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‘24’ Crew Talks Blu-ray Set and Season Eight

13 May, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

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LOS ANGELES — “24” executive producer and director John Cassar has a suggestion for the show’s fans when the seventh season is released May 19, the day after the final episode airs on Fox: Pick this one up on Blu-ray Disc.

“It looks great when it’s on air in high-def. … You really get to see the detail,” said “24” executive producer Jon Cassar about the upcoming Blu-ray release. “I work very hard on these shows. I want to see them the best way I can. I still have a huge DVD collection, but I’m a big Blu-ray renter. I don’t see anything now anymore without seeing it on Blu-ray.”

Cassar and most of the cast from the seventh season of “24” attended an advance screening of the final two episodes of the series May 12 at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, along with a few hundred lucky fans of the show.

The morning after the final episode airs May 18, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the season on both DVD and Blu-ray, the first time a season of the hit show has been released on high-def. Half of the 24 episodes have cast and crew commentaries across the six discs for both releases, along with a commentary for the deleted scenes, and a few featurettes.

After the screening, the producers and stars took to the stage for a roundtable discussion of the final season, and a glimpse at what to expect for season eight.

“It takes place in New York … and that’s about it,” executive producer Howard Gordon teased the crowd, offering no other specifics about the next season.

Kiefer Sutherland said this season was the first where he knew far in advance what type of adventures his character Jack Bauer would run into. “For the first time in the history of my experience on ’24,’ I knew where it was going,” he said. “I think the set-up for season eight is [excellent].”

Glenn Morshower said there was “nobody more amazed than me” that he was still on the show in his recurring role as a Secret Service agent, with so many characters killed each year. “The question becomes, what do you do for an encore?” he said.

Elisha Cuthbert, who plays the oft-in-trouble daughter of Jack Bauer, said the role has become so familiar to her, she answers to “Kim” when people call her the name of her character.

Jon Voight, who appeared as a villain in season seven, said he enjoyed watching the screening with audience, who cheered loudly throughout the two hours. “It’s fantastic to watch it like that,” he said. “These guys know all the details about the show and characters.”

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