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Life on Mars: The Complete Second Series (U.K.) (2006)

John Simm , Philip Glenister , Andrew Gunn , Richard Clark  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster
  • Directors: Andrew Gunn, Richard Clark, S.J. Clarkson
  • Writers: Ashley Pharoah, Chris Chibnall, Guy Jenkin, Julie Rutterford, Mark Greig
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 468 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AS45NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life on Mars: The Complete Second Series (U.K.)" on IMDb

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Best television show of the decade. -- PopMatters.com

It transcends television to become, simply, superb entertainment. -- PopMatters.com

Just Flawless. -- DVDTalk.com

The genius of this series is simply awe-inspiring. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Product Description

The International Emmy®-winning series seen on BBC America

Same place, same job. Different time, different rules. That’s the situation facing detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play) in this British drama that TV Guide calls "an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism."

Knocked unconscious by a hit-and-run driver in 21st-century Manchester, Tyler wakes up in 1973. Is he dreaming, time traveling, or just plain crazy? Whatever the case, he might as well have landed on another planet. Although shocked by the brutality of his bullying boss (Philip Glenister, Cranford) and the callousness of his squad mates, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world. But even as romance blossoms with policewoman Annie (Liz White, The Fixer), mysterious voices from his former life keep calling him home. Trapped in the past, he must decide where his future lies--and how to get there--in the tension-filled finale.

DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE
-"The Return of Life on Mars" documentary (45 min.)
-Bonus behind-the-scenes footage for episodes 3, 5, and 7 and tour of the set (48 min.)
-"The End of Life on Mars" featurette (28 min.)


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and satisfying finale to the series June 27, 2009
Format:DVD
Sam Tyler is still stuck in 1973, unsure if he has somehow really travelled backwards in time or if he is merely stuck in a coma in 2006 and is fantasising everything that is happening to him. However, now he has been there for a few weeks he is getting more used to life in the 1970s and is starting to downplay the unusual auditory and visual hallucinations he continues to suffer from. But, just as things seem to be settling down, questions about Sam's previous 1970s life in 'Hyde' before relocating to Manchester arise, and set in chain a sequence of events which could lead Sam home...wherever that is.

Life on Mars' second season was the last, due to a combination of the producers not wishing to over-exploit the concept and lead actor John Simm's well-known reluctance to be typecast in a long-running television series. It was a bold decision for a series that had become a big hit on British television and done the seemingly impossible by getting audiences fired up over a cop show.

The second season offers up pretty much more of the same as the first season: Sam and Gene butt heads over their different approaches to policing, but they have, grudgingly, accepted that each has skills the other does not, and when they combine their approaches it often leads to good results. Sam and Annie continue to not quite get it together in the tradition of all great TV will-they, won't-they romances, and Sam continues to be haunted by hallucinations of his life in 2006 which relate to his current situation in 1973. The show also moves onto slightly more contentious ground in Season 2 by covering the more controversial subject of IRA terrorism in one episode whilst continuing to examine the extent of corruption and heavy-handed methods in the 1970s police force.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and Best July 3, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When I first heard about the American Life On Mars I thought "Good lord. How does somebody come up with THAT?" My wife and I watched the short-lived series and enjoyed it (All but the rushed and silly final episode). While searching for information online about the possibility of the show going to SyFy or some other channel I discovered the "Real" Life on Mars. If all you've seen is the pale American imitation, drop what you are doing and order Seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC original RIGHT NOW. (Even if you watched it on BBC America, you only saw 3/4 of each episode)

The performances are fantastic, the story is original and they don't pull any punches. John Simm is fantastic as the lost Sam Tyler and Philip Glenister tears it up as DCI Gene Hunt. After watching the BBC series I was frankly insulted by the dumbed-down American version. LOM takes us through Sam's journey into the past and leaves us satisfied when the series has run its course. The show is filled with great 70's-era music and is an incredible homage to the 70's cop genre while still filling the bill as a modern procedural.

