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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.
I think it was a UK programme converted to US video standards and then converted back to U.K. again.
I honestly couldn't tell you much about the drama because the awful picture quality was so distracting.
So, Amazon, please find better source material for this series.
For future users the trick is to choose 'scene selection' rather than play all. This calls up Episode 1 scene selections and you then select 'Next'. This calls up Episode 2 and so on.Downton Abbey - Series 1 [DVD]
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Excellent series for any period drama fan. May not please everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by HH
Have been looking for this for a while- good to haver itPublished 2 months ago by jacqueline thomas
Never really sat down properly to watch it just a couple of episodes here and there on tv. Im by no means a tv person but I paid 79 quid and today I fancied a bit of some classic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer