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Life on Mars - Complete BBC Series 1-2 (New Packaging) [DVD]

John Simm , Philip Glenister    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, PAL, Widescreen
  • 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: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 942 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K6PINY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 15 episodes of the acclaimed BBC police drama, starring John Simm and Philip Glenister. Detective Sam Tyler (Simm) is a professional 21st century cop, keeping the streets of Manchester clean. But when he is run over in a near-fatal hit and run accident, he wakes up to find himself seemingly transported back in time to 1973. Trying to adjust to the archaic and sometimes brutal methods of Seventies police work, Sam frequently clashes with his abrasive, hard-drinking DCI, Gene Hunt (Glenister), but finds a sympathetic friend in WPC Annie Cartwright (Liz Smith). But is Sam just imagining all this? Is he in a coma? Or is he really back in time? In Series 1, Sam discovers that some of his colleagues are taking bribes from a local gangster, the murder of a Manchester City fan threatens to spark off a riot, and Sam finds himself investigating his own father after he becomes chief suspect in a murder enquiry. In the second series, Sam finds himself investigating I.R.A. bombings, race-hate crimes, and on the trail of a serial killer.

About the Actor

John Simm was born on 10th July 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire and grew up in Nelson, Lancashire. He attended Edge End High School, Nelson, Lancs followed by Blackpool Drama College at 16 and the Drama Centre, London at 18. He lives with his long term partner, actress, Kate Magowan and his son Ryan (born 13th August 2001). Simm won the best actor award at the Valencia Film Festival for his film debut in Boston Kickout (1996).


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life On Mars - Where do I buy my ticket? 29 July 2011
Format:DVD
I was hooked from the very beginning to this excellent and classic series that introduced us to the now legendary Gene Hunt and the long suffering and completely confused Sam Tyler. Other previous reviewers will have probably covered the salient points: 21st Century police officer knocked down in random road accident whilst investigating the kidnapping of his colleague and girlfriend wakes up to find himself in 1973. How did he get there? Sam was there the first time round - but he was 4 years old. Now he must try and work out why he's back, who the hell are these strange people he must interact with, why he's doomed to wear cuban heeled boots and why oh why is he stuck with the worst boss in the world ever, DCI Gene 'Genie' Hunt, in order to return to the life he unwilling left 35 years in the future. Its a drama, a homage to the police procedural, with moments of humour, pathos, drunken revelry, fist fights, a pretty cool soundtrack, fashion that makes you shudder, Berni Inns, chain smoking, and a marvellously just underplayed romance for our hapless time travelling cop that helps him find some stability in a situation he can't control and seems to have no way of understanding.
Excellent performances from the leads, Phillip Glenister and John Simm, but the rest of the cast more than do their own bits to make this watchable time and time again.
Oh, and of course, possibly the *most* satisfying conclusion to a tv series *ever* :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Favorite 16 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
I heard that US networks were doing their version of this program and that it was quite a hit in England. The premise was so interesting that I thought I would give the original a try before the US version came out.

I am so glad I did - Life on Mars now has a position in my top 20 series of all time. Each episode was full of mystery, action and irreverent fun! Just thinking about the series makes me laugh.

John Sim and Phillip Glenister were the BEST - they developed such memorable one of a kind characters that will stand the test of time.

The ending was one of the best in TV!!

Although the US version had some really first class actors, the remake for our market just missed the mark and I am so glad I decided to 'catch' the original.

I recommend that everyone have a copy in their DVD library.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
What a programme! Without doubt one of the best shows to grace our screens in a long while, and unusually, fairly original. No spoilers from me (although you'll probably know the outcome), this serial is to my mind, quite unique that it is set in the past (1973) and at no point decentds into a nostalia trip. Quite the opposite, it highlights how we have progressed on many social issues. The stories are all, without fail, excellent, not one single duffer. And the series wraps itself up before it starts repeating and going over old ground.

John Simms is, as always, excellent in the lead role, and particular praise to Phil Gennister who has, in the role of Gene Hunt, being given continuously frankly superb dialogue and made it even better by his acting skills.

This is a series to cherish and revisit on a regular basis. Comparisons have been made to The Sweeney, but that is quite a myopic point of view; this is so much more, and will have you guessing how it concludes. Indeed, it's conclusion is an interesting talking point, one to discuss with those in the know for years to come. 10/10!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 1 Dec 2011
By Watcher
Format:DVD
This is one of the best series I have watched in a *very* long time. It might even get to the very top of my Top 10 Series ever created list, it is so great! Brilliant acting, script, story, thought provoking and atmospheric, it is not your average cop show of the day, it is instant classic for years to come. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat and boggles your mind till the very end and then some. If you want to really understand what is actually going on you must watch the Ashes to Ashes series as well, then everything becomes crystal clear and offers a rewarding experience of understanding why DCI Gene Hunt is dubbed a national hero, the top cop AND a sex symbol all rolled in one in spite of what he seems to be and do. Oh and remember the soundtrack! It is the first time I actually felt it to be a meaningful part of the show, not just melodic noise with some emotional effect.

I wish the scientists already invented the device for erasing memories out of one's mind, so I could rewatch the series again and again and again with the same fresh, puzzled and clueless eyes as the first time!
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of British television series 16 April 2007
By S. Green VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Old fashioned police drama series with more twists than a 60's nightclub. DCI Tyler (John Simm)is the clever rather politically correct 2006 copper seemingly transported back to 1973 to Manchester and Salford CID after a car accident or is it just a coma induced dream? DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister)is the refreshingly UN-PC 1970's CID boss who has every "ism" you could wish or fear for. The resulting clash of policing styles of the two men is the main ingredient in this superb piece of retro British television. If you missed it first or second time around, you owe it to yourself to find out what all the fuss was about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful TV
Great to see this wonderful series again. It will bring back many memories to anyone who lived in the seventies.
Published 22 hours ago by Kevin Smelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on Mars complete bbc series 1-2.
Life on Mars was great on tv and on dvd .So happy I got it.All great actors on the programme.
Published 3 days ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on Mars
Seen these all before but they are that good I wanted to own the. So I can watch the whenever I want
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Eileen Largan
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the sixth star when you need it!
Sometimes something just happens along that is far greater than the sum of it's parts, and the series Life on Mars is it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by P. F. Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series
This is a brilliant series. What more can I say? The characters are brilliant. I initially never saw this programme as I thought it would be science fiction which I don't like... Read more
Published 28 days ago by SAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Loved it so much, great value for the price. I have Now bought the complete series of ashes to ashes.
Published 1 month ago by GillAshton
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Just finished the box set and I will simply say this is probably one of the best TV series I have ever seen...The ending is.....strangely brilliant.......I think......... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MW21
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative
This is an excellent series,very clever and entertaining,with good plots and
well chosen actors.
It is most addictive and I saw the two seasons within two week-ends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by veronique woodhead
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
There isn't much I can add that others haven't already said about Life on Mars - other than it is briliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars To revive my memories of this great series.
Channel hopping one evening trying to find something to watch I just happened across an episode of this series,and remembering getting quite caught up with it ,when it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shadow
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