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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
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 1.75 inches; 1.06 Pounds
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 19 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : September 17, 2002
- Actors : Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Haysbert
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Fox Network
- ASIN : B00005JLF2
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It’s the day of the California Presidential Primaries and an African American candidate is the front runner to beat; but there’s a terrorist threat to assassinate him. Senator David Palmer is everything you’d want in a chief executive. Dennis Haysbert is superb in his portrayal of the stalwart Palmer and makes you wonder if President Obama took any cues from his style- seems like it to me. Palmer’s wife however is another matter and her scheming and plotting to make sure she gets to the White House puts her at odds with her spouse. The plot is complex, earlier in his career Senator Palmer was in leadership of an oversight committee that greenlit a mission is Kosovo that ended up with the target Victor Drazen (Dennis Hopper) dead but his wife and daughter as collateral damage. The then Spec Ops leader of the team that conducted the mission was none other than Jack Bauer. The sons of Drazen want revenge on Bauer and Palmer and will stop at nothing to get it. Jack’s daughter and wife are kidnapped and used as leverage to make him infiltrate Palmer’s security detail and kill him. To make matters worse there is a mole (or two) at the CTU Los Angeles HQ so Jack doesn’t know who to trust.
It all works but after awhile the constant peril daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) finds herself in becomes laughable; how one person could have such bad luck is hard to believe. Wife Terri Bauer (Leslie Hope) also finds herself frequently in danger too; get rescued, get caught again, repeat. If he were smart Jack would get Kim a new identity and ship her off to some remote Swiss boarding school, she’s too much of a liability to him and his job.
The ending is harsh and the duplicitous traitor in CTU isn’t revealed until the penultimate episode and you’re kept guessing until then. Enough false doubt is placed on a couple of other players to make you wonder but when the true mole is exposed it’s a surprise. I watched all 9 seasons, the movie, and the recent failed reboot. Towards the end of the original 8 season run things began to get repetitive and predictable; Jack’s invincibility became increasingly hard to swallow. Still, ‘24’ is an excellent show in its earlier years and well worth watching.
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. :)
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My review is on the box set consisting of '24' Complete Seasons 1,2,3,4,5 & 6.
Language is English with ENGLISH SUBTITLES for hearing impaired.
Sound is 2.0 Surround for season 1, 5.1 for seasons 2,3,4,5 & 6.
Picture is Widescreen version 16:9, presented in 1.78.1 approx Aspect Ratio.
Run time advertised as 6069 minutes.
If you can buy this at the right price remember that most traders will charge delivery for one dvd only, even though this box set seems to have thousands of discs.
Could be a great way to start your collection or as a gift to an appreciator of the series.
would definitely recommend this product
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Only watched 1st 3 series so far (got all 7 to go at + film).
I would encourage anyone to purchase. It's the type of thing you can watch again and again, as I am sure when watching a 2nd time we will seee things that we missed the 1st time around. It's that packed.
a few of them, found that we were picking fault with just about everything in it. I know the Americans write
differently to English scriptwriters, but some of the mistakes were appalling. And that whingeing daughter
of his - oh dear. If you didn't see it on tv (like us) then don't bother buying it. How many crooked staff can
one Whitehouse have???