'24' Goes Blu-ray 24 Hours After Season Finale
May 20, 2009
Loyal viewers of the Fox Broadcasting Co. series "24" who may have missed various episodes through the winter or the May 18, two-hour finale of Season 7, didn't need to wait even 24 hours to buy the entire "day" filmed in real time. The six-disc set went on sale the very next day, May 19 (which may be a record for an entire TV series getting to retail shelves on disc).
It's also the first time a full season of the series has been released in Blu-ray — all (ironically) 1,080 minutes of it in 1080p. The first run of the episodes originally aired in 720p.
The Blu-ray package of the 24 segments chronicling a full "day" in the life of Special Agent Jack Bauer as he fights to save America from its latest peril boasts Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, and bonus features.
Whether the series will begin a trend of going to Blu-ray literally within hours of airing a season finale is yet to be seen, although "24" likely will repeat the practice itself next year: The show recently was renewed by Fox for an eighth season starting next winter.