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A flashy, splashy summer-movie blockbuster that's fun and exciting without being mindless? That's the impossible mission accomplished by director Brian De Palma, star-coproducer Tom Cruise, and the crack team of Mission: Impossible. Based on the '60s TV show and an almost impenetrably complex (but nonetheless thrilling) original story by David Koepp (Jurassic Park) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List), with a screenplay by Koepp and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), Mission: Impossible begins with veteran agent Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his expert crew embarking on a mission that goes horribly, horribly wrong. But nothing is what it seems. The nail-biting set piece--always a signature of director De Palma (Carrie, The Untouchables)--in which Cruise is lowered from the ceiling to retrieve information from a computer in a high-security vault--is an instant classic. But perhaps even more impressive, at least in retrospect, is a flashback sequence in which two characters attempt to reconstruct a series of events from multiple points of view. It's pretty daring and sophisticated stuff for a big-budget spy movie, but brains were always what put the Mission: Impossible team ahead of the competition, anyway, no? --Jim Emerson

A flashy, splashy summer-movie blockbuster that's fun and exciting without being mindless? That's the impossible mission accomplished by director Brian De Palma, star-coproducer Tom Cruise, and the crack team of Mission: Impossible. Based on the '60s TV show and an almost impenetrably complex (but nonetheless thrilling) original story by David Koepp (Jurassic Park) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List), with a screenplay by Koepp and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), Mission: Impossible begins with veteran agent Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his expert crew embarking on a mission that goes horribly, horribly wrong. But nothing is what it seems. The nail-biting set piece--always a signature of director De Palma (Carrie, The Untouchables)--in which Cruise is lowered from the ceiling to retrieve information from a computer in a high-security vault--is an instant classic. But perhaps even more impressive, at least in retrospect, is a flashback sequence in which two characters attempt to reconstruct a series of events from multiple points of view. It's pretty daring and sophisticated stuff for a big-budget spy movie, but brains were always what put the Mission: Impossible team ahead of the competition, anyway, no? --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews:

  • Movie: 4/5 Picture Quality: 2.75/5 Sound Quality: 3.25/5 Extras: 3.5/5
    Version: U.S.A / Region Free
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    MPEG-2 BD-25
    Running time: 1:50:12
    Movie size: 19,73 GB
    Disc size: 23,17 GB
    Average video bit rate: 20.63 Mbps
    DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps English / French / Spanish
    Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish

    #Mission: Remarkable
    #Explosive Exploits
    #Spies Among Us
    #Catching The Train
    #International Spy Museum
    #Agent Dossiers
    #Excellence In Film - Cruise
    #Generation - Cruise
    #Photo Gallery.
    #Teasers and Trailers: In HD...more info
  • Movie: 4/5 Picture Quality: 2.75/5 Sound Quality: 3.25/5 Extras: 3.5/5
    Version: U.S.A / Region Free
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    MPEG-2 BD-25
    Running time: 1:50:12
    Movie size: 19,73 GB
    Disc size: 23,17 GB
    Average video bit rate: 20.63 Mbps
    DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps English / French / Spanish
    Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish

    #Mission: Remarkable
    #Explosive Exploits
    #Spies Among Us
    #Catching The Train
    #International Spy Museum
    #Agent Dossiers
    #Excellence In Film - Cruise
    #Generation - Cruise
    #Photo Gallery.
    #Teasers and Trailers: In HD...more info
  • why all the bad review?
    Mission: Impossible is one of the rare-good spy movies out there. In almost every way, it surpasses M:I-2 in terms of story, suspense, and acting. This movie proves a spy movie doesn't need a lot of action to be good.
    As the movie starts, agent Ethan Hunt and his team start on a normal mission, when it starts to go terribly wrong. One by one, his team is killed, and he must find out who killed his team and who set him up. My personal favorite scene is when Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) blows up the fish tank.

