05.20.2009 02:45 PM
'24' Goes Blu-ray 24 Hours After Season Finale
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.

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