Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the Blu-ray delivered excellent visuals.
Sharpness seemed terrific. At no point did I discern any softness, as the movie remained accurate and concise. Jagged edges and shimmering failed to mar the image, and I also saw no signs of edge haloes. Print flaws stayed away from this clean presentation.
Colors depended somewhat on setting. Much of the movie emphasized a strong teal orientation, but we got more of a sandy/orange hue during the Dubai sequences. These choices left me cold but the Blu-ray rendered them appropriately. Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows looked smooth and detailed. Everything here excelled.
Even better, the movie’s Dolby TrueHD 7.l soundtrack provided a stimulating experience. With all its action sequences, the film boasted tons of chances for lively audio, and the mix took advantage of them. Gunfire, explosions and vehicles swarmed around us when appropriate, and the elements combined to form a smooth, seamless soundscape.
The auditory showstopper probably came from a scene with a massive sandstorm. As demonstrated by movies like Into the Storm, Mother Nature provides some of the best opportunities for engulfing audio, and this sequence fared really well. Even without it, though, this became a vivid, involving track.
Audio quality also satisfied. Speech showed good accuracy and distinctiveness, while music was peppy and full. Effects appeared rich and dynamic, with tight highs and full lows. I anticipated a fine soundtrack and this one easily lived up to expectations
The disc’s extras start with featurette called Mission Accepted. In this 29-minute, 38-second piece, we hear from producers JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, director Brad Bird, stunt rigger/stunt double Randy Hall, stunt coordinator Greg Smrz, stuntman David Schulz, producer/actor Tom Cruise, unit production manager/co-producer Tommy Harper, associate producer Ben Rosenblatt, special effects supervisor Mike Meinardus, editor Paul Hirsch, additional 2nd unit director Jeffrey A. Lynch, and actors Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner and Michael Nyqvist.
We learn about sets/locations, stunts, effects, and general elements of the production. “Accepted” acts more as production diary than true “making of”, especially because it spends most of its running time with a focus on the shoot in Dubai. Despite this limited range, “Accepted” offers quality information and becomes an engaging look behind the scenes.
Next comes the six-minute, 13-second Impossible Missions. It features property master Kristopher E. Peck. This domain looks at the shooting of the sandstorm sequence as well as some movie props.
The sandstorm sequence isn’t especially valuable, mainly because it shows lots of movie footage and not much behind the scenes material. The props info works better but remains too superficial to succeed, especially because the segment ends so abruptly it feels like part of the featurette is missing.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 12 seconds. We see “Alternate Opening: Hendricks Practices His Speech” (1:48), “Confusion In the Van” (2:10) and “Benji Almost Caught In the Kremlin” (1:14). The “Opening” gives us an earlier intro to the movie’s main villain, one that doesn’t work. “Confusion” offers an attempt to use the filmmakers’ lack of certainty to the characters’ benefit; it’s vaguely interesting but no better. Finally, “Caught” adds a little tension but doesn’t bring much else.
We can view these scenes with or without commentary from director Brad Bird. He tells us about the sequences and why he cut them. Bird offers useful thoughts. It’s too bad he didn’t do a full commentary for the movie itself.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Protocol. It includes none of the Blu-ray’s extras.
After a strong third film, I hoped the fourth Mission: Impossible release would work even better. However, Ghost Protocol doesn’t quite gel, as it provides a competent but not especially enthralling work. The Blu-ray offers excellent picture and audio along with a few decent supplements. Ghost Protocol has its moments but doesn’t fly as high as I’d like.