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The Return of the Bauer Hour

4 Sep, 2007 By: John Latchem

The hit action-adventure series “24” returns to DVD Dec. 4 with 24: Season Six, a $59.98 seven-disc set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The season featured the return of special agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, who is released by a Chinese prison only to be again thrust into stopping a terrorist plot.

While critics accused the show of becoming stale with its storylines, the sixth season was the second-highest-rated season in the show's history, following only the fifth season, which won the Emmy for best drama series. The sixth season also sparked a controversy over the show's seeming glorification of torture as an interrogation technique.

The first six discs include all 24 episodes of the real-time drama as well as commentaries and branched deleted scenes, including an alternate ending for the season.

The seventh disc expands on the special features with behind-the-scenes featurettes and extended scenes, as well as a deleted cameo by comedian Ricky Gervais. The bonus disc also includes Webcast diaries, “Day Six Debrief” mobisodes, a public service announcement from Sutherland, the DVD-ROM-exclusive featurette “The Technology of ‘24,’ and an Easter Egg of the “24” parody done by “The Simpsons.”

Also included is a preview of the upcoming seventh season, which is slated to begin in January.

The sixth season was nominated in six categories for this year's Emmy Awards, including guest actress for Jean Smart and best actor for Sutherland, who won the award in 2006 for the fifth season.

Like the fifth season, the sixth-season DVDs are packaged in slim cases. Fox recently re-released the first four seasons in the slimmer packaging to match.

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