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Upstairs, Downstairs: The Complete Series - 40th Anniversary Collection
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"Great fun and marvelous television" --The New York Times
"One of the brightest gems ever to come over the ocean from the British" --The Washington PostUpstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in London’s posh Belgravia neighborhood, surviving social change, political upheaval, scandals, and the horrors of the First World War.
The most popular and successful British drama series in television history, Upstairs, Downstairs won seven Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody. This epic saga of life and love in Edwardian England captivated viewers for five heart-tugging, humorous, and satisfying seasons. Seen by a billion people in over 40 countries, it’s beloved around the world.
The ensemble cast of top British actors includes Jean Marsh (Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse), Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), David Langton (The Spoils of War), Gordon Jackson (The Professionals), Simon Williams (Sword of Honour), and Lesley-Anne Down (North and South).
"The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs"
24 Episode Commentaries
25th Anniversary Retrospective "Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered" including interviews with the stars, composer, and editor alternate pilot episode
Essay by star and cocreator Jean Marsh
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As for the show itself, Upstairs Downstairs is one of the greatest TV shows ever filmed. It is an extremely entertaining examination of the British class system from 1900 to 1930 (particularly what happened to it as a result of WWI). After you have watched a couple of shows, you will have difficulty turning them off.
This is the story of the Bellamy household at 165 Eaton Place, London, both the upstairs family (the Bellamy family, led by Richard Bellamy, a member of Parliament) and the downstairs family (the servants, led by Angus Hudson, the butler, who in his way is more aristocratic than the aristocrats). Yet in many ways, they are a single family, and we see them from the period 1905 to the 1920s, an era of profound social change, and we see the effects such changes have on this household, from a time when going "into service" was routine to the time when having half a dozen servants for a small upper middle class family such as the Bellamys was beginning to be the exception, not the rule.
The series includes rarely shown episodes from the 1st season, as well as the special, Upstairs Downstairs Remembered: The 25th Anniversary Special. While the special is included with the first series episodes, I would advise waiting until you have viewed the entire series before watching the special, to avoid any plot points being given away.
The acting is wonderful, led by Gordon Jackson (as Hudson, the butler), David Langton (as Richard Bellamy), and Jean Marsh (as house parlormaid Rose Buck). Marsh also originated and guided the series. These three characters seem like rocks, upon which the waves of the social changes beat. Yet they are worn and changed by the events of this incredible era. Nonetheless, this is very much an ensemble cast--no character appears in more than 60 of the 68 episodes.Read more ›
While I love my current DVD collection, it's not a particularly high quality transfer. After researching this new set through PBS directly, I am reporting that there are NO promises on the reworking of visual or audio components. The same proclamation that was on the last DVD issue is on this one--"digitally remastered for presentation on DVD." So it appears to be a strict reissue, not new re-mastering. It does, however, seem to be drawn from a clearer source material with a cleaner picture quality thankfully. The features of the 68 episodes on 21 DVDs include a 5-part documentary "The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs," 24 episode commentaries, 25th anniversary retrospective "Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered," Interviews with the stars, composer, and editor, Alternate pilot episode, and an essay by star and co-creator Jean Marsh. Obviously the 25th anniversary retrospective was included on the prior release--so that leaves the documentary, some interviews, and commentary and as much as I love "Upstairs, Downstairs"--I can't justify repurchasing the set for this reissue.Read more ›
Downstairs we are privy to the lives of the servants in the Bellamy household. First and foremost is the devout, inflexible and regimental head butler, Angus Hudson, the staff overlord. Then there is the curmudgeonly but good-hearted cook, Mrs. Bridges. Other memorable characters include the efficient but sheltered head house/parlour maid, Rose Buck; the religious but simple footman, Alfred; his successor, the good-natured Edward, who has an eye for the female staff; the not-overly-bright scullery maid, Emily, and her successor and intellectual equal, Ruby; and Lady Margery's prim and snobbish lady's maid, Miss Roberts.Read more ›
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Love these video ps and you go them to us so quickly as well !Published 19 days ago by Delina Youngs
Arrived on time before Christmas as promised and as advertised.Published 1 month ago by Veritas 3395
Promptly delivered in good condition. Tells a very charming story from two points of view. Love it.Published 2 months ago by cathy
Some are in Black and White and some in color. It often stalls. I guess the DVD version has some compatibility problems. The sitcom itself is SLOW. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phoenix
Fast service. .had never seen this series"back in the day" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks!Published 3 months ago by Christine A. Dorsey
This series reminds me of a very poorly written 3rd grade play! Props ie:walls shudder when doors are shut,, you can see the shadow of the boom above the "actors" etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bonnie Poland
I remember watching Upstairs Downstairs when I was a teenager. I don't remember it being this entertaining. It's really very good. I love it. But of course Downton is better.Published 4 months ago by dz
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NPR commenting good or bad on the release would probably not affect a price change. It is also unusual for a price change that fast. Unless your few hours was before midnight last night and you came back to it in the morning. For the umpteenth time, Amazon's prices (like any legit retailer)... Read More
Apr 9, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 4 posts
I have purchased Upstairs Downstairs
the 40th Anniversary Collection by Acorn.
Yes I can confirm that there are English Subtitles on every single episode, I use them every time I view these DVD's as my hearing isn't what it used to be.
The ONLY other set of Upstairs Downstairs... Read More
Aug 15, 2015 by Mr. James P. Utting | See all 4 posts
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Amazon has nothing to do with subbies or captions. As I have said before, they SELL DVDs, they DO NOT MANUFACTURE them. If you are concerned about subtitles or captions, you should be making your statement to manufacturers. They may listen to you. Besides, Amazon does not read these postys.
Sep 7, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
She died of the spanish flu in Series 4, just as World War One came to a close. A tragic loss to the series, in my opinion. She was my favorite character.
Nov 22, 2011 by K. Kaun | See all 5 posts
Yes they are. In case nobody told you, legit retailers are only allowed to sell DVDs for their (and ONLY their) region. Your question is being asked on Amazon US, which means Region 1 only. Marketplace Sellers on the other hand are third parties who can sell anything they please. Moreover,... Read More
Apr 2, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 13 posts
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