Director Ben Affleck's "Argo" is a close-to- film! Detailing the creative and elaborate mission to rescue a separate band of hide-outs amidst the Iran take-over of the American Embassy.
While Affleck's direction is splendid, his performance is just as impressive, alongside impeccable performances from the entire cast. Affleck gives a welcome nod to the showmanship involved with pulling off this incredible but true caper(It does feel like a heist film at times)while giving the necessary intensity and weight to the goings-on of the drama. This was a true life-or-death situation at virtually every moment.
The 4K release reaps any benefits of its 4K DI. However, the original theatrical presentation was comprised of numerous film sources due to a variety of elements used in mixing archival material and the intended feel of the time of its setting. While the previously available blu-ray complimented the theatrical presentation admirably well, this 4K release is even more impressive. Detail is noticeably improved over the blu-ray in scene-after-scene. Numerous scenes, however, appear de-saturated, offering the look and feel of a grittier '70s film. It's a creative choice and in this reviewer's opinion, it pays off!
The UHD assists this 4K release throughout, not just in its resolution but also in its mastery of color saturation in key scenes designed to give a more vibrant environment. This is a great 4K release!
The theatrical version is presented in 4K. The extended(10 minutes of additional scenes)version is only offered on the blu-ray.
Surprisingly, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is extremely aggressive. From beginning to end, the music, discrete effects and careful use of bass, aid in creating a deep intensity to the narrative. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. Music, layers of effects and dialogue are perfectly balanced throughout.