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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens
  • Format: Subtitled, 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: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 8 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WE9C5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Sumptuous costume drama Downton Abbey, written and created by Academy Award™ winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria) boasts an all-star cast featuring Hugh Bonneville (Lost in Austen), Maggie Smith (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Harry Potter), Elizabeth McGovern (Clash of the Titans), Michelle Dockery (Cranford), Dan Stevens (Sense & Sensibility), Penelope Wilton (Dr Who, Pride & Prejudice), Jim Carter (Cranford), Phyllis Logan , Siobhan Finneran (Benidorm), Joanne Froggatt (Robin Hood), Rob James-Collier (Coronation Street) and Brendan Coyle (Lark Rise to Candleford). This prestigious ensemble brings the world of Downton to life with splendour and passion.
Set in England in the years leading up to the First World War, Downton Abbey tells the story of a complicated community. The house has been home to the Crawley family for many generations, but it is also where their servants live, and plan, and dream, and they are as fiercely jealous of their rank as anyone. Some of them are loyal to the family and committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for betterment or love or just adventure. The difference is that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family know so few of theirs. But for all the passions that rage beneath the surface, this is a secure world, serene and ordered, and, at first glance, it seems it will last forever. Little do they know, family or staff, that the clouds of the conflict that will change everything are already gathering over their heads.

Disc 1:
  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2
  • Episode 3
  • Episode 1 Commentary
  • Episode 2 Commentary
Disc 2:
  • Episode 4
  • Episode 5
  • Episode 6
Disc 3:
  • Episode 7
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Downton Abbey
  • A House in History - Downton Abbey

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2010
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Two telegrams, both with devastating news: the loss of the Titanic; the outbreak of war. In between, over six hours of viewing that exhilarates.

Downton Abbey is the star, virtually a character in its own right. It contains two communities, each reliant on the other. Already the new century is beginning to threaten what both hold most dear.

Upstairs and down, everything rings true - a bygone age lovingly recreated. This is Julian Fellowes' brainchild, he deserving most credit, but praise goes to all who converged to create something extra special.

Dame Maggie Smith dominates but does not eclipse. Hugh Bonneville impresses as the enlightened Earl. Below stairs, Jim Carter is awesomely aloof butler Carson (with a secret that stuns), Brendan Coyle moving as the new valet with a limp and a troubled past. Lady's maid O'Brien and footman Thomas are enjoyably horrible, the one regret in the series that nice footman William did not give Thomas a far heftier thump.

Throughout there are lines to savour, especially from the Dowager Duchess. About the recently drowned heir: "He was too much like his mother and a nastier woman never drew breath." Recoiling from newly installed electric lights: "I feel I am on stage at the Gaiety." Disconcerted by a swivel chair but declining a replacement: "No, no - I am a good sailor."

Here is a production so full of fine things, one can only applaud - delight increased by news there will be a second season.

(Bonuses include two commentaries and behind the scenes features. Thank you to whoever removed those irritating pre-credits trailers. If only this could be done for all similarly afflicted television series when transferred to DVD!)

Wholeheartedly recommended, but by now you will have gathered that.
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206 of 224 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 31 Oct. 2010
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ITV have excelled themselves with such a lavish drama and stellar cast. Dame Maggie Smith delivers her lines with such character and timing, she simply has you in fits of laughter. You come to expect the BBC to produce the goods when it comes to period drama, but ITV have shown they are more than capable and each episode of Downton leaves you wanting more. I truly hope BAFTA recognise the drama as it deserves to win plenty of awards. Anyone who hasn't seen it yet should make every effort to asap as they won't be disappointed - I can't wait for the second series!
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125 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Mlle Godfrey Carla on 8 Oct. 2010
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Normally the BBC are the ones for drama but ITV have proved themselves more than capable!!!! Julian Fellowes has done a fantastic job portraying an aristocratic family in the early twentieth century. The plots are well balanced and intriguing, and he makes sure to include the below-stairs as well as the up-stairs supported by a brilliant cast, including the legendary, Dame Maggie Smith. In conclusion, this drama is the creme de la creme and definitely deserves a second series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Martin on 7 Dec. 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this series.Written by Julian Fellows it is new, not adapted from any book.The characters change through out the series and the ones you hate at the beginning don't necessarily stay the same.
It follows a household on a large country estate from 1912 to 1914, both above and below stairs.It tries to merge historical facts with fiction.Julian Fellows has a very fresh and easy way of writing,the house is beautiful,and although all the cast are excellent,Maggie Smith stands out.She portrays her Dowager Duchess as very old school while the rest of her family try to bring her into the 20th century.It is done with great wit ......"Whats a weekend" she is heard to ask.
Well worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Donaldson on 2 Nov. 2011
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Downton Abbey is without question the best tv drama ITV have produced since Brideshead Revisited. My girlfriend bought me the complete series one from amazon. Best gift ever. The series is visually stunning and the character development is on a par with any classic feature film. The stellar cast are without exception uniformly excellent. As a study of the contrast between the lifestyles of those above and below stairs Downton Abbey beats Upstairs Downstairs hands down. The sensitive dialogue by Julian Fellows of Gosford Park fame is a delight, wit and charm runs throughout each episode. I had never watched the series on television but the buzz about how good it is, is everywhere. What surprises me the most about this series is that it is not my normal type of viewing, its testament to its sheer quality that an anti costume drama type like me enjoys it so much. This series merits every plaudit bestowed upon it. I really cant think of a better way to spend a dark winter evening than with your Downton Abbey boxset. I will be ordering series two which comes out at the end of this week. Sheer brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 6 April 2011
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It is very rare that I find a television show that is so well-done and such a pure unadulterated joy to watch that there isn't a single thing I would change --- "Downton Abbey" is such a show!

I was intrigued right from the beginning of episode 1, and for me there was not a dull moment in the entire series. The story follows the daily lives of both the residing family and the staff of the house, and I found both to be utterly fascinating.

Every character is lovingly drawn, every actor's performance absolutely spot-on, and every scene is done with incredible attention to detail. All of this --- along with the great writing and directing and the beautiful cinematography --- adds up to a series that is simply pitch-perfect!

If there is one complaint I have then it is that this first season was much too short! Only 7 episodes --- that really isn't much. I wish there had been more episodes, but from what I hear they are filming season 2 right now so I can look forward to that ... :o)
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