Mars is a weird hybrid: it's a dramatic TV series about the first manned mission from Earth to Mars in 2033 and it's a documentary series that aims to explain the science that will be required for a mission like that to actually take place. The first season of the series is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD and the National Geographic Channel has already ordered season two.
Produced by the powerhouse movie team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and based on the book How We'll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek, the show features all-star commentary from the likes of physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, The Martian novelist Andy Weir, NASA astronaut Jim Lovell and aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin.
The show's special effects are almost feature film-level and spectacular for a TV series. There's a storyline about an attempt to colonize Mars but it's almost like the plot is there to provide a reason for the science men and women to talk about space travel. It's not particularly high-tension but that's a big part of the appeal for the audience that enjoyed it when the series aired on cable.
The home video release adds two hours of extras, including 2 hours of extras, including the prequel Before Mars, Getting to Mars and Living on Mars featurettes, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.