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Mission Impossible - The Third TV Season
Mission Impossible - The Third TV Season
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2007     20hr 54min

The head of the "Impossible Missions Force", a top-secret government group of operatives, starts a tape recorder and finds out about his latest assignment. Throughout most of the series, they would have to stop some petty ...  more »


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Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Drama, Classic TV, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: CBS Paramount Domestic Television
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/20/2007
Original Release Date: 09/17/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 09/17/1966
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 20hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 7
SwapaDVD Credits: 7
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Portuguese, English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Season Three-When Mission: Impossible Reached Its Peak
givbatam3 | REHOVOT Israel | 09/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It was in season 3 that the show reached it peak. One outstanding episode after another. And what is really remarkable was that this was in the midst of a major behind-the-scenes power struggle that could have destroyed the series. The original pair that wrote many of the scripts and basically determined which ideas would be used were William Read Woodfield and Alan Balter. However, in the middle of the filming of the third season, they got into a major confrontation with series creator Bruce Geller and abruptly left the show which was in the midst of production without any scripts for upcoming shows. In a panic, the writer Paul Playdon, a young writer only in his 20's came on board and cranked out a series of really outstanding stories and supervised others which were written by other writers. Playdon's stories often (but not always) use a lot of fancy gadgetry which I like. This is seen in episodes like "The Bunker" and "The Glass Cage". On the other hand, his most cerebral episode, "The Mind of Stefan Miklos", has no action and no gadgetry and yet is one of the finest hours of television ever produced with some outstanding acting by Martin Landau and guest star Steve Ihnat. In this one, the viewer is challenged to pay especially close attention to the plot and to understand what is going on.
"The Glass Cage" has a political prisoner locked in a glass cage which is surrounded 24 hours a day by guards, television monitors, an electric floor and alarms, but the IMF has to get this prisoner out. As you watch it, the viewer keeps asking himself "how the heck are they going to pull this one off!". For the more morbid viewers out there, in "The Execution", the MI producers were given access to the actual gas chamber used to execute criminals in the state of California of the time and they built an exact duplicate showing how it worked.
Buy this DVD and prepare yourself for some of the finest entertainment ever made by Hollywood. I'll just leave you with some cryptic words :
"January Suborbital Denomination!"."
More of a great series
Paul J. Moade | Jacksonville, FL United States | 09/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, here we are again with the third installment from the original Mission Impossible. This is the final season for Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. They will be replaced with Leonard Nimoy in the fourth season.

Lots of good episodes here, including my favorite, "The Execution". The theme is the same as for the previous seasons. Jim gets a secret mission, selects and briefs his team (although we don't get every detail so there are always surprises), and then they go out and roust the bad guy. Most of these are credible and believable. Once in a while there is an episode which stretches reality. All are entertaining to watch, and the hour-long show is just about right, time wise.

This set will be out in November and I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation. To date there are no extras on the DVD's and I imagine this one will follow suite. Still, the picture is sharp and clear and the audio track is reasonable (remember, these are from the 60's).

Once again, if you've never seen one of the television episodes and only know Mission Impossible from the Tom Cruise movies, do yourself a great favor and buy or rent one of the sets. All are good. Many, many evenings of entertainment value for the whole family here.

For those who want an episode list .....

