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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey: Seasons One & Two (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

Maggie Smith , Hugh Bonneville    Blu-ray
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Downton Abbey's first two seasons are packaged in a splendid boxed set that every fan of the series, and any historical drama, will love. Season one sets a lavish stage of beautiful scenery and architecture, and a class structure rigid yet just beginning to give way at the beginning of the 20th century, and of the Great War. Season two picks up two years later, in 1916, as the war rages on over Europe, and grand Downton Abbey has been converted into a convalescent hospital for wounded veterans of the brutal combat. Throughout both seasons, the storylines involving the wealthy Crawley family and their servants are captivating, richly developed, and all too human. Season one focuses, as it must, on quickly giving biographies of the main cast members and their roles in the stately home of Downton Abbey. Standouts include Hugh Bonneville as Lord Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as his American wife, Lady Cora. The Crawleys' three daughters quickly show their distinct personalities and passions--and passion they are determined to have. Downstairs, the servants include Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates and Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow the footman, whose rising position in the household is threatened by Bates's return; Thomas immediately begins schemes to undermine Bates. Maggie Smith steals every scene she's in as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. The bons mots fly out of the countess's mouth and she is wickedly funny as the elder stateswoman who has seen it all and is shocked by absolutely nothing. If Smith tends to chew the scenery, it doesn't really matter--since Downton Abbey has scenery to spare.

This boxed set is rich with extras. Fans will be captivated by the making-of featurette showing the details as originally envisioned by series creator Julian Fellowes (writer of Gosford Park and the TV series Titanic). Another feature examines the incredible attention to period authenticity paid to costumes, dialogue, and décor. Another short feature examines the many love stories unfolding--and given urgency--with World War I as the backdrop. And the transformation of the stately home into a humming wartime hospital is also fascinating. All in all, there are more than 15 hours of immersive entertainment in this five-disc set--best put on another pot of tea before you settle in. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • Making of Downton Abbey
  • A House in History
  • Fashion and Uniforms
  • Romance in a Time of War
  • House to Hospital

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Two Series of a Superb Period Drama Oct. 7 2012
Downton Abbey is already close to an institution as the most popular costume drama for about 30 years coming out of the UK which makes something of a speciality of this sort of thing. So far we have two series, with a third yet to arrive on DVD which will take us up to the 1920s with doubtless more to come. This DVD set covers the first two series, with 16 episodes, 7 from the first series and 8 from the second and the Christmas special.

The first series covered the period from 1912, just after the sinking of the Titanic, up to the start of the first world war in 1914 and much of the story line is about the matchmaking within the Crawley family where financial and social influences have a major bearing. Of course the interaction between the family and those who serve them `below stairs' is a continual contributor to the excellent story lines. The second series 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. The Christmas Special is post the first world war and includes a dramatic trial. In both series topical events of the period, political, economic and military are covered.

There are 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 box set will appeal to viewers who may have missed out first time round and also to the many who enjoyed this superb production and will want to revisit it. Roll on Series 3!

Incidentally, in answer to the question raised by the other review I can confirm that this is the original UK version.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the PBS one Jan. 6 2013
By Kerry52
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I loved the series, but have learned that the PBS copy has the Christmas Episode included in Season 2. This one doesn't but it is available for another $15. Too late for me unfortunately, but hope it helps someone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey Blu Ray DVD Nov. 16 2012
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The 'very best' Series in a long time ... The Acting by the cast; 'Upstairs' and 'Downstairs, every character is superb!!!!

The costumes are magnificent in the beautiful setting of the Abbey, congratulations to Jullian Fellows for writing such a beautiful piece and to all those who had a hand in the production!.

Maggie Smith steals almost every scene she is in and the interaction between her and 'Mrs. Crowley' is brilliantly done! I have no favourites; I love them all! I cannot wait for the 3rd Season; so hurry ...!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey Series 1 and 2 Feb. 1 2012
By Nitram
The product was delivered in good time and I was kept up to date by the shipper all the way. Well done. As for the content, it is riveting to watch with many plots and sub-plots regarding the nobility in the post Titanic era. The acting is magnificent and the scenery spectacular. A byegone age maybe, but one full of intrigue, scandal and love conflict.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Edition? Oct. 2 2012
I have not purchased this yet because I am confused. Friends have warned me that there are two versions of Downton Abbey - the original UK full length edition, and a shortened edition which PBS broadcast in the US. Critics say that inevitably much is lost in the shortened edition. This offering is a "Limited Edition". Which is it?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I was so happy to receive my Downton Abbey SEASONS ONE AND TWO DVD to give it as a gift to my sister for her birthday. Little did I know that the version purchased on Amazon.ca cannot be played in North America on our DVD machines!!! Why would Amazon.ca sell this in North America?? How can I get a credit, return this product and get a version that CAN be played on North American machines?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See Jan. 27 2012
By umpa
This is a wonderfully written and produced story which takes place in early 20th century England. It follows events of a very wealthy and titled family, and their house staff, for many years before, during and after WWI. The events, personalities and interrelationships are all beautifully intertwined and revealed. One of the absolute best multi-viewing experiences to be had.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT what was advertised! Dec 30 2012
I had been warned to be careful to only buy the UK version of Downton Abbey, and this "limited edition" said just that!

So, trusting Amazon, I put this edition on my Christmas list and it was under the tree on the 25th. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!

Here is the link to what was advertised BEFORE Christmas :

Note it says "Original UK version" ... these words are now missing from it now!

Naughty amazon!!! SHAME!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Watch
I watched it while I exercised! It made me want to get up early to exercise because I wanted to see what would happen next!
Published 13 months ago by Valmarie Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous show -= product in excellent condition
the series 3 edition never arrived..........I will be seeking a new seller as the series is amazing...........seeing it as a marathon was the best part!
Published 14 months ago by penny fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey Addict
After discovering Downton Abbey this past season, I HAD to watch Seasons 1 and 2 to build the foundation for the 3rd season. The dvd set does not disappoint. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey
Thank you very much for getting in touch. At this time I have not yet finished the City Wolves. Actually I ordered it when I met the author at the event in the area of The Blue... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Blanka Guyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Maggie Smith is outstanding as is all of the cast. Good follow up to season 1 and much better than the disappointing season 2. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sdyck
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love it!
We have given up on 'regular TV' and have been enjoying watch the DVD sets of Season Shows......This one is a classic
Published 18 months ago by Lorraine Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars A very well preformed series
keeps you waiting to watch more. look forward to series 3.
Brings back memories of our life in England. cheers
Published 18 months ago by D. Sanregret
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Masterpiece!
We were slow to jump on the bandwagon but, we are firmly on it now! IF you like the Jane Austin movies, like Pride & Prejudice, you will enjoy this series. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Spinosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
I love that british series and I received my product very quickly. I would recommend this strongly to others. Happy Viewing!
Published 18 months ago by Nathalie Bernier
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Downton Abbey, seasons 1 and 2
What can I say, the series was amazing. The costumes exquisite! I couldn't turnoff the TV. Doesn't get much better than it was.
Published 19 months ago by Lynn Landry-Rody
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