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Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 2 (U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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people sing like in old time movies, but this is a movie of a bye gone era so I think it has the right to not only have historical content but historical style.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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2012
We bought the season 1 of Downton Abbey not sure if we would like it. There was no hesitation in buying season 2 and can't wait until season 3 goes to dvd. Not only are the characters believable and their stories engrossing but the series has the look and feel of the era. We will watch it again.
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on March 9, 2013
My delight in general continues but there seem to be one or two issues left up in the air. For example what about the Canadian who turned out to be a Titanic survivor ; did he just fade away? Also I seemed to have missed the outcome of the lady who is played bt Phyllis Logan's diagnosis/operation. Also I think the case of the bad footman has dragged on too long/ But I hasten to say that these are really only minor complaints. But finally a more general one - Is there to be a fourth series or not? This should be made clear. . . . .
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on October 29, 2013
Season 2 of Downton Abbey gives us a personal look at the First World War and its devastating effects when the mansion is transformed into a recovery zone for wounded soldiers. Again we follow several characters but this time we're really welcomed in and we get a close-up view of the main players. Although sometimes the flow between scenes is a bit jarring this season warms things up and even Mary is seen as genuinely compassionate. The last scenes of the final episode are truly moving and satisfying...and beautifully shot as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
I bought this for my wife to catch up on the series since it came highly recommended from some friends. She throughly enjoyed it.
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on November 24, 2012
The series was very good and captivating, but ... I have returned the series because the sixth and final CD would not load. Just when I got to the ending, I could not finish it due to the malfunction. How frustrating! As a result, I have returned it. When and how can I expect to hear from Amazon about a refund?
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on May 1, 2013
I love the series, but the DVD would not play well in my Blu Ray player. There was a jerkiness to the movements of the characters which I did not experience when it was played in a non Blu Ray player.
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on August 19, 2013
Great series - I ordered season 1,2 & 3 togetehr and enjoyed very much and have loaned to friends. I did find the DVD stuck but enjoyed the series and am waiting for season 4 to be released.
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on March 8, 2013
The historical aspects of the series was informative and interesting. Once again the acting was very good, but the story line did not hold me as in the opening season.
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on February 9, 2013
Really enjoyed it but episode 6 wouldn't play, very disappointing. Loved the series and looking forward to a fourth season.
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