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The Fourth Season
Starring: Pete Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus
Running Time: 1314 minutes
Retail Price: $49.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Mono, Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Chapter Selection (6 chapters per episode), Seven-Disc Set
Released: May 13th, 2008
This fourth season of "Mission: Impossible" sure looks its age. All the episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and like past seasons, these are not cleaned up at all. Blemishes and dirt specks are all over the episodes, noise is apparent, and they are a bit on the grainy side. I did find detail and color saturation to be a bit of an improvement over the third season, looking steady and a little bold, but nothing too drastic. Fleshtones still looked good, though. Keep your expectations realistic, and these transfers won't seem too bad.
Once again, Paramount has re-mastered another season of "Mission: Impossible" in Dolby Digital 5.1. And again, I suppose the series justifies remixing given its action and espionage elements. But this show is still a few decades old, and so the sound elements do have their limits. Thus, these 5.1 mixes are stretched out and are really glorified mono tracks - sounds are now placed throughout the sound stage. Like past seasons, it's nothing drastic, powerful or really discrete. The memorable opening theme song probably works the best through the speakers, but those who feel other musical cues and sound effects will pack big punches through the speakers will be disappointed. Fidelity is pretty good, while dialogue is clear and easy to hear.
English closed captions are included, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Mono tracks are available in English and Spanish (for all you purists).
These "Mission: Impossible" sets must be selling pretty well, as Paramount has been releasing them at a steady rate. Like past sets, there are no supplements, but you get 5.1 remixes of the episodes (still random, I know) and average transfers. $49.99 retail is a bit steep given what you get, but if you're a fan of the series, then by all means accept this mission.