A few words about…™ Mission Impossible 1 – 5 — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely! 4 Stars

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
nicely together.

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

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

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44 Comments

  1. Robert Harris

    […]While I often wonder if upgrades are necessary, except for brand loyalists, this is a series, that uses the format beautifully,[…]

    Although these Mission Impossible films never rocked my world, I am still eliciting from this review the same excitement as those who do love this series. My excitement is in knowing that Paramount is in good stead with the new 4K/UHD formant on this round. I will not make a Wish-List, today, as it's a mute point. What I will say to Paramount is "keep up the good work"; as I am eagerly looking forward to what's ahead.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  2. Robert – I received these to review and watched the first film last night. The first portion didn’t seem all that improved until we get to the break in at the CIA headquarters in Langley- then it seemed to really come alive with greater detail, contrast, color and pop all the way through the end. Is that what you noticed too or was it simply how those earlier sequences were shot?

  3. Worth

    Number 4 was partially shot in real IMAX. Seems like a wasted opportunity to only use the 2K DI for a new 4K disc.

    Don’t know if they may have returned to data. That would be wonderful and unusual. Whatever was done, it’s beautiful

  4. Neil Middlemiss

    Robert – I received these to review and watched the first film last night. The first portion didn’t seem all that improved until we get to the break in at the CIA headquarters in Langley- then it seemed to really come alive with greater detail, contrast, color and pop all the way through the end. Is that what you noticed too or was it simply how those earlier sequences were shot?

    It all looked fine to me, considering that many dupes for title sequence.

  5. Robert Harris

    Audio replicates the earlier Blu-rays, with the first three being Dolby TrueHD 5.1, while the fourth is 7.1, and the fifth, Dolby Atmos.

    The audio for 4 and 5 duplicates the BDs but not the audio on 1-3. Those were all lossy DD 5.1, not TrueHD….

  6. I would have love to see 4 getting finally a release with the IMAX changing format restored. The trick being gone really makes the sequences look weird, as if something is missing. Otherwise this look a must buy.

  7. Johnny Angell

    Is the 4K collection available for purchase? I can't find it on Amazon. I did find a 5 film blu ray collection for $20. It's region A, even though is has some foreign language on the cover.
    https://amazon.com/Mission-Impossible-Movie-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B0161H1ORS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529252122&sr=8-1&keywords=mission+impossible+collection+4k

    There is no 4K collection being released so far as all of them are individual releases.

  8. Weird – for "Ghost Protocol", the "burned in" subtitles were yellow on the Blu-ray but on the 4K they're orange.

    With one exception – the translated Russian broadcast after the destruction of the Kremlin stays yellow, but the rest of the subtitles are clearly orange…

  9. Robert Harris

    while the third went through to a 4k DI, while the 4th and 5th apparently went the 2k route

    Hi. That's actually reversed. III & V had a 2K DI and IV was 4K – probably because of the IMAX.

  10. Robert Crawford

    There is no 4K collection being released so far as all of them are individual releases.

    There is a region free boxed set just order from UK all 5 movies in one set. Zoom is the brand name for the official UK distribution Universal Columbia Alliance (they distribute Sony, Universal & Paramount 4K & other studios (except for WB & Fox) UHDs in UK the actual discs also come to your home direct from the Sony DAC pressing plants so the prices are good as they cut out the middle men!).
    https://www.zoom.co.uk/help/about_us:
    https://www.zoom.co.uk/product/mission_impossible_1_5_4k_ultra_hd_blu_ray_uhd

  11. I am interested in the 4K release but will not pay to much for them as they will be replacing/upgrading my HD-DVD versions of Mission Impossible 1-3 and add to what I do not have.

  12. Robert Harris

    The first four productions were film based, with the fifth was a hybrid affirm, proving that data and film, can play
    nicely together.

    M:I-3 was shot with a mix of 35mm and digital (Sony CineAlta HDC-F950, the same camera as Revenge of the Sith).

    The entry I'm most interested to upgrade is, ironically, the franchise's least-loved. The M:I-2 Blu-ray was derived from an ancient, edge-enhanced and DNR-heavy master. Almost anything would have to be an improvement.

  13. iTunes currently has the 5-film Mission Impossible bundle for $49.99. That's for HD. But, presumably, when iTunes gets the 4K versions they will be available on the Apple TV 4K in 4K. And now that Dolby ATMOS is coming to Apple TV 4K, $10 each seems a nice way to get the 4K versions. That is, *if* iTunes gets the 4K versions.

    I already own all 5 films on disc. The first 3 on HD DVD, the last 2 on Blu. I already redeemed the Rogue Nation digital code in iTunes so that should be a free upgrade to 4K (If iTunes gets the 4K versions). Still, the $50 price is tempting. Buying the other four individually would cost more than the bundle.

    We'll see.

    Mark

  14. Robert Crawford

    There is no 4K collection being released so far as all of them are individual releases.

