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Mission Impossible [HD DVD]

Tom Cruise , Jon Voight , Brian De Palma    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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A flashy, splashy summer-movie blockbuster that's fun and exciting without being mindless? That's the impossible mission accomplished by director Brian De Palma, star-coproducer Tom Cruise, and the crack team of Mission: Impossible. Based on the '60s TV show and an almost impenetrably complex (but nonetheless thrilling) original story by David Koepp (Jurassic Park) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List), with a screenplay by Koepp and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), Mission: Impossible begins with veteran agent Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his expert crew embarking on a mission that goes horribly, horribly wrong. But nothing is what it seems. The nail-biting set piece--always a signature of director De Palma (Carrie, The Untouchables)--in which Cruise is lowered from the ceiling to retrieve information from a computer in a high-security vault--is an instant classic. But perhaps even more impressive, at least in retrospect, is a flashback sequence in which two characters attempt to reconstruct a series of events from multiple points of view. It's pretty daring and sophisticated stuff for a big-budget spy movie, but brains were always what put the Mission: Impossible team ahead of the competition, anyway, no? --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Do it for yourself. You deserve it. July 4 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ahhh the memories on this one. What a flick. Try out Prime, grab some buds, buy this and get it the next day and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Few DVD extras, but great movie! Feb. 27 2004
Mission Impossible really makes you think - that's why I love it so much - there is more to it than just the surface...
I think some people found this movie a bit confusing...so don't be disturbed while watching it. Perhaps that's why the sequal is a bit more...simple?
Tom Cruise, as usual plays his part with ease. It's very impressive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of a Special Edition DVD treatment... Aug. 4 2003
By Cubist
Having just watched this film again, I was struck by how engaging it is. Sure, the plot machinations get hopelessly convoluted but I think that's kinda the point. Who cares about specific plot points when you've got Brian DePalma directing with his usual stylistic flourishes. True, he's a bit more tied down than with his usual fair (see Blow Out) but even DePalma on autopilot is pretty impressive.
This film works much better than its sequel because it doesn't try to pad out the film with a useless romantic subplot. Ethan Hunt isn't a character that needs to be fleshed out and that's what makes the no-nonsense tone of MI1 so superior to MI2. Stylistically, Woo beats DePalma hands down but that's about it.
The presence of actors like Jon Voight and Henry Czerny give the first MI an almost Tom Clancy-like feel -- especially in the vein of Hunt For Red October with all the espionage and technospeak.
Also, the setting of Eastern Europe contributes a lot to the overall atmosphere of the film -- especially the opening sequence where Hunt's team is betrayed and killed off, one by one.
There are some really solid set-pieces in the movie: the aforementioned mission gone wrong at the beginning, the now-famous nearly silent break-in at CIA Headquarters, and the infamous train/helicopter chase at the film's climax. Yeah, that last one was mucho implausible but it's still a lot of fun to watch.
Most importantly, Mission: Impossible is an entertaining time waster with a lean script full of all sorts of twists and turns, a solid performance by Cruise and a great supporting cast that also includes the always reliable Ving Rhames and Jean Reno.
Alas, this DVD is very bare bones with no extras to speak of. Thankfully, Paramount learned their lesson with the MI2 DVD but it would be nice if they revisited this first one and got DePalma to do an audio commentary, throw in some deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette or two. It's about time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining spy romp July 29 2003
Mission Impossible is a mindless, extremely silly adventure that makes for great entertainment. I lost track of the plot after a while, but it didn't seem to matter. The movie survives by moving from one set-piece to the next and triumphs because De Palma keeps the tongue firmly in the cheek at all times.
The finale is ridiculously far-fetched, but when at the height of its silliness Lalo Schifrin's original Mission Impossible theme kicks in, the film's self-parodying nature becomes suddenly becomes abundantly clear. Best of all, De Palma achieves this comedic edge without losing any of the suspense or drama.
No classic, but it works great on its own terms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And People Say This Movie Doesn't Make Sense July 11 2003
First, there are many things in this movie that make little sense. BUT it all comes together at the end. People who say this movie has no plot, and when I say this I'm serious, cannot have a very high IQ level. This movie, unlike its sequel, requires a sophisticated audience to watch it. What I'm saying is that you can't be stupid and understand the brilliance of this film.
