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  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5Z0AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Julian Fellowes' hit drama Downton Abbey returns with all the regular cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt and Dan Stevens. Returning to Downton Abbey in 1916, we see the effects of The First World War on the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. The new series sees the return of all the much loved characters whose intertwined lives are rendered more complicated by wartime and its impact on the great house itself. And when the storms of war have finally cleared, will the way of life known by all the inhabitants of Downton have changed forever?

Bonus Features:
- Episode One Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- House to Hospital
- Fashion and Uniforms
- Romance in a Time of Warfare

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2011
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Critics have plunged in the knives and given a good twist, Downton Abbey's plight during the Great War and Spanish Fever provoking sneers.

Admittedly some plot contrivances did not really convince and Mrs. Bates exuded so much venom she seemed to have strayed in from "The Wizard of Oz". Much drama of quality, though, remained as tragedy struck both upstairs and down, all concerned having forever to improvise. Conditions depicted were the result of extensive research. It is easy to mock Lady Sybil's wish to play her part, which meant first learning how to fill a kettle. That is how things were - so many of the pampered classes at a loss how to do even the most basic things for themselves.

The romances rather left me cold, except for Bates and Anna (Joanne Froggatt excellent). Unexpectedly the most moving moments were not the big set pieces but almost incidental: Thomas (of all people) weeping after a sudden death; his crony sourface O'Brien surprisingly sympathetic towards the shellshocked replacement valet Lang.

Maggie Smith's Dowager, as ever, reigned supreme. When Matthew was reported missing, she observed, "The next heir will probably be a chimney sweep from Solihull." Magnificently she championed the cause of badly injured footman William - casting aside pompous officialdom, cutting down to size that odious vicar. In every way a performance to treasure. Others, less showy, also impressed - not least Phyllis Logan as the housekeeper.

The television showing suffered from clutter. DVD spares viewers the adverts, promotions of forthcoming shows (one segment insensitively timed about five minutes from the climax of each episode), the pre-credit spoilers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Wuelfing on 16 Mar. 2014
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Downton is superbly addictive.Having just read "Lady Almina the Countess of Caervarvon "and learnt about the true history of Highclere Castle,better known as Downton Abbey,it was interesting to see how the screen writers handled the story.They have done a good job indeed.All my friends here in Germany are absolute Downton fans.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lizzie on 13 Nov. 2011
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I like Downton Abbey, both series 1 and 2. Yes, they are not high drama, they are soaps dressed up with lavish sets, costumes and accessories. But that's not bad, it's entertainment. Unfortunately my copy of series 2 came with a faulty disk, but Amazon was great at replacing it. I am not usually one for the bonus material that is included with DVD's, but I found the deleted scenes from series 2 very helpful and I really wish many of them had been included in the final cut. Some bits of the story now make more sense. Well done, great set, looking forward to more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Symonds on 26 Nov. 2013
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Gotta love Downton. We came to the whole thing a bit late, but loved catching up on DVD. Great value box set. Shame the Xmas special is not attached tho as it does seem a bit of a rip off to have to buy it separately.
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This is the second season of this very competent costume drama with the typical 'upstairs / downstairs' approach (following on from Downton Abbey - Series 1 [DVD]). Covering the period of WW1 and the immediate aftermath, it shows the swansong of the old Britain, somewhat embellished and through rose tinted glasses but with the first signs of dramatic change.

The acting is as accomplished as could be expected from the cast and the story is suitably interesting, with the typical conflicts of the time, here strengthened by the savage war that touches upon all. The interactions between the aristocracy and the middle classes, and with the servants are all explored, with the difficulties arising from the accelerating change being quite well shown.

The war brings about a truly drastic change for the abbey, both in two of the daughters actually getting gainful occupations, as well as the abbey becoming a reconvalescent home for the military hospital in the village. Naturally this closer contact between the worlds leads to its own conflicts and it seems that the protagonists are not all equally ready to tackle the change. The whole season is also filled with the 'will they, won't they' tension between Mary and the heir of Downton, in spite of their separate engagements, and a similar drama is playing out downstairs, too.

What cost the series the last star for me was that it started dragging a bit towards the second half. While each episode in isolation was good, I felt as if the producers were treading over the same ground for too long, before moving on.

Overall the second season is well worth watching (and enjoyable to boot), with many quite humorous moments provided and plenty of food for thought.
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By B. D. Compton on 17 July 2012
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After seeing all the reviews of 'Downton Abbey', i bought Series 1 and can really appreciate why Series 1 received the Emmy Award, so it was with much anticipation that when Series 2 came on to DSTV in South Africa, that i would really enjoy my Sunday evening. Sadly, while watchable it is not a patch on Series 1 and these are my personal views for the reasons:-

1. Series 1 flowed so well and you could really get to grips with the characters. Not so(So far as i have watched)does this apply in Series 2. It is as if Julian Fellows said we have spent so much on Series 1 that we better cut back on the cost in Series 2, it won't matter because we can rely on the story line and acting. Wrong! For a start the storyline is nowhere near as plausible as Series 1(Trying to copy Lady Chatterley's lover in Series 2)), the sequences between the characters have been shortened to the level of 'Eastenders" and the acting while excellent in parts, at other times the cast appear to be going through the motions and relying on the brilliance of Series 1.

2. If you are going to show hospitals and war scenes, then you cannot afford to cut back on cost and do a makeshift effort. The trenches looked as if they had beeen put up for the day, the hideous wounds of the victims were far too squeaky clean as were the nurses (Unlike films such as 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'The sinking of the Laconia'). World War 1 was the most gruesome of all wars and this did not come across (So far as i have seen).

Recently i watched Julian Fellows adaptation of the 'Sinking of the Titanic'(On BBC Entertainment), which was cashing in on the 100th anniversay of that terrible tradegy and it showed, it was downright awful(Unlike the brilliance of the 'Sinking of the Laconia')and i just hope that as the series goes on Julian Fellows will get back to the superb craftmenship of Series 1, but i am beginning to have my doubts.
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