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Life on Mars - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [Blu-ray]

John Simm , Philip Glenister    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Liz White
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CK02OQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Complete first series 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 this series, 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. Includes all eight episodes.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: How would the modern face of policing cope in the land of The Sweeney? That's the question posed by Life on Mars, as DI Sam Tyler (John Simm) a modern cop transported back to 1973 after a nasty car accident. There, he finds himself dealing with the significantly rougher attitudes and behaviours of 'old-school' British policing, as exemplified by his new boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister). It's a fish-out-of-water story, as Tyler attempts to teach his new colleagues some very modern methods, while attempting to get used to sheepskin jackets, wide lapels and man-made fibres. This first series of the hugely successful BBC programme sets the scene and introduces the characters that make up Tyler's new world, but stumbles a bit by trying too hard to explain exactly how he got there (the 'coma' subplot just gets in the way). Life on Mars is at its best when Glenister is on screen--he's bigoted, chauvinistic and aggressive, and goes through each episode alternately bellowing or scowling. But he's a product of his times, and in his heart, all he wants is to catch the bad guys. For Tyler, it's all about the means, while for Hunt it's all about the ends. They may not like each other much, but their on-screen chemistry is undeniable, and just one of the things that make this excellent series so watchable. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Life on Mars (Complete Series 1) - 2-Disc Set ( Life on Mars - Complete Series One ) (Blu-Ray)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series, very poor quality blu-ray. 3 Feb 2012
Allegedly shot on 16mm film stock, transferring this to blu-ray should have been a straightforward process of scanning the original negatives. Sadly, the BBC has opted to use the PAL 576i broadcast as source material, and overlay a degree of film grain effect to try and make up the difference. The result is a very mild improvement on the DVD, but too many video artefacts are all too evident. The frame rate conversion leads to some very jittery looking pan shots, there are intrusively visible scan lines whenever there is high contrast, and there is certainly no more visual detail to be gleaned from upping the resolution. The sound does benefit from the process, but this is only half of the equation when producing an HD product. A brilliant series, but a very poor blu-ray release. For those looking to upgrade from their existing DVD of the series, I'd advise to give this version a miss.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Life on Mars is arguably one of the better TV shows of the last 10 years, and so I feel no need to pick apart the series itself. Instead, this review will focus on the differences in video and audio quality between this Blu Ray release and the DVD. Life On Mars is presented with a 1080/24p AVC encode and 5.1 Dolby TruHD sound.

As noted by another reviewer the frame rate has been slowed down from 25fps to 24 - this is the format used on many Blu Ray movies as it is said to give motion a more film-like quality which Kudos are trying to replicate here. Having previously seen the show on DVD I could not notice any change in audio pitch or speed of movement caused by the slowdown, although each episode is a couple of minutes longer as a result.

In terms of video quality this release is everything I expected. Life on Mars was shot on 16mm film and was intended to have a very retro-70s look, so while there is a definite layer of grain (and the occasional scratch-mark/blemish) present, along with a slight softness in long and motion shots, these are all intentional. Close-up detail and colour reproduction show a definite improvement over the standard definition DVD. However, the biggest improvement comes with the sound, as the TruHD track is deeper and more well defined than anything previously released, especially when it comes to the fantastic early 70s soundtrack.

Ultimately, if you're expecting the Blu Ray of Life on Mars to be a pristine, pixel-perfect presentation then you're going to be disappointed. But if you want to see the series at its best and as the production team intended then look no further.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be a documentary! 9 Jan 2014
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As a retired DCI myself, having joined the Police in the early 70's, I have to say this series really does touch a nerve. Full of sexism, racism, excess drinking, macho characters, this is not that far off exactly "how it was". Of course there is some licence, but the core is on the money. Glenister portrays the basically sound, well meaning but firey DCI Hunt to perfection. Good supporting cast too. The stories are not far from reality, the scenes are well researched and the whole series is a cameo of Manchester/NW England in the late 60's & early 70's. Scruffy, unkempt streets and factories, a good deal of deference to the Police by most, even the baddies. Plenty of action. Storyline is not that straightforward unless you have seen the series from episode one. Highly recommended, enjoyable, but very non-PC, watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 6 Aug 2011
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Ah, still as good and as watchable as when it was first aired on TV. LoM is a well-executed series focussing on a detective in Manchester, England, who is knocked down by a car and comes around in 1973, where there is no political correctness (hooray!) and his new boss is not averse to "leaning" on suspects, among other dubious and currently frowned-upon police practices. Is Sam mad? Is he dreaming in a coma? Is he really a time-travelling gumshoe? I'm not telling!! If you've watched both series of LoM and all three series of Ashes to Ashes then you'll know the answers already. If you haven't then I'm not spoiling it for you - but I will exhort you to obtain and watch the five series, and watch them in order.

This is a thoroughly immersive, well-written and intriguing series that doesn't give the whole game away until the last episode of A2A Series 3. Clear the diary, send the kids to the in-laws, treat the missus to a weekend at a spa, lay in some man-treats and watch the lot back-to-back. It'll be an experience ofn one form or another...!

Alternatively, be lazy, look up the series' Wikipedia page - which gives the game away in detail - and then toddle off knowing what's what but having missed out on this excellent and engrossing canon of work.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu Ray disc, ignore the moaners 24 Jun 2010
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I class myself as a fan of Blu Ray, I can tell between a good and bad HD transfer and am often annoyed with releases that promise much and deliver less than I expect.

I swithered for a while about buying this disc as so many were not happy, too much grain, bad copy etc. I am pleased to say that none of this applies on the disc I had. Maybe it has been addressed at distributor level and this is a better transfer, or the most likely that anyone expecting perfect is setting themselves up for disapointment. I would say for me, the picture is as good if not better than TV broadcasts and I would reccommend to anyone who doesn't already have the DVD. It's a 1970s show, the picture reflects what the producers want to show, just enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
Great TV series, and love the soundtrack! Little disappointing that this Blu-ray release is upconverted from standard def, my dvd player could have done that.
Published 2 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
Modern day take of a 70's Cop Show which takes you back to a recent bygone era,
Excellent Graphics from the blu-ray
Published 4 months ago by Keith Synnott
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70s
Well starsky & hutch Uk style it ain't! I really enjoyed this and it honestly kept me wondering till the very end, entertaining & not to involved or hard viewing.
Published 6 months ago by Sacredstar
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV Show, but the Blu-Ray isn't HD
The heading says it all. I bought the blu-ray version so I could see the sparkling detail, but this appears not to have been filmed in HD, so I might as well have bought the basic... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. YOUNG
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Its a TV show. I love my stories, I found this highly entertaining, and different enough that it kept me riveted throughout. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lady Concussion
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on Mars DVD
Arrived promptly with no fuss - excellent. Good value and made a good present for my Mum.
I will be buying more.
Published 12 months ago by Jilly1
5.0 out of 5 stars good
arrived quickly, great series although never got to see the end so have bought them both and, as usual, good price
Published 14 months ago by miss lorraine dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really like the game and would recommened it to anyone who liked simular film as myself and its a joy to watch.
Published 15 months ago by Katiecoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good present
The person I bought it for loved it but he is a big fan of this series and anything from 60s and 70s
Published 16 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars life on mars
Excellent detective show well written and very original with superb perfomances and meticulous resarch about the 70s. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Mcpherson
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