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Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition)
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Season 4 Blu-ray®

The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues with a fourth season of drama, romance, and family intrigue. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic Lord Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern is his American wife, Cora, and Michelle Dockery is their daughter Lady Mary. From Academy Award®-winner Julian Fellowes.
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Downton Delights Again

As usual, season 4 is filled with exceptional acting, stunning surprises, sharp-tongued quips and beautiful costuming. It's a history lesson wrapped in a sophisticated soap-opera of the highest caliber. So fun to...Read complete review

As usual, season 4 is filled with exceptional acting, stunning surprises, sharp-tongued quips and beautiful costuming. It's a history lesson wrapped in a sophisticated soap-opera of the highest caliber. So fun to watch.

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1080p vs. 1080i - Big Mistake Changing

I have all four seasons/series of DOWNTON ABBEY on Blu-ray. They look great, but unfortunately the audio is terrible on seasons 3 & 4, and will probably be on all future...Read complete review

I have all four seasons/series of DOWNTON ABBEY on Blu-ray. They look great, but unfortunately the audio is terrible on seasons 3 & 4, and will probably be on all future releases. The first two seasons were released as 1080i, but subsequent releases have been 1080p.

Most UK television shows are filmed at a slightly different speed than movies or US television shows. When DOWNTON ABBEY is released as 1080p, it is converted and the speed is slowed down. This causes the music to be in the wrong key/pitch and voices are deepened. The overall effect is very flat. This speed change also affects the editing/timing of the scenes.

THIS IS UNNECESSARY PBS!!! Please do not convert the video unless you are going to correct the speed or at least the pitch of the audio. There are ways of releasing UK programs in 1080p correctly.

Please fix this problem or go back to 1080i. I am considering purchasing future seasons on DVD and exchanging the previous seasons for DVD. It would be a shame to have to give up high definition and go back to standard definition!

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Jumped the Shark

By Steve

from Minneapolis

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition):

I used to love Downton Abbey. But in season 4 they spent who knows how much to bring in Kiri Te Kanawa the famous opera singer to play Nellie Melba the famous opera singer who was too big a star to play house parties to play a house party, the only dramatic purpose of which was to drag everyone into one room so that Anna Bates, a beloved character, could be brutally raped in the kitchen of a house where otherwise no one ever had any expectation of privacy and her screams couldn't possibly not be heard. That's just cheap, sleazy soap opera emotional manipulation, not respectable drama.

 
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Downton Abbey Season 4 Review

By Steve

from Pacifica, A

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition):

It's getting more "hokey" and unbelievable as the seasons progress. It doesn't seem to have the "class" of Upstairs, Downstairs. But still fun to watch/

 
5.0

Downton Abbey

By Lar from MO.

from St. Louis, Mo

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition):

My wife and I love the whole series. We have watched season 4 already and I'm waiting for the shipment of season 5 to come. This series has been without a doubt the best we have ever seen. You need to watch from the beginning to understand the characters. You will get hooked, we did.

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1080p vs. 1080i - Big Mistake Changing

By Grinnygog

from Willow Run, MI

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition):

I have all four seasons/series of DOWNTON ABBEY on Blu-ray. They look great, but unfortunately the audio is terrible on seasons 3 & 4, and will probably be on all future releases. The first two seasons were released as 1080i, but subsequent releases have been 1080p.

Most UK television shows are filmed at a slightly different speed than movies or US television shows. When DOWNTON ABBEY is released as 1080p, it is converted and the speed is slowed down. This causes the music to be in the wrong key/pitch and voices are deepened. The overall effect is very flat. This speed change also affects the editing/timing of the scenes.

THIS IS UNNECESSARY PBS!!! Please do not convert the video unless you are going to correct the speed or at least the pitch of the audio. There are ways of releasing UK programs in 1080p correctly.

Please fix this problem or go back to 1080i. I am considering purchasing future seasons on DVD and exchanging the previous seasons for DVD. It would be a shame to have to give up high definition and go back to standard definition!

 
5.0

Clean, enjoyable family watching

By MamaLouie

from Church Hill, TN

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition):

My children and I have enjoyed watching the events of the Crawley family unfold against the backdrop of early 1900s England. We homeschool, so the series has been of great use to me in sparking conversation on how the world my kids are growing into came to be and how history affects us even now. It has inspired trips to the Titanic museum--in costume--and many library trips. The changes the world went through during this period are not well covered in history texts, and so watching them through the eyes of the Crawleys really brings the history to life. Best of all, this entire series is great FUN.

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