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

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE is based on the classic television series of the same name. The movie was directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay by David Koepp and Robert Towne and stars Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Béart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas. Vanessa Redgrave and Emilio Estevez. The score is by Danny Elfman.

When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his mentor, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), go on a covert assignment that takes a disastrous turn, Jim is killed, and Ethan becomes the prime murder suspect. Now a fugitive, Hunt recruits brilliant hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and maverick pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno) to help him sneak into a heavily guarded CIA building to retrieve a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence.

This 1996 big screen action-thriller takes place years after the classic series and follows U.S. government operatives Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and Ethan Hunt who are agents in the (IMF) Impossible Missions Force. What happens is, their team goes on this international covert mission and they all get killed except for Hunt who is left holding the bag as the prime suspect. Ethan has been set up and knows there’s a mole in his agency but uncovering who it is isn’t going to be easy for him after this shocking event takes place.

What happens is, this leaves Ethan Hunt on the run as a fugitive but he’s able to quietly recruit Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), a master hacker and Franz Krieger (Jean Reno), an ace pilot, to help him with his plan to sneak into a heavily guarded CIA building to retrieve a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence. Luther also ends up becoming an important part of the team as we see in the sequels. In doing so, Ethan ultimately discovers who the mole actually is and why all of this happened in the first place and of course Ethan Hunt clears his name and gets ready for his next dangerous assigment – if he should accept it.

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, I had a blast revisiting Mission: Impossible because it’s the one that started this exciting big screen action franchise and I can’t believe the movie is now twenty-two years old with the latest entry, M:I – Fallout, just around the corner. To me, this is the most grounded movie in the franchise because it relies more on its complex story and plot twists than anything else. It’s dark, gritty and full of suspense that’s captured just right by the legendary director Brian De Palma. There’s still plenty of action and it has that one trademark stunt which features Ethan Hunt dropping down by wire where he hovers just inches above a triggered floor while he plays his spy game. Tom Cruise is perfect as Ethan Hunt and he’s surrounded by a great supporting cast, especially Jon Voight whose character is an important part to the story. 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 is now available on a 2-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) and is worth adding to your collection.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160P Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

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 (2.35:1)

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

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include five mission featurettes, seven character profiles, a making of featurette, a spotlight featurette focusing on Tom Cruise, image gallery, two trailers, nine TV spots and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Mission: Remarkable – 40 Years of Creating the Impossible (11:26)
  • Mission: Explosive Exploits (05:09)
  • Mission: Spies Among Us (08:40)
  • Mission: Catching the Train (02:39)
  • Mission: International Spy Museum (06:31)
  • Mission: Agent Dossiers
  1. Ethan Hunt
  2. Jim (James) Phelps
  3. Sarah Davies
  4. Claire Phelps
  5. Jack Harmon
  6. Hannah Joan Williams
  7. Luther Stickell
  • Excellence in Film (09:15)
  • Generation: Cruise (03:36)
  • Photo Gallery (06:30)
  • Mission: Marketing
  1. Theatrical Trailers (03:13)
  2. TV Spots (03:52)

 

  • Digital HD Copy

 

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