Ethan Hunt, an American agent under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. With his team wipe out in Prague, can he assemble a new team in time to stop a killer from gaining access to a list containing the of names of American undercover agents and prevent him from selling it to our enemies? It seems impossible…
2018 (1999), 2160p, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Vision, PG-13, 1 hour and 50 minutes
2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Tom Cruise, John Voight, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno & Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: Brian DePalmaRating
In the next few weeks, I’ll be having a Tom Cruise marathon. Starting off with the first in a series of MI films that are now in UHD. This all coincided with the “soon to be released in theaters”, sixth installment of the franchise. The first installment has a lot going for it. A story that is basically a “who done it?” mystery with the stylistic director who knows how to keep an audience guessing. Though the chase sequence in the Chunnel is bit over the top, it is an exciting thrill ride none the less. This film is almost 20 years old, but it holds up well even if some of the tech is bit dated. The break-in at Langley is a film classic of suspense. Of course, Tom looks very young in this film and it hard to think of him as a seasoned veteran of MIF, but his charisma pulls it off in the end. This is a very good start for the series, but unfortunately, this is the only film under DePalma’s capable guidance.
The picture quality is a bit hit or miss. Many of the close-ups show amazing detail. Contrast is general very good too. However, some of the panning longshots are a bit of a blur. Skin tones are generally natural, but they too can also be a tad orange in interior lit scenes. Redgrave’s blue eyes almost look un-naturally blue during her close-up shots. This film was originally shot on 35mm and a 4K DI was used on this movie, so these issues are likely due to the original print and not the UHD transfer. Film grain is present, but unobtrusive. The sound is very robust during the action sequences, which are many and the music is a jazzed-up version from the TV series theme. Overall, great sounding!
Besides the UHD version, you get these extras on the BD version:
Featurettes, Still Gallery and Trailers. An Ultra Violet copy is included as well.