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Downton Abbey

Season 2
(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Season two returns as the Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front, but the intensity of war only serves to inflame the more familiar passions of love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.
Title: Downton Abbey
Season 2
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2012
Edition: Original U.K. ed., widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 540 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: written and created by Julian Fellowes
Notes: Title from container
Release date: Feb. 7, 2012
DVD release of episodes originally aired as a television series in 2011
"Masterpiece classic"--Container
Special features: Fashion & uniforms ; romance in a time of war ; house to hospital
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Season two returns as the Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front, but the intensity of war only serves to inflame the more familiar passions of love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.
ISBN: 9781608836055
1608836053
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama DOWNTON2
Performers: Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith, Phyllis Logan.
System Details: DVD ; widescreen presentation ; stereo
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Country life Great Britain Drama Families Great Britain Drama Household employees Great Britain Drama World War, 1914-1918 Great Britain Drama
Genre/Form: Television series
Historical television programs
Fiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Country life
Families
Household employees
World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: MST64200 PBS Home Video
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May 12 2014, just watched Part One, tis a sad one, I had to hold back my tears. I'd just like to say, that out of the recent series that I have watched, this one is my favourite, and lo and behold, it has no nude women, lewd sexual acts, f-words, or even a ton of blood pouring out all over the place. There is definitely lots of evil characters, plotting and scheming and heroes. I'm glad to see that we don't really need the gross stuff to make a good show. My faith is restored! I'll be looking for more of this kind in the future. I did visit England a couple of years ago. This show almost makes me want to brave that long plane ride again, just to see the castle. Of course the library is my favourite room in it. (I did get to tour a castle in Wales, and the library was fantastic, although you couldn't touch the books. Pity!)

Mar 13, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved Seasons 1 & 2. Acting, costumes and LOCATION outstanding. Especially enjoyed the extras describing Highclere and current owners.

Interesting reading of British WWI experiences are Anne Perry's series of 5 novels English Mysteries historically correct: No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, We Shall Not Sleep.

Dec 21, 2013
  • leewardside rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The women in the family are smitten with this overbaked melodrama. It is formulaic to the point of groans at each turgid piece of predictability.

Dec 03, 2013
  • Liselara rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I requested seasons 1, 2 and 3 from the Library and got season 2 first. I knew very little about the series except it kept popping up in The View or Hot in Cleveland so I thought I'd give it a try. I was a bit lost at first (not knowing the key players) but I caught up to speed very quickly. The acting, costumes and directing are superb. I wonder, though, were people actually like that? My favorite character was Daisy.

Nov 08, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Superior entertainment with one complaint: a little too soap opera-y and predictable at times. The amnesiac relative is a case in point. The tug of war between Mary and Matthew is so well done it's not too annoying. So glad it turns out the way it does. I was really moved by Lavinia's scenes.

Aug 09, 2013
  • doeraymee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

addictive

Jul 29, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is just a Brittish period piece soap opera. Excels as a period piece, as the sets and costumes are gorgeous. Not really my cup of tea (pun intended) but it does an above average job of sucking you in and making you care about the storyline and the characters. Well acted.

Jul 26, 2013
  • richibi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

where season 1 had been high art, season 2 becomes little by little episodic, unremittingly a soap opera, with over time highly improbable developments in every one of its nooks and crannies, all easily trumped however by utterly superb sets,costumes and performances generally, enough to make this show ever compelling, and still an outright triumph

Jul 25, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Loved season 1 and 2. I agree with Mmc0119, easy escapism.

Jul 06, 2013
  • Mmc0119 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great show, easy escapism wonderful costumes.

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Mar 19, 2013
  • blue_swallow_11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sir Richard Carlisle: "I'm leaving in the morning, Lady Grantham. I doubt we'll meet again." Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "Do you promise?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (on Lavinia Swire): "So... that's Mary's replacement... Well, I suppose looks aren't everything..." Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: "I think she seems rather sweet... I'm afraid meeting us altogether must be rather intimidating..." Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "I DO hope so."

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Mar 21, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Priceless, priceless Maggie Smith!

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