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.