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  • Actors: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Montserrat Lombard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 12
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K0DY5E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 24 episodes from the 'Life On Mars' BBC crime drama spinoff in which DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and, along with his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews), Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) and new thorn in his side DCI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes), joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'southern nancy' criminal scum.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Glover on 28 Mar. 2014
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A great box set to complete the Life on Mars collection. I bought this after a bout of illness left me settee bound for a week and I discovered Netflix. However,i prefer the 'ownership' model for those things I consider to be true classics. And this is one of them. The acting is superb despite the Keeley Hawes naysayers. In fact she's as good in this as she is in the recent Line of Duty series. I think she suffered from the problem of following the excellent John Simm and the criticism she took (for which Glenister defended her) was unjust and generally the mewling noises of people who's knives were already sharpened. The first series very much follows the pattern from Life on Mars, as Alex Drake takes a bullet and finds herself in 1981. What follows is denial, acceptance, angst and all the usual theories of getting back to the current time. The denouement of the first series really is gripping and very moving as Alex does everything she can to prevent her parents death without knowing the truth behind the events until pretty much the last minute. Series 2 touches on police corruption as a story arc, and brings into play the superb Adrian Dunbar as the anti-hero to gene Hunt's straight down the middle results based policing. A cliff hanging ending leaves the viewer completely confused as to what time period Alex is actually in. Series 3 is the darkest by far. Alex questions Gene's motives more, and is pulled into the circle of the nasty Jim Keats (superbly acted by Daniel Mays) from Discipline & Complaints. I actually started to dislike Gene Hunts through this series.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Molyneux on 18 July 2011
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this box set is absolutely brilliant.on watching it it so took me right back to the 80s.was that how the police really were back in the day.lol , but no seriously,not to mock,a brilliant show and phillip glenister,aka-gene hunt,plays a brilliant part.he makes the show,but then all the characters are great.the dress sense,the music and just everything about the decade is depicted very well in the show. we need more shows like this. five stars for me !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 70s VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2011
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I really loved Life on Mars, really did. Must have been the combination of John Simm and Phil G. So when Ashes to Ashes arrived minus JS and Annie, I was gutted. How could they possibly redo LOM? Well they did and they didnt. The first series pretty much ignored LOM and only in the third series did they attempt to tie everything up. I hated A2A when I first watched it but, seeing Glennister in Mad Dogs wetted my appetite to see more of him. I then watched the last ep of series three and loved it. So now having the chance to see it all again I have to review my thoughts. Yes, Alex Drake is good and yes all the rest of the team work well. The scifi feel of LOM is largely absent and it certainly is more of a straight cop series, but even so it does have a great atmosphere and the finale is, well, gripping. Open your eyes LOM lovers, this is still good stuff, but in a different way and can be appreciated for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FYI on 14 May 2013
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Why this series is not more widely available remains a mystery. You'll need a Region-free DVD player to enjoy it. Alter expectations a bit, "Ashes to Ashes" has tough boots to fill, but Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) continues his biting humor and gravitas. This vehicle occasionally goes off-track: spare us the clowns! It's one thing to have Sam Tyler tormented by a little girl & her puppet/doll, but in Series 1, "Ashes to Ashes" overly focuses on a grotesque clown (like one in David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" music video). This repetitive image antagonizes, even when we discover its true identity (thankfully, end of clown!). And, for inexplicable reasons, the writers moved the narrative from the lively, pungent, evocative streets of Manchester, to a London barely seen (filmed mostly in Wales, a country with the best rugby team of all time). They make the lead a woman (no problem there), but she is brittle and shrill (no fault of the actress), and fixate on her attributes, something Sam Tyler (John Simm) never had to endure. Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) is tarted up in inappropriate outfits for a DCI, even if it's the 1980s; a DCI would never dress like a Flashdance wannabe while at work. This doesn't come across as cutting-edge, just bland pubescence from the writers. Keeley Hawes is a fine actor; as Alex Drake she was unfairly criticized by those who expected another Life on Mars. Compared to Annie Cartwright, the female characters are weak, including Shaz (Montserrat Lombard), again no fault of the actors involved.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grimlock on 12 April 2013
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I have a couple reservations about Ashes to Ashes. Mostly about the fact that some explanations make sense for Life on Mars, some for Ashes to Ashes, but don't really make sense when both are put together. My friend and I put together some explanations that do make sense in the end, but leave one with the slightly unsatisfied feeling that a couple details were either deliberately ignored, or that they were sort of forgotten, or swept under the rug as inconvenient for the sequel.

Despite these flaws, the majority of the series is compliant with LoM, and it's amazing. From the introduction to Alex, to the final revelations of the last episode of series three, this continues along the same lines as LoM. There's spot on characterizations, the same types of cases that Sam Tyler faced in LoM (same formula - simplified mysteries that make room for the character development, and bizarre elements that characterized the first show, and which work perfectly), the same attention to detail of the era (the eighties rather than the seventies.)

I personally wasn't happy with one subplot, but... it made sense, and it fit the characters. And it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the personalities, particularly Gene Hunt. (Whom Philip Glenister once again plays to perfection.) Or the stories. I didn't see the reveals of the series finale - for series one, two, or three. In addition, Ray was my least favorite character in LoM, and I'd never been able to pinpoint what it was about him that rubbed me the wrong way. However, I found myself liking him more in A2A despite the fact that he was the same character. (And Dean Andrews always gave a brilliant performance, as did Marshall Lancaster as Chris Skelton.
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