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Mission: Impossible - Season 3 [DVD]

Greg Morris , Peter Lupus , Max Hodge    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain
  • Directors: Max Hodge
  • Producers: Joseph Gantman, Barry Crane
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 1203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D163X8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Season 3, should you decide to accept it (and you definitely should), was Mission's most accomplished. It garnered six Emmy nominations, and an Emmy for Barbara Bain, her third consecutive win, probably for "The Exchange," one of her finest hours, in which, breaking series format, her character is captured and psychologically tortured to discover for whom she works. As always, the first five minutes of any Mission: Impossible episode are the coolest: the lit fuse signaling Lalo Schifrin's indelible theme song, the opening-credits montage teasing the action in the upcoming episode, and Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), in some nondescript location, receiving his covert mission (usually to some nonexistent, but real-sounding country as Povia or Costa Mateo), on that self-destructing tape. It always seemed a waste of time for Phelps to go through the dossiers of possible Impossible Missions Force agents for each mission (and he does that less this season) as he invariably chose the same ones: model beauty Cinnamon (Bain), master of disguise Rollin Hand (Martin Landau), electricians expert Barney Collier (Greg Morris), and strongman Willie Armitage (Peter Lupus).

Mission: Impossible didn't delve into the team members' private lives: it was all about the mission, and together, the IMF foils any number of domestic and international villains. Some missions (foil a coup, rescue a dissident) have more at stake than others (restore boxing's good name), but there's that great moment in almost every episode when the team's target discovers that he or she has been royally IMF'd. "Don't you see?" the warden of a so-called escape-proof automated prison protests in "The Glass Cage," "they thought of everything!" He's not kidding. Not even "Q" on his best day would have come up with that faux briefcase that secretly dispenses exact replicas of the prison's towels. Mission: Impossible today does seem a little low-tech, especially when compared to the special effects-laden feature films. And for anyone who has seen Airplane, it may be difficult initially to keep a straight face whenever Peter "Do you like gladiator movies?" Graves is onscreen. But with its clever and complex stories, impeccable ensemble, and fun-to-spot guest stars (that's John "Dean Wormer" Vernon torturing Cinnamon in "The Exchange"), Mission is impossible to resist. --Donald Liebenson

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International espionage, covert operations, and messages delivered on exploding tape recorders: all in a day's work for the secret agents of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF). Whether they're fighting dictators, evil organisations, or crime lords, this crack team of spies and specialists are perfectly equipped to handle any mission assigned to them by the unseen 'Secretary'. The series has enjoyed a renaissance since the mid '90s with the blockbuster film franchise starring Tom Cruise. This collection contains every episode from the third series of the popular '60s TV show.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Maybe not quite as good as series 1 & 2 ... maybe a little 'hackneyed' - but still great fun to watch! i still found it hard to ration myself to one DVD a week; and I still found it VERY hard to believe that they could make Jim Phelps a baddy in the movie (What were they thinking of when they did it? Did the writer of the movie actually watch any of the earlier series? etc.)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch, suspend all disbelief, and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars M: I 3. The real deal. 6 Sep 2012
Hand on heart..... if you buy only one season of IMF adventures, it should quite possibly be this one. For logistical reasons, i went through seasons four, five, six and seven before this one. Talk about saving the best until last. Peter Graves had already slipped effortlessly into the team leader's shoes, in season two, but this is the final flowering of the IMF "dream team". Martin Landau is simply brilliant as Rollin Hand, far surpassing his season four replacement. The Landau/Nimoy configuration in the seasons is, for me, akin to the Connery/Moore dynamic as James Bond. One episode sees him adopting a funky "Carlos The Jackal" style appearance. Barbara Bain, as Cinnamon, is at the peak of her seductive powers. Barney adds his technical prowess to some thrilling capers. Willy lends solid support, in between looking at his watch.

The season features a consistent level of storytelling, representing a nice mix of fighting the mob, eastern bloc intrigue, the odd Latin American dictator, an African and a Middle East adventure. The Nazi stories of seasons one and two have gone. It also has some of the series' best music scores, i feel, coutesy of the great Lalo Schifrin. The odd one is done by Jerry Fielding, who would susequently work with Sam Peckinpah. There is also some inspired camerawork, with zoom lensing to heighten certain reactions. Also disorienting camera angles in episodes like "The Diplomat" and "The Glass Cage" which are splendidly inventive for a sixties tv series.

The stand-out episodes for me? "The Heir Apparent", set in the, er, fictional Povia. "The Mercenaries", with a sweaty, lecherous Pernell Roberts and ridiculous gold "heist". "The Exection", which might well rate among the top five IMF adventures.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I know Five US and some other TV channels are showing Mission: Impossible but the only place to really appreciate the show is in uninterrupted viewing, especially dispensing with the annoying announcer over the closing credits. The twenty three episodes of series three (two are double episodes) make this the best of the seven, in my own opinion. Granted a couple were amongst the worst ever made but to counter that there is the undoubted quality of `The Mercenaries', `The Execution' and `The Mind of Stefan Milkos'. Mission: Impossible was a show you couldn't walk in on a few minutes late or nip off to make the tea whilst it was on: to do so meant not understanding what was happening. Never has this been truer than in the last of the episodes mentioned. Even now it's difficult to follow and understand but that's what made M:I such a terrific series. Both `Live Bait' (another involved storyline) and `Illusion' (Barbara Bain in her best role) are other excellent stories. The only problem here is that there seems to be an over reliance on supposedly East European locations, but I guess it made the accountants happy.

Noticeable by its absence on this box set (and the other two) are the usually obligatory `extras', which is, actually, welcoming. Who ever watches interviews with the director anyway? And those `deleted scenes' shouldn't be viewed in isolation. Good on Paramount for leaving that stuff out. Unfortunately, both Bain and Martin Landau left after completing the last episode, `The Interrogator', and subsequent series never reached the heights this one attained. Cue one of the finest themes in television history.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental journey 11 Jan 2011
By KoSas
Great television series from the sixties and seventies.
For me its just one great sentimental journey but the quality is very good digital restored and even with Dutch subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In two words--im possible 3 Mar 2010
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Totally implausible, highly predictable, full of cliches. But still hugely entertaining, story telling at its most straightforward. This was the last series to use Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. It is easy to think of Miss Bain as "the ice-maiden", but she has some range as an actress and a claim to be the most beautiful human being ever. Jim Phelps, Barney Collier and Willy Armitage are unchanging beacons of reliability. And you know that when one of them hits a guard on the back of the head, the guard will wake up just fifteen minutes later, dazed but without brain damage. Who needs realism?
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