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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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PBSMasterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD (U.K. Edition)
 
4.3

(based on 118 reviews)

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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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1.0

Is This Version Edited

By angie

from Boston MA

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

I just watched a PBS fundraiser that showed a few brief clips of Lady Mary grieving Matthew, scenes that were not shown on TV and that were not on the DVD. Where are these scenes available? Watching season 4, I felt that Mary's grieving was not well presented and should have included scenes of her at Matthew's grave, perhaps, "talking to him", etc. I wonder if there were such scenes and they were edited out.

My 1 star rating above is based entirely (perhaps unfairly) on my feeling that JF made a fateful decision not to recast Matthew. Matthew/Mary was the heart and soul of DA, and while DA could (IMO) easily have survived the loss of Dan Stevens, I am not sure it will survive the loss of Matthew. JMO.

 
4.0

Love it

By Rick

from Chicago, IL

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

Each year, I always look forward to the next season of Downton Abbey. This one included.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best!

By Penny

from Portland, OR

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

Can't get enough! Can't wait for Season Five.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Downton Abbey

By Frank, a biker

from Minnesota

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

Here's the most simple review, ever...outstanding!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Seasons 4 a Continued Masterpiece!

By Lady Ivory

from Oak Forest, Illinois

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

This is a birthday gift for my Mom's 90th birthday! She loves Downtown Abbey and so do I!

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