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Life on Mars: The Complete Collection

Life on Mars: The Complete Collection

Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play, Doctor Who) wakes up in 1973, where he's the newest member of his...more.
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Overview
Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play, Doctor Who) wakes up in 1973, where he's the newest member of his old police squad. Sam's respect for proper procedure and 21st-century mentality clash mightily with his bullying boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Cranford). Still, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world, despite hearing strange voices that call him back to his former life. When he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?

Winner of two International Emmys® for best drama series, Life on Mars is "an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism" (TV Guide), acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Collection includes all 16 episodes. Approx. 15 hours 34 min. on 8 DVDs. SDH subtitles. For mature audiences.
Episodes
Discs 1-4
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, Cranford), 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, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?

Discs 5-8
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 Extras
  • Audio commentaries for all Series 1 episodes
  • Take a Look at the Lawman documentary (64 minutes)
  • Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri (3 minutes)
  • The Music of Life on Mars featurette (14 minutes)
  • Get Sykes production design featurette (8 minutes)
  • Outtakes reel (6 minutes)
  • The Return of Life on Mars documentary (45 minutes)
  • Series 2 behind-the-scenes footage and set tour (48 minutes)
  • The End of Life on Mars featurette (28 minutes)
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 934 minutes, plus bonus material
Format: Widescreen
Number of discs: 8
Language: English
Subtitles: N/A
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes (not all bonus programming is subtitled)
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR
Press
"An intoxicating treat"--Variety

"Compulsive viewing"--Daily Mail (UK)

"Terrific performances"--Los Angeles Times

"Intelligent...refreshing...brilliant...seductive...cool"--San Francisco Chronicle

"Not your mother's procedural drama"--Entertainment Weekly

"Intelligently entertaining"--USA Today

"An entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism"--TV Guide

"One of the best TV series ever made"--San Francisco Chronicle

"The bottom line here: get it. Well-acted, well-written trip with some fabulous chemistry between the actors."--Blogcritics Magazine

"Enthralling saga recommended for mystery and time-travel fans alike!"--Midwest Book Review

"Top 5 crime dramas to watch this summer includes Life on Mars and Prime Suspect."--Examiner.com

"A genre-bending show of the best sort: character driven, intriguing, and full of conflict."--Examiner.com

"Clever, funny and tough, a truly unique addition to the genre"--Venice Magazine
Awards
International Emmy Winner for Best Drama Series 2006

International Emmy Winner for Best Drama Series 2008

Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner for Best Television Episode Teleplay (Matthew Graham, Episode 1, 2007)

BAFTA Audience Award Winner (2007)

Broadcasting Press Guild Award Winner for Best Drama Series (2007)

Television and Radio Industries Club Awards Winner for Best TV Crime Program (2008)

Banff Rockie Award Winner for Best Continuing Series (2006)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Actor (John Simm, 2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Director (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Drama Series (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Editing (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Sound (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Writer (2007)

BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design (2008)

Saturn Award Nomination for Best International Series (2008)

Saturn Award Nomination for Best Presentation on Television (2007)

National Television Award Nomination for Most Popular Drama (2007)

Royal Television Society Award Nomination for Best Actor (Phil Glenister, 2007)

Royal Television Society Award Nomination for Best Drama Series (2007)
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