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Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 2 (U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]

Hugh Bonneville , Phyllis Logan , Andy Goddard , Ashley Pearce    Blu-ray
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Season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey returns as The Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front, but the intensity of war only serves to inflame the more familiar passions love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait Feb. 11 2012
By P. Halliday TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a series! Feb. 28 2012
By debby TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding Period Drama July 9 2012
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lolo
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the 2nd season April 12 2012
By Jules
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite (time) series
One of my favourite (time) series. I love it ~ just wish it didn't take so long for each season to be released but happy it is still on. Read more
Published 11 days ago by CaBe
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Published 24 days ago by gramma
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!
Absolutly fascinating!!
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Ulrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved, loved, loved it!
Published 1 month ago by marion
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine disc; excellent production values
Fine disc; excellent production values. We continue to enjoy itr.
Published 1 month ago by Gordon Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing season -- especially with the history of WW1 and ...
An amazing season -- especially with the history of WW1 and how it affected so many people in many ways. The characters are well defined and I could identify with most of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Tyrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great Series....Love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars DUV
Great...well worth the money to have my own collection. I have loaned the collection out to my daughter and friends.
Published 4 months ago by Sybil Bagshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
One can't have season one without having series two.. Great history as well as a great story and great acting for every character,
Published 5 months ago by June Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
I love period pieces and this is one of the best!! I never see it on TV and this way I have the episodes to watch over and over.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Hennessey
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