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Life Season 1 [DVD]

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Damian Lewis , Sarah Shahi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 476 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A quirky drama with moments of startling originality, Life: Season One concerns Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis of Band of Brothers), a cop who spent 12 years in federal prison for murders he did not commit. Exonerated by DNA evidence, Charlie receives a multimillion-dollar settlement for his troubles and returns to his old job, though now as a detective. Cleared of the crime, Charlie still faces skepticism from his law enforcement brethren and the impatience of a new partner, Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), a former drug addict squeezed by her superior (Robin Weigert) to find reasons to boot Charlie from the force. None of this hostility, however, compares with the terrible time Charlie experienced behind bars, where a former cop is everyone's punching bag. Charlie's sanity, saved by studying Zen methods of non-attachment, remains with him after he is released into a digital world, Charlie has a lot of catching up to do, but it is his post-prison unorthodox manner and tendency to speak without thinking that prove jarring for colleagues and crime witnesses. Still, it is easy to root for the guy and appreciate (non-attachment aside) his fondness for the good life: a mansion, fast cars, beautiful women, and lots of fresh fruit. The pilot episode is a knockout, the kind of show featuring moments one has never seen before, such as a scene in which Charlie is forced to shoot a suspect and then talks him through an almost dream-like death. Subsequent episodes are a little uneven in quality, but the overall package is quite compelling, particularly as Charlie quietly solves the mystery of the murders for which he was blamed. Throughout, Charlie's religious transformation in prison collides with his darker impulses toward possible revenge, making Life a fascinating study in conflict. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Life was his sentence. Life is what he got back. Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) stars as the unconventional police officer-turned-convict-turned-detective with a second chance in each compelling Season One episode of the critically acclaimed mystery series Life. After twelve years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, offbeat Charlie Crews has returned to the force with a $50 million settlement, a new spiritual outlook, a strong fondness for fruit, and a highly unusual approach to solving crime. With the aid of his sceptical and demanding new partner, Dani Reese, played by Sarah Shahi (Rush Hour 3), he’s turning police procedure upside down in this unique and fast-paced series.

"Sharp, quirky, edgy new US crime drama"– Daily Mail

Special Features:

• Life Begins
• Fruits of Life
• Still Life
• Life’s Questions
• Answered
• Deleted Scenes
• Blooper Reel
• Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentenced to Life, then he got it back 9 July 2008
Damian Lewis, one of Britain's hottest stars (both professionally and physically), is in a new American TV show called "Life". Here he plays Charlie Crews, a cop who was mistakenly convicted of a violent multiple murder and sent to prison for life. After 12 years behind bars, they found out that the DNA at the scene proved him innocent and was released. Even though the state financially compensated him for this wrongful conviction, Charlie goes back to work on the beat, but he's a very changed man, indeed. What's more, aside from his day job, he's also trying to find out who the real murderer was - because the people who were killed were close friends of his.

This very plausible back-story is great fodder for mystery, thrills and no small measure of comedy as well. Understanding that the best way to figure out the real murderer of his friends, is to hunt them down from the inside out, so going back to work makes perfect sense. Like most crime drama shows, this takes one case per episode which also parallels something in one of the main character's personal lives. What makes this special is (partially) the ongoing thread of Charlie's personal investigation when he's off the clock. In each episode we not only get to see a crime solved, but also get another tiny piece to the larger puzzle - making this a very cohesive series indeed.

The other thing that makes this unique is watching how Charlie readjusts to living outside prison after 12 years inside. There are little things like catching up on new technology, or his dislike of fences and his deep appreciation for fresh fruit. But it's more than just that, as we also see the ex-con mentality of hating the penal system and police, combined with the fact that he's one of the people those 12 years taught him to despise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD COP, BAD COP 13 April 2010
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Fresh out of prison and now back in the force, Charlie Clews has been cleared of the murders that caused his incarceration. Colleagues are wary. Is he truly innocent? Even if so, surely he must be unstable after twelve years amongst vicious criminals who at one time or other broke virtually every bone in his body? Certainly he seems more than a trifle erratic, prone to eating much fruit and spouting enigmatic philosophy. His assigned partner Dani Reese, just out of rehab and anxious to prove she is again up to the job, fears he will prove a hindrance. Others may have greater cause for concern. Charlie has a hidden agenda, exposing the ones responsible for those killings and for framing him. They HAVE to be fellow officers.

