Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Mission: Impossible DVD (1996)

"Mission: Impossible" might have a plot with innumerable twists and turns but there are plenty of superb action set-pieces and quality hammy-acting to keep you amused. Where this film rises above its blockbuster contemporaries is the superb visceral style applied by director Brian De Palma. This looks simply stunning on the DVD release.

Overall the picture glows with warm, deep tones. It's virtually impossible to find fault with it especially during some of the busy CGI sequences with the restaurant explosion or the superb channel tunnel finale.

Sound quality is very exciting with good use of the sub woofer to underpin effects like the deep clunk of the lift in its shaft or the grand spatial feel of the ballroom scene. Plenty of effects fill the speakers including a giant wave submerging your rears as the restaurant explodes. And the helicopter in the tunnel towards the end of the film veers all around the sound stage in superb fashion.

The only extra is the original trailer. A commentary by De Palma would no doubt have been fascinating but there's no faulting the transfer of this film to DVD.

Chapters: 13
Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital
Extra Features: Scene selection, trailer, multiple language subtitles, English subtitles for the hearing impaired

Tom Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible 2".

The "Mission: Impossible" DVD box set is now available. Read a review of the "M:I2" DVD.

End Credits

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: David Koepp, Steven Zaillian

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Jean Reno, Henry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave

Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 106 minutes

Cinema: 1996

DVD: 01 October 2001

Country: USA