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Mission Impossible (Special Collector's Edition)
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Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt leader of a crack squad of intelligence operatives in this labyrinthine action-thriller based on the hit 1960s-'70s television series. When a dangerous mission in Prague goes inexplicably wrong Hunt finds himself out in the cold. A mole has infiltrated the CIA and suspicions are that it's Hunt. His only chance: Find out who the real mole is and turn the tables. The plan takes him on an incredibly suspenseful infiltration of CIA security leading to a spectacular chunnel climax that would make Hitchcock proud. Thanks to crisp inventive direction from Brian De Palma and Danny Elfman's dynamite electronica score (including a catchy update of the original Lalo Schifrin theme) this mission is great fun. The talented roster of stars backing Cruise includes Ving Rhames Vanessa Redgrave John Voight Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Reno. A witty script by Robert Towne (CHINATOWN SHAMPOO) and David Koepp keeps the ball rolling in unexpected directions with the paranoia always set to high. A box-office record-setter during its original release MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE led to a well-deserved sequel also with Cruise and Rhames.System Requirements:Running Time 110 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R UPC: 097360420449 Manufacturer No: 042044

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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Confusing, But Always Fun To Watch
    Despite the fact I got "lost" several times on the first two viewings, the film was so intriguining I had to keep viewing. It was fun to watch, regardless. After three viewings I finally figured it out! The point is: if you get a little confused trying to follow the plot, don't feel stupid. This isn't an easy story to follow but it gets high marks for keeping it interesting despite that problem.

    The interesting characters, good cinematography, fun James Bond-like gadgets, just the right amount of action scenes and one very memorable heist scene with Tom Cruise dangling from a wire all make this an enjoyable two hours of entertainment. That scene with Cruise trying to break into this vault-like room remains as the one of the better tension-filled scenes I've ever witnessed on the big screen.

    The final action scene with the speeding train and helicopter also is very memorable. John Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny and Jean Reno make it a fun cast to watch, too.

    Now that it is available on a good Blu-Ray transfer, I may just buy this again and keep watching it for many more yeas. ...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
  • Even better on Blu-ray
    I always liked the first theatrical installment of Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise. However, now that I can view at home on my Blu-ray disc player and HDTV, it's even better!

    I had previously purchased Mission: Impossible 3 (my favorite) on regular DVD. But after seeing what the first one looked liked, I started thinking "I need to get number 3 on Blu-ray, too!"

    The picture is astounding, along with the sound. The detail crisp and clear. You won't be disappointed....more info
  • Convoluted but enjoyable
    I've never been able to understand the storyline to this movie, there are way too many twists & turns, but I don't even try to understand it anymore. It's still highly enjoyable, even if the storyline goes straight over my head. Mind you, most stuff does.

    I love this film, mainly cos it's Tom Cruise while he was still with Nicole Kidman (and now with Katie Holmes?!), and before he became more known for his 'love' of Scientology than anything else. He's a bit of a hunk in this one too. He's more in the press these days spouting stuff about Scientology, and jumping for joy about having to marry Katie Holmes. (He's probably going to have to teach her everything!)

    But back to the film. There's also a great cast of actors in this, including Tom, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emilio Estevez (I only just realised who he was, he looks strange for some reason), Jon Voight, Emmanuelle B¨¦art (doesn't she have gorgeous hair?), Jean Reno, Ving Rhames and Vanessa Redgrave. Emilio was cast in the role of Jack Harmon to create a sense of shock in the audience when he died early in the film. The film makers felt that casting a well-known actor in the role would increase the impact of Jack Harmon's death. And what a death it was! I still have to look away, despite having watched this many times (including when I had it on video *gulp*)

    There's lots of amazing scenes in this, the most amazing of all is the scene where Tom drops from the ceiling and hovers inches above the ground, his head kept hitting the floor until he got the idea to put coins in his shoes for balance.

    I love the little "are they, aren't they?" subplot between Tom's character Ethan & Emmanuelle's character. Do not covet thy neighbour's wife. But there's definitely a few scenes which were probably cut, leading to much more of a relationship between them, rather than what was left in the film, with stolen glances and that's about it! It never goes much further than a chaste kiss.

    There's not much else I can say about this film. It starts straight away, rather than stopping first at the menu page. Will there ever be a special edition do you think? I hope so at some point. Knowing my luck since I just bought it, one will get announced.

    I don't remember the second Mission Impossible being as memorable as this one, but I've seen this one many times, whereas I only watched Mission Impossible II once....more info
  • one of the best action films I've ever seen
    ...and I've seen a lot of them.

    What is so great about this film - beyond the acting - is how complex and multi-layered the story is. You have to see it multiple times to get everything, such as Cruise's realization while looking in the Gideon Bible from Palmer House in Chicago, and you (or at least I) never get tired of seeing it again. This is because the story is so dense with detail and so perfectly executed. Thru it all, Cruise pulls it off as a totally believable actor, on a par with Sean Connery in the early Bond films. (For anyone with a taste for the authentic, their enjoyment of Bond simply could not tolerate the corniness of Roger Moore - that is the level of Cruise's performance in this one.)

