Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 1 DVD (U.K. Edition) - AV Item

3 DVD Set

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Downton Abbey--a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape--needs an heir. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflappable Lord Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern is his far-sighted American wife, Cora. From Academy Award®-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

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Features & Benefits

Features:

  • Length: 368 minutes on 3 Discs
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 7
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Country of Origin: United States

AV Benefits:

Why the AV version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. AV versions come with limited performance rights so they can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. They also can be enjoyed in admission-free public screenings, which also makes them ideal for use by library patrons and businesses involved in community clubs and organizations.
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Professional Reviews:

Primetime Emmy award winner for...
- Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
- Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Julian Fellowes)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Maggie Smith)
- Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Brian Percival)
- Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie

"The folks at Boston's WGBH couldn't have chosen a better way to mark the start of "Masterpiece's" 40th season than "Downton Abbey," a four-part epic that's also an implicit tip of the hat to one of the most beloved "Masterpiece Theatre" mini-series ever, "Upstairs, Downstairs." - SF Chronicle

"a quintessential Masterpiece Classic..." - TV Guide (Eastern)

"viewers will be hard-pressed to find a more sumptuous, engaging drama than the "Masterpiece Classic" miniseries 'Downton Abbey.'" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Downton Abbey is another one of those magical places captured forever in time by PBS..." - Film Monthly

"crisp yet juicy, emotional yet subtle, serene yet funny." - Entertainment Weekly

"beautifully made - handsome, artfully crafted and acted" - The Guardian

"While others play roles, Dame Maggie inhabits them" - The Independent

"Compulsively watchable from the get-go, 'Downton Abbey' fulfills the 'Masterpiece' designation more faithfully than just about anything else to grace the PBS showcase in years. Featuring one great line after another courtesy of writer Julian Fellowes and a splendid, sprawling cast, this early 20th-century melodrama owes a spiritual debt to 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and Fellowes' 'Gosford Park,' as it alternates between the affairs of great lords and the humble folk who staff their houses. After practically inhaling the six-hour production in one greedy gulp, my sympathies to those who'll have to patiently spread their enjoyment over four successive Sundays. - Variety

Product Description

Features:

  • Length: 368 minutes on 3 Discs
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 7
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Country of Origin: United States

Description

  • A star-studded cast (Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Dan Stevens) round out the glittering, gossipy, and beguiling men and women of this epic tale!

    After a tragedy at sea claims the life of the presumed heir, Lord Crawley is faced with the possibility that the house he's loved his whole life might someday belong to a distant cousin he's never met. But before that can happen he must deal with his scandalous daughter, Lady Mary - considered by many to be the rightful heir to Downton. Even the staff has opinions on the family's affairs. And while most are devoted to the Crawleys, there are others whose selfishness and scheming do more than simply disrupt the well-oiled inner workings of the estate. As the servants' mischief escalates, even the most faithful employees begin to imagine a different life.

    Pitting hundreds of years of British aristocracy against the tides of social upheaval and technical progress, under the looming shadow of World War I, will the fate of Downton and its family - above and below stairs - be resolved? Or will life be altered so dramatically that its master no longer matters?

    New episodes of Downton Abbey will return in Winter 2012

    Bonus Features include
    - Making of Downton Abbey
    - A House in History

    Also includes Great British Heritage Pass, a promotional spot for British tourism

    This DVD is the original and unedited UK version

    This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH)

    This DVD is Region 1 coded (US)