    critics are ass-heads...more info

  • Nifty Action Movie...But Not "Mission Impossible"
    Cruise & company have a good action movie going here. It has some some very good actors doing some good acting in it, it has some excellent cinematography, some jam-up stuntwork, some way cool CGI imagery, some really fine soundtrack work, and some snappy direction from a name brand director. As some reviewers below have noted, the tunnel train sequence is truly awesome...one of the best "kiss your b--- goodbye" moments in recent action film history. A stunner.
    If Tom Cruise and his production company had called this movie something like...oh...."Deathwatch", or "Blowback", or some such and gone with it as an action-thriller spy movie about a special covert ops unit of the CIA, DIA, or military intelligence thrown into an emergency situation with a traitor in their midst, I, myself, and undoubtedly a lot of others, would have been fine with it. Most likely I'd have given this film a five-star review.
    I didn't do that because what Cruise & Company elected to do was to appropriate the rights to the old, dearly-loved "Mission Impossible" spy series---most likely because they thought the jazzy, iconic Lalo Shifrin theme music was "cool as h---" and because the preposterous idea of latex facial makeups that one could peel off in an instant on the run looked too hard to resist
    as a fun plot gimmick.
    If those elements were all that truly composed Mission Impossible then this new version should have been piece of cake acceptancewise with the public. But it hasn't been, for the same reason some of these other movie adaptations of popular tv shows haven't been....because there is an arrogance in Hollywood that relates to televison vs. "CINEMA". The Hollywood attitude is one of "We know how to do these things better than you do, tv, so stand aside and let us show you how". Recent duds like "The Avengers" and "The Wild Wild West" show us clearly that Hollywood does NOT know how to do it "better' than television. They just know how to do it bigger, flashier, and smarmier. Content-wise, classic tv usually comes out miles ahead.
    An earlier reviewer of this film here at Amazon, Barry Chow, hit the nail on the head when he said this Cruise version betrays its heritage. That's exactly what it does. Mission Impossible (and its team) was about stealth and guile; about putting one over on somebody and leaving them none the wiser until it was too late. It was a CAPER concept, closer in intent to "The Sting" than to "True Lies". In fact that is what each of the IM Force's missions WERE..."Stings"....not Detonation Derbys. Cruise & Company seem to have forgotten this...or never understood it in the first place. And the power of the real "MI" was that it was, at heart, an ENSEMBLE show (like "Friends" on t.v., or "E.R."), with the TEAM pulling the scams on their target victims. A "team" is vaguely depicted in this Cruise version, but basically...in music terms...as Ethan Hunt's "side men". The thrust of this story's interaction is actually Ethan Hunt, Secret Agent, vs. the "Mysterious Traitor".

    And it is the identity of this sleazy, ruthless,double-dealing scumbucket of a traitor that is at the root of all the "boomer' backlash against this movie. And most justifiably so. They have made him Jim Phelps. And to all Americans everywhere who "grew up with Jim Phelps", this little plot device is utterly outrageous. Beyond the pale. A lot of the

    "gen X" and younger crowd truly DON'T understand why this movie ticks so many people off. It's because a popular "hero" figure to a couple of generations of Americans has been turned...for the sake of 'edginess"...into an odious sleazeball. and that doesn't sit well with a lot of people...AT ALL. If you don't understand the annoyance, try this...try waiting ten or fifteen years down the road and then buying your ticket to see the movie version of "Friends", where you'll find that Ross is a serial killer, Rachel is a cannibal, and Joey a Nazi transvestite. And when you get mad because you know full well that this is NOT who these people are and NOT what they're about then maybe you'll start getting a glimmer of why this review only deals Tom Cruise 3 stars instead of 5....more info

  • Very good
    I had a VHS version before, but this one comes with some extra features. I am very satisfied....more info
  • Great. I Hate the Lack of Extras.
    I've seen the movie. And it was good. The first time I saw it, though, was what put the movie on the negative side of my thoughts. But ever since I got the DVD, I'm all over it. I still wish that Paramount put on more extras on the DVD. All it has was a teaser trailer. (I like the teaser trailer)...more info
  • Good Morning, Mr. Phelps!
    Blu ray transfer is pretty good, both video & audio, way better than DVD. I'm happy with it. Worth paying extra for blu ray....more info
  • BLUE RAY BETTER VERSION THAN ANY OTHER VERSION
    Finally the version we have been waiting for. All the DVD versions were really poor transfers. There is much to be said about the screwy screen version of super TV series.
    However my focus is mainly on the quality of the Blu Ray transfer which is quite good. The picture is crisp and sound is excellent . Some cool special features, wish they had the music video for the film. Overall a good buy if you want to see how Blu Ray works on old movies. ...more info
  • Mission: Attention Deficit Disorder
    This movie exposes so much of what is wrong with American cinema. It betrays its heritage, confuses action for suspense, substitutes plot twists for intelligence, worships formula, and takes cynical manipulation of its audience to new heights.

