I had a DVD player that I'd hacked to allow it to play DVDs from all regions, so that I could get British shows from Amazon UK that weren't available here. A week or two ago, I finally broke down and bought both Life on Mars and Spaced. The day after I ordered them...the DVD player broke.
So I thought about it for a few days and finally spent $90 on a region free Toshiba DVD player through Amazon from an independent company. I have no idea where it's from, other than it came with an adaptor on the plug. Took 30 seconds to connect everything and it works. Perfectly. Best $90 I've spent in a long time.
And man, I had forgotten exactly how much awesome Life on Mars is made out of.