Genres:Drama, Television Sub-Genres:Drama, Drama, British Television Studio:Pbs (Direct) Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 01/11/2011 Release Year: 2011 Run Time: 6hr 8min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 3 SwapaDVD Credits: 3 Total Copies: 24 Members Wishing: 0 Edition: Box set MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
William P. from LEVITTOWN, NY Reviewed on 7/28/2017...
This is the unedited UK 1st season of the series with some special Features! If you liked the classic Upstairs Downstairs this is a bigger budget version of it with new but similar characters!!!
SV S. Reviewed on 6/27/2017...
People are overly impressed with this series. I was underwhelmed. Downton Abbey is just a soap opera set during WWI and featuring a mildly "exotic" culture to fascinate middle class Americans who have never travelled or had their hands on a significant amount of money.
The writing is mediocre and the characters are used as pawns for dramatic emotional payoffs, which are the main content of the show. Critical, life-changing moments are brushed aside as if they mean nothing: the cook's eye surgery, a character's death, and so on, are just mechanisms to propel the soap opera foward, and the characters and their inner feelings are ignored. We never find out how the cook feels about her radically improved vision - it is never mentioned again. This laziness in the writing is typical for this show.
A fairly repulsive attitude towards obscene wealth is presented in this show as if it is normal, and is not questioned; the idea that it is right and proper that massive amounts of money should be held by very few people, and that it's "noble" for poor people to take on servile positions of drudgery to benefit their wealthy overlords who oppress them.
Another problem is that the only gay character in the show is the single most repugnant individual depicted. It's not remotely creative, interesting, or inclusive to put homosexual villains in shows, when there are no good gay characters to balance them out. It's just homophobic and hateful.
There are very few likeable or admirable characters in Downton Abbey. Most of them are suffering in an infantile state of moral development and are faintly disgusting in terms of personality. They are selfish and egocentric, devious, duplicitous, ignorant, lacking in empathy, kindness, moral fibre, or any other virtue that would redeem them.
This show is a sweet-flavoured waste of time. 2.5 stars.
Jr N. from TAMARAC, FL Reviewed on 3/12/2017...
One of my favorite shows to air on television, one word.. "class".
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Charlene C. (mccoffield) from SOUTHLAKE, TX Reviewed on 6/14/2016...
This is SEASON ONE of the wildly popular PBS series, Downton Abbey. UPC 841887013925
It is the "Original UK Edition" for NTSC Region 1 -- the format for USA and North America.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Butch W. from WESTFIELD, MA Reviewed on 3/12/2016...
Will it play in the USA?
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nina E. Reviewed on 2/2/2016...
Series one begins at an English country estate called Downton Abbey in April of 1912, with the sinking of the Titanic. It focuses on the lives of the Crawley family and the servants on the estate until August of 1914, with the declaration of the First World War. Two of the main storylines are who will inherit Downton after the current Lord Grantham Robert Crawley, and Lady Mary Crawley and her desire to find a suitable husband.
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
Kimberly C. (wonga) from GRAND JCT, CO Reviewed on 7/1/2015...
no info is listed so i'd like to add that this is Downton Abbey: Season One (original UK Edition) on 3 discs. special features include Downton Abbey: The Making Of and Downton Abbey: A House In History
6 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Carla M. (ayrlyn) Reviewed on 8/27/2013...
Normally I like BBC productions, but this is NOT Family friendly. I only watched part of it & found it offensive.