Mission: Impossible – The Complete First TV Season

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Greg Morris as Barney Collier
Bob Johnson as Voice on Tape
Peter Lupus as Willy Armitage
Peter Graves as James Phelps
Martin Landau as Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English Mono Sound
Running Time: 23 Hours 24 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Be there for the mission that started it all! The original, Emmy-winning series debuts on DVD in a 7-Disc set that includes all 28 first season episodes.

In this classic TV drama, the ‘Impossible Missions Force’ consists of a team of extraordinary spies who are experts in their fields: the Leader (Steven Hill), the Tech Expert (Greg Morris), The Muscle (Peter Lupus), The Master of Disguise (Martin Landau) and the Femme Fatale (Emmy Winner, Barbara Bain). Every day, this elite force risks failure, capture and death…but nothing is more important than their mission.

The uncut action keeps rolling as television’s legendary operatives lead us around the globe…and to the edge of our seats!”

The following episodes are included on this DVD:

1. Pilot episode
2. Memory
3. Operation Rogosh
4. Old Man Out (Part 1)
5. Old Man Out (Part 2)
6. Odds On Evil
7. Wheels
8. The Ransom
9. A Spool There Was
10. The Carriers
11. Zubrovnik’s Ghost
12. Fakeout
13. Elena
14. The Short Tail Spy
15. The Legacy
16. The Reluctant Dragon
17. The Frame
18. The Trial
19. The Diamond
20. The Legend
21. Snowball In Hell
22. The Confession
23. Action!
24. The Train
25. Shock
26. A Cube Of Sugar
27. The Traitor
28. The Psychic

Mini-Review:
I’ve got to admit that I was a little bit surprised to find out that “Mission: Impossible” had never been on DVD before. The classic TV show seems like a natural to sell to DVD fans, especially since the movies were such big hits. Well, now they can rejoice with this DVD collection of the first season. While watching this, I realized that I had never actually seen the TV show before. I was familiar with the movies, but that was the extent of my familiarity with the show. The TV show and movie are dramatically different. The shows are slowly paced, the movies are very fast paced. The show is very dated while the movies are ultra-hip and modern. The show was more about the ensemble cast while the movies are much more about Tom Cruise. However, watching the show you see a lot of similar elements. They do mask tricks and disguises over and over. The team conducts elaborately orchestrated break-ins. There’s a lot of tense international espionage. If you love spy movies, this TV series is for you. And if you’re a fan of Martin Landau, you’ll also probably love seeing his younger self in this early role.

Unfortunately, there are no bonus features on this DVD. They could have at least done some interviews with the surviving cast and crew.

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