Life on Mars (UK) - Series 1

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Overview

Dreaming, delusional, or displaced in time? Police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) must decide which describes him in this intriguing twist on the police procedural that has won rave reviews from critics and fans. Hot on a killer's trail in modern-day Manchester, Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. The high-tech tools and respect for proper procedure have vanished. Instead, he finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking; forensics takes weeks to ...
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Overview

Dreaming, delusional, or displaced in time? Police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) must decide which describes him in this intriguing twist on the police procedural that has won rave reviews from critics and fans. Hot on a killer's trail in modern-day Manchester, Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. The high-tech tools and respect for proper procedure have vanished. Instead, he finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking; forensics takes weeks to analyze; and his boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister), has no qualms about roughing up suspects -- or Sam himself. Still, Tyler has real-world crimes to solve, even as strange voices call him back to his 21st century life. But when he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White), Sam wonders: does he really want to return? The eight episodes from Season 1 of Life on Mars originally aired in 2006 on Britain's BBC1.
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Special Features

Audio commentaries for every episode with cast and crew
"Take a Look at the Lawman," an hour-long documentary with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri
"The Music of Life on Mars" featurette with composer Ed Butt
"Get Sykes" featurette with production designer Brian Sykes
Outtakes reel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • UPC: 054961825493
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 7:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,776

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Life on Mars: Series 1
1. Life on Mars [:33]
2. 2006 [6:27]
3. 1973 [12:13]
4. WPC Cartwright [10:53]
5. Hunch [9:49]
6. Not Giving Up [11:05]
7. Welcome to the Team [7:20]
8. Credits [:32]
1. Previously/Real? [5:16]
2. In Custody [7:45]
3. June [11:01]
4. Your Only Friend [11:06]
5. Leonard [6:35]
6. Witness Protection [9:52]
7. A Way Back [4:34]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:14]
Disc #2 -- Life on Mars: Series 1
1. In Sam's Flat [4:38]
2. Living Thing [6:51]
3. No Joke [11:18]
4. Multitasking [7:52]
5. The Pick Up [11:16]
6. How'd It Happen? [6:35]
7. War [8:35]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:14]
1. Resisting Arrest [2:58]
2. Checks and Balances [10:25]
3. Mom [9:23]
4. Plead For Help [7:22]
5. Honey Trap [10:58]
6. Redrum [10:12]
7. Guilty Little Secrets [5:39]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:12]
Disc #3 -- Life on Mars: Series 1
1. Offside [2:43]
2. Motive? [12:12]
3. The Plan [5:52]
4. Undercover [8:48]
5. Trouble [9:06]
6. Aftershave [8:19]
7. Pride [9:52]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:16]
1. Nobody Dies Today [4:09]
2. Standard Procedure [10:33]
3. Too Hot [8:09]
4. Negotiation [8:02]
5. Heroes or Cowards [10:08]
6. New Ending [9:27]
7. Two O'Clock [6:24]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:16]
Disc #4 -- Life on Mars: Series 1
1. Bollocks [2:51]
2. Death In Custody [10:38]
3. Truth [7:02]
4. Cause of Death [10:42]
5. Charge Sheet [4:50]
6. The Tape [10:52]
7. The Way of the World [9:32]
8. Credits/Next Time [1:34]
1. Previously/Dad [5:15]
2. The Answer? [9:41]
3. Pornography Ring [6:52]
4. Meeting [10:10]
5. A Second Chance [8:19]
6. Wedding Reception [12:36]
7. What Do I Tell Him? [4:54]
8. Credits [:46]
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Disc #1 -- Life on Mars: Series 1
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      Episode 1: Play
      Episode 1: Chapter Select
      Episode 2: Play
      Episode 2: Chapter Select
   Extras
      'Take a Look at the Lawman' Part 1
      Interview With Director Bharat Nalluri
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby 2.0 Stereo
      Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio Commentary
   Subtitles
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      Episode 4: Play
      Episode 4: Select Chapter
   Extras
      'Take a Look at the Lawman' Part 1
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby 2.0 Stereo
      Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio Commentary
   Subtitles
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      Episode 5: Play
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      Episode 6: Play
      Episode 6: Select Chapter
   Extras
      'The Music of Life on Mars-Feauturette With Composer, Ed Butz
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby 2.0 Stereo
      Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio Commentary
   Subtitles
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      Episode 7: Play
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      Episode 8: Play
      Episode 8: Select Chapter
   Extras
      'Get Sykes' - Featurette With Production Designer, Brian Sykes
      Out-Takes Reel
   Audio Set Up
      Dolby 2.0 Stereo
      Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio Commentary
   Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great British detective series

