Topping this week's DVD picks are a first-rate action film and a top-notch cable TV comedy.
In Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes into action when the IMF is shut down.
If the goal of the latest big-screen version of the television series is to make the most eye-popping, bone-shaking, heart-pounding installment yet, then there's only one thing to say: Mission accomplished. Whether Cruise is running at top speed, dangling from a building or trying to rally his frustrated team, he brings a confidence, charm and energy to the role. He's the fuse that lights every explosive moment.
The supporting actors are just as impressive. Jeremy Renner brings a cold and professional caution to the spy team and shows such a grasp of the spy role that he could easily take over the franchise should Cruise decide to retire. Paula Patton proves that a spy can be beautiful and dangerous.
My Boys: The Complete Fourth Season, is the kind of series that benefits highly from the release on DVD. The cable series, starring talented Jordana Spiro, who plays PJ Franklin, didn't have a big following when it was on the air. That's a shame because it's one of the better comedies to hit TV in recent years.
What makes the show so good is that PJ and her "boys" (Michael Bunin, Jim Gaffigan, Reid Scott and Kyle Howard) are the best group of friends on TV since Friends. The characters are original, not just pale copies of the Friends crew.