    Paul_Warren

    There is a region free boxed set just order from UK all 5 movies in one set. Zoom is the brand name for the official UK distribution Universal Columbia Alliance (they distribute Sony, Universal & Paramount 4K & other studios (except for WB & Fox) UHDs in UK the actual discs also come to your home direct from the Sony DAC pressing plants so the prices are good as they cut out the middle men!).
    https://www.zoom.co.uk/help/about_us:
    https://www.zoom.co.uk/product/mission_impossible_1_5_4k_ultra_hd_blu_ray_uhd

    Nice to have them all in 1 box but I imagine with shipping etc it's still more expensive than buying all 5 individually in the US- and I expect the US prices to drop after a while.View attachment 47050

  15. Blu_rayfan66

    Nice to have them all in 1 box but I imagine with shipping etc it's still more expensive than buying all 5 individually in the US- and I expect the US prices to drop after a while.

    Buying a box for just the first five movies seems foolish when there's a sixth one coming out shortly.

  16. Blu_rayfan66

    Nice to have them all in 1 box but I imagine with shipping etc it's still more expensive than buying all 5 individually in the US- and I expect the US prices to drop after a while.

    Buying a box for just the first five movies seems foolish when there's a sixth one coming out shortly.

  17. I truly wish and hope that Paramount would do the same effort for the first 6 Star Trek films. Especially the first film with Robert Wise’ Directors Edition where he was able to fine tune the film.

    I was just watching Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation’s on regular blu ray and they looked great. I might pick this up when I upgrade to a 4K display or projector. Of course if they do it for Star Trek, I’ll upgrade! 🙂

  18. JoshZ

    Buying a box for just the first five movies seems foolish when there's a sixth one coming out shortly.

    …and what if there is a 7th film released?…I'll just be buying whatever the cheapest possible option is.

  19. Blu_rayfan66

    Nice to have them all in 1 box but I imagine with shipping etc it's still more expensive than buying all 5 individually in the US- and I expect the US prices to drop after a while.View attachment 47050

    Not here in the UK that boxed set of all 5 is only £69.99 from Hmv or £80 from Zoom (which is the Hollywood studio's selling directly to the public). All 5 Steelbooks together are £100 from Zoom elsewhere they vary between £119 on amazon to £24.99 each elsewhere.
    https://store.hmv.com/film-tv/4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray/mission-impossible-1-5

  20. Anyone noticed Ghost Protocol look now like it has a bleach bypass? Especially on the IMAX sequences like the tower climb sequence.
    I checked on two players, two displays (including a video projector), and also I checked Bill Hunt TV snapshots on his twitter and it looks the same. The original disc does not look that way nor does the IMAX TV versions. The language subtitles are also yellow (you couldn't read them if they were white due to the washed out image)

  21. HDvision

    Anyone noticed Ghost Protocol look now like it has a bleach bypass? Especially on the IMAX sequences like the tower climb sequence.
    I checked on two players, two displays (including a video projector), and also I checked Bill Hunt TV snapshots on his twitter and it looks the same. The original disc does not look that way nor does the IMAX TV versions. The language subtitles are also yellow (you couldn't read them if they were white due to the washed out image)

    Here’s a review..

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Mission-Impossible-Ghost-Protocol-4K-Blu-ray/203026/#Review

  22. Thanks, yes they notice it's a different presentation from the regular Blu-ray too.

    Here are further notes:

    1 looks similar to the original apart from the HDR, down to the select DNR in select shots. I have a feeling they either used the exact same color timing that they somehow kept on file on a disc back in the DVD days when they did the original HD master, or the color timing is baked in their source which might be an IP. However the HDR changes the colors in other parts, like the Langley break in. They probably just fixed some sequences, left others as they were.

    2 appears ultra processed and some shots are awfully Edge Enhanced. For example the first establishing shot over the city, had some weird black flicker originaly (probably due to the shot being made from a helicopter, and the blades flickering the light), that is now completely gone. It adopts a cold look, loosing the original warmth (the film is very sunny originaly). The color timing is inconsistent on most of the action scenes, especially the end, due to this. Also the VFX like when the car is dangling from the edge of the precipice in the beginning, stands out way more due to this.
    I compared with a VOD french HD that is on SFR play in France, and the VOD version (with french opening credits) looks better in every aspect with all the argentic speckles in the film untouched.

    3 is an uprez that adds better compression and HDR but is otherwise similar in color timing to the original.

    5 appears with tons of EE I never saw before, distracting in 4K. My feeling is if 4 was finished in 4K, it's the stand out because the HDR really makes it look different.

    Those are my nit picks, otherwise, these are nice upgrades.

  23. HDvision

    2 appears ultra processed and some shots are awfully Edge Enhanced.

    5 appears with tons of EE I never saw before, distracting in 4K.

    Yours is the only review I've seen claiming that any of these discs have edge enhancement problems.

    (Note: I do not have the discs and have not watched any of them.)

  24. Keep in mind I watched those via a 4K projector on a very big screen. We tried them on a regular TV and of course they look much better at 60" than at 110". The EE in 5 was noticeable and weird on that big screen. (the regular Blu doesn't have it as it's not upscaled). I also noticed, as the BR review does, that there are some shots looking artificial and plastic in 4. Nothing bothersome, but there nonetheless.

