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Downton Abbey Season 3 - Great Entertainment,
This review is from: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season 3 (DVD)
The much anticipated Downton Abbey Series 3 starts in Spring 1920, carrying on from the superb Christmas Special which was set over the 1919/20 holiday period. The first episode picks up with Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley at last about to get hitched, but as usual there is quite a lot going on at Downton both above and below stairs and you just know that nothing is going to go smoothly.
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. However, we need not have worried and few will be disappointed with the latest series. You really wonder how far Downton can go - personally I would not be surprised if it runs up to the 1930s in due course so hopefully plenty to look forward to! The really good news is that we know there will be a two hour Christmas Special in 2012 and although a fourth series has not yet been announced it will be very surprising if it does not follow.
Although the UK issue of this DVD does not include the Christmas 2012 Special, it is very likely that the US one will - certainly the North American Series 2 DVD did include the 2011 Christmas Special. US buyers would therefore be advised not to order the separate Christmas 2012 DVD until this point is clarified as they may well find it is included with Series 3. The UK DVD also includes 68 minutes of extra features which one would expect that the US DVD will also include. The special features are Downton Abbey in 1920, The Men of Downton Abbey, Two Weddings, an Interview with Shirley Maclaine and Behind the Scenes - The Cricket Match.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2012 11:25:42 AM PDT
Anybody who spills the beans the plot of DOWNTON ABBEY 3 when it hasn't yet aired in the U.S. is a complete moron. Millions of viewers are counting the days, weeks and months until January 2013 when it comes on here. Some things are sacrosanct and this is one of them. It is understood that lips are sealed.
Talk about how you liked it, not the content of the SEASON 3 plot. Imbecilicus.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2012 11:53:22 AM PDT
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Brett H says:
Trust me, I have been careful to give absolutely no spoilers in this review, in that it gives away nothing that you will not immediately learn when you turn on your much awaited Series 3 Episode 1 of Downton. It is very hard to write a review of a book or a DVD without making any mention whatsoever of the subject matter.
Sure, you can say, I liked it a lot, you should watch it, it is up to the usual standard. This series is all these things, but it makes for a really anaemic and pretty pointless review. If you really do not want to know anything about Series 3 before you see it If I were you I would avoid reading any reviews on Amazon or elsewhere, and would also not read the Amazon product summary as this gives away rather more than I have as you will appreciate when you have actually seen the series.
As you might expect there are some fairly unexpected and dramatic developments in Series 3 but you certainly will not learn anything about them from this review.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 9:34:29 PM PDT
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Gale S. says:
I dunno, I couldn't wait for Season 3 to start, but now I have some pretty mixed feelings about it. Some parts enjoyable, some really not. I kind of felt the same way @ season 2, but this year it seems I'm maybe tiring of it all, not necessarily looking forward to season 4, which is too bad.
Posted on Nov 25, 2012 7:04:10 PM PST
I am confused, why is there this prevailing commentary that we need to purchase the "Unedited UK" DVD version, which I did for the first two, but, now that is this comment that the US DVD version has other items included that the British one does and does not. WHICH one should we buy??? Is the language exactly alike with no changes for US viewers?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 1:43:50 PM PST
very well said Brett, I have both series one and two and found your review to be informative NOT at all spoiling,
what I DO find interesting is that Martha felt it necessary to use such big words to criticize your summary!!
"me thinks the lady doth protest too much" comes to mind. Keep on sinning.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 5:06:50 PM PST
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You do not have to read the synopsis; I didn't want to know and so I just didn't read it.
Posted on Dec 23, 2012 6:12:48 PM PST
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Wayward Pilgrim says:
Personally, I was amazed there were any votes against this review as being anything but helpful. I, too, think "the lady (Martha) doth indeed protest too much".
I've just watched the entire 2nd season nonstop, except to sleep. (and I recall liking season one very very much--and may soon watch it again). Since I should wait to see season 3 on Prime's free viewing (for fixed income reasons) I am VERY appreciate of this wonderful, insightful, intelligent review. It'll help me wait, since I am very highly anticipating the 2012 season as soon as Prime allows view at no additional costs. I might even just pay to see it.
I confess I'm rather hooked. The lovely turn out in the Christmas epidode from 2011/2012 (except for the ongoing incarceration) was a very satisfying clincher for me, personally.
WHAT a wonderful production! I really liked how both the high and low of each character was developed so as to keep it not so black and white. What a classy production all 'round!
Thanks, again, for the GREAT glimpse of the coming season. :]
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a girl at the cafe says:
The review is fine but unless you have some inside on the content of the US DvD you should not speak for them.
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