Recently, I've been accusing myself of watching too much of and too serious movies - art house, World; serious, worthy, Oscar-winning, you know the sort.
I needed a holiday from those and to leave my brain elsewhere, at least for a few hours, to save it from self-implosion. Enter the Mission Impossible series of movies - ones I'd seen before and one (the second) at the cinema.
What's good about them is they're not stupid; far-fetched, yes but not in a completely moronic, absolutely ridiculous way and they feature some great, well known and recognisable actors. Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave, Kristen Scott-Thomas and Jean Reno - and that's just the first film - all make for great viewing, a pleasure to watch and to focus on if the actions slips, or should we lose concentration.
Those last two things are unlikely to happen, though - these are essentially James Bond's in different clothing, niftly directed by top directors - Brian de Palma, John Woo and JJ Abrams, three of the biggest action flick makers working today.
Those old enough will be familiar with the M:I theme tune, that needs no introduction once we hear the first few notes and even the remixes used for the end credits sound pretty good!
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), though, isn't Jason Bourne and MIP's aren't quite at the level of smart sophistication of the Bourne quadrilogy, but are more fun and accessible and share Europe for the locations, making them a fast-paced and rather daring whistle-stop tour of our EU neighbours' finest cities. This makes a nice, more local change to all those action movies set in L.A. and Chicago etc.
The set is housed in a stout card slipcase and the discs come in separate slim-line cases.
I don't go for extras and all that; with the amount of DVDs I enjoy, I need them to be as low cost as reasonably possible and this is where M:I "Extreme" DVD trilogy really scores - at around 3 quid a movie, or £1.25 an hour, well that's one mission that's not impossible!