MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE The '88 TV Season
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Synopsis: In this all-new series, Peter Graves reprises his role as Jim Phelps, the brilliant and charismatic leader of the Impossible Mission force. Summoned out of retirement, Phelps organizes a new team of I.M.F. agents in order to carry out dangerous and complex assignments.
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Pros: Both series are must-haves for die-hard fans of the Mission Impossible formula. The music, the tech gadgets, the challenge and excitement of outfoxing the bad guys in a seemingly impossible timeframe - all are consistent, and supplement the excellent continuity provided by Peter Graves. So, why only two stars?
Cons: Video quality is heart-breakingly poor. In contrast with the first series, which is sharp with nicely saturated colours, this second-series DVD set looks like it was dubbed from a VHS tape, and a rough one at that. Colours are washed-out. Images are fuzzy, to the point that face recognition for even moderately distant figures is impossible. Details are soft and ghosted, and bright spots are horizontally smeared. Ironically, the distribution credits at the beginning of each DVD are sharp as a tack. For whatever reason,a decision was made to skimp on the transfer process, and it does a great disservice to the excellence of the series content, and to those of us who had hoped to obtain this re-issue for our enjoyment and collections.
We can only hope that the studio revisits this effort, and sees fit to provide a properly dubbed version. If they do, I'll be in line for the upgrade.