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Mission: Impossible [Blu-ray] [1996]

Tom Cruise , Jon Voight , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jean Reno
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CT7MPY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,957 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market...a list of the top undercover agents in the world...a c orrupt agent doubling for an unknown organization...a mysterious arms dealer...a spy agency ready to disavow the actions or existenc e of any of its members captured or killed...and one man, whose mission seems impossible.


Mission: Impossible was one of the best action blockbusters of the 1990s, deriving a quality unique amongst its peers from the tension between Brian De Palma's directorial stylisation and the overriding presence of its star and producer, Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Special Forces agent Ethan Hunt, disavowed as a traitor by his own superiors and forced to uncover the true mole to prove his innocence. The original 1960s television series provides not only the wonderful musical motif, but also the layered complexity of false realities and masked identities, which are revealed with the playful conjuring of a Russian doll.

This was Cruise's last movie as an angst-ridden youth (next stop was Jerry Maguire and the trials of family life) and he presents Ethan Hunt as caught between his heroic physical prowess and a trusting emotional na¨vety that is painfully punctured by the treachery of those around him. Hollywood heavyweights Jon Voight (Heat) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) are both excellent in support, while the remaining cast reads like an identikit of European cinema, including Emanuelle Beart, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Reno (Leon).

De Palma's trademark set-pieces include a giant exploding fishtank in Prague, a helicopter chase through the Channel Tunnel, and, most notably, a break-in to steal a vital disc from CIA headquarters in Langley. The moment in the latter when, in almost complete silence, Cruise dangles precariously from a cable and just catches a bead of sweat before it triggers the floor alarm is as sublimely exhilarating as any in American movies of the last 10 years. --Steve Napleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting movie blockbuster with a brain?! 25 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Tom Cruise stars in this movie blockbuster based on the television series of the same name. Also starring actors of the highest quality like Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight and Kristin Scott Thomas. The story is that Ethan Hunt(Cruise) and his team are set up on a mission, every one is killed but Hunt, sparking suspicions among his colleages. Hunt is disavowed, so he sets out with a new team to clear his name and find the traitor. What follows is an exciting and intruiging adventure. De Palmas masterful direction builds buckets of tension and paranoia throughout. This leads to a wonderful climactic ending. On release this was criticised for being complicated and in need of simplification, that is rubbish, the plot is complex and involving and is far superior to the trigger happy explosion fest that is the sequel. We finally have an intelligent blockbuster which well deserves the 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Shot in Prague before it became synonymous with cheap labor and tax breaks for runaway productions, the initial signs were less than promising for Mission: Impossible - rumors of clashes between Cruise and Brian De Palma, the latter pointedly keeping a very low public profile when the film opened, last-minute heavy re-editing and the dropping of Alan Silvestri's original score (not, it has to be said, anywhere near as effective as Danny Elfman's replacement) - yet the result is a lot more fun than it has any real right to be. There's little relation to the original series aside from the title, Lalo Schifrin's theme music and an ill-done by Jim Phelps, here played by Jon Voight rather than Peter Graves - indeed, the original cast turned down offers of cameos in a film which kills off almost the entire Impossible Mission Force in the first twenty minutes so the star can hog the spotlight. But then, in those days Tom Cruise still sold more tickets than anyone else and the film raked it in - as they say in gangster movies, it's nothing personal, just business.

Although it was apparently Emmanuelle Beart's role that bore the brunt of the pre-release cuts, Cruise is in more danger of being overshadowed by co-stars Ving Rhames and Jean Reno, neither of whom get as many close-ups but make up for it with much more unforced charisma and screen presence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor blu ray !!! 26 Aug 2012
By ben
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the worst blu ray transfer yet ! I have had this film on dvd several times and have always enjoyed it. the quality of the dvd was has good has it could get . so the day came i wanted to finally upgrade to the blu ray and was shocked at the poor quality . the picture was very fuzzy and blurry at times and when the actors would move there faces it would leave a fuzzy trace . And through out the entire film you could see black marks or dots as you would with a really old movie, the dvd is far better then the blu ray ! all my other blu rays movies are brilliant and what you would expect, but this is a real disaster !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative spy thriller. 28 Nov 2006
Fabulous cast, especailly strong support from Henry Czerny, Jean Reno and Jon Voight, and a great plot which alas was too complex for some but which weaves a web of deceit and intrigue as it unravels. The film redefined the spy genre after Bond's stale spell in the 80s and laid the foundation for future spy thrillers like the Jason Bourne films. Tom Cruise has a few detractors but in this film, he delivers the goods in abundance. An all round good film, a compelling post cold war spy thriller which one of the best films of this genre of any film of the mid 90s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better the second time round. 20 July 2000
By A Customer
I thought this movie was very average when I seen it at the pictures. I watched it about a year later and thought it was actually very good. There is a great atmosphere to the movie, especially the Prague scenes. The cast is brilliant on paper. Unfortunately, its a pity that so many of them only had minor roles. Reno was just wasted. Beart, who must just about be the best looking woman ever, hardly says a word during the entire movie. The film is left to the 'cruiser' to pull it through. He is actually very, very good. He is not my favourite actor but I think he gets far too much undeserved criticism (how can you knock somebody who is the most successful actor of all time ... when he was only 34)? The music and sound is very good too.
Its one of those movies which you appreciate more when you see it again.
By the way, this is far, far superior to the follow up MI:2, which is absolute tosh. I cannot believe that some people actually prefer the sequel. John Woo is one of the primary examples of the reasons why modern day movies are so bad. Every movie he does is exactly the same.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A materpice of a spy thriller. A truely enjoyable 90 minutes of *Tom Cruise* being well, just Tom to be honest. He's cool, suave and quick to ACT! The story is nearly as good as the theme tune (see title) and the feel is *glossy* and yet somehow comic book despite overtures of classy sets and Bondesk enlightenment. Don a dark suit, get out those *Ray Bans* from the closet and make sure you spend a good 10 minutes in front of the mirror saying ***'If I told you where I was going I wouldn't be on holiday'***! Make sure nobody sees you!
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