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The first four films from the spy franchise starring Tom Cruise as a special agent.

In 'Mission Impossible' (1996) Ethan Hunt (Cruise), an IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent, is hunted by his own organisation after a mission in Prague goes wrong. Going to ground, Hunt enlists the help of two discredited agents to track down the real villain of the piece, a quest that takes him to the heart of CIA operations.

In 'Mission Impossible 2' (2000), Hunt is charged with tracking down renegade fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), who has stolen the only known supply of Bellophron - the antidote to man-made virus Chimera. Hunt enlists the help of Ambrose's ex-girlfriend, Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), and, although the pair have fallen in love, Nyah agrees to return to Ambrose in order to gain information. However, Ambrose now intends to trigger off an epidemic of Chimera in order to sell Bellophron to the highest bidder and when he becomes suspicious of Nyah decides to use her as a guinea pig.

In 'Mission Impossible 3' (2006), Hunt confronts the toughest villain he's ever faced - Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience. Hunt assembles his team - his old friend Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames), transportation expert Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), background operative Zhen (Maggie Q) and fresh recruit Lindsey (Keri Russell) - to travel the globe pursuing Davian and rescue Hunt's love, Julia (Michelle Monaghan).

Finally, in 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (2011), when the Kremlin is bombed by terrorists, the IMF is implicated and all its team members instantaneously disavowed by the United States government. Hunt and his new team must go rogue to clear the IMF's name; but are warned that if any one of them is captured during their mission they will be charged as terrorists plotting to incite global nuclear war. Hunt seeks the help of an enigmatic former IMF agent, Brandt (Jeremy Renner), and is surprised to learn how much the shadowy figure knows about his past.

Product Details

Barcode
5051368241135
Department
Movies & TV
Released
12 Nov 2012
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Action
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Paramount Home Entertainment
Number of Discs
4
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Mission: Impossible
Release Year
1996
Language
English
Alternate Title
Mission Impossible
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Adventure / Betrayal / Blockbuster / Deception / Heroes / Recommended / Spies / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Synopsis
Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, leader of a crack squad of intelligence operatives, in this labyrinthine action-thriller based on the hit 1960s-'70s television series. When a dangerous mission in Prague goes inexplicably wrong, Hunt finds himself out in the cold. A mole has infiltrated the CIA, and suspicions are that it's Hunt. His only chance: Find out who the real mole is and turn the tables. The plan takes him on an incredibly suspenseful infiltration of CIA security, leading to a spectacular chunnel climax that would make Hitchcock proud. Thanks to crisp, inventive direction from Brian De Palma and Danny Elfman's dynamite electronica score (including a catchy update of the original Lalo Schifrin theme), this mission is great fun. The talented roster of stars backing Cruise includes Ving Rhames, Vanessa Redgrave, John Voight, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Jean Reno. A witty script by Robert Towne (CHINATOWN, SHAMPOO) and David Koepp keeps the ball rolling in unexpected directions, with the paranoia always set to high. A box-office record-setter during its original release, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE led to a well-deserved sequel, also with Cruise and Rhames.
Notes
Released theatrically in the USA Wednesday, May 22, 1996. Its whopping six-day box-office gross of $74.9 million broke a bunch of records: biggest sneak-preview opening, biggest Wednesday opening, biggest May opening, highest Memorial Day opening, and highest six-day opening. The film went on to gross more than $180 million domestically and $465 million worldwide.

Shot on location in the Czech Republic (Prague); Scotland; Washington, DC; and at Pinewood Studios London, England.
Cast & Crew
Director
Brian De Palma
Star
Tom Cruise / Emmanuelle Beart / Henry Czerny / Vanessa Redgrave / Jean Reno / Ving Rhames / Kristin Scott Thomas / Jon Voight
Screenwriter
David Koepp / Robert Towne / Steven Zaillian
Composer
Danny Elfman
Producer
Tom Cruise / Paula Wagner
Director of Photography
Stephen H. Burum
Editor
Paul Hirsch
Production Designer
Norman Reynolds
Special Makeup Effects
Rob Bottin
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...A Rubik's cube that keeps on twisting..." -- Rating: B
Owen Gleiberman (7 Jun 1996, p.44)
Los Angeles Times
"...MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE has lots going for it -- a charismatic star in Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma's sleek, elegant direction, a first-rate cast, a superb suspense sequence, lots of action capped by a breathtaking stunt at the climax..."
Kevin Thomas (21 May 1996, p.F1)
New York Times
"...A sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series....MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE catapults you into the wildest movie ride of the year..."
Stephen Holden (22 May 1996, p.C13)
Sight and Sound
"...MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE is an explosion of pleasures..."
Philip Strick (1 Jul 1996, p.46-8)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Jacking his own paranoid angst into this slicked-up spy thriller, Brian De Palma maxes suspense and style to cut the template for post-Bond techno-blockbusters."
Jonathan Crocker (1 Jul 2006, p.127)
USA Today
"...Stylish, brisk..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Mike Clark (22 May 1996, p.1D)
Variety
"...Cruise tackles the action genre even more convincingly than he did in TOP GUN....And he looks great, too..."
Greg Evans (20 May 1996, )

