Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 03/07/2007
List Price: $ 29.99
Price: $ 7.81
Looks like everyone has an opinion of MI:2 which boils down to either “hate” or “great”. However, what about actual quality of the DVD? For those of you who DID like the movie (and I did enjoy it) and are wondering if they should get the DVD I would say ‘YES’. Unlike so many other DVD’s that are suppose to be packed with extras (*cough* X-Men *cough*) MI:2 has a nice variety of extras that I actually found interesting and enjoyable. Especially interesting are the behind the scene looks at how they filmed the numerous action sequences (some of which were much more dangerous than some of these reviews have given the actors credit for). The addition of the MTV skit with Ben Stiller is great. Picture and sound quality is top notch (check out the review from ‘Widescreen Review’). Despite the number of bad reviews I know people liked the film (it did gross over $200 million domestically) so for those people I say this high quality DVD is one to add to your collection.
BTW, I’m not dissing the X-Men movie, just the quality of extras on the ‘Special Edition’ DVD. The movie is top notch and there is no question it is far better a movie than MI:2.
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Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when a huge summer blockbuster hits theaters and causes people to line up for hours just to watch stuff blow up. This year was no exception, as the eagerly anticipated Mission Impossible 2 opened to hordes of people wanting to see Tom Cruise dangling from a cliff and, of course, blowing a lot of stuff up.
Before diving into this feature-packed DVD, be warned that M:I-2 is a very different movie than its predecessor. Where the previous movie was more of a mystery with a little action tossed in, M:I-2 is a straight up popcorn movie and fits the summer blockbuster profile nearly perfectly.
Mission Impossible 2 is a strange sequel. It doesn’t make any references to its 1996 hit predecessor, and the only returning characters are Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and Luther Sickell (Ving Rhames).
The movie opens with a theft of a deadly genetically engineered disease known as Chimera by a group of terrorists lead by a former IMF agent turned bad (Dougrey Scott). Of course, the only person who can stop him is Ethan Hunt.
Ethan teams up with again with Luther, and gets help from an international thief by the name of Nyah (Thandie Newton). Throughout the course of the mission, Nyah gets infected with the Chimera and Ethan must then get the cure, which is known as Ballerophon.
If all of this sounds familiar, its because the story is just so cookie-cutter. We’ve all seen the good agent/bad agent thing before in Bond movies (Goldeneye anyone?), and the whole “genetically engineered virus in the hands of terrorists” angle has been played out in movies such as The Rock.
Which brings up one of the biggest problems with the movie – the plot (or lack of one). Many people complained how the first Mission Impossible was “too complicated” and they didn’t understand it. With M:I-2 they made a “story” that is so simple to understand that the dialog and plot insults anyone with half a brain.
But despite the plot problems, there are some very cool action sequences and Ving Rhames is always awesome no matter what he is in. There is one scene late in the movie (track 14 on the disc for those who want to jump right to it) where Ethan Hunt escapes from the villain’s HQ on a motorcycle that is simply one of the best action scenes in any movie this year.
M:I-2 is one of those films where you just need to check your brain at the door and strap yourself in for tons of action.
i was dissapointed seeing mi:2 in the cinema but the 2nd time on video its a lot better. tom cruise is really cool in mi:2 and it really suits him to do action movies and he should do more of them. the action scenes are some of the best iv’e seen and iv’e seen a lot! of action movies. john woo uses the double guns so! cool its his trademark and they make the best action ‘hench’ face/off. i also hope arnie might do a john woo movie!