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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 (562 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5Z0AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179 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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89 of 98 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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The programme itself is obviously great, obviously all the millions of fans pretty much prove that so you don't really need me to tell you about that and i am not concerned my one star will have any negative effect on the sales!
However, massive caution - these box sets are not complete and the Christmas specials are missing so i think a complete rip off to infer you are buying the complete series! I excitedly lined up the first in the next series only to be completely confused and bamboozled by the storyline before I eventually looked it up on line and realised what had happened - so not only is it frustrating you have to go and buy that but far worse you then spoil the plot completely for yourself as all the major stuff obviously always happens at Christmas in these things and is immediately given away pretty much the minute you start watching the new series! So far I think this has been on series 2, 3 and 4 (so will put the same review on those) but imagine there may be more later.
It is obviously up to the producers of the DVDs to sell what they want for whatever price they want and not even saying that the price they charge is necessarily wrong but it is being mislead that is so wrong!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs S R Dean on 1 May 2013
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I have loved the second series as much as the first series. Keeps you engrossed and so well acted. Best to see on DVD as no adverts to spoil it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on 20 Nov. 2011
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Downton Abbey - Series 2 [DVD]

The 'mixture as before' in Series 2 of this great-rating drama. I have to confess that I was panting for the dvd to arrive and when it did, saw the whole 8 episodes over a few days in an orgy of Downton-watching.

Obviously, it has all the same problems as Series 1 - implausible plots, historical inaccuracy and so on - but like the first, Series 2 is strangely addictive. And the good news is that, since it ends on a cliff-hanger, there must be a Series 3 in the pipeline.

In the throes of war the main motif is 'nothing will be the same again' and some of the relationships are strained to prove it. Regrettably, Lady Sybil did not meet the nice young officer I predicted at the end of Series 1, although Thomas does not enjoy his time in the trenches (as predicted). Both Lady Mary and Lady Edith improve enormously and find that being occupied makes them a lot less bitchy. Lady Edith thought she had met a nice officer, and one of the housemaids certainly did, but those wartime romances can be dodgy things and surprisingly (or not) not everyone behaves quite as they ought.

It's often hard for the family and servants to keep track of all the comings and going and what everyone's up to behind the scenes, but fortunately they don't have to rely on the simple expedient of telling each other things people ought to know and keeping quiet about those they shouldn't. Eavesdropping gives sneaky O'Brien and Thomas plenty to plot about, and listening to servants' gossip keeps the family informed about important events.

Poor old Bates has a terrible time with his ex-wife.
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