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Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season

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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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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ5840
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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154 of 158 people found the following review helpful By givbatam3 on 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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. Gottwald on 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 By Gerry M. Allen on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. McRae on December 28, 2011
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Having been a longtime fan of the revived version of "Mission: Impossible", I have waited YEARS for this series to be released on DVD and now that it's here all I can say is......


To infer that this is a basic barebones DVD release would be a MASSIVE understatement. No bonus features, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, promos or audio commentaries is something I can live without - begrudgingly. Many television shows that are over twenty years old have little supplementary material for fans to fawn over sadly enough. What amazes me (and not in a good way I might add) is the picture quality - or lack thereof. Soft and grainy would be two apt words to describe what this series looks like on DVD. It would appear no attempt was made to improve or upgrade the look of the show which is a MAJOR disappointment. In fact, the original series looks MUCH BETTER in comparsion. Not only that, but the "In stereo where available" tag was left on the episodes!!!. If you didn't know that this was an official release, you would think you were watching a pirated copy. I just can't believe so little effort was put into this. CBS/Paramount have done what could be politely described as a barely adequate job with the release of this series. I'm hoping the 89 season gets better treatment, but I won't be holding my breath.

Getting back to the series, "Mission: Impossible" (Mark II) came about as a result of the 1988 writers strike. With no new scripts to commission, ABC-TV took a gamble and decided to revive "M:I" which at that time had been off the air for 15 years (the original series finished in 1973).
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