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Upstairs, Downstairs: Complete Series (40th Anniversary Edition)

Pauline Collins , Jean Marsh    Unrated   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 299.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in London’s posh Belgravia neighborhood, surviving social change, political upheaval, scandals, and the horrors of the First World War.

The most popular and successful British drama series in television history, Upstairs, Downstairs won seven Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody. This epic saga of life and love in Edwardian England captivated viewers for five heart-tugging, humorous, and satisfying seasons. Seen by a billion people in over 40 countries, it’s beloved around the world.

The ensemble cast of top British actors includes Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Jean Marsh (Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse), David Langton (The Spoils of War), Gordon Jackson (The Professionals), Simon Williams (Sword of Honour), and Lesley-Anne Down (North and South). “One of the brightest gems ever to come over the ocean from the British” —The Washington Post.

Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD not the best March 31 2008
By RedMtl
It is unfortunate that the DVD quality of this set is rather poor, as this detracts from a superb series. Certainly, the suggestion made elsewhere that watching on a smaller screen helps, is correct. It is hard to know whether or not a newer version might overcome the transfer quality issues at some point down the road.

As such, while I am a fan of the series, I think I would seriously recommend only purchasing this if one is unable to borrow it from another source, such as a library.

As for the comments made in another review about the B&W episodes, it would behoove the reviewer to check the historical data on this series. The first six episodes were, indeed, filmed in B&W. The first was remade in colour. Episodes 2-6 remained B&W, and as such, this DVD set does present them as they should be presented.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs DVDs Sept. 26 2011
By sarah
I am delighted with my purchase and it has whiled away many hours during my illness. I've seen this product at much higher prices in other locations and was thrilled to realize that I could get it at at Amazon for such a reasonable cost.

I had made an error when I ordered the videos and, upon speaking with one of your representatives, was able to get it resolved without any fuss or bother. I'm always intrigued at how big organizations handle issues, if the client is someone to be shunted from extension to extension or treating them like their problem is the most important moment of the day. Amazon came through with flying colours!

Many thanks.Upstairs, Downstairs : Complete Series (40th Anniversary Collection)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and worth every cent July 8 2004
By Morris
The most amazing aspect of this collection is how well it holds up after all these years. Having initially seen in the 70s, I wasn't prepared to be surprised. After all, didn't I know all the plots and characters? But what I found was, while I remembered most of it, there were huge chunks that I couldn't account for. I've watched the entire series now, some five times, all the way through, and it only gets better. The writing alone is worth the price of admission, but couple this with excellent acting, stellar camera work, and knockout sets, and you've got the superb drama that is UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS. Please, don't call this a soap opera--this is an insult to the writers and actors. This is great drama that just happened to be spread out over a couple of years. Here are just a few examples of what I'm talking about:
THE WRITING: The characters are not cardboard cutouts, but real, fallible people. Lord Bellamy, for all his wisdom and charm, does make some bad decisions (the stock tip scandal, the attempted bribe of the parents' whose infant Mrs. Bridges has abducted), and this only makes him more likeable. Who wants a stodgy old Edwardian man that's perfect? Then there's the subtle references to what's come before, so that if you've missed an episode or two, you'll still know what the characters are talking about. References to Lady Marjorie and the Titanic, the previous maids and footmen who have come and gone, etc. While this is somewhat standard in television and series writing, the deft handling of these references makes this series unique.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: One of the finest examples of this is Edward, the footman. Always joking and playful, his is probably the most dramatic change during the series.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs Dec 8 2005
Upstairs Downstairs was a classic television series the type of which Britain's television and film industry has become famous for.
A pity the video quality on the DVD produced by A&E is so very, very poor! In fact there are only a couple of episodes where the quality can be deemed acceptable (e.g. On Trial and The New Man) However, if you can put up with the poor video and audio it's one of the best dramas ever made!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series - Outrageously bad DVD transfer Sept. 19 2004
The series is a gem. Believe every positive review about it. It is television at its best. The only outrage is the poor quality of the transfer on the A&E set released in the US and Canada. The picture, colours, sound are awful. I bought the set and returned it. I saw the United Kingdom release, Region 2 encoded, and it is much better. You can get an idea of the difference in picture and colour quality on the Upstairs Downstairs web site, video availability page at [...] A&E should be ashamed to give this excellent series such a bad treatment and charge over $300 for the insult.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall review May 13 2011
By Max
The story, itself is most enjoyable & well presented but the whole event is utterly destroyed by having the first 10 minutes of each of the Discs 1 being a Promo, the same **??xx promo on each series, for other stories on DVDs.
That the disc 1 of Series one was missing also contributed to my dissatisfaction with the overall $167 purchase.
There was great difficulty getting in contact with the proper department in Amazon to discuss my concerns.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series Feb. 13 2009
Written by my mother L Somerville

Having received this set of DVDs for Christmas from friends, my husband, daughter, and I have been watching the series virtually every day since then. We have only one episode left to go, and I really cannot bear to think that it is going to be over. While the quality of the DVDs is not stellar, the production itself is so brilliantly conceived, written, and acted that one simply doesn't care. If you have not seen this series before, do not wait another minute before immersing yourself; if you watched the series when it originally aired, you will love it even more the second time around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the British shows
Published 1 month ago by Derek Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
We wanted this series for ages. Yes, a few episodes are in black and white because they were filmed that way (technicians strike)! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Ross Dobohue
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as I remember it!
Historically accurate and a fascinating series set in London c1900 - 1930. Remains one of the best of the British "Masterpiece Theatre" productions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugh D. Thorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the very best
Published 2 months ago by D. H. Burney
5.0 out of 5 stars In Tribute to my Dad
I remember sitting on my dad's lap watching TV every Sunday when this series was aired, with my mother and brother. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roxy
3.0 out of 5 stars upstairs,downstairs good and bad
I have trouble with some of the epesodes as it appears to jam and freezez. I have tried it in both my players and it is the same in both. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara J Downie
4.0 out of 5 stars British series are great
We enjoy the era, costumes, story line. Very different from North American movies. Would recommend this to all who enjoy Brit's finest.
Published 6 months ago by Roger Parent
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly happy with this
really glad to get this. It took over a month to get here, however, the website did warn me when I ordered it might take up to 2 months. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sara Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Series
Excellent series,good acting. a story of an era long gone and missed. Morals, principles and values from downstairs to upstairs,
Published 9 months ago by Samir Guirguis
5.0 out of 5 stars The first period drama?
I don't care for period drama but love, loved Upstairs, Downstairs! Video quality seems fine for the years it was filmed. No regrets for ordering this set.
Published 10 months ago by kmully
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