(aka 'Mission Impossible: The Complete First Season')

directed by Leonard Horn, Charles R. Rondeau, Bernard L. Kowalski and Marc Daniels
USA 1966 -67

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture...

 

The head of the "Impossible Missions Force", a top-secret government group of operatives, is secretly communicated his next assignment. The elaborate use of electronic gadgetry, masters of disguise and detailed plans that require split-second timing made this TV show an "on the edge of your seater"! In Season One Briggs (Steven Hill) assembles a team that includes a master of disguise (Martin Landau), a femme fatale (Barbara Bain), an electronics whiz (Greg Morris), an incredibly strong man (Peter Lupus) and an occasional guest star as a supplemental addition to the team!   out of  

Gary W. Tooze

Television Premiere: September 17th, 1966

DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Paramount (7 single sided - dual-layered discs) - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Paramount - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime Each episode is around 50:12 X 28 episodes
Video 1:33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.14 mb/s (sample)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

Season 1, Episode 0: Pilot
Original Air Date: 17 September 1966

Season 1, Episode 1: Memory
Original Air Date: 24 September 1966

Season 1, Episode 2: Operation Rogosh
Original Air Date: 1 October 1966

Season 1, Episode 3: Old Man Out: Part 1
Original Air Date: 8 October 1966

Season 1, Episode 4: Old Man Out: Part 2
Original Air Date: 15 October 1966

Season 1, Episode 5: Odds on Evil
Original Air Date: 22 October 1966

Season 1, Episode 6: Wheels
Original Air Date: 29 October 1966

Season 1, Episode 7: The Ransom
Original Air Date: 5 November 1966

Season 1, Episode 8: A Spool There Was
Original Air Date: 12 November 1966

Season 1, Episode 9: The Carriers
Original Air Date: 19 November 1966

Season 1, Episode 10: Zubrovnik's Ghost
Original Air Date: 26 November 1966

Season 1, Episode 11: Fakeout
Original Air Date: 3 December 1966

Season 1, Episode 12: Elena
Original Air Date: 10 December 1966

Season 1, Episode 13: The Short Tail Spy
Original Air Date: 17 December 1966

Season 1, Episode 14: The Legacy
Original Air Date: 7 January 1967

Season 1, Episode 15: The Reluctant Dragon
Original Air Date: 14 January 1967

Season 1, Episode 16: The Frame
Original Air Date: 24 January 1967

Season 1, Episode 17: The Trial
Original Air Date: 28 January 1967

Season 1, Episode 18: The Diamond
Original Air Date: 4 February 1967

Season 1, Episode 19: The Legend
Original Air Date: 11 February 1967

Season 1, Episode 20: Snowball in Hell
Original Air Date: 18 February 1967

Season 1, Episode 21: The Confession
Original Air Date: 25 February 1967

Season 1, Episode 22: Action!
Original Air Date: 4 March 1967

Season 1, Episode 23: The Train
Original Air Date: 18 March 1967

Season 1, Episode 24: Shock
Original Air Date: 25 March 1967

Season 1, Episode 25: A Cube of Sugar
Original Air Date: 1 April 1967

Season 1, Episode 26: The Traitor
Original Air Date: 15 April 1967

Season 1, Episode 27: The Psychic
Original Air Date: 22 April 1967

DVD Release Date: December 5th, 2006

4 transparent double slim Keepcases inside VHS sized cardboard box
Chapters: 8 in each episode X 28

 

Comments:

Can anyone forget the Mission Impossible theme music? rivaling Peter Gunn as one of the most memorable in TV history. Right from the pilot episode the show leaps forward leaving no wonder the 'idea' was swiftly swept up by Hollywood to showcase Tom Cruise.

Image quality is quite strong for a 40-year old TV show - detail and color are excellent. This may be the best classic television transfer that I have seen. All 27 episodes (and initial pilot) are clean and progressively transferred for regions 1 with no subtitle options or extras. These appear to be the original length (50:12) - not the shortened version as seen in syndication.

 

Paramount have included an optional audio upgrade to 5.1 and it sounded fairly decent - certainly superior to the original mono track. No extras but we are getting over 20 hours of intelligent, well-acted, suspenseful TV. Personally I am thrilled with this set - I enjoyed the mid 60's clothes, Barbra Bain's hairstyles and all the nostalgia that this show brought together with its quiet style. I can't see too many people not enjoying this.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze



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