The stage is thus set for eleven episodes and many intriguing cases - that bigamous tax man, for example, with his lower half vaporized; not to mention the woman wearing angel's wings who plummeted onto a car roof.

Damian Lewis is yet another fine British actor thoroughly at home in a major American role. It is a fascinating one too. Charlie's prison experiences have caused him to delve deeply into himself, he now with great insight - skilled at seeing beyond the facade. Head gently tilting sideways, he gazes through eyes - right into the soul. He also has many highly useful extra contacts, invaluable for helping to cut a corner or two. Best mate is fellow ex-convict Ted Earley (Adam Arkin), finance his speciality. Ideal, for somehow money seems behind those murders so many years ago. The trail goes back to an earlier bank raid where several were shot dead and eighteen million dollars were stolen. There IS a connection and Charlie WILL find it.

Admittedly the series has its creaky moments.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COP NOW BACK ON THE BEAT, BUT WHO SET HIM UP? 29 Dec 2008
By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE
A cop series with a difference.

Damian Lewis(who starred in Band of Brothers)plays Detective Charlie Crews. A cop wrongly convicted and after spending 12 years in jail, he is back. Not just back, but financially compensated and promoted to detective.

Like all the good recent dramas there is a thread running through each series that slowly gets revealed. Who set him up? While he is trying to work this out he continues his day job, and enjoys his wealthy bachelor lifestyle.

The series is original, involving, and well acted. If you liked Dexter you will enjoy this.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American networks suck! 28 Jun 2009
I don't know why I bother!

I try to avoid getting invested in new series as I don't like the idea of being hooked to my couch for another hour per week. But, every now and then I'll catch something or be told about something that peaks my interest.

As there has been a lot of great American series' lately with British actors in the leading role (House & Lie to me featuring highly on that list) I decided to check out another - Life.

I won't go into the ins and outs of the story, there are plenty of reviews already on that. But, I will point out that, after the grit of the aforementioned House & Lie to me it took me a few episodes to feel this was up to par. But after about the third episode I was leaving each episode desperate to see the next (which is why I always get these things on DVD now or download them now). By the end of season 1 I was completely hooked and had to get a hold of season 2.

Getting to the end of that my wife and I were both keen to find out when season 3 was going to be coming out only to find to our horror that NBC have cancelled it!

Apparently they are focusing more on the 'reality TV' genre. Morons!

So unless another network decides to pick this fantastic series up, I'd suggest it may be worth avoiding if unresolved plots annoy you.

I can't understand these American networks. The last time I got really invested in a series it was Shark. Again, 2 series and cancelled. The thing is, they make these things where the first seasons are fairly well tied up (in a way) but once they get the 2nd they finish the story more confident they will have a third season to run the plot, so cancelling it then is extremely frustrating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining.
Highly entertaining. Sets up some interesting ideas for season two.
Published 27 days ago by andrew tarjanyi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely brilliant and first class service
Published 1 month ago by Jackie Aindow
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
perfect, does what it should, looked good, good delivery
Published 2 months ago by becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist on a cop drama
Amazing series, this is one of my all time top 10 series to watch, well worth a watch or a great gift for anyone who likes a good cop drama
Published 5 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars I really want this show to be back on!
I really loved this show. Every single episode was absolutely great! Damien Lewis is incredible and this role is perfect for him.
Amazing cast, amazing plot, amazing actors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mina
5.0 out of 5 stars Action from Damien Lewis
Great tongue in cheek action from Damien Lewis. I was glued to the whole series.Where's series two? Millionaire Cop in L.A. Brilliantly Done.!!!
Published 9 months ago by James Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Season
As above enjoyed watching the series while on holiday in France and as previously it is a great pity that they did make any more after series 2.
Published 9 months ago by Iain F Mcluckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another hit from Damian Lewis. Everything this man does seems to turn to gold - what a talent and he's British
Published 9 months ago by Miss H M Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars On time and as advertised
One of two bought as a present. So true reaction to the content will only be available after Christmas morning !
Published 9 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Damian Lewis & co...
….just brilliant - pre-Homeland Lewis - quirky, entertaining, nice side-kick with the underlying sub-plot of who framed him and actually did the murders.
Published 11 months ago by Mike Jefferson
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