Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6 [Blu-ray]

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Rejoin the Crawley family for a sixth and final season of the award-winning Downton Abbey, featuring intimately interlaced stories centered on the English country estate. The beloved cast includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, and many others.

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  1. Brett H says:
    219 of 227 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Fantastic Finale, November 11, 2015
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    Brett H (Brighton) –
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    The year long wait for the new Downton series always seems like an age, especially this year as we knew that it would be the last ever series. It seems perverse that such a successful series has had to end, however, as the incomparable Maggie Smith said, if you work it out I should be about 110 years old by now! A slight exaggeration, but you can see where she is coming from since Downton has run from about the time of the Titanic disaster in 1912 all the way to 1925.

    The TV series has now finished in the UK and for those of you waiting for the North American showing or DVD, it was an absolute cracker and if you enjoyed the first five series of Downton, you are not going to be disappointed with the final series. As would be expected, there was a certain amount of tying up of loose ends, but not to an excessive extent. However we still have the Christmas Special show to air at the end of next month so everyone is waiting in suspense for the final conclusion. Incidentally if you are impatient to see the last series, although the UK issue is released this month, that will not contain the 2015 Christmas Special whereas the later North American release will.

    It is difficult to single out the outstanding performances in series 6 as all the regular players had significant roles. It was good to see Tom back, and others such as Mrs Patmore, The Bates, Barrow, and Daisy below stairs and, of course, all the Crawley family are in the thick of things. Maggie Smith, as the Dowager is very much in evidence and her priceless sarcasm includes many a memorable line. Overall, without dropping in any spoilers, there was romance, tragedy, blackmail, suspense, joy and sorrow. In other words exactly what you would expect from Downton!

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  2. Girl Friday Reader says:
    173 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Original UK Version, October 7, 2015
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    Girl Friday Reader (USA) –
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    Since only three episodes of series 6 have aired in the UK, a review thus far would be rather premature. Thus far, the production qualities remain top notch, the cast is excellent, and I’m sure those who adore the programme will find much to love.

    So I’ll use this space to address the continued worries over a so-called “American version” of Downton Abbey:

    Way back in January 2011, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid that’s a hybrid of US Weekly and the National Enquirer, posted an article accusing PBS of editing the first season of Downton Abbey because Americans were apparently too stupid to understand the entail. As the Daily Mail intended, this article set off a storm of accusations and anxieties over whether we Americans were getting the real version the Brits were seeing on ITV. And this story is still being circulated, as seen in the discussion section below.

    The only thing PBS edited out of season one was the snuffbox storyline, likely because it was redundant when the stolen wine storyline was exactly the same.

    Once the Daily Mail article lied about the reasons for the PBS editing, and Downton Abbey became so popular in the US that PBS was able to attract high quality funding, they not only aired the episodes as they did in the UK, but sometimes added scenes that weren’t shown on ITV (since ITV airs commercials and has to cut things to fit around them).

    PBS now stamps their Downton Abbey DVDs “UK Version” because people are still passing around the story that they cut the show up liberally. The ironic part is that by only releasing the ITV versions on DVD, you’ll never get to see the extra PBS scenes unless you record them as they air.

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  3. MyD -- The Viewpoint says:
    65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A WAY OF LIFE IS FADING. — A FAREWELL TO AN ERA, & GLIMPS INTO THE FUTURE OF GREAT HOUSES, December 6, 2015
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    This review is from: Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    AN EARNEST AND FULL REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE SEASON 6 — HOW DID THEY HANDLE CHALLENGE OF WRAPPING AN ICONIC SERIES? — PLUS, A SYNOPSIS OF THE EXTRAS THAT WILL BE ON U.S. RELEASE — (SDH SUBTITLES)

    ***NO SPOILERS***

    The last time we hear that sweeping intro music on new episodes. The last walk up the grass to Downton with that beautiful blonde Labrador in the opening credits. It’s so happy to see a new season and so sad to see it end. It’s a notoriously difficult challenge to end an iconic series in a way that pleases the most ardent fans. So many loose ends to be tied. So many ways to either triumph, or go astray, while tying loose ends in the few episodes remaining. I am sure many of us have experienced an awkward final season to a favorite show before. So I have to say I am impressed with how they navigated those difficult waters and gave us something wonderful here. I think this season shouldn’t be judged by other seasons alone, but also favorably by that same challenge of concluding something we all love so dearly, yet by definition, hate to see end. It is fitting in this case they used a clever device to say goodbye, not just to the series, but to the entire era. More on that device later. I will also give some honest thoughts below on how I thought they handled this tremendous challenge of concluding an icon.

    SEASON 6 SYNOPSIS (no spoilers): This final season uses an interesting device to morph that period in history with what we know will eventually happen to these great houses and the people that inhabited them, both upstairs and downstairs. I am referring to these great houses opening to the public to generate revenue as a life line. As a small part of the total story, there is a charity open-house held at Downton Abbey on behalf of the local hospital. Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle hint at becoming one as we see people flow through and peek into the inhabitants’ lives and history. The public (though of their time period of course) actually go through and interact with the family. It is some of the funnier and more poignant moments of season 6. The season as a whole is a farewell, not just to the show, but to that way of life. We see the new world of things like auto racing and career options coming into bloom. Conversely, less prepared estates near Downton are being sold off, piece by piece. We see the affects of these estate failures on both the aristocrats that held them and the servants or tenants that worked there. At Downton also, the staff delves further into their new career options while others, who are not adapting well to changing times, begin to worry about a world that has no place for them. Upstairs, both Lady Edith and Lady Mary take control of their lives and assert their place managing their own professional endeavors. They both entertain new loves and marriage possibilities. But Lady Edith still has to come to terms with the secret of her child Marigold. One of Lady Mary’s new suitors is a gentleman race car driver (darkly ironic given the past). We are introduced to an interesting historical character Neville Chamberlain who is Minister of Health at the time. Violet throws a rather ironic line to him after a dinner party argument. But, I will leave that for the viewer to pick out and consider the foreshadowing of Chamberlain’s future. Perhaps an ironic nod to future events. There is also lots of relationship anecdote provided by Carson and Hughes that is quite funny.

    OTHER THOUGHTS: I thought it was very fitting the way they used this season as a farewell or transition from that world, and not just a farewell to a series. It meshed well. The open house used as a device was brilliant! There are moments where the season has to cover open plot lines and check the boxes we all want resolved (perhaps more in the middle episodes). It’s a sentimental season to be sure. Those who really desire to see where each subplot was going will be gratified, if we are patient for the ties. Those averse to a bit of ceremony might be cognizant of it at rare times. The show does have to take time here and there to check the boxes as necessary to wrap things up. However, just when you think they might follow too many strings, a little curve or conflict is thrown in to keep the season fresh. I admit, there are directions for one or two characters that had me concerned for a bit. But don’t forget, the final, final chapter is really what is often called the holiday special in the UK (aired Dec 26th 2015 overseas). Anyone disappointed in this season before viewing that episode should hold off judgment just a bit longer. I mention this only because there have been complaints before all the episodes had a chance to run overseas. Here in the US the “holiday special” is included in this box set just like it has every other season, so it will appear as the final episode and one complete season. It does not…

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