should you choose to accept it"
Assigned with a mission to stop a traitor stealing and selling
classified information, Jim Phelps's (Voight) IMF team are ambushed and
only Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) survives the hit. Now he is the man suspected
of being the traitor and has to go on the run to clear his name. With help
from Phelps's wife Claire (Béart), Ethan Hunt gathers together a new team
to find out who the real traitor is and to do this they will have to break
into one of the most secure places on Earth, CIA headquarters in Langley.
Updating classic TV shows might be the norm for Hollywood
these days and they all tend to be not very good of late but the first 'Mission:
Impossible' set the standard.
In the 60s and 70s, one spy show raised the bar when it came
to intrigue and espionage was 'Mission: Impossible'. 'Your mission, should
you chose to accept it' and 'this tape will self-destruct' became part of
everyday conversation at the time and it was quickly embedded in the TV
In 1996, Tom Cruise and director Brian De Palma resurrected
the classic show and brought those impossible missions to the big screen
with all the grandeur and spectacle that Hollywood could muster. Fans rejoiced
as the biggest star in the world and one of the most visual and respected
directors collaborated to bring 'Mission: Impossible' back and make it bigger
With the update came a new team and a new lead character.
Playing IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise created
an American version of James Bond but what made the role different from
the spy with a licence to kill was the fact that he was young and reckless.
Even though he has all the gadgets and technology that is available to the
00 and the knowledge and know how to use them, you are in essence watching
him grow into a lead agent. This is the action role that Cruise longed for
and he grasps it with both hands.
De Palma has gathered together an excellent ensemble cast
to support his lead actor and even Hunt's initial team is filled with fine
actors, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emilio Estevez to name but two. The rest
of the cast do get a bit more screen time however. Ving Rhames and Jean
Reno as Luther Stickell and Franz Krieger, provide the technology and equipment
needed for the mission with their usual style. Emmanuelle Béart provides
some beauty and French style as Claire Phelps. Vanessa Redgrave provides
the class as the mysterious Max. Jon Voight resurrects the only character
from the original TV series, Jim Phelps who was played by Peter Graves and
Henry Czerny plays the sleazy head of IMF Eugene Kittridge.
The first 'Mission: Impossible' adventure is a classic example
in the spy genre. Master filmmaker Brian De Palma is on the top of his game
and musters all of his visual flare and gift for story to produce a movie
that fans of the series will be engrossed by, action fans will revel in
and people who want to have their brain stimulated as well as their adrenaline.
This is one mission that you should choose to accept.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Mission: Remarkable - 40 Years of Creating the Impossible (11.27
Director Brian De Palma, director John Woo, director J. J. Abrams, producer
Paula Wagner, screenwriter Robert Towne and stars Tom Cruise and Jon Voight
talk about the original TV show and the three films that it spawned.
Mission: Explosive Exploits (5.10 mins)
Director Brian De Palma, producer Paula Wagner, stunt coordinator Greg
Powell and stars Tom Cruise and Henry Czerny take you behind the scenes
of the fish tank explosion and the CIA heist.
Mission: International Spy Museum (6.32 mins)
Executive director of the international spy museum Peter Earnest shows
you the tools of the trade for spies. Here we see gadgets, bugs, cameras
and weapons have changed over the years.
Mission: Spies Amongst Us (8.41 mins)
Executive director of the international spy museum Peter Earnest, CIA
senior operations officer Chase Brandon, expert in special intelligent
operation Dr. Derrin Smith and senior analyst Gregory Treverton talk about
the possibility of a real IMF team and what spies have accomplished over
Mission: Catching the Train (2.40 mins)
Director Brian De Palma, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, associate
Joe Letteri and star Tom Cruise take you behind the scenes of the channel
Read the files on Ethan Hunt, Jim Phelps, Sarah Davies, Claire Phelps,
Jack Harman, Hannah Joan Williams and Luther Stickell and find out about
their aliases, skills, history and current assignment.
Excellence in filmmaking: Cruise (9.15 mins)
Watch the montage of clips taken from all of Tom Cruise's movies from
'Taps' and 'Risky Business', through 'Top Gun', 'Rain Man' and 'Born on
the Forth of July' and onto 'Jerry Maguire', 'Minority Report' and 'War
of the Worlds'.
Acceptance speech for BAFTA/LA Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for
Excellence in Film (3.20 mins)
Watch Tom Cruise's speech when he received his award from BAFTA
Acceptance speech for MTVs generation award (3.45 mins)
Watch Katie Holmes introduce Tom Cruise at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards
Watch the teaser and theatrical trailer for 'Mission: Impossible'
Watch the eight TV Sports that companied the theatrical release of the
View pubilicity and behind the scenes images from the production
View the teaser for the third mission
For a special collection edition version this is extremely disappointing.
With no commentary and a collection of short and uninformative featurettes,
this adds nothing to the single disc version that was released a few years
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