Mission Impossible 3 & Ghost Protocol                             4K Ultra HD 

                                                       review by Bobby Blakey

TV series making the transition to the big screen has been all the rage for years, but more often than not they fall flat. When Tom Cruise teamed up with Brian De Palma to bring Mission Impossible to the big screen in 1996 no one could have imagined that it would still be going strong today. With the sixth entry into the franchise Fallout getting ready to hit theaters what better time to revisit the entire series with all new 4K Ultra releases of the first five films.

Mission Impossible 3 follows a man named Owen Davian who kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has now retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiancé, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, it’s dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal. With this chapter director JJ Abrams stepped into the director’s chair and took the film in a new direction that not only brought back some of the old team, but some new members as well. This film took the film series in a new bold direction that set the tone to where it is today. They found a great balance of bringing in the good story with all the twists and turns alongside the over the top great action to make it a series that fans continue to be excited for more and since have not been disappointed.

The fourth film in the series, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol follows Hunt who is forced to work with a team that he doesn’t fully know their motives to clear their name without any backup or resources when the IMF is disavowed after the bombing of the Kremlin. Cruise steps back into the shoes of Hunt like he never left and does a great job. The rest of the team all carries their own weight creating a great team for future missions should there be any. When this film was released Renner was just starting to emerge as both a great actor and action star that he has fully embraced today. His characters clever back-story really adds something new to this series. Although not as awesome a villain as the late Hoffman in the last film, the late Michael Nyquist from the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series does a great job. The action here is great as expected with this series keeping you on the edge of your seat for most of the film, including the intense building sequence that Cruise did all himself. Much respect goes out to director Brad Bird, who up till then was known for directing animated films like The Incredibles, but here he really stepped up and showed his abilities to do so much more and is having great success once again returning to the Incredibles franchise.

These all-new 4K releases offer up not only great Full HD resolution for a bigger better picture, but also bonus content including deleted scenes, commentaries, and featurettes that take you behind bringing these chapters of the franchise to the big screen. Choose to accept your mission and grab your copy of any of the five chapters of the Mission Impossible franchise when they hit 4K Ultra HD on June 26th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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