New on DVD: 'Argo,' 'Anna Karenina'

05:00 AM, Feb 21, 2013

Ben Affleck stars in and directs the Oscar-nominated 'Argo.' Warner Bros. Pictures/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Argo2012, Warner Bros., R. $29; DVD+Blu-ray, $36

A CIA specialist (Ben Affleck) executes a daring covert rescue plan for six Americans who avoided being taken hostage when Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. The story — based on true events — chronicles how they take refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador and are extricated by a team pretending to be the film crew of a bogus science fiction movie.

USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says * * * * stars out of four: “Ben Affleck’s Argo is a superbly crafted and darkly funny real-life political thriller, with pitch-perfect performances.”

Anna Karenina2012, Focus, R, $30; Blu-ray, $35

Keira Knightley stars in a tale of adultery in this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel. In this high-society drama set in late 19th-century Russia, Anna is torn between her commitment to her husband and child and her passion for her lover. Her choices not only affect her, but everyone around her as well. Joe Wright, who worked with Knightley on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, directs. Puig: * * 1/2 out of four

Sinister2012, Summit Entertainment, R, $30; Blu-ray, $40

A true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) and his family move into a house where the previous family of four had been murdered. He plans to use the crime scene to research a new book. A bunch of 8mm home movies he finds in the attic turn out to be recordings of a string of murders perpetrated by a demon who resides in the films. He realizes his family could be next. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles says * * out of four

Fun Size2012, Paramount, PG-13, $31; Blu-ray, $38

A high school senior (Victoria Justice) gets stuck watching her little brother on Halloween night, while her mom takes off to hang out with her much-younger boyfriend. When her brother gets lost in a crowd of trick-or-treaters, his sister has to enlist three friends to find him before her mother learns he is missing. Puig: * 1/2 out of four