Movie

Title
Mission: Impossible II
Release Year
2000
Language
English
Alternate Title
Mission Impossible 2
Categories
Action/Adventure / Blockbuster / Deception / Romance / Spies / Terrorists / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
John Woo raises the action bar in this violent, romantic sequel to Brian De Palma's 1996 original. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, this time battling wits with rogue IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). Hunt is ordered to recruit Ambrose's former lover, Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton), to infiltrate his hideout. But Hunt never expected to fall for the lovely young thief he must use for bait. The romantic triangle that ensues gives the film a unique emotional balance that is unusual (and most welcome) for an action picture. Ambrose is after the killer Chimera virus and its antidote, Bellerophon; in the old days Ambrose would have been after world domination, but in this new world order of day trading and Internet stocks, all he wants is to corner the market and make a fortune.

Woo outdoes even himself with a flurry of martial-arts fights, fiery shootouts, thrilling mountain climbing, and blazing motorcycle chases that lead from the beautiful peaks of Utah through the busy streets of Sydney. All of this is set to a booming hard-rock soundtrack that battles with the explosions and blasting guns for ear space. And he doesn't fail to include his trademark birds fluttering like peaceful interludes in the most threatening of moments.
Notes
Theatrical release: May 24, 2000.

Filmed at Fox Studios and on location in Sydney & Broken Hill, Australia, and filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios and on location in Moab, Utah, and Los Angeles, California.

The film grossed more than $210 million at the domestic box office and more than $430 million worldwide.

John Woo told Mr. Showbiz that the love story in M:I-2 was inspired by the spy love story between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS.

Tom Cruise insisted on performing virtually all his own stunts, against director John Woo's wishes.

Tom Cruise had never before fired a gun in any his previous films.

Oliver Stone was at one time attached as the director of this film.

Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only returning cast members from the first film.

Metallica's music video for "I Disappear," from the M:I-2 soundtrack (the song appears over the closing credits), features scenes mimicking BULLITT, DIE HARD, and NORTH BY NORTHWEST, in addition to a final shot of Cruise. This is the first song Metallica has written specifically for a motion picture.

When John Woo was growing up, his favorite types of films were musicals and westerns.

Anthony Hopkins's appearance in the film is uncredited.

The theme song "Take a Look Around (Theme from 'M:I2')" by Lalo Schifrin & Fred Durst is performed and produced by Limp Bizkit.
Cast & Crew
Director
John Woo
Star
Tom Cruise / Brendan Gleeson / Anthony Hopkins / William R. Mapother / Thandie Newton / John Polson / Ving Rhames / Richard Roxburgh / Dougray Scott / Rade Serbedzija
Screenwriter
Robert Towne
Composer
BT / Hans Zimmer
Executive Producer
Terence Chang / Paul Hitchcock
Producer
Tom Cruise / Paula Wagner
Director of Photography
Jeffrey L. Kimball
Editor
Steven Kemper / Christian Wagner
Production Designer
Thomas Sanders
Costume Designer
Lizzy Gardiner
Story
Brannon Braga / Ronald D. Moore
Screenplay Uncredited
Rick Berman / William Goldman / John Logan / David Marconi / Michael Tolkin
Movie Critics
Hollywood Reporter
"...Tons of action....The most spectacular film Woo has ever directed..."
(1 Jan 1970, p.87)
Los Angeles Times
"...[Woo] is a master of movement and chaos....Woo's marvelous visual sense is always an asset..."
Kenneth Turan (24 May 2000, p.C1)
Rolling Stone
"...Woo generates explosive excitement....Cruise sizzles in a killer blast of thrills, suspense and delicious sin..."
Peter Travers (22 Jun 2000, p.139-40)
Total Film
"...Cruise's rock climbing antics set your blood pumping early..."
Ceri Thomas (1 Aug 2000, p.80)
Uncut
"M:I2 is a heady triumph of adrenaline over common sense."
Simon Lewis (1 Aug 2000, p.115)
USA Today
"...[John Woo] directs action the way others stage Wagnerian operas..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Susan Wloszczyna (16 Jun 2000, p.11E)