Ever since the beginning of the show, it has always required smart people to watch it. It's a mystery, mysteries don't make much sense until everything is figured out. The movie itself is actually quite simple:
Ethan Hunt is working for the IMF. After one of his missions goes bad and everyone is killed but him, the IMF suspects he is the mole they've been hunting for two years. Ethan, being innocent, runs and hides from the IMF. He goes through difficult tasks such as breaking into CIA headquarters at Langley, making negotiations with arms dealers, and avoiding the law. In the end, Ethan finds that the mole is none other than his old boss, who had faked his death to frame Ethan.
Overall, I give this film four stars. It didn't quite reach five, a few lines didn't clearer make sense or agree with each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars De Palma is a master...a great spy film July 1 2003
First of all, there is a reason why this film is so great. Brian De Palma directed it! De Palma is a master visualist and this movie looks like none other. De Palma makes complete use of depth within the frame and his visual style is unmatched by any director working today (Scorsese being the exception) so this film (unlike MI2) holds up and is still interesting & riveting after repeated viewings. MI2 is a stupid, cliched plot with lotsa action and explosions I have already seen. This one really makes you think when you watch it and the way the spy/action/suspense scenes are directed & handled are wonderful. Also, a great script from David Koepp & the legendary Robert Towne
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4.0 out of 5 stars An almost-excellent action film... June 15 2003
"Mission: Impossible" is a nearly perfect film. If it weren't so darn confusing at times, it would be an absolutely wonderful movie. However, it boggles itself down with too much dialogue and confusing plot twists. But it's no doubt a highly-enjoyable movie. Tom Cruise is Ethan Hunt, a secret agent who has been betrayed and now must prove his innocence. This is the most of the plot of which we know for sure. The other details are too complicated to really understand, but they don't matter. What matters is the constantly suspenseful moments including the beginning where Hunt and team are chasing after a bad guy to the heist Hunt makes in the CIA building to the incredible helicopter-chasing-the-train sequence that makes up the film's climax. There's much to enjoy in this movie and, if you watch it a few times, it even begins to make sense. I highly recommend it to any action fan who doesn't mind thinking every now and then. It's a superb action flick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars American spy film
1996 American spy film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise. Based on the television series of the same name
Published 16 months ago by T
3.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible
Movie was good, as expected. Blu ray quality (image) was inferior which took it down a notch. Tom Cruise was his old self.
Published 17 months ago by Dave Pringle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie! Full of action and suspense. Loved every minute of it! By far the best Mission: Impossible movie (exept the 4th one)! It's a must buy!
Published on April 11 2012 by R. Baldwin
1.0 out of 5 stars Jamais reçu le dvd
Jamais reçu le dvd, vendeur sans excuse. Rembourssement fait rapidement. Site sécuritaire et sans faille. Vais essayé de nouveau avec un autre vendeur.
Published on July 28 2009 by Patrice Lemire
3.0 out of 5 stars you'll need a map to follow this one
you know,i think this could have been a good movie.trouble is,you need
a scorecard and a code to keep track of who's good and who's bad,what
side each person is on etc. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Declassified
Adapting a popular television series for the big screen is never an easy undertaking. Not only do you have to compete with audience expectations, but, the filmmakers also have to... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by T. Lobascio
4.0 out of 5 stars de palma: cruise
Brian De Palma's (Carrie; Scarface; The Untouchables) 1996 action film starring Tom Cruise and Jon Voight is a pretty good action film. Well, once you suspend all belief. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by adead_poet@hotmail.com
3.0 out of 5 stars Mission: Impossible (1996)
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Emilio Estevez, Vanessa Redgrave, Harry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by The Tweeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good -- as long as you're not a fan of the TV show
a good film when considered as a stand alone. some of the, errr,
let's call them 'changes' (or 'liberties'? Read more
Published on March 26 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Nifty Action Movie...But Not "Mission Impossible"
Cruise & company have a good action movie going here. It has some some very good actors doing some good acting in it, it has some excellent cinematography, some jam-up stuntwork,... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by William R. Hancock
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