Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One – BLU-RAY | DVD | 4K UHD | DIGITAL

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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One - blu-ray disc review

Since the fourth instalment the Mission Impossible franchise has really hit its stride with Tom Cruise proving just why he has remained an A-list star for decades and earning the admiration of audiences and stuntmen alike as he executes some of the most astonishing on screen stunts committed to celluloid. Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One was no different on that front and is now released on digital, 4K UHD, blu-ray DVD & VoD

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most. (read our review HERE)

The films production history had been massively disrupted by the covid pandemic and subsequent worldwide lockdown and pushed already substantial budget upwards to $291m and the films eventual box office was $567m notably less than previous entries which might have been affected by a glut of other blockbusters whose production had also been stalled by the pandemic. Added to that was the Barbenheimer weekend that saw the film shunted from IMAX (where the stunts looks even more impressive) after just a week. But all of this doesn’t take away from what was one of summer 2023’s best blockbusters.

The double disc blu-ray has a number of decent bonus features including the commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton and it’s a shame that Cruise isn’t involved with it too as he was so hands on with the film. There are a number of featurettes too headed Abu Dhabi (where we get to see the ‘Cruise sprint’ across its rooftop, Rome, Venice, Train and of course Freefall. It is that freefall featurette which is the best as it goes into detail about THAT stunt which saw him ride a motor bike off a cliff face in Norway and freebase dive to the ground. Years in preparation, it’s the amount of work that Cruise put into it that is an eye opener – 500 sky dives, 5000 motocross jumps alone. Then there’s prep with cameras that had to be constructed specifically for the stunt, the consideration of head winds and side winds, the bike having to hit a certain speed but without Cruise able to refer to a speedometer. His commitment to the stunts is astonishing and when he did it for real he did it not once but six times!

Unusually there’s two features available only on the digital format and it’s a pity that they’re not on the discs as they are a neat little extra. Those two features are:

  • Deleted Shots Montage—Director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton share some of the breathtaking, never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final film. (Digital* Only)
  • Editorial Featurette: The Sevastopol—Director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton take viewers through the intense opening scene. (Digital* Only

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is not just a must for fans of the franchise but also for fans of this summer blockbusters that stands head and shoulders over the other actioners and you can’t help but ask, ‘Just how will he top that in the next film.

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Here’s the trailer……

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is now available to Download & Keep, you can purchase on 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™ SteelBooks®, 4K UHD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and VOD available now 

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