    Its worst crime is its betrayal of its heritage. The original TV series embodied something rare in Hollywood: the recognition that a team is more than just the sum of its components. There were no 'stars' in the original TV production because the ascendancy of any one character would have destroyed the concept of teamwork that defined the very essence of the series. The only other production to understand this concept so clearly--and not coincidentally, to achieve similar success and staying power--is the ensemble drama "Law and Order".

    This movie not only ignores that central fact, but takes malicious delight in destroying it. Its 'star' is so narcissistic and egocentric that he bought the rights to a series about teamwork and corrupted it into a one-man vanity show.

    I actually looked forward to seeing this movie when it was initially released. I had remembered the series with fondness and had hoped for a rebirth of its ideas. Stupid me. I don't know if I was more foolish expecting humility from Tom Cruise or scruples from Hollywood.

    The brutishness of this movie is almost as bad as its betrayal. The TV series was about not just teamwork, but finesse. Characters as often conned their way into restricted areas or out of trouble as made use of stunts and fancy gadgets. This was what the masks were all about. But in this movie, it's all about acrobatics and toys. There are so many stunts and gadgets (and so little else) that the movie becomes nothing more than a spitting contest between itself and the James Bond franchise.

    This movie is a betrayal of trust. (...)...more info

  • Red light, green light!
    This is a picture that pitifully, promises much more than what it gives. At the end, when you sum, you feel something didn't fit, despite the frenetic narrative rhythm.
    Visually the film is stunning, plenty of action, but the script is extremely weak, the dominant presence of Cruise along the film, shadows the ominous presence of figures as Jon Voight, Scott Thomas, Jean Reno and Vanessa Redgrave who are pitifully wasted in insipid lines.
    To win in a thriller you have to think in the evilness of the characters too. It is not enough to shine with bit nails sequences. I mean; there is a balance problem in the dramatic environment. And the presence of the enemy is so diminished that it is reduced to a simple cartoon.
    The final sequence crossed the line of the credibility to convert itself in a funny joke.
    That's what it happens when you loss the dramatic equilibrium and the abuse of the special effects domains the balance.


    ...more info
  • Too Much Letterbox
    I hardily agree with the majority of reviews that rate this move as 4 or 5 stars. It is action packed and suspensful, and all the actors do an excellent job. My only comment refers to the DVD edition and the letterbox treatment. It is just awful. It's a travisty that this film has to be seen on such a small scale. The black bars take up half the screen. This movie definately needs some special edition treatment. I'll be waiting......more info
  • The Best Missiion Impossible
    I have always loved this movie and wanted it for my collection. My feelings are the first movie made is always the best. I am very pleased with this movie every time I watch it. ...more info
  • de palma: cruise
    Brian De Palma's (Carrie; Scarface; The Untouchables) 1996 action film starring Tom Cruise and Jon Voight is a pretty good action film. Well, once you suspend all belief. But that is what this movie is about. Putting real life on hold and believing in the impossible, the fantastic. Cruise, an excellent dramatic actor, does a great job crossing over into an action star--even with the bad haircut. Lots of cool gadgets and interesting scenarios and that great Mission: Impossible theme. And it is great to see the intimidating Ving Rhames casted as a computer genius/geek. Inspired casting....more info
  • Very satisfied customer
    I was amazed how quickly my DVD came and in such great condition. I highly would recommend going Amazon.Com.
    ...more info
  • Preposterous & unforgettable
    Less an homage to the classic show, "Mission: Impossible" is more like an homage to cold-war thrillers in general, with international travel, intrigue in European cities and some high-tension excitement inspired by the classic hesit movie "Topkapi". MI stars Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the front man of the "Impossible Mission Force" (which coincidentally shares its initials with "International Monetary Fund - interesting coincidence).

