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Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season (2011)

Peter Graves , Thaao Penghlis  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Graves, Thaao Penghlis, Bob Johnson, Jane Badler, Phil Morris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 923 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ5840
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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153 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only TV Series Revival Worth Seeing September 15, 2011
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The 1980's marked the beginning of the period when the concept of the weekly adventure/drama television series that started in the 1950's began to be exhausted so television producers came up with the idea of redoing popular old series in a more modern venue. Among those that appeared were old favorites of mine like Star Trek, Columbo and later the Rockford Files in a more restricted "TV movie" format. In my opinion those three revivals were sadly far below the original series in quality, even though the last two had the original stars. Rockford and Columbo, although they had highly charismatic stars as actors, failed in the revival because the actors had visibly aged and had less energy to put into their roles in addition to the fact that they knew the series could not be made without them.
Fortunately, the revival of Mission: Impossible in 1988 is a whole different story. Peter Graves is back in the role of Jim Phelps as head of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Graves did not have the "charismatic" image that the other two had and, as a consequence, we see his steady hand in the role which molds the rest of the team, all of whom are new actors. I can say that this revival series, unlike all the others, remains true to the outstanding original series. The other actors all hold their own with the original stars of the series. The one possible exception was the original woman on the team, played by Terry Markwell, who was weaker in the role, but fortunately she was replaced by Jane Badler who is a more versatile actress. Thaao Penghlis is fine in the role originally filled by Martin Landau and later by Leonard Nimoy as the impersonator and language expert of the team. Tony Hamilton has a much wider range as an actor playing the role of "strong man" originally portrayed by Peter Lupus.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the picture quality is FINE. December 9, 2011
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so, at long last the 1988-1990 revival of mission impossible comes to DVD...

i've been waiting for this for a very, very long time. i used to tape the show when it originally aired on ABC and i practically wore out those VHS copies by the mid nineties. then in around 2003 or 04, someone began offering VHS rips burned to DVD-R, so i picked up the whole series and was able to watch it straight through, tracking fuzz lines and half-edited out commercials and all.

now, just like airwolf and the late 80s columbo murder mysteries, i've got another fix of my favorite nostalgia television series on DVD.

people are going on and on about the picture quality. yes, like most shows of the mid eighties to mid nineties, the mission impossible revival was shot on film but EDITED on video (just like star trek TNG). thus often the only masters that have survived to the present are video tape.

i've seen horrible video masters and this ain't it (airwolf season 4 ouch!). as another reviewer noted, it looks exactly like it would have aired. and having watched these episodes over and over again (with commercials!) on my own VHS copies and then later DVD-R rips, now having the shows as they were originally shown is a blessing.

i don't have a CRT standard def television, so i can't comment, but on my oppo BD player + panasonic plasma display, mission impossible 1988 looks bigger and better than i remember.

as for the show, yes peter graves is older and slower, yes the budget is lower and yes it was shot in australia. however many of the stories are quite good and internationally set, and the gadgets are quite fun. best of all is the MUSIC. i think the version of the opening theme for this show is far superior to the original.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strike Season Production November 6, 2011
Faced with a potentially lengthy writers strike in 1988, several producer groups decided to revive old shows where they already owned the rights. Mission Impossible fared better than most of these attempts, due to the use of original series plots and Peter Graves. Graves reprised his role as Jim Phelps with an all-new team only faintly resembling the previous group. His on-screen presence, and better writing, carried the show. It ran up against the Cosby Show and ratings eventually plunged.
Note that this is only the 19 episodes from 1988. The 1989 episodes (16) have yet to be released.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show, not so good transfer. December 20, 2011
This is a great show, I remember watching it when I was in high school. Boy, Jim has aged, poor devil! :-) However, the video transfer is not very good. I was VERY disappointed in this production. The sound is great on my home system, but the video transfer for Hawaii Five-0, The Untouchables, and Wild, Wild West were MUCH clearer and better even though they are 20-30 years older! So it's good to have if you like the show, but be prepared for a picture that's a bit grainy if you have a big screen HDTV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining December 9, 2011
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While not the original Mission, still, an entertaining sequel. I have to admit that I love the original series, for all its faults, and it's great to see Mr. Phelps back with a new team to tackle the bad guys. The production values may not be as high, but, if you love Mission Impossible, you'll really enjoy this DVD. If any of your IM force are caught or killed the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Not as good as the original run. Was glad to be done with it and glad to have sold it.
Published 16 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Spiteri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love this TV series.
Published 2 months ago by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Great cast and great stories. Glad to own this DVD !!!!!!! A great tribute to Peter Graves and his fellow cast.
Published 5 months ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Still almost as good as the original
can you ever get enough of mission impossible ?!
Action speak louder than words
even if some of the episodes were nothing but a rerun of older episodes with newer... Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Chalhoub
4.0 out of 5 stars A great season
I've seen this season 25 years ago in the local television in South America, and I liked a lot. The good news: This version is made by CBS, so the quality is the highest expected. Read more
Published 6 months ago by carlos
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original series.
I can see why the new series only lasted two seasons. Some of the episodes were copycats from the original series just changed slightly. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Corlis Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
The first season wasn't as good as the second since alot of the stories were updated remakes from the original series but none the less was a good series.
Published 19 months ago by Chris Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of the last
A more modern version of the original byt with the same story line and a new
team and new equipment makes this seasion good for those who haven't seen the
original... Read more
Published 24 months ago by cmdradama
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the original series...
Just finished watching the "88" season even thought some of the episodes are retreads from the original series the updated technology of the 80's make the "new" episodes fresh &... Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by PETER MOY
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