- 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 (817 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003WE9C5U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Downton Abbey - Series 1 [DVD]
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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.
- Episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- Episode 1 Commentary
- Episode 2 Commentary
- Episode 4
- Episode 5
- Episode 6
- Episode 7
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of Downton Abbey
- A House in History - Downton Abbey
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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.
It hasn't shown on TV in Oz yet but I got it on dvd and have watched it twice. Both viewings left me wanting more. What's its charm?
Personally, any scene with beautiful Matthew in it was worth watching, while the delicious Mr Pammuk was also easy on the eye and provided an 'exotic' interlude. The frocks are gorgeous and carefully nuanced. Lots of the acting is pretty good, and Dame Maggie plays her usual role of crusty dowager with her usual delight. Highclere House is a great backdrop. There's plenty going on in the individual stories, interwoven with a modicum of humour and pathos. All in all, a cracking evening's viewing.
What does it get wrong?
In the first place, the entire premise about the entail and 'trying to break it' is simply ridiculous. What is an entail? It's a very common (then) method of leaving property, usually to the eldest son, in the family. The property is tied up for future generations according to this legal device, ie it must always pass to the designated person, usually eldest male heir. The idea of this was to ensure that the property was not broken up. They didn't use them as much in Europe, often leading to the situation of today where large castles stand on tiny estates, the once huge estates having been divided up in earlier generations to leave something to each of several sons (never mind the girls).
Similarly, the title usually passes to the eldest male heir.Read more ›
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Kept missing the episodes on TV so ordered box set. Fantastic series!Published 1 month ago by Cassie Roxy
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