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on 27 October 2012
Everyone who loves the old 'Mission Impossible' TV series knows that the '88 and '89 seasons were not as good as the original 7 seasons. But they were better than most of the other stuff on the telly in these days. So it's a reason to be happy to have the '88 and '89 seasons on DVD finally.
But be prepared: the picture quality of the '88 season is only slightly better than VHS quality. This is especially dissapointing because one is spoiled by the perfect picture quality of the original seasons which are about 20 years older.
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on 17 January 2014
I am a great fan of all MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE productions.
But the old ones from the sixties and seventies have a much better picture quality than the "newer" production from 1988 and 1989. It seems that they haven't used the original master-film for this DVDs, but only the analogue TV master tapes. An indication is the graphical element at the beginning of some episodes "in stereo where available".
This was maybe important for the broadcasters to show "yes we can broadcast in stereo, not only in mono" - but has nothing to do with the DVD.

- The picture is blurred and you can count pixels - even when watching this DVDs on an old 4:3 TV screen.
- In comparison with the DVD-editions of the 60ies and 70ies, the 88 and 89 episodes only have subtitles in english for hearing-impaired persons. No subtitles or audioversions in other languages.

For fans of MI it is a must have. But the DVD-Collections of the original series of the 60ies and 70ies offer much more quality.
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on 7 May 2013
I must admit when I ordered this was unsure about it but I really enjoyed it a lot .I also bought the 89 TV series. I grew up with the originals so this had a lot to live up to and I enjoyed it as much .Everyone can enjoy watching this.
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on 16 May 2012
Coming to Region 2 for the first time, the 1988-89 sequel series to Mission:Impossible (rarely syndicated here- thank you CBS Action!) ran for only 2 seasons of which this is the first. Fans only of the Cruise movies probably won't find what they're after here; but if you have caught an episode on an infrequent repeat, or are a fan of the 1966-73 series and wonder how this shapes up, read on.

There'd been talk of a reunion movie or remake almost since 1973. Other revamps like Star Trek:The Next Generation had proved successful and when a writers' strike broke out in the USA, the studio decided they could remake classic Mission scripts with new actors in Australia where filming was considerably cheaper. In the end, only a handful of scripts were reused and the series became a continuation of the original with new team members, rather than a remake with new actors.

Did it work? Well, it's as faithful as a fan could want with Peter Graves reprising a certain Mr. Phelps, leading a team including Barney Collier's son Grant (played by Greg Morris' real life son Phil) and featuring guest parts for Morris (original seasons 1-7) and Lynda Day George (6-7). Australia affords a wealth of location filming convincingly simulating the UK, USA, Carribean, Africa, South America, Iron Curtain and, er, Australia, that gives the series a break from the old redressed studio backlots. The special effects look good even today.

There are problems though. While Graves and Phil Morris are fine in their respective roles, the limitations of the others are evident. This isn't so much a problem for the Tony Hamilton, as likeable as Peter Lupus in the strongman role. However, model and designer Terry Markwell in the 'Cinnamon' front woman role has a range chiefly limited to femme fatales or just being the girl and is rapidly sidelined. Thaao Penghlis takes a while to shake off his daytime TV pedigree (not helped by the other team members often sharing the inside man role) but he does flourish when given more to do, eg, in The Lions.

The chief problem is the scripts. The tone seems to derive from seasons 1, 6 & 7 of the original. There's a lot of the team commentating on their missions that can kill the pace (the original series could make a dialogue free scene hugely tense- this lot can't stop talking!); and the stories are pretty linear, often involving extracting hidden evidence or last minute confessions. A standout writer like Playdon or Heath was needed. The plots just aren't outrageous enough!

Out of 19 episodes, maybe half justify a repeat viewing. However, the 4 remakes (The Killer, The Condemned, The Legacy & The System) along with The Wall (similar to original episode The Bank), The Fixer & Reprisal (both written by Walter Brough who wrote Squeeze Play & Casino in original seasons 5 & 6; Reprisal featuring Lynda Day George) work especially well- thanks to stronger plots and able guest casting giving us nastier baddies. All in all, an enjoyable show but not earth shattering. The second season Mission Impossible '89 [DVD] sadly didn't learn these lessons.
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on 6 June 2014
Some previous reviewers were disappointed with the quality of the recording. I'm quite happy with it. Episodes were as exiting as they were when I first watched them as a young girl. A good purchase. Delivery to Finland took about 2 weeks.
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on 15 May 2014
Never seen this series ever and found it too be a mix of very good episodes too I wish they never made that one. Apart from the ham episodes good entertainment when there is nothing on TV.
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on 6 August 2015
Excellent 'new' series of this classic of the 60s. Great episodes, fantastic cast.
Therefor a shame this series was not digitally remastered for DVD.
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on 24 November 2013
The product was just what I was looking for and thoroughly enjoyed it and I received it within the time that was given
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on 2 August 2012
Yes, this isn't as good as the original series which ran in the 60's and 70's, but it's still worth watching, and earlier episodes in the season in particular are very good.
The unravelling of the plot is not nearly as complex as before, but this loss is made up for by some good special effects and production values - some episodes could almost be mini-movies, and unlike in the original, when the IMF team visit a foreign location, it actually looks like that location, rather than just being filmed on a US studio backdrop.
I must comment on the picture quality - The image isn't as sharp as it could be, though it looks to my eyes that this is because of the cameras used to record the series, rather than a fault with the DVD or lack of restoration, but this is a disappointment.
@bax81
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on 5 February 2015
Wanted this for a long time and does not disappoint!
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