Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|24 Season Seven |
Actor: Kiefer Sutherland
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Genre: Television: Fox TV Rating: TV14 Release Date: 19-MAY-2009 Media Type: Blu-Ray
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Actual review of the product
kem | texas | 05/23/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've noticed all of the reviews mainly focus on the season itself and not the essentials of the whether the blu-ray transfer of this season was good or not. So I've decided to add my two cents in. And remember everyone we are all entitled to our opinions so feel free to disagree. O.K. First of all I think season 7 was pretty good. I would give it 4 stars overall. It was better than the mess of season 6 and came close to the greatness of season 5. Of course nothing has come close yet to season 2 in my opinion. That was the standard that will be used to measure all action series for years to come. Anyway, yes there were some uneven moments and plot holes this season at times but when you look at the big picture after watching the entire show the writers explained it well enough to satisfy my curiosity. The acting was great as usual with plenty of new characters getting a chance to flex their muscles and of course Jack barking his way through the day as usual. I liked the dialogue between him and agent Renee Walker and how Jack finds some of his humanity in the process by the time the show draws to an end but Renee ends up somewhat losing her's. Those who have seen the finale know what I mean. And I can't say enough about Jon Voight. His acting was superb. I felt the show really hit a new gear when he took center stage as the main enemy. And yes there are a few moments where the story will make you scratch your head but in the end the writers do a good job of tying everything up and entertaining you in the process. For example, who cares why Jack is fighting someone when you get to see him kill a guy with a screwdriver through the chest and then use that same screwdriver to start-up a truck. A true classic Jack Bauer moment :) You'll even get to see Kim become a mini jack near the end. Overall a satisfying season that did more things right than it did wrong.
Now on to the transfer. This is where my 3 star review comes into play. The blu-ray version is only slightly above the standard edition in picture quality in my opinion. On several occasions I noticed grain and bland or washed out colors. The blacks and grays were decent but didn't have that pop that I know blu-ray can produce. However, on a few scenes the picture quality was noticeable better than at other times. It seemed almost that fox didn't have their high def cameras working right on some of the episodes. Overall I would give the picture quality between a 7 and 8. The audio also is not quite what I was hoping. The dts master audio mix is a definite step up from dolby digital but for a show like 24 I was surprised that my system didn't get a better workout than it did. The audio mix is extremely front channel heavy with very little going on with your surrounds. This is a real missed opportunity on the part of fox since something is always going on behind the scenes with each set on 24. I wanted to hear the conversations and computer analysts typing away in the background with fbi headquarters or the grinding of hydraulics in the background as Jack and company stake out the loading docks. I just didn't hear any of that. And I feel that my ht is a pretty good set up (cost me about $3000) so I know that the mix could have been so much better. As a contrast I just finished watching Taken on blu and that was a audio mix done right. Anyway if I had known the mix would end up being so front channel heavy and the picture quality not popping as much as I had hoped I would have just went with standard def. Of course to each his or her own."
C. Higginbotham | 05/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just got finished watching this on TV and yes I am one of those "stupid people" who will go out and buy this tomorrow. And I will watch it again as soon as I do because that's just how great this show really is. I cant understand why people who are supposed to be such big fans of the show are actually angry they are releasing the dvd early. Wouldn't that be what you want?
But anyway...on to the show....
24 Season 7 will go down as one of the premiere seasons in the shows history. Maybe, from start to finish, the best since Season 1. After a lackluster Season 6, I think it was safe to say that the writers and producers of the show had a clear opportunity to start over and start fresh. And they did. What we got was a smart, tight, and extraordinarily acted season with the same raging action and plot twists but still with a different feel to it. By relocating out of L.A and into D.C. we got the chance to see Jack Bauer out of his element for the first time. At first I was skeptical of this, as many were. But after the first episode of the season I realized that my skepticism was for nothing. The move to D.C. was perfect and it brought so much to this season. And as we progressed from twist to twist, from villain to villain, the one thing that stayed apparent was that this season was absolutely brilliant. Nothing will ever compare to the originality of Season 1. And the show's creators know that. But they weren't trying to replicate that. Instead they were trying to bring us a season that we will remember, instead of tossing away like we did with season 6. Season 7 was a triumph and it's just another example of why we keep watching."
As Tired as Jack
H. M Pyles | Chicago, IL United States | 06/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched every season of 24 the same way: wait for it to come out on DVD, start it on Friday night, and finish all 24 episodes by Sunday night. I end up exhausted, sore, and somewhat addled, having missed -- like Jack -- a few critical phone calls, several meals, and almost all emotional connection with my fellow human beings . . . but with at least some sense of how poor Jack must feel when he punches out at the end of a workday only a superhero can handle. It's really the only way to do it.
Season 7 was a rollicking good time, restarting the adrenaline drip that ran somewhat dry last season. I'm a big fan of Cherry Jones and am still grousing about how she lost the movie role in "Doubt" that she so sublimely played on stage. With the shadow of Mother Aloysius hanging over things, I spent the first few hours wondering whether Ms. Jones was miscast as Madame President. Where was the edge, the certainty, the petulance? But after a couple of terrorist attacks the cussing started, she was in her groove, and we were finally treated to a President whose grim grit even a testy nun could respect.
It's hard actually to discuss the story arc of a season of 24 without running into the spoiler alert problem. Suffice it to say that season 7 is in a new town with some new characters and some returning friends and foes. But the grander messages carry on from earlier seasons. Terrorists never sleep, so neither may heroes. There are many good people in government, but they just can't seem to keep the hatches battened down on their security systems, their classified information, and the whereabouts or plottings of their families and friends. Moral dilemmas will never be resolved, as the need to protect our way of life and our system of laws can only be served by violating our way of life and our system of laws. The people who opt to abide by the law are a lot more frustrating - and more boring - than the heroes who throw the law out the window to save our ability to have law. Terrorists never, ever display compassion. Heroes pick and choose. There is a conspiracy behind everything, and no matter how far up the chain you go, there is always someone higher and nastier and better dressed. Jack may seem easy to fathom, but he's complex. Very complex.
Lordy, I love this show.
The big flaw to me in season 7 was Jack's little problem with his nervous system and the magic hypodermic. Since everyone knows that Kiefer Sutherland is under contract for at least one more season, just how are we expected to get on the edges of our seats wondering if he's going to make it? SPOILER ALERT: He's going to make it.
But one thing 24 proves is that with enough well-designed and well-photographed bombings, conspiracies, chases, shootouts, car wrecks, whizbang technology gadgets, and dramatic confrontations both loud and soft, the audience will hang in through any amount of untenable doings.
Did I say how much I love this show?
How TV Shows SHOULD Be Released to DVD
Jon | 05/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched every episode when it aired on TV, including the season finale, and absolutely loved that I could go out and purchase the entire season on DVD the very next day.
The market demand for TV entertainment is changing, and Fox and 24 are leading the way in meeting the demand. New episodes every week, DVD quality episodes streaming online the next morning, and the DVD set released the day after the season finale -- well done."