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24 : Series 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Box Set) [DVD] [2002]

Kiefer Sutherland , Mary Lynn Rajskub    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert, Elisha Cuthbert
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English, German, Korean, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ALLQS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This limited-edition DVD box set contains the complete first and second series of 24. Read our reviews of the individual series here: 24, Series 1, 24, Series 2.

Product Description

The first two series of the real-time drama series. In the first series, it is the day of the California Presidential elections and counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is trying to prevent the assassination of top candidate David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). However, a traitor amongst Jack's colleagues manages to hamper his progress, and the agent soon finds that he has been framed for the assassination himself. Meanwhile, Jack's teenaged daughter Kim goes missing and his ex-wife puts herself in grave danger when she goes looking for her. The second series begins over a year later, with Palmer, newly elected to the Oval Office, calling upon Jack to find a terrorist nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Again, however, Jack's task is complicated when Kim is forced to go on the run from her abusive employer. In both series the action takes place over 24 hours, with each episode representing one hour of actual time.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
24 is undoubtedly the best television show to have graced our screens in the past five years. I watch a lot of movies but it's quite shocking to know that perhaps the best thing I've seen is a television show. With all the qualities of a top-notch blockbuster movie, just ten times (or thirty times for this boxset) the length, this show is virtually flawless.
Season 1 is obviously very good or I wouldn't have been obliged to watch the second and third. The storylines which are seemingly unrelated intertwine fabulously and there are so many twists and turns you'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire ride, but the twists are seldom unbelievable. The real-time formula is fresh and exciting, one of the things which had drawn me to the show in the first place. Emotional and thrilling, this is superb. And it's worth buying this boxset just for the shocker ending to this series.
Season 2 is perhaps weaker but still superb television. One storyline involving Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) is detached from the rest of the story throughout the entire story and so reduces the quality a little. However the introduction of new, likeable characters and the welcome return of some old ones ensure the show is far from getting boring. The ending of this may be slightly disappointing and surely infuriating for those who were forced to wait months between the television air-dates of seasons 2 and 3.
Season 3 is a return to form, however, and the real-time formula is showing no signs of becoming old, even if it perhaps is less exciting than during the first season. There are, also, no cougars whatsoever in this series, fans will be delighted to know. With some more new characters and more old ones returning, this is similar to season 2 although the 2-part story is as exciting as ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good 10 Nov 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was never a fan of 24 when it premiered on terestrial TV. I believed a drama where every episode was an hour of the day wouldn't work. Thankfully when given 24 series 1 by a friend, I had no choice but to buy seasons 1 - 3 as it is one of the most thrilling TV experiences ever.
The shows premise was we spend one day in the life of Jack Bauer, a Counter terrorist specialist who will do anything and everything to get the job done. From the start we have thrills coming out of our ears as Jack races in series 1 to prevent the assasination of a black presedential candidate, series 2 prevent a nuclear explosion and series 3 stop a virus getting released. Along the way several sub plots are brought in to play and these are just as engrossing as the main story.
The shows format of the 1 hour per episode in real time is executed perfectly with the majority of episodes ending on excellent cliffhangers so you have to keep watching, although by the third series the format is getting pushed to its limits but it still is one of the most orginal things seen in years.
Kiefer Sutherland excels as Jack Bauer who can be in an office one minute and then invovled in a car chase the next so we are always on our toes. The emotional arcs of Jack Bauer are extremely affecting as in series 1 he has to balance the task of doing his job and protecting his family and if you don't get upset at one specific point you are dead inside.
The most impressive feature I found about 24 was that even though I knew the big twist finale to season 1 (my idiot brother who was a seasoned 24 fan felt the need to tell me) the show still managed to convince me buy all three series because it sucks you in so much you have to know what happens after the SHOCKING end to series 1.
If you haven't seen 24 and are a fan of the best thrillers around then this purchase is for you but do not let anyone tell you how it all ends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finished! At last I can get my life back ... 27 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
I bought this whole box set without having seen a single episode -- so strong was its reputation. And we haven't been disappointed. It's been one of those rare TV series that both my wife and I have enjoyed watching together.
I would agree with the general view on this forum that Series 2 is the weakest of the three. I think that's largely because the two threads of the story -- the nuclear threat to LA and the father's threat to Kim -- stay completely apart throughout. In Series 1, every thread contributed to the overall story. Series 2 finishes particularly unsatisfactorily, with the master crooks revealed to us only minutes before the end, and no resolution there, or at the start ofSeries 3, to tell us how they were captured.
Series 3 has two largely unrelated stories -- the presidential re-election and the viral threat to the USA -- but it is somehow much better done than Series 2: it's clearly got a bigger budget (for two jet fighters and a cast of hundreds in the hotel and the metro stration), and the music is better. Every key character compromises themself in some way or other -- even the President. The only problem with Series 3 is that the entire story in Mexico could be detached from the LA outbreak story that dominates the second half. And the fake courier plot that starts off the series seems largely irrelevant to everything else. Constructing a 24-episode day is clearly a very difficult thing to do.
I can't help thinking that the central character, Jack Bauer, is a US attempt to create a James Bond equivalent. (Maybe I'm being deluded by the initials.) But it works well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the oldest but the best
All fans will love going back tothe start of this series.Jacks back catalogue worth a revisit.
Value for money & excellent way of wading through ironing!!
Published 2 months ago by Kaka
1.0 out of 5 stars Marmite. love it or hate it.
I hated it!!! Overhyped load of rubbish. Maybe it is my age. 47 by the way. Surely only teenagers enjoy these mind numbing plots, awful acting and way over the top action... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
Saw the first series of this on it's original showing but missed the following season's,so decided to catch up on it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Scruffy packaging
The DVD's are exactly what I wanted but the box was very torn & scruffy unfortunately. This spoils the appearance.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. L. Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing.
Entertaining for people of all ages. Watched later series first but no adverse effect. My son is watching all again.
Published 10 months ago by Ms P Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars tepid
Another parade of the predictable, formulaic and socially paranoid from the treadmill of American TV execs. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2007 by Luce Van der Whaal
5.0 out of 5 stars An Edge of Your Seat Thrill Ride
24 is a TV show like no other. Each season represents a different storyline. Each episode is one hour in the same day, and events occur in real time. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2005 by Mark Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Events Occur In Real Time
Out of the first four seasons of '24', I think the first two are slightly superior to seasons 3 and 4, making THIS the boxset definitely worth owning.
Do it, dammit!
Published on 11 May 2005 by S. Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 is a minter
I have to say with no doubt that 24 is the best TV programme I have ever watched. It's clever, thrilling, emotive and tense all at the same time, and has you hooked from beginning... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2004 by "jonheadley2003"
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond for liberals...
There are various mediums for art to be represented in. There's painting, film, writing, dancing, music, poetry...and then there's 24. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2004
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