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From the studio that brought you Lost, comes the groundbreaking series that captured the imaginations of fans from coast to coast. With an irresistible soundtrack and one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol and Jason O Mara, Life On Mars is a smart, suspenseful drama with a finish that will blow you away. Its one of those endings I believe will make you watch the series again, says Executive Producer Josh Appelbaum. There s a fine line between delusion and reality. NYPD detective Sam Tyler finds himself walking both sides of that line when he is suddenly hurtled back in time to 1973 after being struck by a car in 2008.
Journey back to the 70s and uncover the secrets of Life On Mars. It s a strange and exhilarating ride raves the New York Times. Plus, with unique and exciting bonus features including an insiders view of where the shows concept began, a six million dollar moment in which 1970s legend Lee Majors steps back into the past with the cast and crew, and much more
Bonus Features Include: Time Warp, The Joint, Getting Their Groove On, Lee Majors Six Million Dollar Man.
Life on Mars wallows in glorious 1970s fashion and music as it follows Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara), a police detective who gets hit by a car in 2008 and wakes up in the same spot in 1973. The local police precinct, headed by Lieutenant Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel, who fits seamlessly into the period surroundings), is expecting Tyler, but Tyler doesn't know why or how he's there--or why he's receiving messages from his previous life, as well as mysterious phone calls from the beyond. Life on Mars blends this science-fiction premise with story lines that would fit in some classic '70s cop show, but Tyler's future knowledge (and his past life) are essential to solving every case, even if it features a missing rock star groupie or a murdered newspaper columnist. Many episodes focus on the mystery surrounding Sam, including meeting his own mother, father, and childhood self, as well as tiny robots, strange men on TV screens, and a hippie chick who speaks in ambiguous koans. The supporting cast includes Michael Imperioli (rocking a serious '70s 'stache) and Gretchen Mol (fetching in Farrah Fawcett wings); guest stars range from Wallace Shawn to Gina Gershon to an uncredited Whoopi Goldberg.
It's regrettable that, in adapting the original British version of Life on Mars, the producers replaced its understated focus with swagger and overstatement; a fantastical premise is more persuasive if the moment-to-moment story makes sense--regrettably, the narrative logic here owes as much to 1970s cop shows as does the production design. Everyone twinkles to excess, wooing the audience and undercutting any sense of grit. The cast is a charismatic bunch who don't need to spend so much time with rueful smiles and approving looks. The producers knew they'd been canceled in time to resolve the mysteries in the final episode, which diverges significantly from the British version. Also included are a number of cheerful audio commentaries and featurettes, including a tour of the set with '70s icon Lee Majors. --Bret Fetzer
I wish this series had more than one season. What a great trip back to the seventies. Great social insights and funny observations.Published 20 days ago by Michael Schumacher
Currently on episode 15 of this series and it doesn't disappoint. A very respectable cast in a story line that holds your interest. Not just a cop show. This is a good one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron in Western Maryland
I loved it. I've seen both the British and American version, and despite often identical stories (the American version copied the British one) I have enjoyed them both immensely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by McGruff
One of my favorite shows on tv and you can't see it anywhere else. Am loaning it to friends who missed the series.Published 2 months ago by Christine Guernsey
Wish cable, not network TV, had its rights. The show might still be running.Published 3 months ago by Tad Warmish
If you like realistic law enforcement shows, I encourage you to buy this one. It was adapted from a British show, which I haven't seen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CompuForensics
Awesome show, great cast, and good story-telling. This series seems to have slipped through the cracks.Published 3 months ago by Ed Zeier
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|Subtitles, "Life on Mars"||
Yes, it has subtitles. You'll need to go to "Setup" each time you start the DVD and activate them, but it's easy to do.
Nov 1, 2009 by Sinatra Fan | See all 3 posts
|Life on Mars US Blu Ray?||
I doubt it. I'm just glad it was available on dvd.
Jun 4, 2010 by Steven Herring | See all 4 posts
|Was our ending the originally intended? [Spoilers]||
It's funny, because when I saw the ending to the U.S. show when it first aired, I was OK with it. But then, as the hours went by, I felt less thrilled about it. Too bad. It was a great show with a few uneven parts (Sam turning into a sex hound with a complete stranger for one episode was way out... Read More
Oct 8, 2009 by bass boy | See all 12 posts
|Difference between the complete series and the complete collection?||Be the first to reply|