presented to producers Affleck, Grant Heslov and George Clooney for Best Picture, Argo won the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Picture. The film earned two additional Oscars -- for Best Achievement in Film Editing and for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay -- and was nominated for an additional four (Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin, Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing).
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 was recognized with Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice and SAG Award nominations for his performance. 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.
The Extended Edition release features Affleck's 129-minute extended cut (which is nine minutes longer than the theatrical version), as well as 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and an UltraViolet digital copy of the film (expires 12/03/2015). Its two Blu-ray discs include all the extras from the previous Blu-ray release, plus a number of new features:
Brand New Special Features
Argo Declassified: Tony Mendez's daring operation gets honored as part of the CIA's 50th anniversary
Ben Affleck's Balancing Act: Balancing humor, politics, Hollywood and international intrigue as only Affleck and his team could do
Argo F*ck Yourself: Ben Affleck leads an all-star review of Argo's classic line
Additional Special Features
Picture in Picture: Eyewitness Account: Relive the takeover of the US Embassy in November of 1979 and the daring rescue mission in January of 1980 through the eyes of those that lived it.
Feature length audio commentary with director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio
Rescued from Tehran: We Were There - President Jimmy Carter, Tony Mendez and the actual houseguests recount the real-life harrowing experience they endured.
Argo: Absolute Authenticity - From characters to heart-stopping action, Ben Affleck's eye and ear for hard-hitting realism and attention to exacting detail has become his signature as an A-list filmmaker.
Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection - Director Ben Affleck and former CIA agent Tony Mendez give a firsthand view of the actual documents and cover story used to create the phony movie Argo that had all of Hollywood believing in.
Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option - Escape from Iran commemorates the 25th anniversary of the "Canadian Caper," taking us back to this startling affair through the direct testimony of the Americans who found sanctuary at the Canadian embassy in Tehran, and the Canadians who risked their own safety to shelter their closest neighbors.
A Discussion with the Cast of Argo - Ben Affleck joins Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Clea Duvall and Rory Cochran for a live conversation about their experiences while making Argo
Tony Mendez on Tony Mendez - Former CIA agent Tony Mendez shares additional details and stories from the mission
The Istanbul Journey - Ben Affleck shows us why Istanbul was the ideal place to shoot Argo
Collector's Set Contents
64-Page In-Depth Book with Behind-the-Scenes Argo Photographs
Argo: A Cosmic Conflagration Movie Poster Reproduction (14" x 20")
I just hope they're smart and are thinking about us who are anal about shelving space. I just want the box to be the same size as the ultimate special edition box they did for "The Town." Which, in height, is exactly the same height as the Tarantino set. "The Town" set didn't feature any standard blu-ray casing though for the discs.
Also, it seems the second disc may just be the currently available theatrical cut disc. Commentary is under additional features indicating it's not new and I can't image they will put it to the length of the extended cut.
I'm just glad WB gives Ben Affleck's films these treatments. I loved ultimate edition they did for "The Town."
pmac. America has a very long history of crapping on Kiwi's. We have done nothing but be supportive. It is wearing very thin. Also Hollywood crapping on us again was big news here. We are suppose to be friends.
@Skorpius: Give it a year or three. When the initial release sells out, WB usually represses their combo packs and big box editions as BD-only releases. Based on the above marketing image, it looks like they're already planning for it with this too. The only variables are: how fast it sells out, and the future itself.
I guess I'd call this a "baby box'o'swag" -- not quite big enough to be one of those full-blown UCEs WB is known for on catalog titles. From the writeup at movie-censorship.com, the extra 9 minutes are nothing to phone home about; I'll stick with my Target edition, thank you very much.
I bought the UK extended version and have to agree with many others that it is NOT an improvement. It is mostly additions to Tony Mendez's family scenes and distracts from the main event. There was nothing in the additional scenes that could remotely be defined as declassified!! Stick to the more concise and focussed theatrical release.
Much like "Midnight Express" they took, two or three of the real people that were in the situation and made their story, their point of view into an episode of "Locked Up Abroad" on National Geographic Channel I believe. It was part of the most recent season. From what I remember the movie is essentially true to history.
Additional scenes seem superfluous. 'Argo' o.k. the way it was but I still think that 'Zero Dark Thirty' deserved Best Picture way more than Argo. Canadians right to be pissed off at portrayal of rescue.