24: Season 4
DVD Reviews | Dec 9th, 2005
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, William Devane, Kim Raver, Carols Bernard, Roger Cross, Louis Lombardi, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dennis Haysbert
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Jack Bauer is back once again, and this season, he’s in a different position. As the Security of Defense’s right hand man, Jack must race against a deadly terrorist strike and rescue the Security of Defense. Becoming more serious and dangerous than originally thought; Jack Bauer, CTU and several newcomers must uncover who is trying to destroy the country. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, and William Devane, Season 4 is one of the best seasons of the series so far.
When we last saw Jack Bauer in Season 3, he was helping the country once again from a deadly and lethal virus bomb, spreading throughout Los Angeles. What also some may not see, on the Season 3 DVD was an exclusive Season 4 prequel, in which Jack Bauer is fired by the new head of CTU. In that prequel you also get a sense of what is about to happen on Season 4. This brings us to the beginning of the season, and Jack Bauer working for the Secretary of Defense, played wonderfully by William Devane. Also, working for the SOD, is his daughter Audrey Raines (Kim Raver) who is also having a torrid romance with Jack behind her dad’s back. Audrey is going through a divorce and sleeping with her father’s right hand man is something you don’t want to broadcast to Daddy. In the beginning half of the season, the plot revolves around the kidnapping/possible assassination of Secretary of Defense Heller and the rescue mission. We also come to realize that this plot is just on the small scale of a much larger and severely dangerous attack.
The cast has also been switched around a bit. With pretty much, Kiefer Sutherland the only primary full time cast member returning. I find the casts of the show get better and better every year with excellent character actors playing important roles in mostly guest starring capacity. William Devane plays Secretary Heller as mentioned previous, with Roger Cross playing Agent Curtis Manning. Curtis is pretty bad ass, and in the beginning of the season viewers are not sure of Curtis’s intentions. Mostly by the book, Curtis is a very intimidating figure. Also, new computer guru Edgar Stiles, played by Soprano’s alumni Louis Lombardi, is sometimes frustrating and solid at his job. He’s another character that you expect to be a mole but doesn’t end up that way. There are more than a few surprises of who shows up in Season 4, and it will give long time fans a thrill.
As like previous box sets for the show, 24 is always filled with many cool extras. This year, like the Season 3 set, features a prequel branching Season 3 and Season 4, and let me tell you, it was exciting as hell to watch. **Spoilers ahead, don’t read if you don’t want to know.**Over 10 minutes long, and about a million to make, this 10 minute story shows Jack hiding out in Chicago, with dirty long mullet hair and a beard. He meets up with Chloe to find out what is happening in CTU. She tells Jack that someone hacked into her system and retrieved the autopsy reports to show that it wasn’t Jack’s body that went to the morgue. Then as they break up, some strange looking fellows start chasing Jack in his car, following him throughout the streets on a motorcycle. It pretty much ends after the car chase and then teases you with the “You won’t be believe what’s going to happen on 24 this year” or something along those lines. Other extras include cast and crew commentaries on selected episodes, 39 deleted scenes with additional commentary, a few featurettes , 24 cell phone mobisodes, and a music video. It’s a great group of extras.
As usual, Jack Bauer is the man, and comes back to CTU on a provisional basis to help stop the latest threat. Ya know the typical Bauer day; shooting people, breaking limbs, electrocuting peeps, blowing shit up, and dodging death. Fans of 24 find that Jack Bauer is in rare form and with each season, gets into more predicaments and dangerous situations. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for Jack and CTU in Season 5.
-Exclusive Season 5 Prequel Bridging Seasons 4 & 5
-Cast/Crew Commentary on Selected Episodes
-39 Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary
-4 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
-“24: Conspiracy” Cell Phone Mobisodes
-Music Video & More!
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
-Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: All 24 !!!
Running Time: 1055 minutes