Movie

Title
Mission: Impossible III
Release Year
2006
Running Time
126 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Mission Impossible 3
Categories
Action/Adventure / Secret Agents / Sequel / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
J.J. Abrams, creator of small-screen hits ALIAS and LOST, makes his feature film debut with the third installment of this successful series based on the hit 1960s television show. Secret Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has decided to take it easy and lead a somewhat normal life. He's even found his perfect woman, Julia (Michelle Monaghan), and is engaged. But when newbie agent Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell)--whom Hunt mentored--goes missing while on assignment, the reluctant agent finds himself back in business. Soon, with his old buddy Luther (Ving Rhames) in tow, along with team members Zhen (Maggie Q) and Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Hunt is traversing the globe on the trail of Farris's captor, Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an elusive international weapons dealer. The stakes increase when the villainous Davian gets a hold of Hunt's fiancée and uses her as a bargaining chip.

A raucous combination of spectacular chases, explosions, amazing stunts, and elaborate schemes takes the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) team to Berlin, the Vatican, and Shanghai. With fascinating hi-tech tools these secret agents can impersonate virtually anyone, scale walls in an instant, infiltrate the tightest security system, and blow up the evidence when they're done. But facing their most formidable foe ever, Hunt and his fellow agents are fighting the clock to keep Julia alive and get Davian the mysterious weapon he is demanding. Cruise's personal involvement in the stunts lends a nice air of authenticity to Hunt, who also shows his emotional side in this outing as he juggles his secret life and his new love, as well as possible betrayal by someone inside the IMF. Laurence Fishburne also stars as IMF's Director Brassel, and Billy Crudup appears as his somewhat timid right-hand man, Musgrave.
Notes
Theatrical Release: May 5, 2006
Cast & Crew
Director
J.J. Abrams
Star
Tom Cruise / Laurence Fishburne / Philip Seymour Hoffman / Sasha Alexander / Billy Crudup / Jonathan Rhys Meyers / Michelle Monaghan / Maggie Q / Ving Rhames / Keri Russell
Screenwriter
J.J. Abrams / Roberto Orci
Composer
Michael Giacchino
Executive Producer
Stratton Leopold
Producer
Tom Cruise / Paula Wagner
Director of Photography
Daniel Mindel
Editor
Maryann Brandon / Mary Jo Markey
Production Designer
Scott Chambliss
Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood
Movie Critics
Box Office
"[Hoffman] steals absolutely every moment he's onscreen."
Cheryl Scheuer (1 Jun 2006, p.58)
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] gratifyingly clever, booby-trapped thriller that has enough fun and imagination and dash to more than justify its existence..." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (12 May 2006, p.53)
Los Angeles Times
"[S]olidly crafted entertainment, a diversion that really diverts once it gets down to business."
Kenneth Turan (5 May 2006, p.E1)
Premiere
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "J.J. Abrams brings his keen eye for glossy danger at a relentless pace....Cruise remains a master at selling a story."
Claire Evans (1 Dec 2006, p.136)
Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Hoffman delivers] deliciously vile fun as the villain of the piece..."
Peter Travers (20 Nov 2006, p.138)
Sight and Sound
"Abrams attacks the action scenes with a gritty occasionally naturalistic approach, ripping along at pace..."
Demetrios Matheou (1 Jul 2006, p.58)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Inspired by Bourne, Bond and Bauer, MI:III re-sets the bar for all of the upstarts."
Andy Lowe (1 Jul 2006, p.45)
Ultimate DVD
"[T]his threequel offers up some top-notch action thanks to director JJ Abrams."
Chris Prince (1 Aug 2006, p.52)
USA Today
"It's about energy, excitement and exotic locales, in this case Rome, Shanghai and Berlin....The stunts are top-notch..."
Claudia Puig (5 May 2006, p.2E)