    The flick begins in Prague with a mission to nab a turncoat who steals an index of secret agents across the world - the NOC list. At first everything works like clockwork - then it goes wrong. Hunt finds himself on the run as his fellow agents die. Soon, he's the sole survivor, and the disk is missing. Unable to return home (his superiors think he's the turncoat) Hunt goes after the disk himself. Following up on some slim clues, Hunt hooks up with a British arch-criminal played by Vanessa Redgrave who has the disk - cleverly convincing her that its "tainted" (it has a virus that causes whatever computer runs it to emit a distinctive frequency). What Redgrave's character can't give him, is the identity of the man who gave her the disk - likely also responsible for betraying Hunt's team. To get that, Hunt will have to steal the NOC list himself - and that will require him to hook up with the darkest agents ever to grace the IMF's "Disavowed-by-the-Secretary Agents" list", stage an impossible burglary of CIA HQ, and download the information directly from the CIA mainframe. Then he must navigate his fellow thieves, including Jean Reno as a maverick assassin and pilot, Ving Rhames as a master-hacker, and Julie Delpy as the wife of Mr. Phelps.

    This was a great flick - at times so incomprehensible you're tempted to write it off all as nonsense. But Cruise and DePalma miraculously manage to hold your attention for the entire run. There are so many great momemts that work with subtlety off of DePalma's high-tension direction - as if the director had done his work suspended from the ceiling by wires in some corner of the CIA. Much better by half than its witless sequel, MI keeps from self-destructing through the end of the movie.

    WISH I'D THOUGHT OF IT: The CIA computer room is secured by numerous devices meant to keep anybody from getting to the computer. They've boobytrapped the walls and the floor to keep the computer safe; there are heat sensors, pressure sensors and sound sensors - everything to keep anybody from getting into the computer when the designated users locks up. So why if the keyboard is what they're trying to protect, why ain't it boobytrapped?...more info
  • the First Mission to get crazy!!
    A great vision of the old versions, comes with a tom cruise, that hardly move the face but the act is very good....more info
  • Deserving of a Special Edition DVD treatment...
    Having just watched this film again, I was struck by how engaging it is. Sure, the plot machinations get hopelessly convoluted but I think that's kinda the point. Who cares about specific plot points when you've got Brian DePalma directing with his usual stylistic flourishes. True, he's a bit more tied down than with his usual fair (see Blow Out) but even DePalma on autopilot is pretty impressive.

    This film works much better than its sequel because it doesn't try to pad out the film with a useless romantic subplot. Ethan Hunt isn't a character that needs to be fleshed out and that's what makes the no-nonsense tone of MI1 so superior to MI2. Stylistically, Woo beats DePalma hands down but that's about it.

    The presence of actors like Jon Voight and Henry Czerny give the first MI an almost Tom Clancy-like feel -- especially in the vein of Hunt For Red October with all the espionage and technospeak.

    Also, the setting of Eastern Europe contributes a lot to the overall atmosphere of the film -- especially the opening sequence where Hunt's team is betrayed and killed off, one by one.

    There are some really solid set-pieces in the movie: the aforementioned mission gone wrong at the beginning, the now-famous nearly silent break-in at CIA Headquarters, and the infamous train/helicopter chase at the film's climax. Yeah, that last one was mucho implausible but it's still a lot of fun to watch.

    Most importantly, Mission: Impossible is an entertaining time waster with a lean script full of all sorts of twists and turns, a solid performance by Cruise and a great supporting cast that also includes the always reliable Ving Rhames and Jean Reno.

    Alas, this DVD is very bare bones with no extras to speak of. Thankfully, Paramount learned their lesson with the MI2 DVD but it would be nice if they revisited this first one and got DePalma to do an audio commentary, throw in some deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette or two. It's about time....more info

  • Good action movie
    Its really a collectors edition. All the 1st part of the movie series are the best, like wise..........

    ...more info
  • Mission: Impossible (1996)
    Director: Brian De Palma
    Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Emilio Estevez, Vanessa Redgrave, Harry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno.
    Running Time: 110 minutes.
    Rated PG-13 for violence and some language.

    Based on the popular 1960's television series, this Brian De Palma ("Carrie", "Scarface") production possesses all of the qualities of a fun, top-of-the-line action flick--only to see it slightly crumble due to a storyline that is extremely tough to follow. Tom Cruise stars as the slick covert agent Ethan Hunt, who has been assigned with a crack team of American undercover agents to set up operations in Prague to catch a double agent (Jon Voight) in the act.

