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 Posted:   Dec 10, 2006 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

To all,

Find an excellent review of "Mission: Impossible" season 1 DVD:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=25407


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2006 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

To all,

Find an excellent review of "Mission: Impossible" season 1 DVD:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=25407




I miss the old TV Guide. Ever since Rupert Murdoch acquired it, then sold it, then whatever, it's just not been the same.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2006 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Find a review from DVD Beaver:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews27/mission_impossible_season1.htm
This review features screenshots of the episodes and the DVD menus.
In the DVD menu, they have added a wrong picture of Barney from season 7 instead of season 1, plus one picture of Dan that is graphically artificial.






 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2006 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Thanks to it's lack of syndication in recent years, I haven't seen this series in ages. I bout the DVD set last week and I can't stop watching it. Steve Hill is really great as Briggs and I'll be sorry to see him go. Peter Graves wasa bit too "accessible" to me. Briggs seemed more like a man of mystery, maybe because he was only there for the first year.

Martin Landau shines in these episodes. I had forgotten what a fine actor he was back then (he wasn't giving us much in Space:1999 but I always liked him). And if you only know Barbara Bain from 1999, you're missing out on her best work.

I remember the series losing a lot of the action content of the first year. A shame since there wasn't much to begin with and a rousing finale after 45 minutes of suspense was a good combination.

The transfers look really good, but some of the main titles on a few episodes look grainy. No extras to speak off, but they did leave the original Desilu logo at the end.

The episodes are top notch and fans of espionage shows or anyone who wants to see why the movies are not even CLOSE to what the fans of the show wanted should take a look.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Peter Lupus, what a great name!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Stefan Miklos' top 10 list:

1. "Operation Rogosh": The time con plot combined with the germ warfare and the single masterpiece that launches the whole series. Period! Welcome to the Stefan Castle State prison, comrads! Starring Fritz Weaver.

2. "The Carriers": Germ warfare again but with a Soviet training camp camouflaged as an average American town to turn any members of the Komintern into American citizens; the companion piece to a "Danger Man" episode entitled "Colony Three". Starring Arthur Hill.

3. "Pilot": Atomic warfare in Central America featuring a local dictator played by Martin Landau; a tribute to Jules Dassin's "Topkapi". Shot by the great Film Noir DP John Alton. Starring Wally Cox.

4. "Odds on Evil": The first casino/weapons trade episode with a James Bond's tuxedo leaning. Starring Nehemiah Persoff.

5. "Shock": The IMF cooks with the methods of the psychiatry (injections, electroshock, sound torture) a Soviet agent disguised as an American embassador. The most sadistic episode ever. Starring James Daly.

6. "The Train": The first travel con to unmask an Eastern Europe putschist. Starring William Windom.

7. "Snowball in Hell": A pamphlet about prison torture in which Barney poses as an ex-whipped convict to rob an unsteable fuel Celsium 138 thanks to a moving robot and in front of his hangman: warden Sefra. Starring Ricardo Montalban.

8. "The Short Tail Spy": The first Cinnamon episode in which she must seduce a young ruthless Soviet spy who kills women after making love. Starring Hans Gudegast.

9. "The Trial": Dan Briggs is arrested on purpose by the secret police for conspiracy against the People's Republic in order to stop a diehard Official of the KGB. Starring Carroll O'Connor and David Opatoshu.

10. "The Reluctant Dragon": a Soviet scientist refuses the offer of the IMF to leave the People's Republic. Starring John Colicos and Joseph Campanella.


 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've watched the first two discs. Transfers and sound are great. One minor quibble: the prongs that hold the discs in the cases have broken off on most of the cases. They were broken before I even attempted to take the discs out. Are those slimline cases sold by office supply companies?

As for the show itself: my favorite so far is "The Ransom." I like Briggs right from the start.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)



I miss the old TV Guide. Ever since Rupert Murdoch acquired it, then sold it, then whatever, it's just not been the same.


They ruined it. Absolutely and completely hosed it up. It's now a waste of time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I've watched the first two discs. Transfers and sound are great. One minor quibble: the prongs that hold the discs in the cases have broken off on most of the cases. They were broken before I even attempted to take the discs out. Are those slimline cases sold by office supply companies?

As for the show itself: my favorite so far is "The Ransom." I like Briggs right from the start.


I always preferred Briggs over Phelps- even into the end of the series run!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

All right, I'm convinced! I'm driving to Best Buy om my lunch hour and picking this up.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I always preferred Briggs over Phelps- even into the end of the series run!

