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Downton Abbey - Series 1 [DVD]


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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 (653 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WE9C5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2011
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When I first began watching this series on Masterpiece on PBS in the United States I kept thinking it was very familiar. Then it dawned on me - Gosford Park, it is just like Gosford Park. Well, that would be because they were both the brainchild of Julian Fellows and so are very similar because they cover approximately the same time period and the same English country house type settings. Just think Gosford Park meets Upstairs, Downstairs.

This set is divided into seven episodes, each approximately 45 minutes in length. The time period covered is between 1912 and 1914 with the first series ending just as war with Germany has been announced. And, yes, there is a second season which will begin filming in early Spring 2011.

The story covers the lives of the family members of the Earl of Grantham and the servants who work on the estate, Downton Abbey. We are treated to the visual feasts of a sumptuous home in the country along with splendid costuming which includes very good hair styles for the period. There are quite a few situations which are not strictly true to the time period but basically this series is loaded so much toward personal enjoyment that I was quite willing to overlook any particular error that was so obvious that even I caught it. My husband and I both simply sat back and enjoyed the stories taking place in the fabulous setting with this cast of characters we have already come to care about. I'm ready to pre-order my set for the second season right now!
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ep on 29 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
Having wstched Downton Abbey devotedly on TV, and loved every episode, I just had to have a permanent copy to keep, and also purchased a second to send to my daughter who lives abroad which was greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

I think Downton is unique and cannot be compared with any of the earlier series of this kind - the characters are so believable. I think that the casting director should be greatly praised for an exceptional job, not forgetting the superb Julian Fellowes who wrote this memorable tale which covers the period from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, with some brief reference to the Boer War at the turn of the century..a veritable brief history lesson. I just hope that the author does as equally an admirable job with the sequel, which I, for one, await with impatience.
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