“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (Paramount), the fourth in the big screen series with Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt, finds our globetrotting hero a little older and more vulnerable, especially when he goes rogue with a small team, unreliable equipment, and no tech support. Directed by Brad Bird, the animation auteur making his live-action debut, it’s brisk, spirited, clever, and more fun than it ought to be. MSN film critic Glenn Kennyconcurs: “director Brad Bird (making his live-action film debut after directing groundbreaking and beloved animated features “The Iron Giant” and “The Incredibles“) paces the story with substantial resourcefulness and stages multiple action scenes that are not only very suspenseful and thrilling, but also kind of newfangled, if not actually innovative.”
The DVD edition features short featurettes on the props and creating the sandstorm plus deleted scenes, which can be viewed with or without Brad Bird commentary. The two-disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo adds two longer featurettes on shooting set pieces in Dubai and in Vancouver and an alternate opening. Both feature UltraViolet digital copy for instant streaming or download. The best collection of extras is saved for the Limited Edition Three-Disc Blu-ray+DVD combo pack: Over 90 minutes of smartly-made production featurettes (narrated by the filmmakers in a way that emphasizes their different perspectives on the production) and more deleted, extended and alternate scenes. Also available via On Demand and digital download and available at Redbox kiosks.