It’s always an interesting challenge, when a series of films arrives in a new format – all previously released – and most with varying degrees of technical production and post-production differences in their histories.
Such it is, with Paramount’s new 4k Blu-rays of the Mission Impossible series.
Mission Impossible – 1996 – Brian De Palma (Dir), Stephen Burham, DP
Mission Impossible 2 – 2000 – John Woo (Dir), Jeffrey Kimball, DP
Mission Impossible 3 – 2006 – J.J. Abrams (Dir), Dan Mindel, DP
Mission Impossible 4 -Ghost Protocol – 2011 – Brad Bird (Dir), Robert Elswit, DP
Mission Impossible 5 – Rogue Nations – 2015 – Christopher McQuarrie (Dir), Robert Elswit, DP
The first four productions were film based, with the fifth was a hybrid affirm, proving that data and film, can play
The first two, were released on 35mm film, while the third went through to a 2k DI. The 4th went 4k, and the 5th, 2k route. The last 3, were released as both 35mm as well as D-Cinema.
But here’s where it gets interesting.
One might presume that because 4 and 5, were 2k, that 3, being 4k, would look far superior, and that 1 and 2, being film-based, would look superb in new 4k image harvests.
Having just spent some quality time with all five, I’ve come away more than please, as while the first two appear a bit different from the latter three, all five are absolutely superb.
All have that 4k resolution pop that home theater enthusiasts are seeking, as opposed to the norm – ie, 2 to 4k uprez.
Examining the first two, typography pops from the dupe backgrounds, and appears knife-edged sharp.
Aficionados of the teal culture, will appreciate 3, as that color seems to come to the fore, even in what would normally be whites in the studio logo.
5 takes a more yellow approach
About six minutes into 2, you’ll notice, what one might presume was a duping or processing error, as an errant yellowish foggy patch is obvious for a second or two.
Other than that single anomaly, Paramount has presented 5 of the latest absolutely reference quality releases.
Audio is upgraded in the first four, from Dolby Digital 5.1 to Dolby TrueHD 5.1, while the fourth is 7.1, and the fifth, Dolby Atmos.
All five tracks fall into the lease breaker category, that will concurrently cleanse your speakers of any lint or dust.
While I often wonder if upgrades are necessary, except for brand loyalists, this is a series, that uses the format beautifully,
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby TrueHD 5.1, 7.1 Dolby Atmos)
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely!
Pass / Fail – Pass
Very Highly Recommended
Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely!