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Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (Christmas Special 2012) [DVD]

Hugh Bonneville , Maggie Smith    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (729 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (729 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979JSZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The family receive a warm welcome at Duneagle Castle, visiting Rose and her parents in the Highlands. But there is no disguising the tensions between their hosts. Carson is determined to keep the servants back at Downton working hard, but with a country fair coming up, will some be tempted to push their luck? Could romance be on the cards for Mrs Patmore?

Bonus Features:
  • Making Of Featurette

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Great show - good soap. Downton is a lovely series. Ending was a bit pants due to Matthew's character not wanting to renew his contract with the show, but understandable scripting. Unfortunate that the speed of his exit caught a lot of people by surprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down at Heart 25 May 2013
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I love Downton Abbey and enjoyed the previous Christmas Edition. This one was less enjoyable, but still worth buying and viewing.
It does feature sports and pastimes away from Christmas, so don't expect a huggy huggy Christmas all the way through.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing end to the story 3 Mar 2013
These episodes are always well written and the writer is clearly not afraid to tackle contentious issues as well as highlight day-to-day problems. How the various characters cope with changing times has perhaps been the main theme of the whole series. The greatest disappointment to this particular episode was its ending. It seemed the storyline was going to end on a high note for all the viewers to enjoy and savour with new potential stories for the next series. Then, right at the end, tragedy of the worst sort that left the viewer stunned in disbelief. Rather than setting us up ready for the next series, the ending has actually discouraged us from wanting to view the next episode. There has been quite a bit of tragedy through the various series in the past (and sadness has to be expected in any drama) and it has been very well acted by the cast, but the extreme circumstances of some of the tragedies has seriously dented the story's authenticity and changed the tone of the programme altogether.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointed 26 Dec 2012
I must be honest, I was thoroughly disappointed with this Downton Abbey Christmas Special. There was virtually no plot, and when something did happen, I wished it hadn't and wondered why I hadn't switched the channel earlier. It's not that I'm not a Downton fan, I really am, and I was so excited for this episode, especially after last years triumph. In fact, if somebody had told me two days ago that I would write a 3-star review for the Downton Christmas special I would have thought them mad. But this year something was missing, it didn't flow well: Julian Fellowes' writing has been reduced to cringe worthy muck and it had one of the most bleak endings there's ever been in a Downton episode (yes, up there with the Sybil episode - followers of the show will know what I'm talking about). I was left feeling utterly numb and truly wished I hadn't bothered with this episode. Hopefully things will pick up for series 4, but, in all honesty, it's hard to see how it will. Another reviewer mentioned that they think Downton has almost run its course which I would agree with; it's no longer a joyful programme to watch, instead I'm constantly anxious about how the episodes will end - there's a developing theme of plot-less episodes followed up by a dramatic final three minutes, which is rather unsettling. The whole way through this episode my family were saying to each other "something MUST happen in a minute". And it did, but not in a good way.
I would, however, highly recommend the 2011 Christmas special, which is fantastic, and I will continue to watch the fourth series in the hope that things will improve. But this episode will, unfortunately, be a disappointment for even the most loyal of Downton fans.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Christmas Glitter for Downton 31 Dec 2012
By KI Girl
I must say, based on the 2011 Christmas Special, I was looking forward to something uplifting to resurrect what I thought had been a rather dull, boring and drawn out Series 3 compared to the brilliance of the past two Series and special. Sadly I was not impressed and think that Downton has run its course. As others have commented on, to focus on the marriage woes of an unknown couple in Scotland, seems to reflect that there is no more storyline for the main stay characters. I understand that season 4 and the next Christmas special have been commissioned but feel if not for the last dramatic scene (which was such as to not leave anyone in the 'festive spirit') Julian Fellows would have nowhere to take the story - and perhaps he still doesn't. I love his writing and am a big fan - but all good things must come to an end... Lets hope they can go out on a high and not further dissappoint !
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey 10 May 2013
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It seems to me that people who were fans of the first 2 (possibly 3) series are beginning to lose interest. Although I can see their viewpoint, I am not one of those people. The Christmas special for 2012 has been criticised for having very little content until the dramatic ending. However the same can also be said of the Christmas Special for 2011. I do not see the Christmas specials as the ends of a season but as fillers that mark the transition from one season to another. I for one am very interested to see what will happen in the next series: It seems once again the luckless Robert's world has been rocked with a certain accident and with the arrival of Rose to Downton in the forseeable future. I for one am interested to see how Julian Fellowes will deal with so many of the cast leaving. However, I do believe that the next season will be make or break for 'Downton Abbey'. As people have rightly pointed out, some of the most popular characters have moved on: William, Lady Sybil and now you-know-who. Will Downton Abbey still have enough to keep interest? I sincerely hope so, but I don't think the 2012 Christmas Special can be used to make a judgement one way or another.
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