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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
Ever since the end of season one on DVD I have been waiting for the release of season 2 of Downton Abbey. I think every review I read was more negative than positive so I was prepared to be disappointed. Sometimes I regretted having preordered season 2. Then on Thursday evening late season 2 arrived. Now, less than 48 hours later, I am longing for season 3.

I enjoyed the development of the story lines carried over from season one. Trying to tell a story with so many characters is a daunting task. And most probably terribly expensive. I have always regretted only one season of Berkeley Square, a series about the same time in history, with just as huge a cast of characters. Maybe the huge success of Downton Abbey will revive Berkeley Square, just as the Abbey has awakened nostalgia for all things Edwardian, including clothing styles.

I appreciated the softening of some characters and the hardening of others. For me, the process of personal change and cultural change is most interesting. Sybil's enthusiasm, impulsivity, is tempered by hard work over time, and leads her to strong convictions based on her own experience. Edith is rewarded from time to time for her devotion to others, but one still wonders why she is so pliable, so willing to seek a place to belong. Are there people who come into the world incomplete unless they have a place to lavish their love? And Mary; she is strong, aware of her peers and what is expected of her, but even when she takes the road always travelled, she does it in her own way.

In my opinion, the acting during season 2 is better than season one. Yes, there are a couple of places where reality leaves and people sing like in old time movies, but this is a movie of a bye gone era so I think it has the right to not only have historical content but historical style. And although one could say that Downton Abbey is no place to learn history, even the Bible says to tickle the baby's palate with honey to get him or her to eat solid food.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
My husband and I were glued to Season One and Season Two on Masterpiece Theatre so we naturally wanted the series for our collection at home. It is just fantastic! The acting is superb; the costumes wonderful and the setting is magnificant. The various plot threads are well done (sometimes moving along a bit quickly while others - Bates and Anna - going more slowly). We both thoroughly enjoyed every minute and now must wait patiently but eagerly for Season Three. I hope this Series never ends and would highly recommend the DVDs for anyone who wants to enjoy a trip down memory lane during the last days of British rule and splendour. It is pure fun, escapism, humour, tragedy and an exceptionally good historical re-creation and of course wonderfully entertaining.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The greatly anticipated second series of Downton Abbey picks up two years on from the first series in 1916, in the middle of World War 1. Downton Abbey has been converted into a convalescent home for injured servicemen and the action covers the period from the Battle of the Somme up to the end of the war. As in the first series, topical events of the period, political, economic and military are covered.

The wartime scenario and the convalescent home setting provide an excellent background for some interesting story lines. The combination of excellent plot lines, great acting and the superb setting display all that is best in TV period drama. This time round we have eight more episodes to add to the seven in the first series. As befits wartime, the costumes are not as flamboyant as in the first series but they are thoroughly researched and appropriate to the period.

There continue to be many superb individual performances but mention must be made of Maggie Smith. What a stroke of genius to cast her as Violet. She dominates every scene she appears in and often has some very funny lines.

This DVD includes the Downton Abbey 2 hour Christmas Special which is probably the single best episode of Downton Abbey to date. High drama here with a cliffhanging murder trial as well as the usual romance, drama, betrayal etc one would expect!

The UK has a long tradition of producing fine period dramas and this is the most successful since the early 1980s when NEW Brideshead Revisited - Brideshead Revisited (director (Blu-ray) took the world by storm. Peak viewing figures in the UK are 11m which is an astounding number for that market. It is pleasing to learn that a third series is already planned and we now know that this will cover an 18 month period from 1920 to 1921. This one is likely to run and run and I would not be surprised to see Downton Abbey continuing up to the 1930s eventually.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
This DVD of Downton Abbey Second Season is the Complete Version. It includes the all-important Christmas Episode. Don't hesitate, buy it NOW! Stop wasting your time watching episodes on TV and suffering through all of the intervening commercials. You should know by now that the commercials put together take MORE time than the episode itself.

This DVD is absolutely a great buy! There's is one down side: The 3rd Season episodes won't be available until later this year. What do you when you've finished watching all of the 2nd Season episodes?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
Watched the whole first season in a weekend and couldn't wait to get my hands on the second season.
Watched it in 3 days over 3 evenings. It's the only way to watch this series as you can't wait until the next episode.
I loved how they interwove the story of Downton with the war and the varying impacts on everyone. All 3 daughters reacted in different ways as well as the Mother and Father. It was equally balanced with "downstairs" and the goings on with all your favourites. I can not wait until Season 3!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
If you enjoyed the first series, you will love this one. It is set during the 1st World War. The family and staff see huge changes and upheaval that have permanent repercussions for all. There are a few interesting twists to keep you wanting to watch the entire series in one sitting. Even if you saw the TV series, the special two + hour Christmas at Downton Abbey segment, at the end of the series, (not shown with the TV series - I believe), still makes buying this well worth it. Looking forward to the third season!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
I am a big fan of Downton Abbey. This is the perfect british serie. Love all the charaters. There is a lite comic releve once in a while. Can wait for january 2013
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
This is an amazing series, well done and so addictive! There is a group of us who get together to watch this, and we so look forward to each new episode. After seeing season one, one has to go on to season two, and I hear there will be more - can't hardly wait! The acting, sets, period clothing and plot are all excellent!
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on April 16, 2013
We now have a group gathering at our place watching this series. Everyone has their "upper class" character that they secretly wish to be. Everyone has a character in the working staff whom they believe they can relate to. As the plot and events unravel, we, too, are shocked our chosen characters' quick thinking abilities. Much is said about the beauty of the landscape etc. We would like to point out that the story is so well done. Many of our friends have switched to root for other characters that they find shrewd, admirable, extremely witty etc. We now are getting the feel for the characters we love to dislike and the ones we are hoping for the best. But be sure this is not a sappy, story line. If anyone is willing to watch the first season through....ensuring they did not miss any parts- we are sure there is a character for everyone! Midway to this series, we all know each other's
upper class characters and downstairs staff characters.We all say things to one another in pure fun: "Now look what you did....or... How are you going to solve this problem?
It has become a lot more fun!
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on May 28, 2012
Just opened the season 2 Blu-Ray set. The cover says PBS, Original UK edition. I've seen reviews of the separately-published Season 2 Christmas Special which say a) that special is the best program of both series and b) that at least in the UK edition that special isn't included in the season 2 set. Perhaps that is true in the UK, or in the DVD set, but I can confirm that the Blu-ray "Original UK Edition" set I ordered from Amazon Canada does in fact come with the Christmas special on disc 3 (the season 2 set has 3 discs, the season 1 set has 2 discs -- 9 hours of programming on the former, 6 on the latter). Season 2 set also has three special features on disc 3: Fashion & Uniforms, Romance in a Time of War, and House to Hospital. Season 1 set has two special features: Downton Abbey: The Making Of and Downton Abbey: A House in History.

So if you're ordering season 2 on Blu-ray in North America, don't bother ordering the separate Christmas special listed on Amazon -- it's included in season 2 BD.

It is unfortunate that Amazon Canada doesn't list the contents of these sets, the way they often do on other DVDs and BDs.
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