Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but one thing that you have to acknowledge, he is one savvy player when it comes to his film career. Like Sandra Bullock, Cruise relies on his instincts and has total control over the steps he takes and the films he makes, which are invariably commercial.
His latest, director Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout — McQuarrie has teamed with Cruise on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher (and provided scripts for Edge of Tomorrow, The Mummy and Valkyrie) — is yet another box office smash.
With that said, word arrived this past week from Paramount Home Media that Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be available as DVD, Double-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD/Double-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack product offerings on Dec. 4.
That early December street date yields an ARR of 130 days and multiplex summer crowds chipped in $219.2 million in domestic box office sales — $790 million if you look at the worldwide picture.
The film is remarkable beyond the storyline and the action itself. Tom Cruise does his own stunts and was injured during the rooftop chase sequence (broken ankle, etc.), which shutdown the film for seven full weeks. The HALO jumps (High Altitude Low Opening) in the film that featured Cruise were real, however they were not done over the city of Paris (that was digitally painted in).
As to bonus features for this sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, we begin with three — count’em, three — commentary options. The first features director Christopher McQuarrie and producer/actor Tom Cruise, the second also has McQuarrie, who is joined by film editor Eddie Hamilton (he also edited Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and the two Kingsman films), and the third features commentary from composer Lorne Balfe.
There’s a seven-part making-of presentation titled “Behind the Fallout,” deleted scenes (with optional commentary by McQuarrie and Hamilton), storyboards and two additional featurettes — “Foot Chase Musical Breakdown” and “The Ultimate Mission.”
To get all of this extra material included in the release, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray SKUs include a second Blu-ray companion disc.
In other home entertainment release news from Paramount Home Media this past week, the Comedy Central production of Nathan For You, starring comedian Nathan Fielder — who also just happens to have a degree in business — as a very unconventional “business consultant.” His advice, while well-meaning and sincere, is often askew, which creates for very funny running skits.
Nathan For You: The Complete Series on DVD includes all four seasons of the series as a nine-disc presentation. Bonus features include commentary by Fielder, who is joined by “Special Guests,” deleted scenes and two special featurettes — “Blue Smoke Detector Tutorial” and “The Banzai Predicament Studio Performance.”