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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 1 (Original U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]
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After a tragedy at sea claims the life of the presumed heir, Lord Crawley is faced with the possibility that the house he's loved his whole life might someday belong to a distant cousin he's never met. But before that can happen he must deal with his scandalous daughter, Lady Mary - considered by many to be the rightful heir to Downton. Even the staff has opinions on the family's affairs. And while most are devoted to the Crawleys, there are others whose selfishness and scheming do more than simply disrupt the well-oiled inner workings of the estate. As the servants' mischief escalates, even the most faithful employees begin to imagine a different life.
Pitting hundreds of years of British aristocracy against the tides of social upheaval and technical progress, under the looming shadow of World War I, will the fate of Downton and its family - above and below stairs - be resolved? Or will life be altered so dramatically that its master no longer matters?
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To me, this is ruinous to a finely produced English landscape, pre-world war I.
Just be more alert to this. I am not aware of any information from my PBS station to this effect, that I am indeed viewing a condensed version of Downton Abbey....
I have just purchased DVD, UK edition of Downton Abbey to view in my home....this should be a more in-depth story, without the shifting of scenes that add up to being difficult to the entire story line.
Do not buy the so-called "dumbed down" PBS version of the outstanding British ITV series Downton Abbey. We watched the entire series with great joy while in the UK last year, and after excitedly telling our American friends to watch Downton Abbey on PBS, my husband and I looked at each other in horror and confusion as we watched one butchered scene after another. Don't be misled by those who recalculate the running time to account for the removal of commercials (from the ITV version) or the reformatting to shorten the series by increasing episode length (7 episodes in the UK, 4 longer episodes in the US). The fact is, SCENES WERE OMITTED AND OR TRUNCATED because as PBS Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton shamefully admitted, "American audiences demand a `different speed' to their shows." She also claimed that American audiences would have trouble understanding the complicated inheritance issues. Wow. This is an extraordinary admission from a PBS executive. Don't people turn to PBS for an intelligent alternative to the idiocy of American commercial television? I submit it is Rebecca Eaton who is dumb, not the PBS viewership.Read more ›
Simply put, "Downton Abbey" tells the story of one English estate consisting of the Crawley family and their household staff in the years preceding World War I. Fellowes does an incredible job introducing his massive cast. Sometimes when dozens of characters are thrown at you immediately, it takes a while to sort everyone out--but no such problem here. Within the first half hour, I had everything I needed to know about the house dynamic and the role everyone played in it. There are many plot strands threaded throughout the production, but the main drama stems from the fact that the apparent heirs for Downton Abbey are killed on the Titanic. Unable to appoint a female inheritor (the Crawleys have three daughters), a distant and middle-class relative is next in line. When this city lawyer and his mother arrive to become acquainted with the property, the drama starts to unfold.
There is a LOT going on in this house--both in the servants quarters and in the master chambers!Read more ›
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My wife and I just love this series and am sadden that this is the last season.Published 4 hours ago by Steven M. Petr
I am just starting to watch this series and am enjoying it so far.Published 4 hours ago by Marylinda Vetter
This series is one I would recommend to anyone. The stories of the family and the individuals who work in the home are fascinating and it's a show I will miss when it is over... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by J. J. Morgan
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The Blu-Ray has English subtitles. I don't know if the DVD does.
Mar 23, 2011 by Ashley | See all 3 posts
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I have it. It plays.
Jan 14, 2011 by D. Rebnord | See all 20 posts
|Downton Abbey season 3 discs missing scenes??||
Yes, I have the UK Version and it is missing scenes from what airs on TV in the US. It is strange that the discs would have missing scenes. You would think the discs would have more.
Feb 10, 2014 by Stephanie Duncan | See all 2 posts
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No... only english sub.
May 16, 2012 by P. Hernandez | See all 2 posts