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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
So my husband and I are hooked on the Abbey. Refreshing escape from swearing and slang and slovenly manners. The location is a feast. The script is supper all by itself. The actors make you forget they are acting. Take a vacation without leaving the Lazyboy. Drama, love, sibling rivalry, class warfare, humor. Have a generous helping with your tea.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
I love watching the full episodes that were intended for viewing - not the shortened USA episodes... Perfect buy for DA fans!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
I read all of the reviews before selecting the complete seasons 1 and 2. It seems that my copy of season 2 does include the Christmas Episode. Not sure how -- maybe the copy I have was released after Feb 2012 when this episode had been shown on US PBS stations.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
The show is fantastic, but the DVDs I had were flawed. Some of them stuck numerous times. I was frustrated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
I got to make my 84 year old mom very happy with 2 seasons of Downton Abbey. Great quality programming for a discerning viewer who loved going back in time in England. The behind the scenes features were especially enjoyable to learn more about the property , the costuming, characters, etc.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
Love this collection and that it includes the Christmas Special! Hopefully the next season will be as good as these!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
received this earlier than expected which was great, but the quality of dvd's is pretty rubbish. very disappointing picture quality etc
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
There is no difference between this edition and the US edition, advertised as origional UK version is misleading. I was hoping to see some difference since we own the US limited edition set...there is none, so if your thinking this Uk edition is different in some way...its not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
I can't say enough positive things about season one of Downton Abbey. It was heartfelt, wonderful, delightful, entertaining, moving, exciting, funny, and most of all, intelligent.

I'd heard some fans say that season two of Downton Abbey fell short a bit compared to the first season, but I hoped that perhaps I'd be amongst the fans that loved the second series as much as the first.

At first, things were not looking good. I found the first episode of season two felt a little rushed, and I was dissapointed that more time wasn't given to developing and introducing certain story arcs. Episode two still felt a bit bumpy, but things were getting better. Episode three felt back on form, and my husband and I watched on up until episode 6 with much delight.

Then things began to fall apart. It's difficult to say much without giving away spoilers, but the appearance of a mysterious wounded (and disfigured) solider who claims to have ties to the family was only the first of many utterly absurd plot-lines that I found myself utterly unimpressed by. Episode seven, in particular, was so bad that it started to get funny. My husband and I could not help but laugh as we pounded are fists and shouted at the characters "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!?" There were some ridiculous plot-lines, many cases of characters acting out of character, and some really poor writing.

The final episode did not have the effect on us that it might have had had it not come on the back of such a load of idiocy. At least they spent the episode resolving some of that nonsense, so that hopefully they can make way for new (and better) story lines in season three.

To fans new to this series, I'd honestly recommend you stick with season one and pretend that season two doesn't exist. Season 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey can be brought separately - although you will save money buying them together in this box set - and I suggest you do just that and give this box set a miss. I know I certainly don't want to ever subject myself to season two again, although I'll be more than happy to re-watch season one. With season three on the way, however, it's still a bit too early to say whether this show has "jumped the shark" already, or whether season three can redeem itself and bring the show back to life. I certainly hope it does, though I can't help feeling that Downton Abbey was not a series that was meant to run for many series'.

Just a quick note as well, this set does not include the Christmas episode, which deals with events immediately after season two. I've no idea why this is being sold as the "complete" collection, when it certainly is not. The Christmas episode must be purchased separately, and is rather disgustingly priced for what it is. I fail to understand why the Christmas episode was not included on this box set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Watched season 1 today on PBS rerun and enjoyed greatly the characters, acting and richly colored photography. I don't have time to read all 60+ reviews, but those that I did read did not answer an important question. What if any are the differences in story content between the U.S. and U.K. versions? Was the U.S. narrative abridged, and if so how and how much? Answers will be appreciated.
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