24: Season 1
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Contains all 24 episodes on 6 discs. Product Details Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Haysbert Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Subtitles: English, Spanish Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Number of discs: 6 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Fox Network Run Time: 1152 minutes Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (705 customer reviews) ASIN: B00005JLF2 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Such a simple idea--yet so fiendishly complex in the execution. 24, as surely everyone knows by now, is a thriller that takes places over 24 hours, midnight to midnight, in 24 one-hour episodes (well, 45-minute episodes if you subtract the commercials). Everything takes place in real time, which means no flashbacks, no flash-forwards, no handy time-dissolves. Every strand of the plot has to be dovetailed and interlocked so things happen just when they should, in the right amount of time. Not that easy.
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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It used to bother me that some of the plot twists were too unrealistic as were the surprise traitors, and mean people turning good, but these become established 24 tropes. It's all in good fun to keep us on the edge of our seats. It is pure entertainment in good spirits.
I started watching Season 1 on my Amazon Fire Stick on a Saturday and ended up binge-watching the entire season that weekend. The story is so fast-paced and riveting, that you can't stop watching. It's like a good book that you can't put down - you have to find out what happens next.
I'm on Season 2 now. :)
Long Live 24. Long Love Jack. May there be a quick and painful death for the spin-off.