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Paramount: 'Mission: Impossible III' Top Selling Hi-Def DVD

20 Dec, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Mission: Impossible III, the third release in the popular action franchise starring Tom Cruise as special agent Ethan Hunt, ended 2006 as the top selling high-definition packaged media, according to Paramount Home Entertainment.

The studio didn't reveal the number of units sold, but sources familiar with the releases indicated combined hi-def sales for the title topped 30,000 copies.

The film, which co-starred Oscar winner Philipp Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend It Like Beckham), among others, featured a triple format street launch Oct. 30.

High-definition releases in Blu-ray and HD DVD in 1080p resolution retail for $29.99 and each include special features “The Making of the Mission,” “Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit,” “Visualizing the Mission” and “Scoring the Mission,” in addition to deleted scenes, theatrical trailers, Easter Eggs and enhanced commentary with Cruise and director J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”).

A Special Collector's Edition DVD ($24.99) includes the aforementioned features in addition to “Moviefone Unscripted,” where Cruise and Abrams answer fan questions; tribute montages; trailers and a photo gallery.

A single-disc release ($19.99) featured the film in widescreen or full-screen versions and included aforementioned commentaries, “The Making of the Mission” featurette and five deleted scenes.

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