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Mission Impossible – Fallout (DVD) : Review



IMF leader Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise – American MadeThe Mummy), and his team of Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg – Ready Player OneStar Trek: Beyond), are once again on a mission to save the world. And once again the various government and spy agencies are working their own agenda, and once again there are villains set to create global chaos.

Another in a long line of Mission Impossible films, upping the ante with each incarnation.

Read the full SAMDB review of Mission Impossible – Fallout.

Re-watch Value

As with any film in the Mission: Impossible series, there is a ton of action, many extra-ordinary locations, and a bunch of people who are not who they seem, either through lies and working against those they are closest to, or just downright wearing a mask.

For those reasons, and many more, these films always have a decent amount of re-watch value attached, and what better way to relive those moments than to add this latest title to one’s home collection of movies.


Overall, the disc is of a decent technical quality, with a fun, action film as the main feature.

Mission Impossible – Fallout is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a decent average bitrate. While this does vary according to scene detail, and the amount of on-screen action at any one time, there are no visible artefacts on-screen, nor any visible colour bleed. Detail in the faster paced or darker scenes is still good. Considering that almost all available space on the dual layer disc is used, this would amount to efficient use of what is available.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.


Audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, and encoded at a high average bitrate. There is no downmix option to stereo on the disc, so viewers would need to rely on their hardware or software for this, should they not have a surround sound system.

Dialogue is clear via the centre channel, with much use of the surround channels throughout the film, for both music, and ambience. The many action scenes do make a fair amount of discrete use of the front and surround channels.


Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. The disc loads into the main menu, which has a motion background featuring some rapid clips from the film, and with accompanying music of the films theme.

The main menu has text links to play the main feature, audio options, subtitles, and scene selection.

The audio options sub-menu has a text list of available languages (but does not give a choice via the menu, for stereo or surround). There is no descriptive audio soundtrack.

The subtitles sub-menu has a text list of available subtitle languages. Absent here though are subtitles for the deaf or hearing impaired.

The scene selection sub-menu has four colour, still, medium sized thumbnails per page, for a total of sixteen chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, nor is there any sort of chapter listing in the disc packaging. This would mean that navigating to a particular part of the main film would require an amount of guesswork, and viewers might do better to use their own hardware or software to bookmark a favourite part of the film, or place where they can continue watching from.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus feature on the disc. Not even trailers that autoplay at the beginning of some discs.


Packaging is a standard DVD jewel case, with a poster on the front. The back of the case has a short synopsis, a few stills from the film, and the usual technical information and logos.

There are no package inserts, such as chapter listings.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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