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In the tradition of the BBC's Upstairs Downstairs and Robert Altman's Gosford Park, for which writer-creator Julian Fellowes received an Academy Award, the royals, servants, and middle-class relations struggle to get along. Sniffs uptight maid Miss O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran), "Gentlemen don't work," but that doesn't stop Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) from competing for Matthew's affections. Though it takes awhile to warm up to the tightest-wound characters, most everyone reveals their more vulnerable side before the first season comes to an end, and a new small-screen classic is born.
The entire sprawling cast is quite wonderful, particularly Bonneville, Carter, and James-Collier, who provide a fascinating study in contrasts (the latter is downright dastardly). Unlike the version that aired on PBS's Masterpiece Classic, this set offers seven parts rather than four. Extras include a featurette, in which cast and crew discuss the production, and an introduction to Hampshire's Highclere Castle, which doubles for Downton Abbey. The first season was a phenomenon in the United Kingdom, and Fellowes has promised a second season set during World War I. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I've always wondered about this series and now I can't stop watching it. Call me old school, but this show is fascinating and my husband and I sat through the whole series episode... Read morePublished 15 minutes ago by Francine L. Schoonmaker
Wonderful! Great story line, actors are excellent and plot is suspenceful. Hate to have to turn it off.Published 6 hours ago by Donna B. Vickers
If you liked Upstairs, Downstairs, or even if you didn't watch that one many years ago, you will like this as well. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Josephine
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Yes, it is. Both season 1 and season 2.
Feb 9, 2012 by Mary McManus | See all 5 posts
|is there any english subtitles||
Yes, there are English subtitles. No French or other language, though.
Jul 9, 2011 by MMJ fan | See all 5 posts
|Has anyone had dvd's that were jumpy?||
Good news! Well, possibly anyway. I was having the same problems you've all described, and, after noticing it played fine on my folks' old tube TV, I made some adjustments on my high def TV which seems to drastically improve the jumpiness. If you turn off the "cinemotion" or... Read More
Dec 9, 2012 by M. Bartsch | See all 14 posts
|"Public" but for the HOH.||
It isn't listed here, but on the BBCAmerica website, it lists this same DVD with "English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired"?
So I would say it does have subtitles. Or are you just talking about...
Jan 22, 2011 by Kindle Customer | See all 4 posts
|spoiler or blindside?||
Foisting immorality on viewers? A bit melodramatic, don't you think?
The scene between Thomas and the duke was hardly celebratory of their sexuality. And if the disturbing part of the scene to you was their kissing rather than theft, blackmail, lying, manipulation - well, you kind of missed... Read More
Jan 27, 2011 by MaryE | See all 49 posts
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