The Good

Thank goodness the execs at Paramount are continuing to bring this show out on DVD.

The Bad

Why no extras?

Mission Impossible: The Complete Third TV Season gives fans 25 digitally restored and remastered episodes on 7 discs. The Impossible Mission's Force (IMF) really has their work cut out for them this season with missions that might make lesser agents think about going another way. We open with "Heir Apparent" which finds our friends getting themselves knee deep in a coup that is anything but civil. "Illusion" sees the IMF travel to Germany when a man about to enter the secret police kills a cabaret singer for no apparent reason. The two part, "The Bunker," finds the IMF up against a diabolical assassin when they try and save the life of a nuclear scientist. Lastly, "The Interrogator" sees the ultimate switcheroo when a prisoner with a secret enters the world of torture.

The characters of Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), Cinnamon (Barbara Bain), Rollin (Martin Landau), Willie (Peter Lupus) and Barney (Greg Morris) may have always saved the day, but darn it, this show made wearing the white hat a whole lot of fun again.

Features

No extras came with this release.

Video

Full Screen Format. These remastered shows look awesome. There really isn't any other way to say it. I saw no dirt on the images and even during the dark scenes, where clandestine operations were taking place, the producers of this DVD still managed to keep up the level of imagery that was present in the well lit scenes. In fact, my biggest gripe is the all too familiar Paramount disclaimer that reads, "Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions."

Audio

Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround. English Mono. Spanish Mono. Subtitles: English. Spanish. Portuguese. The audio for this release also quite sharp. I really didn't have to turn up the sound levels on my set at all. Everything sounded nicely layered with even the lowest of character's sentences being audible. This bodes quite well for this release because it makes it the kind of thing that could play well on an expensive home theater system.

Package

The front cover of this slipcase gives us all the members of the IMF with the iconic hand lighting the fuse that started each and every show. The back continues the same look as the other releases which features a grid of the world, a description of what this show is about and technical specs. They have stored the 7 discs inside 4 cases all of which feature more images and artwork from the show. This release feels heavy but at 20 hours and 54 minutes it is never bulky.

Final Word

What I think I like the most about this new installment of Mission Impossible was the tender, loving care that Paramount seems to have put into this release. The fusion of good sound and great images really make this thing stand out and it's not every day that a studio goes the extra mile. A lot of companies take it for granted that people love TV on DVD. Lets be honest, these multi-disc gems represent a chance for us to go back to our childhoods a little bit. It allows us to re-experience and often manipulate a viewing experience that was merely just that when we were younger. We can sort of return to this time or that time via this digital medium, but that doesn't mean that we want to do it at the cost of good image and audio quality.

Paramount, despite releasing these shows in an altered format, gets a lot of kudos for how awesome Mission Impossible: The Complete Third TV Season looks.

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