DVD Release: Mission: Impossible: The Complete Television Collection

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $359.99
Studio: CBS/Paramount

Mission: Impossible: The Complete Television CollectionOne of the great all-time Cold War spy drama-action TV shows arrives in the 56-disc set Mission: Impossible: The Complete Television Collection.

We ain’t talking about the Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible movies starring Tom Cruise (like last year’s Ghost Protocol), which are quite fine in their own right, but rather the original one. Or, as purists might put it, the real one!

Highlighted by a newly-produced bunch of bonus features, the set includes all seven seasons of the original series which ran from 1966 through 1973, along with its 1988-90 revival, in cool-looking dynamite-shaped packaging. The original series minus the revival was previously issued on DVD back in 2009 and is still available.

The original action drama Mission: Impossible follows the adventures of the skilled I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force) team who carry out highly dangerous and mysterious tasks for the government.  So secret are the missions that their details must be delivered to the team by pre-recorded tapes that are prepared to self-destruct once their messages are heard.  Headlined by Peter Graves in his iconic role as I.M.F. leader Jim Phelps and co-starring Barbara Bain, Martin Landau and Greg Morris, the series was an immediate sensation upon its debut, and its pulse-pounding plots, ingenious gadgets and inspired characters continue to influence both small and big-screen thrillers today.

Clocking in with a total running time of approximately 172 hours, the collection includes the following special features:

·       “Birth of the Mission” featurette
·       “Mission Debriefing” featurette
·       “Hour Magazine” segment featuring Martin Landau, Peter Lupus and Greg Morris
·       Archival interview with Greg Morris
·       Clip From CBS Fall Preview Show “Seven Wonderful Nights” (1966)
·       Select Episodic Promos From All Seven Seasons
·       Series Promos
·       Photo Montage with Vocal version Of Mission: Impossible Theme Performed by The Kane Triplets

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