Episode 1: The Heir Apparent
Original Air Date: 29 September 1968

Episode 2: The Contender: Part 1
Original Air Date: 6 October 1968

Episode 3: The Contender: Part 2
Original Air Date: 13 October 1968

Episode 4: The Mercenaries
Original Air Date: 20 October 1968

Episode 5: The Execution
Original Air Date: 10 November 1968

Episode 6: The Cardinal
Original Air Date: 17 November 1968

Episode 7: The Elixir
Original Air Date: 24 November 1968

Episode 8: The Diplomat
Original Air Date: 1 December 1968

Episode 9: The Play
Original Air Date: 8 December 1968

Episode 10: The Bargain
Original Air Date: 15 December 1968

Episode 11: The Freeze
Original Air Date: 23 December 1968

Episode 12: The Exchange
Original Air Date: 4 January 1969

Episode 13: The Mind of Stefan Miklos
Original Air Date: 12 January 1969

Episode 14: The Test Case
Original Air Date: 19 January 1969

Episode 15: The System
Original Air Date: 26 January 1969

Episode 16: The Glass Cage
Original Air Date: 2 February 1969

Episode 17: Doomsday
Original Air Date: 16 February 1969

Episode 18: Live Bait
Original Air Date: 23 February 1969

Episode 19: The Bunker: Part 1
Original Air Date: 2 March 1969

Episode 20: The Bunker: Part 2
Original Air Date: 9 March 1969

Episode 21: Nitro
Original Air Date: 23 March 1969

Episode 22: Nicole
Original Air Date: 30 March 1969

Episode 23: The Vault
Original Air Date: 6 April 1969

Episode 24: Illusion
Original Air Date: 13 April 1969

Episode 25: The Interrogator
Original Air Date: 20 April 1969
Thomas Rucki | Paris, France | 10/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This particular season 3 is a peak from a creative standpoint (scripts, film-making, actings) but later seasons still contain fine episodes: don't miss them, especially those with Leonard Nimoy (season 4 and 5) and Lynda Day George (season 6 and 7). Season 3 is chaotic because of producers' changes: William Read Woodfield/Allan Balter keep the spirit of Gantman's season 1 and 2, Robert H. Thompson and Stanley Kallis--Kallis will continue until season 4. Martin Landau deliver his finest performances in a masochist and pathological trilogy: as an agonizing death row convict in "The Execution" (produced and written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter), as a guinea pig simulating death by suffocation in "The Test Case" and as a hysterical political prisoner tortured to reveal informations in "The Interrogator". Season 3 features some top television directors: Sutton Roley, Stuart Hagmann, John Moxey, Resa S. Badiyi. Writer Laurence Heath fashions three of his best offerings: "The Mercenaries" (guest starring Pernell Roberts) which highlights the most impressive gold heist of the entire series, "The Exchange" (guest starring John Vernon) that explore Cinnamon's hidden phobia (claustrophobia) and "Illusion" (guest starring Fritz Weaver) in which Cinnamon performs three songs a la Marlene Dietrich in an East German cabaret. But above all, one man revolutionizes the series: young writer/story consultant Paul Playdon who concocts the ultimate masterpiece in cerebral games: "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" guest starring the late Steve Ihnat in the title role playing USSR's finest secret agent which has a photographic memory. Playdon also introduce Rollin's greatest nemesis: master of disguises Alexander Ventlos in the two parter "The Bunker", and Playdon rewrite "Live Bait": another seminal episode guest starring Anthony Zerbe and Martin Sheen."
Mission editted, but still good
Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 12/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoy Mission Impossible. It was a show that was a throwback to the 1960's cold war. Note in this shows and TV in this era, computers filled a room and cel phones were not around as a mass market item. This show was not in real time like the show 24, but moved as quick as an episdode of 24. The way Mission was done was like a mini action thriller.

The third season of Mission Impossible , the last with Barbara Bain and Martin Landau, showcased a faster paced show than the first two seasons. The episodes and the cast seems to mesh better this season then the first two seasons. The show was finding its style in its previous seasons. In this season collection, the show found its voice.

Peter Graves is the mastermind leader, Jim Phelps. Landau is Rollin Hand,an actor who can mimic anyone with a plastic mask. Greg Morris played Barney, Electrical genius (note his son Phil played the electrical genuis in the 1980's Mission Impossible TV remake). Peter Lupus is Willie, strong man who can lift anything and does. Bain, who won Emmys playing Cinnamon Carter, is a beauty with a brain.

On the DVD box, it says some of these shows are edited. I would assume Paramount could not find the original master recordings in their vaults and had to use the syndicated episodes of the show. These shows were shaved for a few minutes to fit into a repeat schedule. Some of these shows have not seen air in years, since these shows have been in the vault.

There are no dvd extrasin this collection, like commentary, interviews or season overview shorts. One could wish the remaining cast of Graves. Lupis, Bain or Oscar winner Landau would say something. Sorry to say this, it did not come to pass.I will say this, even edited these syndicated versions of this Mission rocks and seem complete to me

So your mission is to get this collection and enjoy this action adventure!

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD