TV Answer Man
Isn't 24 On Blu-ray?
Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2013)
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Q. My favorite show
of all time is 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland. I would
love to watch the entire series again -- in HD, of course -- but
it's not available on Blu-ray. It's just on DVD. How come? --
Tony, Washington, D.C.
24, which starred Sutherland as a counter-terrorism agent
named Jack Bauer, debuted in November, 2001 and aired for eight
seasons. The show continues to have a rabid following and
there's been talk it will return as a movie, although the latest
scuttlebutt says Fox has abandoned the idea.
Now as for the Blu-ray angle, seasons
of 24 are available on Blu-ray, but the first six seasons
are not. Consequently, as you noted, there isn't a Blu-ray
edition of the complete series.
It seems odd considering that 24 does have a strong
following, which I noted previously. But if you look closely at
the show's history, it starts to make sense.
In the early years of 24, Fox wasn't broadcasting any primetime
shows in high-def. The network was slow to the HD dance, a
policy which I frequently criticized, as long-time readers of
So the first several seasons of 24 were not produced in HD,
which means the studio would have to convert those shows to
high-def to issue a Blu-ray edition of the entire series. And
that gets expensive.
But I suspect that at some point -- probably sooner than later
-- Fox will invest in the HD conversion and issue 24, The
Complete Series on Blu-ray. The collection would likely sell
extremely well, particularly since it is now unlikely there will
ever be 24, the movie.
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