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As Far As I'm Concerned, This Is the ONLY Life On Mars,
This review is from: Life On Mars: The Complete First Series (U.K.) (DVD)
I was a big fan of LoM (British!) and was a bit dissapointed to find out the Americans were remaking it. I did give the US Version a chance.... but literally thought it was a joke -- that someone had made a version for us to laugh at claiming to be the American version.
Sad to say, it was real.
I'm never going to like the US Version, and as far as I'm concerned there is only ONE series called Life on Mars, wih John Simm and Philip Glenister. This was utterly brilliant show -- everyone I've ever shown it to (Americans included) have become instantly hooked.
This is a gritty, edgy, dark show. At times confusing for Americans (some of ya'll don't know what a Party 7 is, I'll tell you now it's rather vile beer that comes in a tin can meant for about 7 people, you have to open it with chisels and hammers. That's the number one question I get from my American friends when they are watching this show). There might be a slight language/cultural barrier to those who are not British. Fear not -- this isn't something that you will never adjust to. After about two or three episodes, most of my friends stopped asking me to explain what the characters just said because it's easy enough to understand.
Brilliant, crisp writing, brilliant three dimensional characters, fab directing, you really can't get any better. This is one of the best shows produced by the BBC in decades.
I'm so excited that this show as finally come to the US. Whilst for the time I'm back in the U.K., my player is still R1 and I can't play R2 DVD's so this dvd is definately on preorder for me. I can't really rate it high enough, nor can I recommend it more.