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24: Season 1
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Creator Robert Cochran and his team of writers and directors have done an impressive job of putting the jigsaw together and keeping the tension ratcheted up high, as federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) runs around L.A. trying to stall an assassination attempt on an African American presidential candidate and rescue his wife and daughter from the clutches of the Balkan baddies. Twists, turns, revelations, and cliffhangers are tossed at us with satisfying regularity. It's not perfect: we get some hokey plot devices (instant amnesia, anybody?); the final twist makes no sense whatsoever; there are altogether too many huggy family moments; and as for Dennis Hopper's "Serbian" accent....
Even so, this is undeniably mold-breaking TV. Sutherland, rescuing his career from the doldrums in one heroic leap, fully deserves his Golden Globe. Sets and locations are artfully deployed, and Sean Callery's score is a powerful, brooding presence. Like Murder One and The Sopranos, 24 is one of those series that future TV thrillers will be measured against. --Philip Kemp
- Contains all 24 episodes on 6 discs
- Includes alternate ending to season finale
- Exclusive Season 1 intro by Kiefer Sutherland
- Episode guide booklet
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Important to note if you are buying this package having not seen the show before (having heard about it from others but too late to join in watching it on TV) that there are spoilers all over the presentation. the enclosed booklet includes short summaries of every episode and not much else, so don't look at it until you've seen the whole show. Similarly the menus feature clips from the show which is nice to watch if you aren't worried about information being given away, as the clips on the menu for each disc tend to reveal major plot points.
Also, the DVD extras are actually pretty poor. The alternative ending is dull and obviously only shot to keep the true ending secret. The teaser for season 2 comprises only Kiefer Sutherland talking in very vague terms about the general concept of 24, with no real information about the second series.
Worst of all is the fact that the footage on the discs is only the footage that was originally broadcast IN THE US. In the UK the broadcast footage included an extra couple of minutes for each of the episodes 7pm - 12pm. This footage contained scenes that was cut from the US broadcast for adverts, whereas in the UK 24 was shown on the BBC where there are no adverts.
These scenes ranged from nice additions to important points: one cut scene had a major impact on the crucial events in the final episode and another even greatly improved the climactic battle between Jack and the bad guys.Read more ›
This thriller series is innovative. Each episode represents just one hour in the day. I wasn't sure they could pull if off, but the writers managed to keep all the plots going and make the gaps between seeing characters believable. It quickly turned into a weekly addiction that had me glued to my seat and dreading commercials more then normal. Some of the plots loose steam in the afternoon, but it builds up tension again for the climax, which was the best hour of television last season, period.
Unfortunately, this set wasn't all it could have been. They removed the "previously on 24" recaps, which are very useful if you just want to pop a random disc into the machine. Ironically, they also don't have a play all feature, which would go well with no recaps. The worst thing, in my opinion, is the lack of chapter breaks in each episode. The season 1 intro (on the last disc) is ok and includes a mention of this season. Of course, at this point, we're far beyond anything they would have told us in the set. The best feature is the alternate ending. While (to my surprise) I prefer the original, it's nice to see what might have been. As you would expect, the picture and audio quality are top notch.Read more ›
This is one of the best shows I have had the pleasure of viewing. I was fortunate enough to watch this series live from the very beginning, and it grips me soo.
If you want a show that can cause a heart attack, this is that show. It has me on the edge of my seat, and in all reality, has my heart racing! (no other show except prison break and dexter has ever done this to me).
You cant stop watching the show, but most people looking at this review could care less what I think about the show, and want to know what I think about the special edition, so lets get started!
The alternate ending. is it new? yes, is it good? not even, quite possibly the worst thing I have ever watched (no, it is not badly acted, nor shot, in fact, it is technically sound, but the ending is not an ending, I do not wish to spoil anything, but to say it stunk would be a vast understatement!)
Basically the whole set is the same as the original I'm sure you have on your shelf. Disc 7 is new, and has your extended scenes, and 2 extra documentary's.
The extra documentary's are nice, and worth watching, but not necessarily worth buying over your other version.
The case is beautiful, it has a clock on it that says 24, you can press a button and it resets to 0 and counts up, which is cool.
The housing of the dvds looks nice, with a fresh art design. The art is pretty much the same (on the dvds).
Last, but not least, the discs are housed in a cardboard container, 2 of my discs exhibit scratches, and 1 was out of the sleeve entirely.
I have bought other dvds in the past using cardboard containers, and the result is the same. Not good for housing dvds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't watch it when it originally aired, kinda glad because I would have HATED waiting a week to see the next episode. Best TV series I have ever watched!!Published 4 days ago by Manda Almada
Not as good as I expected. A little boring, since I don't find myself concerned for or rooting for any of the characters.Published 4 days ago by AliCat
I haven't seen season 1 since it was live on TV; it's almost as enjoyable the second time through! Well worth a watch if you didn't catch it the first time.Published 4 days ago by Ryan Patton
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Dec 13, 2006 by Wayne Klein | See all 3 posts
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I really dont like the new dvd cases because it does not fit with the rest of the 24 dvd's. Maybe if they were going to release everything in the season 5 format, it might be neat, but i havent heard anything of that. If i were to not base it on any other season, id say it looks great. But next... Read More
Dec 9, 2006 by Michael C. | See all 13 posts
|Do I have to watch 24 seasons in order?||
Yes, definitely watch them in order. The plot line for each season refers to and is sometimes effected by previous seasons.
Jan 6, 2009 by J. Yohman | See all 4 posts
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