The electrifying buzz that came out of the Telluride Film Festival five years ago today about this true story—that could only be told after the actual political events in 1979-80 had been declassified—only grew stronger when the film debuted in U.S. theaters in October of 2012. In fact, the word-of-mouth was so strong that, in a rare occurrence, Argo would not sit atop the box office until its third week of release. All told, Argo would pull in more than $230 million against a modest $44 million budget. Critics and audiences were in agreement as well as the film scored a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 90% approval rating from the public.

Director and star Ben Affleck as CIA agent Tony Mendez in a scene from Argo.
Director and star Ben Affleck as CIA agent Tony Mendez in a scene from Argo.

While the film did receive some criticism for some historical inaccuracies, the bigger controversy at the time was centered around Affleck not receiving an Oscar nomination for “Best Director,” though he did win that award at the Golden Globes. The Hollywood press made the “Affleck Snub” major news leading up to the Oscars in 2013, but the future Batman kept his sense of humor, saying: “I also didn’t get the acting nomination, [but] no one’s saying I got snubbed there.”

Argo is now available on 4k UHD Blu-ray and Digital UHD. The riveting opening sequence of the United States Embassy being taken over by Iranian revolutionaries is reason enough for the UHD upgrade. One of the most intense scenes ever captured on film in our opinion. Wow!

the unnerving reenactment of the taking over of the united states embassy as depicted in argo.

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