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Downton Abbey: The London Season (Christmas Special 2013) [DVD]

Hugh Bonneville , Elizabeth McGovern    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Maggie Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GYU3YPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

It's summer and as part of Rose's ‘coming out' she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family are in London, preparing Grantham House for the busy social programme. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Martha Levinson arrives from New York with Cora's recently disgraced brother Harold. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London's high society. When the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert will go to great lengths to protect the royal family, and his own.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play

It's summer and as part of Rose's ‘coming out' she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family are in London, preparing Grantham House for the busy social programme. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Martha Levinson arrives from New York with Cora's recently disgraced brother Harold. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London's high society. When the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert will go to great lengths to protect the royal family, and his own.

Age Rating PG



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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Chip
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I thoroughly enjoyed the London Season series and am in awe of how well Julian Fellowes keeps the story's various links so flawlessly and intricately intertwined week after week. He is a fabulous scriptwriter - apart from his other many talents - and I really enjoy the way he holds it all together so consistently. Although much of the upstairs/downstairs interaction is not quite accurate as master/servant behaviour, especially of 100 years ago, the story is still gripping. No servant would come into the drawing room to discuss servant problems with the master while visitors are there, for instance, but I don't suppose most viewers would recognise that and the story must be moved along at a good pace regardless. This nitpick is really a trifle in the greater screening of things.
I enjoy the acting, which is excellent from every participant, and the costumes look superb on screen. For me it is a blessed relief to watch a show without the loud violence of some US series. The scenery and backgrounds are beautiful and the human interest story lines grip me. I look forward to every 'next episode.' What I did NOT appreciate was the media leaking the climactic points, such as the death of Matthew Crawley, to the public before the episode was screened. That was very bad form and spoiled the impact. Such a pity. Bring on the next series though! Cant wait for No 5!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey 13 Mar 2014
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This story is one of my all-time favourites and this episode is just as good as all the others. I am looking forward to the next series with eager anticipation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Mar 2014
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Really enjoyed this. Fast paced with all the characters we are used to. Lots of possibilities in how the story could play out. I look forward to viewing in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I absolutely loved it as did my sister who received the second copy. It is a marvellous show and it is so good to have received my copies so quickly. You do a great job.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Downton Xmas Fare 26 Dec 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A large part of the nation sat down on Christmas night in a state of concerned anticipation. The previous two Downton Christmas Specials have been, well, a bit mixed. The first was probably the best ever episode of Downton, featuring Bates' problems. However, last year the Special spent most of the time without anything very much happening but then managed to cast a pall over the festivities for many with its tragic ending.

This year, however, in my opinion Downton did not disappoint. As the title suggests, it is largely based in London and centres around the `coming out' of Lady Rose in 1923. For those of you who have not come across the expression, this involves the rather quaint upper class custom of introducing eligible young ladies to society, including being introduced to royalty. There is a good measure of romance, jealousy and intrigue - in other words exactly what we would expect from Downton! The pace of the plot is reasonable although arguably there was a little too much in the way of social gathering dominating the action, particularly earlier on. However, for me the highlight was the anticipated rematch between the incomparable Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine, fully charged with caustic wit and the clash of two strong personalities. Well worth seeing just for that little gem!

Certainly it was not as good as the first ever Downton Christmas Special, but that is hardly a fair comparison as that was such a good episode, with a strong central story. This was more a continuation of various existing plot lines, but was a good, solid Downton offering which most viewers will have enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great DVD to watch 13 Mar 2014
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There is not a lot to be said about Downton Abbey I Love it, and have started to watch it from the beginning again, in case I missed something first time around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas special 28 Feb 2014
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Got the feeling this was a precursor to the next series. Although enjoyable,story line weak. Saved by some great acting especially Maggie Smith. What a star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Xmas season 24 Jan 2014
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On second watching, i liked it more; at first, it seemed to been made for the American audience. Who couldn't resist Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Downtown is down
I loved the first couple of seasons, but now it seems Downtown is flailing for story lines. This Christmas special was ok, it does fill in details of what has happened and... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Erik Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars big fan
just love Downton Abbey and wasn't deceived by this special either. Hope they'll continue. Can hardly wait to get my hands on new stuff :-)
Published 21 hours ago by brigitta
5.0 out of 5 stars DOWNTON ABBEY XMAS 2013
AS ALWAYS THE QUALITY OF THIS SERIES IS EXCELLENT. THE SETTINGS,COSTUMES AND CHARACTERS ARE SUPERB, EVERY FAN SHOULD HAVE A COPY. TREAT YOURSELF IT IS WORTH IT.
Published 1 day ago by MOLLYCHOPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I had never seen Downton Abbey on the TV but was given the full box set of series 1 - 4 which I loved. Read more
Published 2 days ago by annasedale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Downton Abbey Fan's must have!
Relive the joy of Downton. A real change to the usual formula but one that makes this a must have for fans.
Published 2 days ago by lynne everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, as always
No words are necessary for this terrific series. Can't wait till series 5!
Downton Abbey can do no wrong - great viewing
Published 3 days ago by jmt
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous interlude between series 4 and series 5
We enjoyed this episode immensely; it maintains the in-depth probing and development of the major characters but offers a slightly less intensive dramatic level found in the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by David N
2.0 out of 5 stars series lost his heart
if you have seen the first til third season, this is a dissapointment: nothing to put your heart on. Honestly who wants to see again Mr and Mrs B being this victims. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Astrid hagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the entire series
Very much enjoyed it. I am a big Downton Abbey fan. Definitely recommend it. I am looking forward to series 5.
Published 4 days ago by trian
5.0 out of 5 stars well it's Downton
What can you say: as a lover of period stuff Downton's THE thing to watch. I am longing for more already.
Published 5 days ago by the pikefisher
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