Downton Abbey is one of more compelling television shows on and between the excellent performances and amazing production and costume designs, it’s easy to see why it has captured audience’s attention on both sides of the pond.
— The Complete Collection —
PBS | NR – 3075 min. – $149.99 | October 18, 2016
Date Published: 12/15/2016 | Author: The Movieman
Note: Portions of this review was copied from my Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition review.
THE SERIES — 4.5/5
Quick Hit Review:
SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.75/5
The 21-discs are housed in 3 Blu-ray cases (1 15mm, 2 22mm) and each side slides into an outer, reflective, case.
Season 1 (2.0/5)
A House in History (10:08; HD) looks at the house and how it’s a character in itself.
Season 2 (2.0/5)
Romance in a Time of War (13:51; HD) examines the story-lines surrounding the war, featured in the second season.
House to Hospital (8:22; HD) – This featurette looks at the recreation of the conditions from the war and turning the Abbey into a makeshift hospital.
Season 3 (3.5/5)
The Wedding of Lady Mary (13:03; HD) and The Wedding of Lady Edith (16:02; HD) delves into the big moments of the season for each of these women. Producers, the creator/writer and others talk about the importance of each in the stories.
The Men of Downton Abbey (9:02; HD) examines the various male characters, and their roles in society, on the series.
Shirley MacLaine at Downton (9:07; HD) introduces us to MacLaine’s new character to the show.
There are two Behind the Scenes featurettes: The Cricket Match (6:44; HD) and A Journey to the Highlands (12:46; HD) each provides insight into different scenes/sequences from the season.
Season 4 (2.25/5)
The Making of (12:22; HD) takes viewers behind-the-scenes as cast and crew discuss the fourth season.
Meet the New Cast (9:22; HD) – Here we get introductions to new members of the show.
Season 5 (2.5/5)
The Roaring Twenties (26:32; HD) looks at re-creating at that era and the societal and political changes.
A Day with Lady Rose (7:52; HD) takes us behind-the-scenes for the big wedding day for Rose as played by Lily James.
Season 6 (2.25)
The Cars of Downton (11:03; HD) — Here we get a look at the re-creation of the cars, including the racing ones featured in the season, of that era.
Changing Times at Downton (14:17; HD) is about the end of the era for the upper class in Britain.
BONUS VIDEO – DISC ONE:
How to Make a Dress (2:52; HD) is, I guess, a bonus feature that didn’t make either special.
BONUS VIDEO – DISC TWO:
BONUS VIDEO – DISC THREE:
BONUS VIDEO – DISC FOUR:
Downton Abbey Supercuts (31:31; HD) are a variety of memorable moments from the series.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
|Each season is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78 and on Blu-ray with a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture more or less looks the same as the original airings; colors are bright and provide a nice punch, detail levels are well defined and I didn’t notice too much in the way of artifacts or pixilation. This is a pristine transfer which will be more than satisfactory for the home viewing public.|
AUDIO – 4.0/5
|Each episode comes with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track which is enough for the show considering it’s almost entirely dialogue driven and most other audio driven to the outer channels. What is there is nice and clear with everything being said is discernible.|
OVERALL – 4.5/5
Overall, Downton Abbey is one of more compelling television shows on and between the excellent performances and amazing production and costume designs, it’s easy to see why it has captured audience’s attention on both sides of the pond. This massive 21-disc set is fantastic… so long as you didn’t already own the various other collections be it the individual sets or limited editions and I suspect fans already do, so this set is probably geared more to casual viewers.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.