Damian Lewis, who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in HBO's classic Band of Brothers mini-series, made an impact on TV audiences again this past year as "Charlie Crews," the lead character in NBC's new primetime cop drama Life. He wasn't your usual sort of cop, though: he played a detective who had been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of a murder he didn't commit. He spent twelve years in a cell before the sentence was overturned, and he got a huge settlement for the wrongful imprisonment...enough to buy a huge mansion where his friend and financial manager "Ted" (Adam Arkin, Chicago Hope) - another ex-con - also lives. Crews can own any cars he likes, and he never have to work again if he doesn't want to.
Yet Crews decides to return to the force as a detective, and on the surface he's taking whatever cases are assigned to him and his new partner, "Dani Reese" (Sarah Shahi, The L Word). Yet Crews has a hidden agenda: to find out what REALLY happened that day, and who framed him. Along the way, he demonstrates a new Zen-like philosophy about life, and how to live it. But he still can't quite let go of his ex-wife, now remarried...and his attitude about tolerance doesn't extend to his resentment toward her new husband. Nor to the people he suspects had a hand in his time behind bars, including his ex-partner "Bobby Stark" (Brent Sexton, Deadwood).
If you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of this new show, and I couldn't be happier to find out it was renewed for a second season! This morning Universal made my day (and hopefully yours, too!) by announcing a September 2nd DVD release for Life - Season 1. This 3-disc set will have all 11 episodes of the strike-shortened first season, at a cost of just $29.98 SRP!
Video will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), and audio is listed as English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. English subtitles are also included. Bonus material hasn't been mentioned yet, but there are several good candidate items at the show's official website (such as an exclusive documentary, a "Zen guide," a look at Crews' so-called "conspiracy wall" and a Timeline of events depicted in the show. Hopefully some of these will find their way onto the DVDs!
Package art is not available yet, but stay tuned and we'll bring that to you just as soon as we can.