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

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- FALLOUT was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby and Alec Baldwin.

On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his friends over the mission, allowing it to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization. Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to work with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear threat.  Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT also stars Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes on his latest top-secret mission that he accepts to collect three plutonium cores but the exchange doesn’t go as planned and when he’s left with a life or death choice between his team Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) – he chooses his team which breaks the rules of the IMF. A group of terrorists known as the Apostles now has the plutonium in their possession with plans to conduct a nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ethan and the IMF are quick to act but the super agent gets paired up with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) who goes along on this latest globetrotting adventure as some extra muscle and support. What they find out is that there’s a mysterious arms dealer named John Lark who’s been added to the mix but when Ethan’s MI6 ally Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) surprisingly shows up, Ethan wonders who’s side she’s on this time.

What happens is, Ethan takes a chance where he assumes the identity of John Lark and meets with Alanna Mitsopolis (Vanessa Kirby), another mysterious figure who’s connected to this terrorist threat along with Hunt’s old archenemy Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), who’s wormed his way right in the middle of this chaotic event. What Ethan finds out is why Ilsa is actually there and how Solomon has made his way back to the forefront of causing a global disaster. On top of that, Ethan also finds out that Solomon knows the location of his ex-wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan) who’s moved on with her life even though Ethan keeps a watchful eye on her to make sure she stays safe. It’s a race against time when all parties involved end up at the isolated spot where Julia happens to be plus August Walker reveals his true intentions and let’s just say he comes with a twist of his own. It’s up to Ethan and his friends to stop the nuclear bombs from detonating and make things right once and for all. This is the most dangerous and emotional mission Ethan has ever taken and once again he narrowly escapes with his life.

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 two Blu-ray discs have a light blue finish and both feature 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. The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital release feature Dolby Vision, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Bottom line is, Mission: Impossible – Fallout ended up being an extremely exciting entry in this long-running M:I franchise and I think it’s the best one yet. Ghost Protocol was my personal favorite but I think Fallout has a slight edge with its intense storyline that includes a little more heart. This is the second M:I movie directed by Christopher McQuarrie who’s breathed new life into this franchise and he’s become its secret weapon, not just because of his directing skills but his ability to come up with fresh new stories. Tom Cruise is now in his mid-50s and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon and he still portrays super agent Ethan Hunt to perfection. He’s still doing his own death defying stunts that continue to be so much fun to watch. He actually broke an ankle filming that wild building jump scene in this movie. Cruise is complimented by this fantastic supporting cast that returns many familiar faces (allies and villains) that we’ve seen in previous M:I movies. Mission: Impossible – Fallout has a great story with interesting characters that are fun to follow and it delivers on all levels. Once again the bar has been raised for this long-running franchise and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. 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 – Fallout will be available on a 3-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on December 4th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 147 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

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

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include over an hour of high-octane, behind-the-scenes footage highlighting the incredible stunts, heart-pounding action and exotic locations of the movie. There’s also interviews with some of the cast and crew who reveal the incredible work that went into creating the breathtaking action. Other extras include featurettes, deleted scenes, storyboards, multiple commentaries, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Behind the Fallout (53:32)
  1. Light the Fuse
  2. Top of the World
  3. The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown
  4. Rendezvous in Paris
  5. The Fall
  6. The Hunt is On
  7. Cliffside Clash
  • Deleted Scenes Montage with Optional Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton (03:41)
  • Foot Chase Musical Breakdown (04:50)
  • The Ultimate Mission (02:51)
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:33)
  • Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise
  • Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton
  • Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe
  • Isolated Score Track
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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