Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Featured In Issue 202, December 2015

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In Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is confronted with his elite organization shut down by the CIA. He and his team (Renner, Pegg &?Rhames) race against time to stop the rise of a new global threat, The Syndicate, a dangerous network of rogue operatives turned traitors. To stop them, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent (Ferguson) who may or may not be on his side as he faces his most impossible mission yet. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Tom Cruise and Director/Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; seven featurettes: Lighting The Fuse (HD 05:57), Cruise Control (HD 06:33), Heroes (HD 08:06), Cruising Altitude (HD 08:23), Mission Immersible (HD 06:45), Sand Theft Auto (HD 05:35), and The Missions Continue (HD 07:08) ; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is nicely cinematic and was photographed digitally in Panavision® with the Arri Alexa 65 camera system. The imagery is spatially dimensional with excellent resolution throughout, especially in object textures, often displaying complex and nuanced textures. Detail also is nicely exhibited in facial features, hair, and clothing. The color palette exhibits strong primaries and saturation but is naturally hued with vibrant, rich, and warm renderings. Colors often pop, especially during the Vienna peace scene. Fleshtones are generally natural, though, slightly pushed to red. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The picture is filled with lots of intricate textures and stunning production design, with varied locations. This is a superb presentation that exhibits reference-quality imagery. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is holosonically dimensional throughout, with a dynamic sonic quality and aggressive surround envelopment. The Vienna opera scene is spectacularly holosonic, with an impressive spherical immersive soundfield driven by orchestral and operatic music. Atmospherics and sound effects are perfectly executed with both nuanced and intense energized sonics. Deep bass sounds natural, especially with respect to the music, and is deeply engaging with strong .1 LFE extension. Bass is prominent during airplane and explosive moments as well. The underwater chamber scene is full-on immersive, with every channel energized, as well as the exciting chase scenes. The orchestral music score, which features Lalo Schifrin's original theme, is prominent throughout. The music is presented with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Fidelity and dynamics are excellent. The added two surround channels enhance the sense of dimensional realism surrounding the listener. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. This is a terrific reference soundtrack that sounds dynamic and immersive, with an aggressive full-on channel intensity. (Gary Reber)