The sound is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack. The audio quality is just as impressive as the visual presentation, if not more so. From explosive action sequences (such as the rumbling of the Moscow bombing) right down to hushed voices, they all have perfect clarity. Dialogue is easy to hear, even when immersive action noise is emanating from all channels. Ambient noise, from the shouts in the background of the opening prison break to the roaring sandstorm in Dubai, creates an authentic “you are there” atmosphere.
Special features are plentiful on this set. Best Buy has an exclusive three-disc set that includes over an hour of additional bonus footage. This set is worth getting because the additional feature provides a lot more behind-the-scenes footage of the film. The features are broken down into different categories covering just about every aspect of the production. “Mission Accepted” showcases some of the bigger scenes shot in different locations around the world. The three primary locations for these features are Prague, Dubai, and Vancouver, Canada. It’s fascinating to see Cruise working out his stunts for his hospital escape, and especially for his fearless maneuvers high atop the Burj Khalifa. “Impossible Missions” showcases many of the more technical aspects of the film, including shooting the sandstorm scenes and composing the score. There are several deleted scenes, most of which it’s easy to see why they were cut. There is one that provides more emotional weight for Agent Carter. A UV digital copy, and DVD version are also included. Overall this is an excellent set.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol reinvigorates a series that seemed to have run its course. Each of the four film’s has had a different director (Brian De Palma, John Woo, and J.J. Abrams on parts I, II, and III respectively). But with Brad Bird, the series seems to have found the perfect visionary. With a fifth installment reportedly green-lighted, it might be a good idea to retain Bird.