Movie

Title
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Release Year
2011
Running Time
133 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Mission: Impossible IV
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Spy / Terrorism / Terrorists / Thriller
US Box Office
$209.0 million
Official Website
http://www.missionimpossible.com
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
93%
Metacritic
73
Synopsis
Academy Award-winning director Brad Bird (RATATOUILLE) makes his live-action feature directorial debut with the fourth installment of the massively successful MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series. The Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. Now, in order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book. But this time they're on their own, and should they be caught, the entire world could be plunged into a nightmare from which there is no waking up. Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg co-star.
Poster
Poster for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Cast & Crew
Director
Brad Bird
Star
Tom Cruise / Michael Nyqvist / Paula Patton / Simon Pegg / Jeremy Renner
Co-Star
Ghalib Alsaady / Mustafa Alyassri / Nicola Anderson / Ladislav Beran / Andrey Bestchastney / Pavel Bezdek / Pavel Cajzl / Brian Caspe / Dmitry Chepovetsky / Dawn Chubai / Daniel Clarke / Keith Blackman Dallas / Marek Dobes / Michael Dopud / Samuli Edelmann / Jan Filipensky / Goran Miraj Grbic / Randy Hall / Gina Hirsch / Josh Holloway / Martin Hub / Tammy Hui / Anil Kapoor / Jiri Kraus / Vitaliy Kravchenko / Pavel Kriz / Petra Lustigova / Vladimir Mashkov / Sabrina Morris / Goran Navojec / Ivo Novak / Anastasiya Novikova / Ales Putik / Michael Rys / Lea Seydoux / Ivan Shvedoff / April Stewart / David Stuart / Tomas Valik / Claudia Vasekova / Ilia Volok / Andreas Wisniewski
Screenwriter
Josh Appelbaum / Andre Nemec
Composer
Michael Giacchino / Lalo Schifrin
Director of Photography
Robert Elswit
Hairstylist
Carmen Butts
Assistant Director
Thomas Gormley / Geoffrey Hansen
Sound
Gary Rydstrom
Sound Re-Recording
Andy Nelson / Gary Rydstrom
Stunt Coordinator
Gregg Smrz / Owen Walstrom
Set Decorator
Rosemary Brandenburg / Elizabeth Wilcox
Visual Effects Designer
Industrial Light and Magic
Production Manager/UPM
Stewart Bethune / Tommy Harper
2nd Unit Director
Dan Bradley
Special Effects Supervisor
Lauren Rodriguez
Supervising Art Director
Helen Jarvis
Special Makeup Effects
AFX Studio / David Anderson / Heather Anderson
2nd Unit DOP
Mitchell Amundsen
Costumes
Dawn Leigh Climie / Nancy Thompson
Music Arranger
Tim Simonec
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to GHOST PROTOCOL. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral..." -- Grade: A-
Keith Phipps (15 Dec 2011, )
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 is so well-made and smooth you may need to see it more than once to truly appreciate its brains and nerves and blood."
(7 Dec 2011, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE -- GHOST PROTOCOL is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry."
Roger Ebert (14 Dec 2011, )
Entertainment Weekly
"GHOST PROTOCOL brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time....Fast and explosive, but it's also a supremely clever sleight-of-hand thriller." -- Grade: A
Owen Gleiberman (6 Jan 2012, )
Los Angeles Times
"Bird has done a stylish and involving job here, turning in an entertaining production that's got considerable visual flair....This is high anxiety with a vengeance."
Kenneth Turan (16 Dec 2011, )
Movieline
"[Bird] delivers stunning and often inventive visuals, not to mention some ultra cool new gadgets worth drooling over..."
Jen Yamato (15 Dec 2011, )
Sight and Sound
"[T]he score is in safe hands with Michael Giacchino, and one set piece is among the best in the series..."
Henry K. Miller (1 Feb 2012, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] film that delivers two hours-plus of thrilling blockbuster entertainment with a big goofy grin on its face."
Neil Smith (1 Apr 2012, )
USA Today
"[W]ith inventive visuals and spectacular action scenes....A powerful thrill ride that is simultaneously gritty and dazzling."
Claudia Puig (16 Dec 2011, )
Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Bird and his cinematographer, Robert Elswit, sustain a remarkable level of visual and dramatic energy in scenes that exult in exotic settings, edgy architecture and quirky behavior."
(16 Dec 2011, )