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Upstairs, Downstairs - The Complete Second Season (1974)

Jean Marsh , Nicola Pagett , Bill Bain , Christopher Hodson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Marsh, Nicola Pagett, David Langton, Donald Burton, Gordon Jackson
  • Directors: Bill Bain, Christopher Hodson, Cyril Coke, Derek Bennett, Raymond Menmuir
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U8F0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Upstairs, Downstairs - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The second season of acclaimed British series "Upstairs, Downstairs". Set is boxed and includes episodes never seen on "Masterpiece Theatre". Initially viewed as a series doomed to fail because it wasn't "commercial" enough, Upstairs, Downstairs ended up running for 5 fabulous seasons. Three decades later, it's acknowledged to be one of the more notable shows in television's history, having been seen by over 1 billion people worldwide. It has also won 9 Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and more. Simon says: A union dispute involving technicians caused some episodes from the first season to be filmed in black and white.

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the saga continues June 7, 2003
The second season of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS continues the saga of the Bellamy family of Eaton Place; their loves, losses and everyday life.
At the end of the first season, young Elizabeth Bellamy (played by Nicola Pagett) was publicly humiliated at the hands of political activist Evelin Larkin (Georgia Brown), before marrying the handsome Lawrence Kirbridge (Ian Ogilvy) in a lavish ceremony...
Season 2 includes the following episodes -
"The New Man" - Elizabeth and Lawrence return from their honeymoon in Europe, and set up housekeeping in Greenwich. Rose (Jean Marsh) is on hand to make sure Elizabeth is well looked-after, but all is not well in their marriage.
"A Pair of Exiles" - The erstwhile Sarah (Pauline Collins) confesses to her lover James Bellamy (Simon Williams) that she is carrying his baby. Sarah is then shipped off to Lady Marjorie's estate at Southwold for her confinement...
"Married Love" - Elizabeth is angry and hurt that her marriage to Lawrence is still unconsummated, so Lawrence orgainises a discreet tryst between her and his publisher, Sir Edwin Patridge (Charles Gray).
"Whom God Hath Joined.." - Elizabeth demands a divorce from Lawrence, but discovers that she is pregnant with Edwin's child.
"Guest of Honour" - King Edward VII (played by Lockwood West) dines with the Bellamy family in this special episode, and Sarah makes a dramatic return to Eaton Place.
"The Property of a Lady" - Thomas (John Alderton) and Sarah resort to drastic measures in order to help Lady Marjorie (Rachel Gurney) and the explosion of a secret from the past. This episode refers to events that took place in the season 1 episode "Magic Casements".
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs: The Second Season December 12, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Here we are again at 165 Eaton Place, the home of the Bellamy family and their servants. This boxed set includes all thirteen episodes of the second season of Upstairs Downstairs. I give this a 4 rating because of the storylines involved. Elizabeth Bellamy Kirbridge almost steals the season, and one grows tired of her whining about her unhappiness. After going through an impotent husband, an illegitamate baby, a lover, and joining the suffragettes, no wonder she left for America between the end of this season and season three. Her exit gave James Bellamy more screen time. This is still a wonderful season, though. My personal favorite episodes are THE NEW MAN, MARRIED LOVE, A PAIR OF EXILES, YOUR OBEDIANT SERVANT, and THE WAGES OF SIN. First rate entertainment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A&E continues on with shoddy quality January 22, 2002
By A Customer
Don't mean to be so critical. But people should know that quality is a word that should be synonymous with DVD. I own many of A&E's products. MOST of them are good to excellent. I don't know what has happened to the transfer of this most excellent story to DVD. Most of the episodes are fine, but there a couple of episodes on this second collection that fail in the quality control area. I live in HOPE and will be ordering the third in the series, then the fourth, and finally the fifth. Please let's get it right the next time.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful series horribly mastered January 10, 2002
This is a disgrace!
This is a wonderful and unique series in television history mastered so poorly as to be nearly unwatchable. The second episode of the first volume actually jitters for the entire 50 minute length. A major step down from the well done first season set.
If you don't care about artifacting and display quality, by all means buy a copy. But if you were looking for an even mediocre visual quality presentation, skip it. I pray they don't screw up Season 3 this badly!!!!!! A&E Home video should be ashamed of themselves for peddling such a dreadful presentation.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs 1,2,3 Seasons April 6, 2002
Short and sweet here. This is an incredible screen play and I very much looked forward to the release on DVD. All three seasons have some type of problem be it audio, shadowing, discoloration untimely skips and pauses. The 3rd season is the best in video transfer, however during certain episodes the above information I listed still applies. I have contacted the distributor and they offered to replace all 3 seasons. I was told there is a recall from the first person then a supervisor told me they had no knowledge of any recall. The story line is priceless to bad the copies are not. I am betting down the road in a year or two they will release all new copies leaving us folk to fork out another bundle. My rating is not based on the story I can only give it 3 stars because A&E New Video should be ashamed of themselves.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great series, poor DVD March 26, 2003
I love the series, but the DVD quality is really bad. I'm only on the 3rd of 4 disks and one episode was so bad I could only listen to the sound. Trying to watch the screen gave me a headache. The last episode I watched had large yellow bands across the screen. It was just like watching it on a bad color TV set back when the series was released. Since I also purchased the First season and thought the video quality on it was very good, this Second season is a particular disappointment. Stay away unless you are a hardcore fan who has to have it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show...lousy DVD transfer April 5, 2002
A&E have done it again I'm afraid. Yet another Upstairs Downstairs DVD collection that has been sourced from dreadful master tapes. The color is all over the place and some episodes judder for their entire length.
Some episodes are not too bad quality-wise, but there have to better copies of this show tucked away in a vault somewhere - surely. It would really be a shame if this is the best that remains of this timeless series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but goodie!
A fine series for seeing over and over. Love the perspective of WWI. Great actors and costumes. I watch it at least three episodes at a time.
Published 3 days ago by Donald E. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs - The Complete Second Season
These CD's arrived on time and in good order. I have not viewed them as yet, but I am looking forward to seeing them. Read more
Published 7 days ago by angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Excellent, oldie but goodie. This was the original Downton Abby. The interactions between The upstairs and the downstairs tells of a class system that even today is still visible... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mafalda Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats Downton Abbey by a mile!
Before there was Downton, there were stairs between servants and masters. This series much more accurately portrays the schism between the classes, while not skimping on dignity,... Read more
Published 12 days ago by MBA in Manhattan
4.0 out of 5 stars sound
As with the first season, the story line and casting are great, but the sound was not great. Two of the episodes did not stream in.
Published 17 days ago by Yooperfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show!
Starts out a bit slow but then it just gets better and better. Have watched this series many many times. Highly recommend.
Published 25 days ago by Jordan L. Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Real people - Up and Down
The characters in the Upstairs, Downstairs drama are very real and human and become like dear friends to us. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Myrna Boam
5.0 out of 5 stars British Customs revealed!!
This Series is a predecessor to "Downton Abbey", but from the downstairs viewpoint. Excellent actors. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Joseph R. Kiowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining and Fun Look at 19th Century Life!
Started Watching and after a couple of episodes I was hooked! It is a real portrayal of real life during hard times for so many for the pleasure of the extremely rich. Read more
Published 29 days ago by DarlingAmor
5.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey downsized
Excellent portrayal of the differences in the classes in England in the early 1900s. I was struck at how proud the downstairs staff was of the family they served, and how proud... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diana Bauer
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