Like a little cop show in your sci-fi? A little of the fantastic with your Starsky & Hutch? Pick up Life On Mars. You will NOT be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
If you are purchasing this product, you probably already know what LIfe on Mars is, and loved the show. Since it has not been released in the USA, this is one of the few ways to get a copy. The video and audio quality are great (IT's nice to see Sam and Gene on my new big tv, and not have the commerical interruptions). I highly recommend it, but be warned, it is not a copy made for the USA. (Some Blu-Ray players may have difficulty playing it, but none that I have found yet. I have 3 Sony (BDP-s330, BDPS-350, PS-3) as well as two different drives in PC's. I highly recommended this for anyone needing their Sam and Gene fix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best british show ever February 6, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I ran across this show on the BBCA and I was hooked, it introduced me to Johm Simm and Philip Glenister who are wounderful actors. the sify aspect of the show is great and I couldn't wait for the series to be out on DVD. Now I can watch when ever I want. You cant go wrong if your a fan of British tv
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is There Really BluRay on Mars? February 2, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was delighted to see that Season Two of this series was available in BluRay format. Although I felt some caution at seeing the accompanying statement, "The manufacturer has discontinued this product", I took a chance, since none of the reviews said "it won't play on your machine". I discovered that my Sony BDP S350 player does play the episodes; but it hums quite audibly when loading and reading each new segment of the disc. The really disappointing discovery was that none of the special features will play. Their titles appear on the screen, but when they are selected, the screen refreshes to the main menu. The issue is the same for the special features on both discs. I'm really curious to see the "making of" bits, so I have requested the DVD version from my local library. I don't feel like buying the season over again in DVD format.

Also, I know it's heretical, but my viewers think the DVD version I own of Season One looks and sounds just as good as this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series ends strong November 3, 2011
By FAC257
Format:DVD
Again and again, we see how the BBC's business model is less likely than its U.S. counterpart to encourage greedy people to milk a successful series until it's pitiful and exhausted. The last several seasons of "24" exemplify this sorry American phenomenon.

In contrast, we have the second and final season of "Life on Mars." "Life on Mars" ran for only two years and concluded while it was still a huge hit in the UK. The creative team wanted to finish the series while it was still strong. In the second/final season, the series remained as intense as ever until the end, and the actors remained fresh in their roles. The meditation on existentialism and human relationships took control in the _amazing_ series finale. IMHO, the finale is on par with the series ending of "The Wire," and much better than the finale of "The Sopranos." Brilliant, brilliant work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
Awesome - (I wish the US version had lasted longer.) The show is one of few that finish well. - season 2 has higher quality image than season 1
Published 1 month ago by M. R. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars My take on Life on Mars
I loved this series. I think John Simm is the most brilliant actor on the planet. The entire cast was wonderful. All the stories were well written and totally engrossing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean A. Hodak
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Not Be Disappointed
Great acting from all the actors. Great directing. Will keep your attention to the very end. Highly recommend this well done BBC mystery/drama.
Published 5 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
I can't really add more that hasn't already been covered by the other five star reviews, so I'll simply add that this is a fantastic series with a true an proper, fitting ending.
Published 7 months ago by GatoRat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD...
This is a great show. One of my all time favorite British TV shows. One cannot help but be drawn into Sam Tyler's story wondering what is real and what is not. A must watch.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynette
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I have no opinion for this article as I puchased the DVD set as a gift for a family member who is a fan of the show.
Published 11 months ago by Chris Beyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent TV series
I got onto the British version after watching the U.S. version on streaming Netflix - signed up for Amazon prime because of this.

So much better - the U.S. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Anne O'Maugh
2.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but Region 1 be warned...
Great show, but these "region free" blu-rays will only give US/Region 1 viewers access to the programme itself...not the extras! So do not buy if you are a fan of extras!
Published on July 17, 2012 by Miss N
5.0 out of 5 stars Another new entry on my favorite ever list.
I can't say more than this is what TV at its best does! I love it. You must watch it. Now.
Published on July 6, 2012 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting series
This is a fun and interesting series that explores compromising positions, ethical and moral dilemmas. The portrayal of the early '70's is a great part of the show. Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by PeteK
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