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  • Actors: Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Montserrat Lombard, Philip Glenister
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00365KI1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes from the third season of the 'Life On Mars' British crime drama spin-off 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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4.8 out of 5 stars

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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Dr. George L. Sik on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD
The writers of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes do great endings. Who can forget the finale of Life on Mars, or the very satisfying tying up of loose ends in Ashes to Ashes series 1? Series 2 finished on a frustrating cliffhanger, leaving us hungry for this series when, presumably, all would be explained and everything would become clear...and, boy, does it deliver!

It's actually very difficult to write much about it without giving the game away which is a pity because it's only in the last episode when you discover how fiendishly clever it has all been and how many clues were provided along the way. What, for example is 'new guv' Jim Keats's agenda? Why do people keep seeing stars? Who is the mysterious young policeman with half his face blown off who haunts Alex from the first episode? And is Gene Hunt to be trusted?

Gene is even grouchier than usual in this series. It seems he has something on his mind...but what? And what of Sam from Life on Mars? How does he fit into all of this?

My mum reckons that you only need to watch the first and last episodes of each series to know exactly what's going on and that's probably true, but it would be like watching a football match kick off, popping to the pub and then returning five minutes before the final whistle.

Ah yes, the pub...

No, no, no. I really mustn't give anything away. Just watch it. It's great.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD
Its not very often in a lifetime that event television such as this comes along. Whilst watching the final episode, I almost forgot to breathe and could hear my own heart beating. It was THAT good. (No spoilers here). One moot point- thank God it was BBC and no adverts broke up the tension.

Now I never quite got round to watching Life on Mars. it appealed to me, and my friends all praised it, but I just never got round to it. This in no way spoilt my enjoyment of Ashes to Ashes and Series Three played a blinder.

The loose ends are finally tied up - well the big ones are, but as for the little ones, well, the writers have left enough intrigue for you to mull over for a long time. From almost the first scene in Episode 8 came shock after shock after shock. Who was the body in the shallow grave? Why had Ray, Chris and Shaz all seen stars? Who was Gene Hunt really? and was Jim Keats good or bad? The final episode answered all these questions and its kudos to the writers as well as the actors that it was so electrifying. No weak links here.

Special mention must go to Daniel Mays playing Keats. Right up until the last episode he had me guessing: good or bad? good or bad? When this question was answered he really pulled off some incredible acting. Also excellent werethe outstanding Keely Hawes (isn't she tall? 5.11"?), Ray, Chris and the fabulous Shaz. their performances had everything including chemistry and camaraderie.

But let's centre on the hero to end all heroes, the Gene Genie himself. Unfortunately for the legend that is Philip Glenister he'll have some work to do to avoid being Gene Hunt in everything he does.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Singh-Hulass on 25 May 2010
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Please note: this IS NOT a review of this DVD, it has yet to be officially released, but an overview of the series as a whole.

Like everyone else here, I too thought that "Life On Mars" really couldn't be bettered as an example of gripping, imaginative and innovative TV. And "Ashes To Ashes" did struggle initially to escape the shadow of that fantastic series and forge its own identity.

As with most trilogies, you set the scene and establish your characters in the first act. The second act tends to be more exploratory in terms of character motivation and background. And the final act moves towards explanation, resolution and conclusion.

The series, for me, really came alive and forged its own unique vision during the second season. Maybe the writing just improved in quality, maybe the actors felt more established in their roles, or maybe the ghost of "Life On Mars" had been laid to rest somewhat, and everyone on the production team just realised that they did actually have something rather amazing on their hands in its own right.

Series Three has been criticised (there was a particularly snotty review in The Observer after the first episode), and overall, I don't think "Ashes To Ashes" has ever been as well received and critically acclaimed as "Life On Mars".

But I don't think the writers did drop the ball - they fleshed out the characters even further, the costumes, props and location departments truly excelled themselves in recreating authentic period detail, the music was simply a joy and the addition of Keeley Hawes to the cast added some wonderful sexual tension!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dee Elle on 23 May 2010
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Wow. Well this is one of the best things that I have ever seen on television! It's funny, intelligent, emotional and thought-provoking entertainment. After watching the last episode, which I do believe was a very fitting ending, (s'all I'll say - I promise) I don't know what'll to do with my Friday nights any more!

The writing is superb, with brilliant quips and one liners from all the characters. I'll let The Gene Genie kindly demonstrate -
`Ray if you come in here again dressed like a maths teacher, I will paint your balls the colour of hazelnuts and inform a bag of squirrels that winter's coming.' I mean that's funny right? Of course it is!

As with the first two series of Ashes to Ashes, you get the best (or worst - depending on your views) of 80's music, 80's fashion, 80's hair-styles ...and 80's eye-shadow. 80's EVERYTHING!! And of course, the mighty Quattro.

The standard of acting is exceptional, not one weak link in the cast. With Philip Glenister commanding our attention as DCI Gene Hunt, with his ever intriguing ambiguous stare, and well... there's just something wonderful about that stare. And then there's the brilliant Keeley Hawes as DI Alex Drake, a fabulous actress, who I think is unjustly underrated - why is she not in more films/tv shows?? It baffles me. Hopefully Ashes to Ashes will provide a (metaphorical) platform for her to display her talents for prospective employers.

With the introduction of Jim Keats, played by the very talented Daniel Mays, it stirs up the dynamics and relationships in Gene's kingdom of Fenchurch East.
The series presents us with plenty of questions, With Drake and Hunt - Will they, won't they?
Who killed who? Who is that? Did you hear that too? Stars? Can you smell that? Was that you?
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