24-Season 5 (2002)

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Released 6-Dec-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Suporting Players, Unsung Heros:24 Hour Camera Department
Interviews-Crew-Music By Sean Callery
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Logan's Retreat
Deleted Scenes-And Extended Scenes
Additional Footage-100 Episode Reel
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Book Sample
Audio Commentary-Multiple commentaries - various episodes
Web Links
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 1007:21
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (7)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jon Cassar
Rodney Charters
Ken Girotti
Davis Guggenheim
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Kiefer Sutherland
Sarah Clarke
Dennis Haysbert
Elisha Cuthbert
Leslie Hope
Penny Johnson
Carlos Bernard
Sarah Wynter
Xander Berkeley
Reiko Aylesworth
James Badge Dale
William Devane
Alberta Watson
Case ?
RPI $69.95 Music Sean Callery
John Frusciante


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    As I write this the sixth season of 24 is about to hit our television screens. This phenomenally successful series starring Keifer Sutherland as the indestructible Jack Bauer has redefined television suspense and action. Something which really surprised me is that it has been able to keep the quality going through 5 seasons and hopefully on into the sixth. This is a testament to the high quality writing and excellent cast and production values. Here at Michaeldvd we have previously reviewed Seasons  1 and  2.

    This fifth season kicks off 18 months after the end of season 4 when Jack staged his own death with the assistance of some CTU operatives. He has assumed another identity and is working in an oil field. During the opening episode, his friend, ex-president David Palmer is assassinated and someone seems to be trying to set Jack up for the killing. As the CTU operatives who helped him also start to be killed he comes out of hiding to investigate...and thus begins another 24 hours of action and suspense. It is impossible to give an episode by episode overview without spoiling the many twists and turns, climaxes, intrigues, betrayals, surprises and killing off of major characters.

    This series is probably one of the best of the five so far and despite its obvious implausibility keeps you sucked in riveted to the screen for all 24 episodes. Key characters in this series include

    Notable guest stars in this series include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as Lynn McGill, from division, Peter Weller and C.Thomas Howell. The cast is of uniformly high quality, especially Gregory Itzin and Jude Ciccolella. The 24 episodes are spread over 6 discs and depending where (and when) you buy this set an extra seventh disc is included which houses the non-episode based extras.

    A great series of an excellent television show. I enjoyed this series so much that I placed an order to buy the first four series on DVD. Highly Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good but I did notice a bizarre glitch on one disc.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very sharp and clear although there was occasionally some light grain. There was no evidence of low level noise. I did notice some very minor macro-blocking at 0:33 in episode 4. There were some odd spots of pixelization on the fifth disc which is the glitch I referred to before. I would normally assume these sort of things were disc damage or dirt however this occurred at the same point (about 41 minutes in) on every episode on the disc. For a second or two at this very similar spot, the colour broke up and there was pixelization throughout the screen. It is hard to explain exactly what it looks like.

    The colour was excellent with no issues to report..

    Artefacts included some edge enhancement here and there.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired plus burned in ones for foreign languages.

    The layer changes were not obvious or were between episodes.
    

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is excellent for a television production.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s. There was excellent stereo separation across the front sound stage and overall the soundtrack was immersive.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.

    The score of this series is by Sean Callery which is an excellent addition adding significantly to the tension and suspense of the series.

    The surround speakers added lots of atmosphere and some surround effects although not to the level of a major motion picture.

    The subwoofer was used constantly adding bass to the music, explosions, heartbeats and other sound effects.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    There is an incredible array of extras included here.

Menu

    The menus are very well designed with a great intro, music, scenes plus all the usual set-up options.

Commentaries - All Discs

    Many of the episodes include commentaries which range from excellent to boring. They all begin after the 'previously on' section of the episode. They are as follows

Deleted and Extended Scenes - All Discs

    There are 37 minutes of deleted scenes available over the six discs. They are also repeated in one item on Disc 7. Most don't add a whole lot to the story although the ones on Episode 15 & 24 are certainly worth a look.

Disc 7

Supporting Players (20:32)

    Featurette focusing on the characters other than Jack Bauer. Covers the casting process, interviews with most of the cast, the process of making the show, shooting issues and some background to the actors. There are some spoilers so watch out.

Unsung Heroes : 24 Camera Department (40:13)

    An overlong but interesting look at the camera department on 24. Covers who the crew are, what they do, technical issues, lighting, tricks they use, stunts, visual effects and much more.

Music by Sean Callery (9:49)

    Featurette covering the music and how it is used in the show. Includes demonstration of how music changes can affect a scene.

Logan's Retreat (5:54)

    Featurette about designing and building the set used for the presidents retreat. Amazingly it is a set not a location.

Extended & Deleted Scenes (37:07)

    The same scenes as were on the other discs however they are all together here and have an optional commentary by the editor and one of the seemingly thousands of Executive Producers.

100th episode reel (7:14)

    Highlights of the first hundred episodes.

24 Behind The Scenes - Book Sample (0:51)

    This is an introduction to a photo gallery by the director. The gallery is shots from a book which is being published.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This series is available in both Region 1 and 2. The DVD set seems to be the same regardless of Region with the exception that the Region 1 includes a prequel for Season 6. According to reviews its not worth having, so no great loss. May as well call it a tie.

Summary

     A top series of a great television show.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is excellent.

    More extras than you can poke a stick at.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Extras
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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, February 03, 2007
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