    IMHO if you don't own 1-3 on the european editions in AVC with DTS-HD, those are great upgrades.

  25. HDvision

    Keep in mind I watched those via a 4K projector on a very big screen. We tried them on a regular TV and of course they look much better at 60" than at 110". The EE in 5 was noticeable and weird on that big screen. (the regular Blu doesn't have it as it's not upscaled). I also noticed, as the BR review does, that there are some shots looking artificial and plastic in 4. Nothing bothersome, but there nonetheless.

    IMHO if you don't own 1-3 on the european editions in AVC with DTS-HD, those are great upgrades.

    I’ve been holding out on the first film because the blu ray reviews were lousy. And the lack of dts-ma audio.
    I haven’t upgraded to UHD but the title is on my list to pick up. Wish Paramount would’ve upgraded the 2k blu ray disc in the UHd set.

  26. I'm still deep in IMF revisit. IMHO if you haven't got the europeans blus with the DTS-HD MA tracks, theses are the prefered upgrade. But be aware the sources are the same as the old discs, it's not like the Die Hard remaster for example, which uses a different scan from prior releases. Do not expect Matrix like new eyes on those films.

    Expect the same looking prints, now upgraded to 4K HDR.

  27. I'm still deep in IMF revisit. IMHO if you haven't got the europeans blus with the DTS-HD MA tracks, theses are the prefered upgrade. But be aware the sources are the same as the old discs, it's not like the Die Hard remaster for example, which uses a different scan from prior releases. Do not expect Matrix like new eyes on those films.

    Expect the same looking prints, now upgraded to 4K HDR.

  28. HDvision

    I'm still deep in IMF revisit. IMHO if you haven't got the europeans blus with the DTS-HD MA tracks, theses are the prefered upgrade. But be aware the sources are the same as the old discs, it's not like the Die Hard remaster for example, which uses a different scan from prior releases. Do not expect Matrix like new eyes on those films.

    Expect the same looking prints, now upgraded to 4K HDR.

    The reviewer from AVSForum received confirmation from Paramount that the first three movies were sourced from new 4k scans of the film elements.

    The old Blu-ray edition of M:I-2 used an ancient DVD-era master smothered in DNR and edge enhancement. It looked awful. Every review I've read of the UHD other than yours claims that the UHD is a huge improvement.

  29. HDvision

    I'm still deep in IMF revisit. IMHO if you haven't got the europeans blus with the DTS-HD MA tracks, theses are the prefered upgrade. But be aware the sources are the same as the old discs, it's not like the Die Hard remaster for example, which uses a different scan from prior releases. Do not expect Matrix like new eyes on those films.

    Expect the same looking prints, now upgraded to 4K HDR.

    The reviewer from AVSForum received confirmation from Paramount that the first three movies were sourced from new 4k scans of the film elements.

    The old Blu-ray edition of M:I-2 used an ancient DVD-era master smothered in DNR and edge enhancement. It looked awful. Every review I've read of the UHD other than yours claims that the UHD is a huge improvement.

  30. Mark Booth

    iTunes currently has the 5-film Mission Impossible bundle for $49.99. That's for HD. But, presumably, when iTunes gets the 4K versions they will be available on the Apple TV 4K in 4K. And now that Dolby ATMOS is coming to Apple TV 4K, $10 each seems a nice way to get the 4K versions. That is, *if* iTunes gets the 4K versions.

    I already own all 5 films on disc. The first 3 on HD DVD, the last 2 on Blu. I already redeemed the Rogue Nation digital code in iTunes so that should be a free upgrade to 4K (If iTunes gets the 4K versions). Still, the $50 price is tempting. Buying the other four individually would cost more than the bundle.

    We'll see.

    Mark

    iTunes selling 5-film bundle with 4K/Dolby Vision for $29.99 and I jumped on it.

  31. I rewatched the BR of MI2 after your comments and indeed it is an improvement. Funnily both 1 & 2 air on french HDTV in masters with french credits, which are very close to the UHD, and these have been available for years. I'm use to these, that's why I thought the improvement were marginal.

  32. Robert Crawford

    iTunes selling 5-film bundle with 4K/Dolby Vision for $29.99 and I jumped on it.

    Yep! I just noticed it this morning (before I saw your message). I was coming here to post the same information. Even though I already owned the 4K version of Rogue Nation through iTunes, I jumped on the bundle price. That's only $7.50 each to upgrade the other 4 to 4K Dolby Vision.

    I am increasingly finding my Apple TV 4K a more enjoyable way to watch my films. I don't have to get out of my chair to swap discs. 🙂

    Mark

  33. Currently watching MI 1 and finally the audio is great, id have preferred an Atmos track with 7.1 core but after years of a BLU that featured DVD quality audio and shockingly the new BLUs still offer NON-HD audio.

    Grain looks great!

    And Danny Elfman’s most UN-Elfman score up to this period shines on this disc. I could watch MI 1 on repeat.

    I want an expanded score CD bad!

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