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Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition)
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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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Compressed, speeded-up episodes

First, I must disagree with one reviewer who thought that the treatment of Anna's sexual assault was in poor taste. I'm sure things like this did happen, and the victim would have to...Read complete review

First, I must disagree with one reviewer who thought that the treatment of Anna's sexual assault was in poor taste. I'm sure things like this did happen, and the victim would have to deal with it as best she could. The violence shown was in keeping with and proportionate to the attack. It's time to take the wraps of supposed "propriety" off the brutal aspects of these attacks; in fact, I thought it was quite discreet in the treatment, given the nature of what occurred. Anna's decision to move back into the main house should certainly spark some dramatic difficulties vis-a-vis the other characters, but especially her husband, whose tragic background creates a true dramatic tension, worthy of both the characters and and the plot. And the attraction between Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham is set up against the background of his valet being Anna's attacker! Am hoping this event won't get the cursory, tossed-off treatment of other developments so far! Or is this Mary-Lord Gillingham development already finished?

Speaking of which, does anyone else think this season's episodes, so far, seem compressed, with the events not getting more than a fleeting nod? No development of character or story; we just roll from one new character and plot tweak to the next with barely time for breath. There were even a couple of new characters whose role I didn't quite get, their appearances were so hasty. I hope this changes, and that it doesn't indicate the show is being readied for discontinuance.

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Lines Edited Out

I watched the broadcast version of episode 5 last night, and later decided to watch it on my new Season 4 DVD set. I was very surprised to note 2 instances when lines had...Read complete review

I watched the broadcast version of episode 5 last night, and later decided to watch it on my new Season 4 DVD set. I was very surprised to note 2 instances when lines had been cut out. Specifically, lines belonging to Mrs. Patmore and Lady Rose. I double checked today, and the lines were included in the online version. There could be more editing I didn't catch, and I've no idea if this has been done with the other episodes on the DVD, or on DVD's of past seasons. In any case, it's not a pleasant surprise. It states on the cover, "Original UK Edition", and it clearly is not.

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5.0

Human drama told through period drama

By William

from Grand Rapids, MI

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Few shows on television are of this order, and Downton Abbey is of the highest order. Every episode of Downton Abbey has a superb, well-written script, which is well-acted by an awesome ensemble. Maggie Smith is the icing on the cake! I already love British drama in general, but Downton Abbey is the epitome of great British drama, defying all stereotypes about historical dramas being too stuffy or boring. This show truly breaks through with great storytelling, revealing that the social issues of the early twentieth century are really universal human stories that are independent of time and place, and still apply in many ways today, even while we live in a different and changed world.

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Downton Season 4

By Cowgirl

from Colorado

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Love Downton Abbey. Everyone should have the videos as I think they'll be a Classic one day!

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The best program ever.

By Elizabeth

from Vancouver, British Columbia

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition):

I am interested in seeing season 1,2 and 3. Will this be shown again. Wonderful episode that keeps one interested and anxious to see the next.

Thank you for many hours of pure enjoyment.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This series is blissful.

By joanie

from Los Angeles

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition):

This series is blissful. Everything you could ever want from a TV series. It's the best tv series I have seen,

 
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Can't Stop Watching!

By RockMamma

from St Paul, MN

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition):

I got Seasons 1 and 2 for a Christmas Gift. I bought Season 3 and Season 4 because 1 and 2 were so good.

Unlike other shows that start to lose their intrigue after so many seasons, Downton Abbey continues to hold my attention.

Even though Season 5 is currently running, I'm going to buy the DVD so I don't have to wait each week for the next episode!!

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