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Life on Mars

Series 1
(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life on Mars


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After a car accident, modern-day police detective Sam Tyler wakes up to find he has been transported to 1973. Is he crazy, in a coma, or back in time? He must solve crimes using low-tech, highly aggressive 1970s methods, butt heads with his boss, and find time for a possible romance with policewoman Annie.
Title: Life on Mars
Series 1
[videorecording]
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD :, Acorn Media,, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 466 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Kudos Film and Television Production for BBC Wales ; written by Matthew Graham ... [et al.] ; directed by Bharat Nalluri ... [et al.] ; produced by Claire Parker
Notes: Title from container
"The original U.K. series"--Container
Originally broadcast on television as 8 individual episodes in 2005
DVD bonus 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
Special features and language options may vary by copy
Contents: v. 1. Episodes 1-2
v. 2. Episodes 3-4
v. 3. Episodes 5-6
v. 4. Episodes 7-8
Summary: After a car accident, modern-day police detective Sam Tyler wakes up to find he has been transported to 1973. Is he crazy, in a coma, or back in time? He must solve crimes using low-tech, highly aggressive 1970s methods, butt heads with his boss, and find time for a possible romance with policewoman Annie.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama LIFE1
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Report This Feb 21, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding series. Profoundly original and clever. Hysterically funny, as well as vulgar, bloody, sad, and tense. Acting is superb; only weak character is Annie Cartwright. She looks perpetually dazed. Plus the most phenomenal soundtrack with, thankfully, no disco.

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • hjuanita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved the acting, the scripts, and yes, the 70s music, but have to admit I didn't "get" some of the concept until I watched "The Sweeney" (which the SPL recently purchased - YEAH!!!) Recommend both series highly - and can't wait for "Mars" sequel -

Loved this show! loved the ending -- worthy of the whole plot line. characters were engaging. so well done.

Report This Jun 01, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

DCI Sam Tyler is returning to the police station when he gets hit by a car, sent into a coma, and inexplicably transported back in time to 1973. There Sam is a Detective Inspector and he must butt heads with the current DCI in Manchester England where Sam grew up. The police procedures are primitive by today's standards although Sam remembers modern techniques. Besides working on cases Sam tries to figure out whether he is in a coma or whether he has really been transported back in time. Series 1 of this BBC version has excellent acting, great music and a realistic feel of the 70s. The Life on Mars series was also made in other countries such as the United States and Spain.

To jetboy2k and others who didn't care for the ending: there is a sequel, which the library system doesn't have - so don't let the ending of series 2 spoil it all for you by seeming inadequate - there really is an answer!

Report This Jan 20, 2013
  • jetboy2k rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm going to have to go against the grain with everyone on this one. This series was well acted, with some very appealing characters and an imaginative premise but, for me, the end/"answer" was a dud, and overall I just didn't see the purpose of the series. Ultimately, a story like this needs to have a really cool explanation that encompasses and answers all questions and mysteries raised during the run of the series, and (again, for me at least), this series didn't deliver on that. The answer was fairly predictable, and one aspect of the story that was very interesting was just sort of thrown in at the very end, with no actual explanation of what it meant. Sure, I could interpret what it was supposed to mean but, hell, if all you're going to do is to leave it up to me to interpret, then just write a short blurb about, "wouldn't this be a cool story," and let me come up with my own ideas.

Report This Jan 07, 2013
  • gopherguts rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

we've watched the first few episodes and i think it's pretty good. it took me awhile to get used to the annoying 70's music that seemed to kind of overwhelm the show at first. i say it's interesting, but i haven't seen the conclusion yet...

Report This Sep 26, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

brilliant, simply brilliant.

Report This Feb 08, 2012
  • artsplay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

excellent series: concept, writing, acting,set are all superb.

It was recommended to us. We watched the entire first season in a few weeks, and now we're on to the 2nd season. It came together nicely at the end of the 1st season. The acting is very very good. The cars, the clothes, the props and the way of life are believable and I was sorry to see a car crash with one of those older Rovers. My heart sank there. Overall an award winning presentation for those who remember the days when life was so simple.

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