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Chris Hicks: New movies on home video are led by a longer version of ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck directed and stars in "Argo," which won this year's best-picture Academy Award. A new version of the film, extended by nine minutes, has just been released on Blu-ray.
Ben Affleck directed and stars in "Argo," which won this year's best-picture Academy Award. A new version of the film, extended by nine minutes, has just been released on Blu-ray.
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This year’s best-picture Oscar-winner, “Argo,” has been released in a new extended edition this week, leading new movies on Blu-ray and DVD.

“Argo: Extended Edition” (Warner/Blu-ray, 2012; R for language, violence; $49.99, three new featurettes, audio commentary and featurettes from earlier editions; 40-page book, poster, map of Tehran, reproduction of CIA ID card). This excellent comedy-drama tells the true story of a CIA “exfiltration” specialist (Ben Affleck, who also directed) who puts into play an unlikely scheme to rescue six American hostages in Iran in 1970 — posing them as crew members for a phony sci-fi film.

Affleck gets great support from Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, among others. This “extended” version is nine minutes longer, the new material focusing on Affleck’s character and his relationships with his wife and son. There are also new featurettes and tchotchkes designed to make this a gift set.

“Wings of a Warrior: The Jimmy Doolittle Story” (Shelter Island, 2013, not rated, $14.98, featurette). Stirring documentary about the title pioneer of flight, who broke the coast-to-coast record in 1922 and went on to become a hero during World War II. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom, and is perhaps best remembered for leading a daring raid against Japan in 1942 (the subject of the Spencer Tracy film “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”).

“Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” (Music Box, 2013, not rated, $19.95, featurettes, Dubai police film, animated storyboards). Gripping documentary about the infamous Balkan jewel thieves that have stolen nearly a billion dollars from boutiques in Paris, London, Geneva and Tokyo. Employs actual robbery footage from security cameras.

“Inch’Allah” (eOne, 2013, R for language and nudity, $24.98, deleted scenes, short film). French-Canadian doctor working in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank but living in Jerusalem crosses checkpoints daily, but she finds it isn’t easy to build bridges between friends on both sides.

“Things Never Said” (Lionsgate, 2013, R for language and sex, $19.98, audio commentary, featurette). Powerful lead performance from Shanola Hampton helps this soapy yarn about an aspiring spoken-word poet whose husband is less than supportive, which leads to her drifting into an affair with a fan of her work.

“Trail of Blood” (Lionsgate, 2013; R for violence, language, nudity, drugs; $26.98, audio commentary). Slasher flick about seven friends on a camping trip in the woods where they stumble upon murdered bodies and find themselves pursued by a sadistic killer.

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com

Email: hicks@deseretnews.com