    DCI Sam Tyler has a very bad day. The series starts in 2008 with Sam as a DCI (Detective Constable Inspector) in the Hyde Park Station chasing a killer. His cop-girlfriend goes off on her own on a lead and finds herself kidnapped by the killer. When Sam gets out of his car to vent his frustration at this turn of events, he turns to get back in and is immediately run over in a horrifying hit-and run accident. When Sam 'wakes' up; he finds himself in the same location in the year 1973 which is the reference to the Life on Mars title...nothing is the same yet everything is familiar and Sam lives in both worlds. This series is a finely-woven story about Sam and his adventures in 1973 and 2008 (baby boomers will love the car, clothes, hair, etc.). The advertures Sam has with his new team of policeman who sometimes make the Keystone Cops look competent (DCI Hunt is now in charge) are fast-paced and weave together one after the other with Sam actually solving 'who' kidnapped his girlfriend in 2008. I watch a lot of British series and this is one of the best if you like cop shows - you're even able to understand (or infer) what the actors are saying as their accents are not too heavy. Bawdy, funny and perfect in all the right places. This show does have nudity as the Brits are not the prudes we are though it's mostly 'dead' bodies in the morgue (no salacious nudity). This is a uniquely funny and thrilling cop series about one of the good guys. I highly suggest you get both sets at the same time (1 and 2).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Different but enjoyable

    I am a huge fan of Hero based mystery shows (Foyle, Poirot, Marple and Barnaby for example) with good supporting plots and entertaining associates. This is definitely one of those but only a four star version compared to all of the above. The hero is transported back in time at least in his mind and is still a detective. The premise worked for me and the writers use just enough mix between his dilemna and doing the police work to make it interesting. Would i recommend this--Conditionally--but will i be buying Season 2 YES!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally for us on this side of the Pond

    I'm so glad we in the US can finally buy the DVD for this series. I love this series ever since a friend of mine turned me onto it. The actors, especially John Simm and Philip Glenister were excellent, and the two stars made a great team with their banter between their characters. I can't wait to buy the second season.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Can't wait to check this out!!

    So, I must admit that I've actually never seen this show. But after watching season 1 of Ashes to Ashes (which is a continuation of LOM and a great flashback to the '80s) on BBC America, then watching its second season on Youtube, I knew that I had to check LOM out. I've heard wonderful things about it. I can't wait to see how Gene Hunt is in the '70s. This is a definite buy for me!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    YES, ABOUT TIME!

    About 2006, 1973, and the long three years we Yanks have waited for this treat to be available in Region 1 format! Rock on! Absolutely outstanding performances, creative scripting, music to die for -- the whole package is beyond compare -- although, if you are an X-Files fan (esp the first 3 seasons) or a Doctor Who fan -- you have a head start on loving the unexpected twists & turns of this series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    About Time

    Well it's about time that Americans finally were able to see what Life on Mars REALLY was. This is the real deal.
    And for fans of the American remake of this show, they should check this out if they want a GOOD ending, as opposed to the joke that was the LOM US finale...
    16 episodes is all this was, but that's all the original needed to be. It has a plotline that makes sense and goes exactly where the writers wanted it to go. Brilliant soundtrack, great single episode stories to go with the mystery of the entire show, and the characters? The American versions are pale imitations. THIS is how Gene Hunt is supposed to be! A crude, rude, no holds, larger than life character who leaves an impression on everyone, on screen and off. And Sam Tyler here is more thoughtful and intelligent, torn between his home and a place that strangely draws him in.

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