What I found to be interesting was the fact that "The Ransom" was a personal mission and the team all help. I recall Rollin and Phelps having a few "personal" missions in later seasons.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



What I found to be interesting was the fact that "The Ransom" was a personal mission and the team all help. I recall Rollin and Phelps having a few "personal" missions in later seasons.


Find the list of all personal episodes:
"The Ransom" (season 1)
"The Condemned" (season 2)
"The Town" (season 2)
"The Exchange" (season 3)
"Death Squad" (season 4)
"Homecoming" (season 5)
"My Friend, My Enemy" (season 5)
"The Innocent" (season 5)
"Cat's Paw" (season 5)
"The Hostage" (season 5)
"Kidnap" (season 7)

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

4. "Odds on Evil": The first casino/weapons trade episode with a James Bond's tuxedo leaning. Starring Nehemiah Persoff.

This episode, while not great, had a fine performance from Barbara Bain and a fun score from Gerald Fried. The "action", while limited to scenes of gambling probably motivated Fried to compose a really rich score, and it's one I'd love to have on disc.

There's a wealth of great music on "Mission: Impossible", even the stuff by Jack Urbont and Walter Scharf that doesn't always fit in with the typical M:I atmosphere. There are definitely some first season elements (the humor, especially) that wouldn't be present in future seasons.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Just how many episodes of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE did Jerry Fielding score?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Just how many episodes of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE did Jerry Fielding score?


5 IMF scores by Jerry Fielding:
"The Council" (season 2)
"The Execution" (season 3)
"The Cardinal" (season 3)
"The Exchange" (season 3)
"The Controllers" (season 4)--this score became the sound of season 4 but it was tracked all the time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)




5 IMF scores by Jerry Fielding:
"The Council" (season 2)
"The Execution" (season 3)
"The Cardinal" (season 3)
"The Exchange" (season 3)
"The Controllers" (season 4)--this score became the sound of season 4 but it was tracked all the time.


What a dream release those would be- MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE- THE JERRY FIELDING SCORES.

It would take the IMF to get them released....

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



What a dream release those would be- MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE- THE JERRY FIELDING SCORES.

It would take the IMF to get them released....



Fielding's MISSION season 3 scores remind the arrangements of "The Wild Bunch": sometimes you can recognize the "Bounty Hunters" cue from track #17... It's really amazing how similare they are.
Adios brother Pike, I gotta go to Agua Verde to release Angel from Mapache!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)




Fielding's MISSION season 3 scores remind the arrangements of "The Wild Bunch": sometimes you can recognize the "Bounty Hunters" cue from track #17... It's really amazing how similare they are.
Adios brother Pike, I gotta go to Agua Verde to release Angel from Mapache!



Ride with care, brother Dutch.

"You pretty godammned smart, goddamned Gringo!"

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

There are definitely some first season elements (the humor, especially) that wouldn't be present in future seasons.

Yeah, I'm noticing that in Season 1 there was a tendency for the team to in isolated moments break character and be themselves to relieve the tension seemingly, but in later years it just seemed like they were always locked into their roles once you got past the apartment briefing scenes.

That seems to be a recurring pattern in a lot of long-running series where the first season had some touches that would have been nice to have seen maintained in later years ("The FBI" where Erskine was more a three-dimensional character in Season 1; "Emergency" with the hint of romance between Robert Fuller and Julie London).

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2006 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

To all MISSION watchers and listeners,

Find the composers list for season 1.

1. Don Ellis (1): "A Cube of Sugar"
2. Gerald Fried (1): "Odds on Evil"
3. Walter Scharf (2): "Old Man Out Part I", "The Ransom"
4. Lalo Schifrin (?): "A Spool There was", "Fakeout" ("Mission: Impossible", "Memory", "Operation Rogosh", "Elena", "Zubrovnik’s Ghost", "The Carriers", "The Short Tail Spy")
5. Jack Urbont (1): "Wheels"

Notes:
There are some doubts about how many original scores Schifrin write for season 1? Burlingame states 3 scores for season 1. Oddly, only two scores have the "Music Composed and Conducted by" credits: "A Spool There was", "Fakeout".
The rest has the vague "Music by" credits.
From my own audio experience, the following three are original ones: "Pilot", "Memory" and "Operation Rogosh".
The most recycled and tracked Schifrin scores are "Pilot" and "Operation Rogosh": from season 1 to 7.
"The Short Tail Spy" features the original theme for Cinnamon.

 
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