Release: Mar 18, 2011 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB - more from this series
After 24 - Twenty Four was first aired in 2001 in the USA the series about Kiefer Sutherland as Agent Jack Bauer soon became a huge hit. The real-time concept alone where 1 season was taking place during only one day alone was enough to make the series interesting. Even though some of the coincidential events are a little too unrealistic it's easy to overlook them - after all, they couldn't just show Jack Bauer sitting on his desk for 2 hours just to be realistic - nobody would want to watch something like this!
In spring 2010, 24 - Twenty Four ended after 8 seasons and one TV movie. At least for now - they are planning to release a cinema film that evolves the story a little further. We will see whether or not the transition from TV to the Theatres will work out fine for Jack Bauer.
The Extended Versions
In November 2010 the 8th season was released on DVD and Blu-ray. As a little bonus feature the producers included extended versions for 7 episodes.
The extended versions each consist of a scene which is added to the last scene of the respective episode's TV version. The additions evolve the plot slightly further and also give a little more insight into the characters.
If you really need these extended versions or not is up to you to decide. Each episode works just fine without them anyways.
This is a comparison between the TV Version and the Extended DVD Version which both are included in the German DVD box-set released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The extended version has 1 additional scene of 2:33 minutes.
After the press conference, President Taylor talks longer to Dalia Hassan, who is supposed to sign the peace contract. Topic is the sudden step-back of Ethan Kanin. President Hassan's widow is worried about this.
Dalia says she was still shaking from before and that she didn't know how the president did it - Taylor conforms her, though.
Jamot receives a call in the background.
Dalia thanks the president, telling her she wouldn't have done it without her help. After a short pause, she says that she noticed Ethan Kanin having left the room during the president's speech - she asks if something had happened. The president tells her that she intended to make this information go public only after the signing, but, since Dalia asked directly, tells her that Ethan has quit earlier that day.
After being asked, she continues that his health situation got worse and worse, and after the last few days' incidents, the doctors suggested this. Dalia says she was sorry and that it was probably hard for Taylor - she confirms and then excuses herself to go to a meeting before the negotiations continued.
President Tayler leaves, Jamot has finished his call and now goes to Dalia. He tells her that the speech and press conference showed positive reactions and that her approval rating had risen by three percent according to first surveys. He believes that this showed they went the right way.
Dalia says this were wonderful news, and then looks around in worry. Jamot asks her why, and as Dalia said there was probably nothing important, Jamot says that a good leader of a country listens to their instincts - if there was anything worrying her, she should tell.
She then says that Ethan Kanin stepped back, which wasn't a good sign because he was a loyal supporter of president Taylor's ever since her election campaign and main architect of the peace contract. The fact he stepped back so shortly before the historic event was not a good sign at all.
Jamot asks why he would do that - it didn't make any sense to him.
Dalia says that even her husband would trust president Taylor blindly, she believes she didn't tell her the whole story. If Ethan was no longer her consultant, somebody must have replaced him. She orders Jamot to do some discreet research. He obeys, leaves, and Dalia turns to him once more.