Movie Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 is based on the classic television series of the same name. The movie was directed by John Woo from a screenplay by Robert Towne and stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Thandie Newton, Dougray Scott, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson and Rade Šerbedžija. The score is composed by Hans Zimmer.

Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of “Mission: Impossible.” This time Ethan Hunt leads his IMF team on a mission to capture a deadly German virus before it is released by terrorists. His mission is made impossible due to the fact that he is not the only person after samples of the disease. He must also contest with a gang of international terrorists headed by a turned bad former IMF agent who has already managed to steal the cure.

M:I-2 is a 2000 sequel that continues the spy adventures of Ethan Hunt who races against time to prevent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), a rogue IMF agent from unleashing the Chimera Virus out to the world. Ethan recruits Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), to join his new team to help him on his mission to retrieve the virus because she already has a relationship with the villain. Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) also returns for this new mission and he’s joined by their new pilot Billy Baird (John Polson).

Ethan’s globetrotting mission turns into a twisted game of cat and mouse between the super spy and the rogue agent with all kinds of death-defying twists and over-the-top obstacles thrown at him along the way as well as one more sinister figure who presents himself. The biggest one he has to deal with is when Nyah puts her own life on the line when she injects herself with the virus leaving Ethan in a race against time to locate the cure. Yes, there’s a cure. The two men battle it out in a final showdown and in the end Ethan prevents the virus from being unleashed and he also saves the girl.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc has a black finish and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc has a light blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this new release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Mission: Impossible 2 was a good followup to the first movie but this one is probably the weakest entry in the entire franchise because the fantasy element is just a bit too unbelievable. John Woo is a fantastic director but he injected too many mask ripping indentity twists and over-the-top stunts that made the movie feel just a little too unbelievable, completely unlike the first movie which was very grounded in its approach. Still, it was fun to watch Ethan Hunt get pulled away from his “top-secret vacation” spot where he was mountain climbing so he could go on this new international mission to once again save the world. To me, the motorcycle scene is the trademark action scene in this movie but there are some other well choreographed stunts throughout the watch. There’s also some special effects to help pull off some of this craziness. All in all, M:I-2 is still a fun spy thriller that looks and sounds great on this new release but it’s definitely not the best of the bunch. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Mission: Impossible 2 is now available on a 2-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) and is worth adding to your collection.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 123 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160P Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

4K Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, four featurettes, a Tom Cruise spotlight promo, music video and a digital copy of the movie.

4K Disc

  • Audio Commentary by Director John Woo

Blu-ray Disc

  • Audio Commentary by Director John Woo
  • Behind the Mission (14:28)
  • Mission Incredible (05:12)
  • Impossible Shots (34:17)
  • I Disappear – Metallica (04:33)
  • Alternate Title Sequence (00:37)
  • Excellence in Film (09:15)
  • Generation: Cruise (03:36)

 

  • Digital HD Copy

 

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