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

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE— GHOST PROTOCOL is based on the television series of the same name. The movie was directed by Brad Bird from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec and stars Tom CruiseJeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux. The score is by Michael Giacchino.

Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed by the U.S. government, while the president initiates the Ghost Protocol. Forced to go “off the grid” — left without resources or backup — Hunt must somehow clear the agency’s name and prevent another attack. Complicating matters even more, Ethan must undertake the impossible mission with a group of fellow IMF fugitives whose actual motives are suspect.

This 2011 action-thriller has Ethan Hunt on the run for this unthinkable crime he didn’t commit and on top of that the U.S. government has turned its back on the IMF – sort of. Ghost Protocol is initiated and even though Ethan goes off the grid, he’s still able to recruit a team to help him on his top-secret mission to fix things, save the world and clear the agency’s name. What’s going on is that some nuclear launch codes are floating around and if the right person gets his hands on them, the missles will be launched.

Returning to help Ethan on this new mission is Benji (Simon Pegg) who’s been promoted to field agent and he’s joined by the wild card William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and the dangerously beautiful Jane Carter (Paula Patton). I guess Luthor (Ving Rhames) decided to sit this one out? There’s some friction between Ethan and William and it’s all explained as the movie plays out but it does have something to do with Ethan’s ex-wife, Julia. Anyway, this small group of IMF fugitives set out on a new international adventure to stop this latest sinister threat from being executed and in the end they once again save the day.

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. 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 – Ghost Protocol is probabaly my favorite/second favorite movie in the franchise because the story was well concieved and the action is non-stop from beginning to end. The animation king, Brad Bird, steps in to direct this fourth installment and I thought he did a fantastic job with this international action-thriller that puts the IMF in an awkward position this time around. The cast did a great job with their characters but once again it’s Tom Cruise who is the heart and soul of this franchise. This movie also features the wild and crazy death defying action scene that has Ethan Hunt climbing around on the tallest building in the world, and yes, that’s Tom Cruise doing his own stunts. All in all, this is a fantastic and exciting entry in the long-running spy franchise that rivals the Bonds and the Bournes of the world. 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 – Ghost Protocol is now available on a 3-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD).

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 132 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / 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 Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

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

Special Features: All of the bonus content is located on the third disc. The extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, eight deleted scenes, two trailers and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Mission Accepted (48:04)
  • Impossible Missions (50:44)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary (15:02)
  • Theatrical Trailer #1 (02:24)
  • Theatrical Trailer #2 (02:30)

 

  • Digital HD Copy

 

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