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Upstairs, Downstairs: Complete Series (40th Anniversary Edition)
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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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A very well done "window" on England upperclass way of life in the last centuryPublished 15 months ago by YVR1
A bited dated but still good. I think Downton Abbey has spoiled me!!!!!Published 15 months ago by Colleen Cunningham
We wanted this series for ages. Yes, a few episodes are in black and white because they were filmed that way (technicians strike)! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Historically accurate and a fascinating series set in London c1900 - 1930. Remains one of the best of the British "Masterpiece Theatre" productions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hugh D. Thorp
I remember sitting on my dad's lap watching TV every Sunday when this series was aired, with my mother and brother. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Roxy
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara J Downie