Mission: Impossible (1996)
|Released:||Wednesday, May 22, 1996|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
When Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score. Brian De Palma directs this big-screen remake of the popular 1960s TV series. Ving Rhames and Jean Reno co-star.
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The character of Ethan Hunt has always been Cruise's as he embodies the physicality and intelligence to make the IMF agent believable. In this first film in the series of six total (with a seventh on the way), Cruise looks so young being that he was thirty-four at the time and is now almost sixty. Interestingly enough, he is still in very good shape and still playing Ethan Hunt while managing to do most of his own stunts. The legendary Phelps is portrayed by Jon Voight (Deliverance), and he too is well cast. The remaining cast is excellent as well, which serves to enhance the movie as well as making Cruise look good.
This newly remastered version of the Blu-ray offers 1080p resolution with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. It has beautiful visuals and, while there are certain moments when the picture quality appears somewhat washed out, the blacks are dark and true with details being easily discernable with the naked eye. The DTS- HD Dolby True HD Master audio 5.1 gives the special effects a layered, nuanced sound and it enhances the Danny Elfman penned score that pays homage to the music from the original television show. Sadly, there aren't any new extras on the Blu-ray disc. However, the previously released material is interesting and includes Mission: Impossible – Trailers, Remarkable – 40 Years of Creating the Impossible, Explosive Exploits, Spies Among Us, Catching the Train, International Spy Museum, Agent Dossiers, Excellence in Film: Cruise, Generation: Cruise, Photo Gallery, and Mission: Marketing. The Combo pack also comes with a DIGITAL HD code and an IMF car decal.
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If you want to upgrade your collection, or you don't own the 2007 version, then buying this twenty-fifth anniversary release isn't a bad idea.
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