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Ashes to Ashes - BBC Series 2 (New Packaging) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Montserrat Lombard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K0DY3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

All eight episodes from the second season of the 'Life on Mars' spinoff series. DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) returns with his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews), Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) and DCI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) to help the London Metropolitan Police deal with the 'southern nancy' criminal scum.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Synesthesia on 15 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I've been a LOM and A2A fan right from the word go, and this series, for me, is probably the best yet.

It's got the darkness and grit of Life On Mars, but still manages to keep the crazy 80s vibe which I loved in the first series of Ashes To Ashes. But the thing I love about it the most is the development of the characters, especially Chris and Ray (giving Marshall and Dean a chance to flaunt their skills), Alex's increasing dependency on Gene, and the issues this leads to, and of course Alex's continued battle to get home.

Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes really do shine together, and the more grounded, level headed Alex we see in series 2 is even more likeable than her series 1 persona, and the emotional development in Gene really does show what a truly complex and above all, human character, he is.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marko on 10 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Normally you don't write reviews before the DVD release date but this time i have to. I was a big fan of LOM and after the first episode of A2A i was not sure if this show could keep what LOM already delivered. But after seeing episode after episode i got thrilled by this show just as i was with LOM. I preordered the DVD set of series 1 and enjoyed it very much. When series 2 was ready to preorder i ordered it without having seen even one episode of the series. Now after the completion of series 2 on BBC i am very glad that i preordered the set because it only gets better and better. Gene Hunt, Alex Drake, Ray Carling, Chris Skelton, Shaz (does she have a surname?), Luigi all so loveable characters. Those added with twists and turns, 80s feel and music, great one liners and some big question marks leaving you begging for more! I just love the show and i can recommend it to everyone who likes well written scripts, great characters and thrilling quality TV. They have done it again: i'm totally hooked. So, fire up the Quattro an let it be the realease date of season 2 so i can watch it again and again :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Royer on 13 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Thanks to friends in the UK and having in my home an all region player I was lucky enough to discover LIFE ON MARS and ASHES TO ASHES many moons before other USA media nuts like myself. Don't need to go into detail on how much I enjoyed LIFE. The US version sucked rubber donkey lungs in my opinion, with the exception of the unaired David E. Kelly first pilot. Already a Keeley Hawes fan from the US A&E airings of MI-5(SPOOKS) I was eager to see ASHES TO ASHES although a bit skeptical about it equaling LIFE. What a surprise! Loved it. And then came series two of ASHES. To quote Higgins from MAGNUM P.I.: "Oh my Gawd!" It just keeps getting better and better. Love the growth of the supporting characters and ol' Gene Hunt (the 80's version of Ryan from THE SWEENEY) and of course Keeley won my heart ages ago. Great writing, wonderfully shot and if Alex and Gene don't do something pretty damn soon about their mutually denied attraction to each other...gad. You can cut the sexual tension with a knife, or maybe I'm just projecting my own feeling towards the lovely Ms. Hawes...who knows...who cares...it's a damn fine show, great actors and compelling story lines. Is this a review or a love letter? Don't bother me with motivations, okay. I love this show. Am delighted there are plans for a series three. Just go out and BUY IT...of course, from AMAZON UK. Ramblin' blather from a fan in The States. 'Nuff said.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Smiley on 11 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
I was a fan of the original LOM and Series 1 of A2A had its moments. I liked that Alex was the complete opposite of Sam. She was sure of herself, didn't care what anyone thought and was pro-active. Some thought her smug, I thought her wonderful. I didn't care for Gene Hunt in LOM, he bent the law, drank too much, and beat people up thinking he'd get confessions.He thought he was above the law. Yes, he was decidedly un-P.C. but I didn't care for him...I was in the minority as some found him heroic.

In A2A, Gene evolved. He wasn't policing in the 1970's anymore and Alex helped him use more modern techniques. A grudging respect blossomed.
In Series-2, the respect and working relationship has bloomed. Alex has settled in nicely with the team. The banter is wonderful as ever but the over-arching mysteries of this series are deeper, darker and more sinister.
A growing police corruption scandal is present throughout as is Alex's completely upended vision of where exactly she is and how to get out. The rules of this world aren't what she thought. The ground is constantly moving under her feet but she has found a bit of traction with the team and particularly Gene Hunt. Ray, Chris, and Shaz are there for support and a spot of learning but something is amiss.

I won't spoil it but this does crescendo beautifully to a final two-part conclusion which had our family simultaneously holding our breath and screaming. Pins and needles this one.

The writing is far more assured in Series-2 and so is the direction. Hawes and Glenister shine and they do have chemistry to burn: it's deeper than sexual chemistry and neither will admit it. They are both supremely gifted at speaking volumes with their eyes.
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