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

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  • Actors: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K0DY36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All seven episodes of the second 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?


It’s hard to believe it’s over. Life On Mars shot out of nowhere at the beginning of 2006 to become a vital, gripping drama, and this second series more than maintains the sky high standards that the first so memorably set.

What makes it even more surprising is that all the ingredients were there for it to go so tragically wrong. The central premise, that for unknown reasons modern day police detective Sam Tyler wakes up in the 1970s, is fraught with potential potholes, yet the creators of Life On Mars twist it very much in their favour, delivering a skilful, taut comparison between policing then and policing now.

It’s this clash of approach that provides many of Life On Mars’ sparks, but nonetheless, it has much more than that going for it. It boasts, for instance, a terrific level of attention to detail, and weaves in quality narrative too, with Tyler frequently caught between unravelling his predicament, the crimes before him, and his 1970s’ colleagues with their 1970s’ tactics.

This second, and final, series wraps things up surprisingly well, and consistently delivers laughs, action and plenty of pub talk off the back of it. It’s also a delight to revisit Life On Mars, and that makes this collected boxset of the episodes of season two an absolute must for any fan of gritty, interesting and terrifically entertaining British drama. Quite, quite brilliant. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I think in many ways series 2 of this quality drama exceeds the first.

It is more driven and piles on the plot in ways that are imaginative and complex.

The extra's on this DVD are also more slickly put together and professional.

I still have some extras left to watch but can only say at the end of the series I felt that I'd just watched something highly significant and wonderful.

The two complete series as drama will no doubt be studied forever by budding film students. And watched by new generations as it is repeated down the line.

I thought it was wonderful that something this bold could be made now amidst a 'reality tv' society. And perhaps it will lead the way for other production companies to take risks as the writers here did in order to push boundaries and bring more quality to the screen.

As said before in my review of series one - though it lacks the masterful genius of Dennis Potter (see The Singing Detective, which is simply one of the best dramas I've ever seen) - it brings an intelligent thought provoking drama to mainstream. Particularly in this series - this drama is entitled to 5 stars of its own.

Watch it then tell all your friends to watch it!
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People always complain that there is a lot of rubbish on modern TV. And then something like "Life on Mars" comes around and, wow, it blows you away. Somehow I missed both series when they were originally broadcast. One episode on the BBC4 rerun and I was hooked. The writing is taut, the production is paced, gripping and totally authentic, and the actors all perform out of their skins. This really is as near to perfection as you can get.

For me, Series 2 gets the nod over Series 1 simply because all the characters are now fully bedded in and we can watch them growing as people with every episode.

Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt, the leading characters, are flawed but totally sympathetic, which is a tribute to the actors playing them. Sam may be a gratingly PC modern policeman but we empathise with his decency, kindness and isolation in a strange world. Gene may make us blanche, but we know that he too is a decent man who has to be hard to keep a bad world away from good people. Forget all the questions still unanswered at the end of the saga: for me the biggest is why on earth Philip Glenister has not yet won a BAFTA.

But it's not just the leading two men turning in the stellar performances. The lovely WDC Annie Cartwright (she could grind corn at my windmill any day) not only provides the love interest but lightens the tone in what could otherwise have been a grim show. The sexism she faces is shocking, yet her response is to win over her colleagues by making herself indispensable. By the end of the show, she still gets the banter but not worse than any other male character. In other words she's fully accepted.
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I've loved this whole series since the very first episode and now own both Boxsets, which take pride of place in my DVD collection. The concept is so original, although now copied or mimicked in a number of other shows, but it is the casting that makes this really work - John Simm and Phil Glenister have such a great on-screen chemistry that keeps you glued to every scene and every now infamous line of narrative, particularly for Gene Hunt. Like many over the age of 35 it is great to remember when lifestyles were less complex and more innocent (although not always for then better) and see the sharp contrast with the modern world.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2007
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I have reviewed Series 1 which blew me away - but series two seems to get even better.

The humour, the warmth between characters, the 'baddies' - the '70s kitsch all seem to have been turned up from 10, to 11!

Sam meets his mentor in his younger days and is shocked to see his hero as a pathetic man who takes all the racist jibes thrown at him rather than the strong stalwart of justice he is familiar with.

The supposed-IRA bomber episode was one of the strongest I've seen - and the following story about Swingers was fantastic, with Gene (Philip Glenister) giving one of the funniest performances of the series.

And the 7th Episode - what can I say?!!! Absolutely amazing, with the DCI on the run - this was another strong episode helped along with yet another DCI Gene Hunt classic moment - dressed as Tufty the squirrel!

In this episode, Gene Hunt is less jovial (as you'd imagine when on the run) and we see more of his vulnerable side, something which seems to be a theme running through the second series - with the odd line here and there about his past tragedies. Acting DCI Morgan adds a new element to the episode as a Jobsworth character - who interrupts Sam and Annie just as it looks as thought they are about to engage in some over-friendliness!

And then, the finale...

...And what a finale!!!

Is Morgan all he seems to be? Is Sam in a coma? If he is will he return to his own time? Will he stay with Hunt and the team?

Well, if you haven't seen it then I don't want to spoil it for you, so I won't give anything away.

The finale is without doubts one of the TV highlights of the last decade, and then some! Emotionally charged to the point that your hair starts to tingle whilst you watch it.
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