    Warmly recommended for connoissuer's of the action genre. You can hardly do better than this one, with the exceoption of the early Bond or Matt Damon in Bourne....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
  • A pretty enjoyable flick, even if not Tom Cruise's best.
    I grew up watching the original Mission Impossible series on TV with Peter Graves as Jim Phelps and Leonard Nimoy as a member of the cast. A generation later, this movie has a decidedly different flavor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. With Tom Cruise leading the cast as Ethan Hunt, and supported by the likes of Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Reno, and Emilio Estevez (with too small a role, in my opinion), this one has plenty of star power.

    I don't want to get into an exposition of the plotline, since it's more than a little twisted -- but in a good, suspenseful way. There's plenty high-tech superspy gadgetry, although the portrayal of various routine technologies like email was a little goofy. The action scenes are sporadic but generally well done, with the exception of some obviously physics-defying liberties in the special effects for the final chase scene. Overall, though, the effect is modestly credible and, more importantly, immensely entertaining. Yes, I've seen better work from Tom Cruise, but so what. This is a decent movie that's worth the investment of a few bucks and a couple hours....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

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  • Very satisfied customer
    I was amazed how quickly my DVD came and in such great condition. I highly would recommend going Amazon.Com.
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  • 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
  • Very good
    I had a VHS version before, but this one comes with some extra features. I am very satisfied....more info
  • Dah...Dah...Dah...Do...Do...Do...Do Do...Do...Doh!
    The only great thing about Mission Impossible (1996) directed by Brian De Palma and staring Tom Cruise and John Voight is the updating of the theme song. The new theme song was great. It's true the film had a lot of plot holes, but that's only one thing that bothered me when I saw it on the big screen. The plot was completely loused up. The beginning was the worst. Never have I seen a movie where the entire original team of anything is killed off two minutes into the movie. The entire IMF team is killed two minutes into the movie leaving pretty boy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as the only survivor. Ethan Hunt is the disguise expert of the force. This is the second thing that bothers me. Wasn't Paris played by Leonard Nimoy aka Spok always the one with the clever disguises on the team? I hate when movie makers take hold of an already good idea and twist and mold it into nothing, like creating new characters. They did it with Charlie's Angels (2000). What happened to Jill, Sabrina and Kelly? Sure one of the original characters makes a cameo in the sequel. Remember the motto: If it aint broke, don't fix it. This is completely ignored every time a studio makes a big budget production based on a classic TV series in my opinion (The Mod Squad). Now the nitty gritty of why I was disappointed with this film. What the film makers did to Jim Phelps (John Voight) is villainess and a crime! Jim Phelps is the leader right?! I have no idea what David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, and Robert Towne were thinking when they wrote this. This movie is all about Cruise, Cruise, and Cruise who co-produced. A better title would be Tom Cruise and the Mission. I love Brain De Palma's work especially The Untouchables and Phantom of the Paradise. However, he really jumped the gun. The supporting cast played their parts well and I give De Palma credit for trying. ...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
  • And I thought I had impossible days...
    "Mission: Impossible" takes the basic premise from the TV series, the theme music and the character of Jim Phelps and reinvents them for this enjoyable action movie. This review was originally written for the first edition of the DVD. First an update--the earlier DVD looked decent but the new DVD is a marked improvement. We get a sharp looking anamorphic transfer with bold colors. Some digital flaws occasionally show up but they're not all that big a deal. The previous edition had no real extras to speak but here we get some decent ones. "40 Years of Creating the Impossible" basically is a promo for Tom Cruise's films not for the series per se. Most of the extra featurettes are short but entertaining and interesting. Most important you get a movie ticket to see "MI3" if you choose to acccept that mission. Overall this edition is a marked improvement over the previous version of the film


    Phelps (Jon Voight)puts together a team including Ethan Hunt (Cruise), Phelps wife Claire (Emmanuelle Beart), Sarah Davies (Kristin Scott Thomas)and Jack Harmon (Emilio Estevez)to catch a diplomat stealing the identities of US Undercover agents. When the sting goes horribly wrong, Ethan and Claire appear to be the only survivors of the operation. Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny who has playing bueracrats down to a fine art)an IMF supervisor believes that Ethan betrayed both his team and the IMF acting as a mole selling information about the organization.

    Ethan and Clarie are on the run but not before Ethan hatches a plan to prove his innocence and find out who murdered his teammates; he uses IMF's database to track down two disavowed (basically agents that have been busted for one reason or another whether they were caught doing something illegal by IMF or by another government)agents Luther Strikell (Ving Rhames) a computer expert and tough guy Franz Krieger (Jean Reno)to tap into the IMF mainframe and steal information that will help Ethan trap the real mole and prove his innocence.

    A taunt thriller well directed by Brian DePalma ("Sisters", "Obesession", "Carrie", "The Untouchables", "Carlito's way")and co-written by David Koepp ("Jurassic Park", "Spider-Man", "Panic Room" and "War of the Worlds"), Robert Towne ("Chinatown", "Personal Best")based on a story by Koepp and Steve Zailian ("Schindler's List", "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Falcon and The Snowman"), the film isn't an extension of the TV show so much as a reinvention. DePalma's film has a number of stunning set pieces including the break-in into the CIA's computer complex. Although the film's plot is convoluted, the twists and turns will keep viewers on the edge of their seat.

    The supporting cast including Scott-Thomas, Estevez and Voight all deliever. Rhames who returned in the sequel (and will be in "Mission: Impossible 3")gives a rich nicely detailed performance as well. Vanessa Redgrave (!)shows up as an arms smuggler in a nice extended cameo.

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  • 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.


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