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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition) (2012)

Maggie Smith , Hugh Bonneville , Julian Fellowes  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11,785 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville
  • Directors: Julian Fellowes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 544 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11,785 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005Q1W10A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition)" on IMDb

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...it remains a glorious, escapist entertainment which, as the fabric of society is torn asunder, the economy crashes around our ears and the autumnal rain lashes down, should at least keep us distracted until Christmas. --Andrew Pettie, The Telegraph

Sex, blackmail, girls in nice frocks and now a war. Downton Abbey just got even better. --Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

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Season 2 of the Emmy® Award-winning Downton Abbey returns as The Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front, but the intensity of war only serves to inflame the more familiar passions love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.

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766 of 803 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding Period Drama October 12, 2011
Format:DVD
The greatly anticipated second series of Downton Abbey picks up two years on from the first series in 1916, in the middle of World War 1. Downton Abbey has been converted into a convalescent home for injured servicemen and the action covers the period from the Battle of the Somme up to the end of the war. As in the first series, topical events of the period, political, economic and military are covered.

The wartime scenario and the convalescent home setting provide an excellent background for some interesting story lines. The combination of excellent plot lines, great acting and the superb setting display all that is best in TV period drama. This time round we have eight more episodes to add to the seven in the first series. As befits wartime, the costumes are not as flamboyant as in the first series but they are thoroughly researched and appropriate to the period.

There continue to be many superb individual performances but mention must be made of Maggie Smith. What a stroke of genius to cast her as Violet. She dominates every scene she appears in and often has some very funny lines.

This DVD includes the Downton Abbey 2 hour Christmas Special which is probably the single best episode of Downton Abbey to date. High drama here with a cliffhanging murder trial as well as the usual romance, drama, betrayal etc one would expect!

The UK has a long tradition of producing fine period dramas and this is the most successful since the early 1980s when Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition took the world by storm. Peak viewing figures in the UK are 11m which is an astounding number for that market.
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422 of 445 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Specs, Subtitles, and Christmas Special. January 4, 2012
By Anthony
Format:DVD
Amazon doesn't list some important specifications so I'm just posting it here. I got them from the PBS website.

Length : 544 minutes on 3 Discs
Subtitles : Yes
Number of Programs : 9
Includes the Downton Abbey Christmas Special

As for season 2, it's pretty much more Downton Abbey. More Matthew/Mary, Mr. Bates/Anna, and more dastardly Miss O'Brien and Thomas. It's very interesting to see things start to change in the WW1 setting as well and some characters go through some big changes. The Christmas Special in particular is beautifully shot and makes me very excited for season 3 which has already been announced.
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331 of 362 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Uncut Blu-ray UK Version of Downton Abbey February 4, 2012
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I LOVE DOWNTON ABBEY! When I read that the American PBS version was edited and in doing so they have left out portions of the story that gave it more cohesiveness and background I was on the hunt for the UK version. Problem number 1 was the UK DVD version won't play in the US because we are in a different "region"...bummer but I kept reading and searching (I'm not a techie I'm a Granny)and discovered that if I could find a Blu-ray version AND I had a Blu-ray player I could eliminate the "non-US region" problem...yippee....found a Sony Blu-ray Disc/DVD player BDP-S185 for $79 that works great on Amazon...and two UK suppliers (one that had Downton Abbey Series 1 Blu-ray
and another that had Downton Abbey Series 2 Blu-ray in the original uncut British versions). I was a little freaked out that it might take forever for delivery to arrive but no problem with "Factory Distributor" (an Amazon UK supplier) I ordered it Jan 30 and received it Feb 3!!!! That's faster than I've gotten deliveries sent from the same state and cheaper as shipping was only $2.98.
If live in the US and want to get the original versions here's one caveat. When you search Amazon it seems to take you to PBS versions even though you've specified British versions...look carefully at the pictures. The UK version does NOT say PBS on the cover and the DVD's jewel case is predominantly blue.
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197 of 215 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "War makes early risers of us all." November 7, 2011
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Considered one of the most successful "darlings" in the history of television, the first season of Downton Abbey achieved international success and a worldwide following. Its second season includes the same likable (and some not so likable) characters, but in an entirely new world...

When last we left Downton, the house was in turmoil at the recent news that war has begun with Germany. Some time later, the inhabitants of the great old estate have seen their lives immensely changed. Robert (Hugh Bonneville) feels inadequate and wants greatly to once more go to battle rather than staying at home and raising the morale of the women, and his wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) is too distracted to take much notice of his melancholy mood. Each of his daughters have embarked on individual quests to be of some use: Mary (Michelle Dockery) is both pining and praying for her beloved Matthew (Dan Stevens) at the front, Edith (Laura Carmichael) is learning to drive a tractor (among other things), and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) is hoping to become a nurse at the local hospital.

Downstairs, Carson (Jim Carter) is attempting to contend with a limited staff and even scarcer resources. Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is confronted with the antics and perils of a brand new maid with ideas above her station, and the would-be-romance between Anna (Joan Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) is put on temporary hold when his wife (Maria Doyle Kennedy) arrives with a startling proposition.

While each of the characters confronts their fears and struggles to find a way to fit into a world that is altering all around them, the second season powers forward with purpose and sentimentality... although it does sometimes stray into convenient clichés and predictable outcomes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I can't give it a four because I have troubles admitting that...
I'm not usually into soap opera's, not even British ones, but perhaps it's the history of the show. And that gets me too, World War I era is now a hundred years in the past. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Editorwebb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 hour ago by Philip Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars - Great story continues
can't wait for season three!! - Great story continues
Published 2 hours ago by Barbara Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Now if Lady Mary would only tell her adorable husband that she loves...
This program is astounding. Story line, costumes, location are all perfection. The acting - superb! And so well cast. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Diane Raptor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well done
Published 3 hours ago by Linda Osgood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 3 hours ago by Jo Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Season 1
It keeps getting better, and I find myself bingeing on Downton Abbey! This season is about World War I, and its affects on the family and the staff. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Barbara Kooiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 5 hours ago by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars All star cast and superb writing
LOVE this show ! Jullian Fellows is an excellent writer and he has filled the cast with fantastic character actors.
Published 5 hours ago by Julie Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Acting, costumes and story line are superb.
Published 5 hours ago by Victoria Roche
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Downton Abbey UK Version vs US version
Most Amazon sold copies WILL work on US players, just look in the product description to make sure the format is NTSC, not PAL.

For season one, the series was trimmed by about two hours. The reason the producers gave was that they wanted the series to be more like an American show in terms of... Read More
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Will DVD include Christmas Special?
The official PBS press release for the Season 2 DVD does not provide information about the inclusion of the Christmas special, but it states the runtime of the set if 556 minutes. Here are the approximate runtimes of all S2 episodes (as they aired in the UK, minus commercial breaks):

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Downton Abbey Season 2 Unedited UK version
I have the DVD version and it is 1:78-1(16X9)
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