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A revamped version of "24" season 1, anyone?


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#1 of 15 t_smitts

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Posted March 28 2007 - 06:51 AM

Compared to the subsequent seasons, the first "24" set was surprisingly bare in terms of special features, no doubt because it was rushed to shelves.

There are no the only bonus features are one of the two alternate endings in which Teri Bauer lives plus a rather pointless intro by Kiefer Sutherland to season 2. There are no episode commentaries to be found. No featurettes whatsoever on the conception or production of the show. They don't even have chapter selections on the episodes.

With the word that seasons 1-4 would be re-release in the slim packaging, I wondered if they shouldn't have taken the opportunity to add some stuff to season 1. A couple of commentaries from actors, producers or directors, maybe?

Admittedly many of the people who shelled out money for the first version might be p!ssed to have a newer, better version show up suddently, but I thought it was a good idea. It's probably too late a this point but what do you think?

#2 of 15 David Deeb

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Posted March 28 2007 - 07:07 AM

Now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever seen a double-dip for a TV series. Can anyone think of one?

I doubt they'll double-dip for a TV series (unlike a movie), especially for a show like 24.

I don't think it has much repeat play. Even though I enjoyed Seasons 1 & 2, I felt like I had completed a marathon by time they were over. Its like the same show over and over and over and over again. I doubt I'll ever rewatch the whole thing again. And doubt Fox can resell that many copies to people who have Season 1.

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Posted March 28 2007 - 07:34 AM

Lets hope that when they release it on HD it will contain the longer episdoes that was on the Region 2 DVD

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Posted March 28 2007 - 07:56 AM

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Now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever seen a double-dip for a TV series. Can anyone think of one?
Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. I can't speak for Trek but TZ was absolutely worth rebuying.

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I don't think it has much repeat play. Even though I enjoyed Seasons 1 & 2, I felt like I had completed a marathon by time they were over. Its like the same show over and over and over and over again. I doubt I'll ever rewatch the whole thing again. And doubt Fox can resell that many copies to people who have Season 1.
I know there's plenty of people that think that but I don't understand it. The show has great acting (Sutherland and Haysbert especially), directing and editing and while the surprise element is gone on repeat viewings, I still enjoy those other great things in the episodes. To me, it's the same thing as knowing the ending of The Usual Suspects, Fight Club or The Sixth Sense, I can still enjoy them eventhough I know how the twists and turns of them.

EDIT: All the being said, I don't think an S1 re-release would sell particularly well (and won't happen).

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Posted March 28 2007 - 10:17 PM

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Lets hope that when they release it on HD it will contain the longer episdoes that was on the Region 2 DVD

?? Region 2 had longer episodes? how?
which ones?

#6 of 15 TravisR

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Posted March 28 2007 - 10:38 PM

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?? Region 2 had longer episodes? how?
which ones?
They just dumped deleted scenes (99% of which were originally cut because they're completely unneccesary) back into the episodes. The only one that even remotely adds something is
when Teri tells Nina that she is pregnant before Nina kills her.


#7 of 15 Demis G

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Posted March 28 2007 - 11:08 PM

Cool.. seemless branching sort of say..

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Posted March 29 2007 - 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by t_smitts
There are no the only bonus features are one of the two alternate endings in which Teri Bauer lives
What???! Teri Bauer could never live with that boyscout haircut she had (and still has if you've seen Leslie Hope in more recent series). Posted Image

#9 of 15 Nicholas Martin

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Posted March 29 2007 - 02:35 AM

CSI season 1 was supposed to be re-released, but we all know that hasn't happened.

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Posted March 29 2007 - 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by TravisR
They just dumped deleted scenes (99% of which were originally cut because they're completely unneccesary) back into the episodes.
I wouldn't say they just "dumped" deleted scenes back in as they were fully scored etc. I suspect they would've been this long in the US (producer/director cuts) if there wasn't such demand (by tv networks) for extended commercial breaks in hit shows. These longer (in R2) episodes only appear towards the end of season 1 when the show was a bonafide hit and Fox saw that space in the commercial breaks could go at a premium (and space had to be made to accomodate commercials at the expense of programme content). I am surprised they never got released in the R1 set though.
The episodes were always the longer versions in the UK from the very first airing and actually this meant that Fox UK had to re-issue the season 1 dvd as at first they issued the shorter US version by mistake. I think the additions add a lot personally, not only
the Nina stuff (which is pretty heavy when you think about it, she KNEW Terri was pregnant yet shot her IN THE BELLY anyway! ewww!)
but also various gun battles are extended and it makes it more believible as Jack stops to re-load rather than having never ending ammunition etc! IMHO the "longer" episodes are how it should've been for everyone.
I would welcome a R1 re-issue with not only the extended episodes intact but also a new 5.1 soundtrack to bring the season in line with the rest of the releases!

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Posted March 29 2007 - 02:23 PM

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These longer (in R2) episodes only appear towards the end of season 1 when the show was a bonafide hit and Fox saw that space in the commercial breaks could go at a premium (and space had to be made to accomodate commercials at the expense of programme content).
The show almost didn't get renewed after the first year. It had alot of critical acclaim but it didn't really get a large audience until Season Four.

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Posted March 29 2007 - 05:42 PM

I'd love for a re-issue. I have the R2 version, but I'd love special features.

Would like better cover art, too.

#13 of 15 t_smitts

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Posted March 02 2008 - 04:13 AM

Good news:

24 DVD news: Press Release for 24 - Season 1: Special Edition | TVShowsOnDVD.com

The timing couldn't be better since this will be the first year since it's inception with no new "24" on either TV or DVD (January '09??? WTF is up with that?)

Hmmm... first a release date for "Day Break" and now this? Maybe I should hold out hope for Fred Savage's old show "Working" on DVD. Plus if "The Fugitive" does well enough, maybe they'll give the Tim Daly remake a go...

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Posted March 02 2008 - 06:14 AM

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(January '09??? WTF is up with that?)
The writer's strike delayed this season. They had shot 8 episodes and then the writers' strike happened but there was no way that they could make another 16 episodes in the time they had left. And due to fan whining (or feedback Posted Image), Fox 'has' to air 24 as a whole block of episodes so they have to wait until January 2009.

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Posted March 02 2008 - 08:40 AM

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The writer's strike delayed this season. They had shot 8 episodes and then the writers' strike happened but there was no way that they could make another 16 episodes in the time they had left. And due to fan whining (or feedback Posted Image), Fox 'has' to air 24 as a whole block of episodes so they have to wait until January 2009.


I know why they're doing it. It was more an expression of how much this bites ass that we have to wait so long.


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