Exclusive: How 'Argo' Came to Light
By DAVID WEINER
December 02, 2013
Ben Affleck's Argo is back with an Extended Edition on Blu-ray just in time for the holidays, and we have an exclusive first look at the brand-new bonus feature Argo Declassified, detailing just how Tony Mendez's daring operation was chosen to be honored as part of the CIA's 50th anniversary so that the world could learn about the extraordinary tale.
Affleck's Best Picture Oscar winner is an engrossing, absolutely unbelievable true story that manages to effectively balance well-earned laughs alongside moments of sheer terror, and now nine additional minutes of footage have been added to the cut, delving deeper into Mendez's personal relationships with his wife and son.
Taken from declassified government files about the real-life Iran hostage crisis that consumed headlines at the end of the turbulent '70s, Argo finds a bearded Ben playing a CIA "exfiltration" specialist who comes up with an audacious plan to extract the six Americans: devise a fake Hollywood sci-fi movie called Argo as a cover to allow a rescue team in behind enemy lines to pull it off.
Available Tuesday on Blu-ray with UltraViolet digital copy, the Argo Extended Edition includes three brand-new special features: Argo Declassified, Ben Affleck's Balancing Act and the mash-up Argo F*ck! Yourself (in which Affleck leads an all-star review of Argo's classic line). The box set also includes collectible premiums -- a one-sheet poster, a map of Tehran, a reproduction of Tony Mendez's CIA ID card, and a 40-page book with behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, cast bios and more.