Released in 1996, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE thrilled audiences with its breathtaking and action-packed story of secret agents and international espionage. Tom Cruise ignites the screen as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, a character that continues to capture the imaginations of fans around the world as the franchise builds toward the highly anticipated seventh installment. Ralph Potts reviews the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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91



Details:

Studio and Year: Paramount - 1996
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 110 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French/Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Beart, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno, Vanessa Redgrave, Kristin Scott-Thomas
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Music by: Danny Elfman
Written by: David Koepp, Robert Towne
Region Code: A

Release Date: May 18, 2021


"Expect the Impossible"


Synopsis:

Released in 1996, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE thrilled audiences with its breathtaking and action-packed story of secret agents and international espionage. Tom Cruise ignites the screen as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, a character that continues to capture the imaginations of fans around the world as the franchise builds toward the highly anticipated seventh installment.


My Take:

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.

Based on the popular television series Mission Impossible was quite the spy thriller when it was released nearly twenty-two years ago. I remember seeing it and liking the effects laden update to the show’s take on espionage. The narrative works although if you look closely, you can see what’s coming but, that’s not a shortcoming in a film like this. The script primarily stays on point and Brian De Palma’s direction doesn’t waver, keeping the primary focus where it should be.

Despite its advancing age I think it holds up fairly well, featuring several entertaining set pieces that allow its star to show off his chops. Needless to say Mission Impossible took Tom Cruise’s career to new heights, especially within this genre. This film isn’t my favorite in the series but, then again, they all rank roughly about the same, which is so say, fairly entertaining and fun. I am glad that in celebration of its 25th anniversary Paramount has remastered it on Blu-ray, replacing the previous 2007 1080p version which extremely long in the tooth.


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Parental Guide:

The rating is for some intense action violence.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.



Audio: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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    • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 94
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Mission: Impossible comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel sound.

According to the press documentation I received, Mission: Impossible was fully remastered in 4K and presented in 1080p for this 25th anniversary edition release.

This film’s 2.40:1 framed high-definition video presentation on Blu-ray looks terrific on my 100-inch screen. Colors are tonally balanced with lustrous primaries, clean rendering and delineated secondary hues that all look terrific. Fleshtones are appreciably lifelike with discernible texture and natural depiction. The level of visible detail in facial features, hair and clothing during close-ups is noteworthy. Wide angle shots vary in terms of visual depth but most reveal subtle degrees of refinement and fidelity is never in question.

Resolution is excellent as the blend of interior shots and sets featured in the story offer refining clarity, detail and dimension. Of course, this also made some of the special effects more obvious but, that’s fine. Blacks are noise free, stable and fairly deep. Contrast and brightness are balanced well which enlivens bright scenes and colors while maintaining an appreciable level of visibility and dimension during darker segments. Grain is present and appears undisturbed. Paramount is to be commended on this excellent and faithful high-definition presentation that makes for an appreciable upgrade that is sure to please even discerning fans.

Paramount saw fit to provide a lossless 5.1 channel soundtrack which offers a much-needed improvement over the previous lossy Dolby Digital track. The 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD sound is quite good and makes active use of the entire system. This is a solid presentation that brings out the best in this 25-year-old recording. It features noteworthy dynamic range and punchy bass that augment the impact associated with the films action-based elements and music. The mix facilitates seamless integration of the front and rear channels, creating a stable and proportioned listening experience. The surround channels are actively engaged with a blend of discretely placed sounds and spatial ambience. Dialog it reproduced with aplomb as I never had any trouble with prioritization even during the film's active segments.



Bonus Features:
  • The newly remastered Collector’s Edition Blu-ray includes an exclusive car decal and a gallery of the original trailers for the first six Mission: Impossible films.
  • Legacy Bonus Material:
    • Mission: Remarkable – 40 Years of Creating the Impossible
    • Mission: Explosive Exploits
    • Mission: Spies Among Us
    • Mission: Catching the Train
    • Mission: International Spy Museum
    • Mission: Agent Dossiers
    • Excellence in Film: Cruise
    • Generation: Cruise
    • Photo Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailers
    o Mission: Impossible Teaser
    o Mission: Impossible Trailer
    • TV Spots
  • Digital Code




Final Thoughts:

Based on the television series created by Bruce Geller Mission Impossible was a genre bending thriller at the time of its release. Twenty-five years later it holds up quite well and is still an entertaining watching experience. This 25th Anniversary Edition features beautifully restored, lossless surround sound (both of which improve upon the previous Blu-ray release), a collectible IMF car decal and legacy bonus supplements. If you’re a Blu-ray fan this offering presents Mission: Impossible in its finest light since coming to 1080p home video and, is a must have for your MI Collection.







Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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