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4.0 out of 5 stars Updated for Blu-ray-Well made thriller from director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") bodes well for his future as a director, December 27, 2011
This review is from: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (DVD)
UPDATED FOR BLU-RAY:

A couple of things about the Blu-ray edition 1) Paramount has done a stunning transfer with nice depth, clarity and detail. Skin tones look quite nice as do textures. The audio is VERY active with a great losslss 7.1 mix.

Be aware however that the sequences shot in IMAX format are NOT presented in the wider aspect ratio for the film (unlike, say, "The Dark Knight"). Also this includes a code for a Ultraviolet "copy" which means you'll have to stream the film rather than upload it to your portable device. There's also a code for itunes as well if you go that route.

The special features are good for the two disc editions but I am a bit disappointed that we don't get a feature length commentary track from Brad Bird and tom Cruise but we do get Bird's commentary for the deleted scenes and alternate opening sequence for the film. We also get featurettes on the dust storm sequence (a truly amazing sequence in a film filled with them) as well as "Mission Accepted" with Cruise, J.J. Abrams and director Bird on set discussing the making of the film.

On the film:
When Tom Cruise lost it a couple of years back it impacted my ability to enjoy the films he was in and for a long while I avoided them. Having said that, I enjoyed "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" and found it to be the most consistently entertaining of the four films produced in the "MI" film series. Bringing director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles", "The Iron Giant")best known for his CGI films made with Pixar was a wise move--Bird proved that he had the ability to make an exceptional thriller with involving characters even when they were CG and now he had the chance to prove he could do the same with live action thrillers.

SPOILERS:

The convoluted plot boils down to this: Ethan Hunt has been disavowed due to an operation that went awry and he's forced to work with an mysterious analyst named Brandt(Jeremey Renner "The Hurt Locker" and forthcoming "Avengers"), Jane (Paula Patton "Jumping the Broom")and the only member of his team that he's worked with before Benji (Simon Pegg "Paul", "Star Trek") now a field operative. Hunt's team can't rely on anybody within IMF because the organization is being blamed for the destruction of a military facility in the Kremlin. Hunt discovers that Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist of the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")a dangerous terrorist has active launch codes for a Russian nuclear device and plans on using it to start a nuclear war.

END OF SPOILERS:

A well made thriller with some truly astonishing action set pieces including a scene where Hunt must scale the tallest building in the world in Dubai, "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" truly delivers on its promise and is, quite possibly, the best of the four films that Tom Cruise as starred in and co-produced. The writing by André Nemec and Josh Applebaum (both "Alias" alumni working with "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams as co-producer of the film)focuses on developing the plot not so much the characters in the film (although a cursory attempt is made with the IMF team)but then these type of films aren't about developing character as much as it is to create just enough to help the plot fly.

The action is nonstop in "M:IGP" and fans looking for a spectaular display of explosions/action sequences won't be disappointed. The main flaw of the film is the lack of character development and the use of familiar faces (Jeremey Renner, Josh Holloway in a cameo, Tom Wilkinson)to help flesh out characters that aren't given much screen time to develop but, as I mentioned earlier, that's really not the point of "M:IGP".
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2012 7:44:12 PM PDT
The digital downlaod is available in Ultraviolet AND itunes/Amazon/Windows Media Player or Vudu. The front sticker clearly shows the itunes logo as well as the back of the box. On the digital copy insert, there are 2 websites listed, one for ultraviolet (www.paramountuv.com/missionimpossibleghostprotocol) and another for itunes/Amazon/Windows Media Player or Vudu (www.paramountdigitalcopy.com/missionimpossibleghostprotocol). I was able to use the same code for digital copies on BOTH UV AND itunes with no problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 7:21:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2012 7:32:15 AM PDT
Wayne Klein says:
Well, you're assuming that there was a sticker on mine. There wasn't (and I picked my copy up at Best Buy). I did happen to read the insert after I got your comment and you are correct.

Having said that, I didn't state that there were any problems downloading it (I haven't tried yet since bringing something on a portal device is of little interest to me unless I'm flying) and I just failed to mention itunes. I criticize the studio for ONLY using Ultraviolet.

You may want to tailor your comments to the review rather than blindly add them to everyone that happens to mention the Ultraviolet edition. If you truly want to get the message out there a review might be better since it would reach more people than a comment.

Thanks for the comment though.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 12:04:23 PM PDT
Star Bux says:
When the Kremlin is bombed and the blame falls on the Impossible Mission Team,
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using
"every hi-tech trick in the book" in this "white-knuckle" sequel.
(Action/Adventure, 133 mins.)

... Reminds me of the bombing of the WTC on September 11, 2001 in NYC, USA.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 1:15:46 PM PDT
Wayne Klein says:
Interesting observation and parallel.

Posted on May 4, 2012 4:03:51 PM PDT
S. Kong says:
"Be aware however that the sequences shot in IMAX format are NOT presented in the wider aspect ratio for the film..."

Actually, the IMAX portion would not be "wider", it would be less wide -- this film is presented with a ratio of 2.35:1. The IMAX version had a ratio of 1.44:1 which is a lot less wide than 2.35:1. The way that the IMAX scenes in The Dark Knight were presented were in a 16:9 format (ie. it filled up the TV screen), which is 1.77:1 (which is wider than IMAX, but less wide than what is presented in this film).

Technical specs for the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229238/technical

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 5:50:13 PM PDT
Wayne Klein says:
You're right. It would have been TALLER. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 5:54:13 PM PDT
S. Kong says:
:)
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