    There are many scenes that are very exciting, especially the chase scene on the train finale; however, De Palma does not expand on a script that assumes the audience knows all of the technological and spy jargon, leaving us loving the action but lost in the wind. Cruise is only fairly adequate as Hunt, not given the chance to expand his character. Excellent special effects, a riveting, catchy musical score, and some fine supporting roles from Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, and Ving Rhames. A good action movie, but nothing more. Luckily director John Woo stepped in as director the second film, creating a rough-and tough, out of this world sequel that surpasses the original....more info

  • Confusing At Times, But Never A Dull Moment
    One in an endless series of cinematic translations of famous TV shows, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, based on the classic 1966-1973 series of the same name, is, however, one of the better ones, thanks to a fairly solid cast and the high-power direction of master filmmaker Brian DePalma (CARRIE; SCARFACE).

    Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, a member of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), an ultra-secret arm of the CIA that takes on the assignments that the CIA's regular staff wouldn't touch with a bargepole. Their newest assignment is to catch a traitor in the illegal act of downloading a secret CIA Noc-List from the U.S. embassy in Prague. But when things go horribly wrong there, and Cruise is (seemingly) the only one left alive, he learns that the operation was in fact a molehunt designed to catch a turncoat inside the IMF's midst. The result is a fast-paced, suspenseful rocket ride of a film with many brilliant set-pieces, all under DePalma's concise direction and with a fine script by David Koepp (JURASSIC PARK) and Robert Towne (CHINATOWN).

    Though, like many espionage-oriented films, it can be confusing on occasion, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE scores thanks to the sheer skill of the way the story is laid out for us. Jon Voight essays the role of Jim Phelps that Peter Graves had on TV, but the rest of the roles are all new (nobody from the series even has a cameo role). However, despite the casting changes, some things remain the same, like the opening title sequence and Lalo Schifrin's tense and taut theme music, adapted by Danny Elfman (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, "The Simpsons"). Cruise does a very good job under DePalma's supervision, as does Voight; and Henry Czerny, who had played the CIA heavy in CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, basically reprises that role in the guise of CIA director Gene Kittridge with unctuous exactness. The scene of Cruise downloading the NOC list from the IMF mainframe computer at CIA headquarters while suspended from the ceiling is one of the most tension-filled sequences in cinematic history, thanks to DePalma's crafty decision to film it using only natural sounds; and the final sequence in the Chunnel is just as hair-raising.

    With so many twists and turns, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, despite some flaws, is never dull for a single moment. It is a great "blockbuster" film--entertaining and well-crafted all at once, and vigorously recommended....more info
  • Too Bad It Didn't Self-Destruct In Five Seconds
    If you're a younger viewer you might be entertained by the gadgets and explosions. However, if you grew up watching the original T.V. series, as I did, you would walk away from this movie shouting, as did the late Greg Morris (who played Barney, the technical wiz, in the original series), "What an abomination!"
    The series was about a highly skilled and disciplined group of elite intelligence agents who combine their unique talents and skills to accomplish missions deemed impossible in the ordinary wing of the C.I.A. Their success was made possible, partly, by their working as a single integrated team. Each had his or her specific task to perform as part of the overall plan. Mr. Phelps, the I.M.F. team leader, assembled his team and they developed the mission plan and procedures the way NASA, Grumman and North American Rockwell engineers did in accomplishing the moon missions. No one stood out or tried to dominate.
    The movie completely wrecks this premise. Yes, it has the gadgets and high-tech stuff (like the laytex masks) and there seems to be a team of sorts, but that's all that the movie takes from the series. They purport to operate as a team, but that turns out to be an illusion. The entire team, except the one played by Tom Cruise, are double agents. Phelps (played by John Voight) turns out to be a traitor and enemy agent. They are all out to kill Tom Cruise, who has to save the world and kill Phelps and the entire I.M.F team as well -- all by himself, of course.
    Cruise's ego demanded that no one else share the spotlight with him. He just appropriated the title, music and trademark gadgets of the Mission Impossible series to produce a one-man hero shoot-em-up and blow-em-up flick that has nothing to do with the original series. None of the original cast were offered roles in the movie. Offering Peter Graves (the original Phelps) a cameo part would have been the class thing to do. But neither the movie, nor Cruise, have any class. Teens would find it entertaining, but if you are an adult who remembers the original series, don't see this movie. You will be disappointed.
    Paramount should release the entire T.V. series -- all seasons -- on DVD. ...more info
  • Mission EXCELLENT
    I've viewed this classic over and over, and it continues to amaze me that Ethan Hunt never killed one person in this version,"Zero body count" nor did he ever fire a gun. Excellent scenery in the always BEAUTIFUL Europe. Excellent story, excellent excitement, excellent entertainment. Enjoy!...more info