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24: Series 1 DVD


Such a simple idea--yet so fiendishly complex in the execution. 24, as surely everyone knows by now, is a thriller that takes place over 24 hours, midnight to midnight, in 24 one-hour episodes (well, 45-minute episodes if you extract the ad breaks). Everything to take place in real time--on-screen and off-screen time the same--which means no flash-backs, no flash-forwards, no nice handy time-dissolves. Every strand of the plot has to be dovetailed and interlocked to make sure that 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 a pretty impressive job in putting the jigsaw together and keeping the tension ratcheted up high, as Federal Agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) hares around LA trying to stall an assassination attempt on a black 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?) and the final twist, once you start thinking back, makes no sense whatsoever. There are altogether too many huggy family moments ("I love you, Dad." "I love you, son"); and as for überbaddie Dennis Hopper’s "Serbian" accent… Even so, this is undeniably mould-breaking TV. Sutherland, rescuing his career from the doldrums in one heroic leap, fully deserves his Golden Globe. Sets and locations are artfully deployed--we gain a real sense of LA’s splayed-out geography--and Sean Callery’s score is a powerful, brooding presence. Like Murder One and The Sopranos, 24 is one of those series future TV thrillers will have to measure themselves against. On the DVDs: 24 is released in a six-disc box set. On discs 1- 5 there are no extras, but disc 6 includes the "alternative" ending and a preview of Series 2, presented by an urbane Kiefer Sutherland, that tells us precisely nothing. The transfer, in 16x9 widescreen and 2.0 Dolby Digital sound, does the high production values of the original every justice.--Philip Kemp

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Jack Bauer is a Federal agent who heads up the Counter Terrorist Unit He is given the task of preventing an assassination attempt on Presidential candidate Senator David Palmer The &39;assassin&39; is believed to be working on the inside of the Government and Jack may trust no-one When Jack&39;s family are abducted and the authorities suspect Jack of attempted murder he turns to colleague Nina Myers who is his friend and confidant Filmed in real time Jack faces the worst twenty-four hours of his life as he battles for the recovery of his family and a government mole

The complete first series of the real-time suspense drama series that takes place hour-by-hour over the course of one day. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), an agent for the CIA's Counter Terrorist Unti (CTU), is trying to prevent the assassination of frontrunning Democrat candidate Senator David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), after the CTU receives a death threat against him. However, a traitor amongst Jack's colleagues manages to hamper his progress, and Jack finds that he has been framed for the assassination himself. He flees the CIA agents on his tail in a desperate attempt to find the real perpetrators, led by Ira Gaines (Michael Massee). Injured, and armed with nothing except his mobile phone and the help of trusted colleague Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke), Jack's situation becomes increasingly precarious. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) has gone missing after sneaking out of the house with her friend Janet (Jacqui Maxwell), and Jack's ex-wife Terri (Leslie Hope) unwittingly puts herself in grave danger when she goes looking for her.

  • Average Rating for 24: Series 1 - 4 out of 5

    (based on 3 user reviews)
  • 24: Series 1
    Morgan Howard

    I was never able to watch this when shown initially on television. Recently though I received Series 1 as a gift.
    After watching the first episode though on DVD, I was unable to stop until I finished completely. I thought that this particular series was dramatic, compelling, thought provoking and irresistable. I would now recommend '24' to anybody. I intend to eventually purchase every other series now.

  • 24: Series 1
    Ian Hutchinson

    I am the worlds worst at "disciplinary TV watching", having to remember to sit and watch a TV series week after week. For this reason I was never convinced by 24 when it was on TV but having borrowed it from a colleague I am completle gripped by it's fast paced, extremely well thought out plot. The idea is epic in itself let alone writting the screen plays. The performances by the actors involved draw you into the plot very quickly so you can take a front row "need to know basis" seat on the rollercoaster of conspiracies and deceipt. A magnificent example of first class, all action, looking down the telescopic sites of the hunter and the hunted. It takes the meaning of "TV series" into the Abyss.

  • 24: Series 1
    Dave Bennett

    24 Is a phenominal show that cannot fail to captivate anyone who is lucky enough to feast their eyes on its expansive, emotional, thrilling, tear-jerking story lines accompanied with truely amazing acting especially from it's lead Kiefer Sutherland whos plays an extremely convincing governmental agent, Jack Bauer. And lets face it - He can do the best "stage cry" ever!

    The story is filmed in real-time which makes the show so wonderfully gripping, as, in the words of Kiefer Sutherland: "Every little action become relavent, such as a long red light, when someones life is in danger....Which it almost always is."

    So basically I'm not going to give away the story, but even if you are uncertain, buy this DVD! I can assure you that you wont regret it, and if you do I give you official permission to hunt me down...

    And and some of the prices on here...You cant go wrong.

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