Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season 3 [Blu-ray]
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The returning cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and a host of others, joined by Shirley MacLaine, who plays Martha Levinson, the very American mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Season 3 is a Carnival Films and Masterpiece co-production, in association with NBCUniversal.
Includes the Downton Abbey Season 3 finale, "A Journey to the Highlands."
PLUS, OVER TWO HOURS OF BONUS VIDEO
- Downton Abbey Behind the Drama
- Shirley MacLaine at Downton
- The Men of Downton
- Downton in 1920
- This Blu-ray features subtitles in English (SDH).
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Let me tell you... I watched TWO SEASONS IN THREE DAYS and I am suffering from major withdrawl today! This series sort of treads water for the first two episodes but by number 3 it dives deep and remains there. I was a terrible parent for the last three days while I hid myself in my bedroom with my kindle fire HD and watched this compulsively. WOW. LOVE IT.
Shirley Maclaine makes her appearance as Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham's American mother. As usual, Violet, played by Maggie Smith manages to set the scene with some rather pithy comments. Martha has no time for the stuffy English and their traditions and is not slow to voice her opinion. Clearly she was introduced as a foil to Maggie Smith and the interplay between the two does work very well as one suspected it would. Violet seems to manage to continue to dominate any scene she is in.
There are plenty of dramatic moments in the new series, as life on the Downton estate returns to more as it was shown in the first series, before the First World War when it served as a convalescent home for injured servicemen. However, there are new challenges for Downton in the post war period. The interaction between the family and those that serve them `below stairs' continues to be a rich source of story lines for the script writers and is a major contribution to the success of the show.
Downton Abbey is the most successful costume drama from British TV since Brideshead Revisited some thirty years ago - and this is quite an accolade as they produce a lot of this sort of drama in the UK. Regular viewers of Downton will have been holding their breath wondering whether Series 3 could possibly keep up the very high standards of the previous episodes.Read more ›
Downton series 3 kicks off in splendid style, though I am a bit confused about the time line. Sybil is expecting and barely "showing" and we are told this is almost 6 months on from the Christmas special, in which we were told she was expecting. The early storyline with Edith is also a major inconsistency for me, but I cannot say why without giving things away. Apart from these niggles, this series is going to be about change. The world from top to bottom changed after WW1 and this series is dealing with those issues. I will not tell what's going on, but there are many changes coming for both upstairs and downstairs at Downton. Shirley Maclaine is terrific with the whole cast, but provides a perfect foil for Maggie Smith and the whole show is worth watching just for those two, well they have the best lines anyway. I only wish she was in it for more than the first 2 episodes. The sets, the costumes, the cars, the house are all wonderful and show such attention to detail. If you're a fan of Downton you will love series 3. (and it has been announced there will be a series 4!)
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glimpsed of how affluent english nobility daily lives and servitude of their household help. however, despite the fancy lifestyle their drama involves juicy gossips, murder, sex... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by joanne zamora
Fantastic writing and acting. Be careful Amazon will make you pay for the endingPublished 6 hours ago by Sam Turner
Well, I give it a five of course. Even if this is not your usual genre, I can guarantee if you give it a try you'll be hooked. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Ann Marie
I put off watching this and then found it on Amazon Prime and couldn't stop watching it until I got through all four seasons. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by M. & P. Millar
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|Is this uncut? Or is it like PBS's first season of DT?||
I apologize for posting here as I've posted elsewhere as well but I have noticed a huge controversy with the Downton Abbey Season 3 disks. I will not post details in case anybody isn't watching the PBS version as it is being shown but there are a number of scenes that are being shown on PBS that... Read More
Jan 31, 2013 by Rachel Polner | See all 11 posts
I am holding off for a gold box special...
Jan 23, 2013 by Barbara L. Evans | See all 2 posts
|Season 3 Christmas Special||
The PBS shop has this note in the product description:
Please note, the complete Downton Abbey, Season 3 (all 9 epsiodes) is included on this DVD, including the Season 3 finale A Journey to the Highlands, that airs in the UK at Christmastime.
Assuming this is the same printing (and it appears...
Jan 6, 2013 by Ben V. | See all 3 posts
The menu shows up after all the ads and theme music. If yours does not show up at that time, then it will definately show up after viewing the first episode in this series. BTW, it is true that this U.K. version that amazon is selling is missing scenes. It is different than the Series 3 shown... Read More
Apr 28, 2013 by Reading Rocks | See all 4 posts
|Episode 6 Season 3. PBS vs DVDs||
Can someone tell me, are you watching this PBS in England/UK? Our PBS is sowing Season 3. I did not know there was a 4,5, and 6 season out there. Do you know when season 4 is being release to U.S. ?
Feb 9, 2013 by First Amendment | See all 3 posts
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