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'Downton Abbey' Season 2 -- See It End on DVD Before It Ends on PBS!
February 7, 2012  | By David Bianculli
 
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Here's a strange, aggressive bit of salesmanship: PBS Video is releasing Season 2 of Downton Abbey today (Tuesday, Feb. 7) on both DVD and Blu-Ray. But on television, here in the U.S., the series doesn't complete Season 2 for two more Sundays. So if you don't want to wait to see how this year's Downton Abbey adventures end, you don't have to...

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You can order Season 2 of Downton Abbey, on both DVD and Blu-Ray, by clicking HERE. (And Season 1, for that matter.)

And if you're a fan of the show, you should, because these DVDs contain scenes and snippets edited out of the versions shown by Masterpiece Classic on PBS -- edits made purely to make the episodes fit into our country's more rigid time slots.

This isn't the first time episodes of a TV series have been offered on DVD before showing up on television, but Downton, which airs Sunday nights at 9 ET on PBS, has turned into enough of a TV phenomenon that it's especially noteworthy.

(For an account of, and explanation for, the show's impressive popularity, see TVWW contributor Noel Holston's latest The Grassy Noel column HERE.)

In fact, it's proven so popular that, according to some customers pre-ordering Season 2 on Amazon, there's a backlog -- so make sure to check the estimated delivery date before you order, in case the arrival of Downton will leave you more frustrated than excited.

The ending itself, though, is worth the wait, whether it arrives one if by land or two if by TV.

As a TV critic, I have my copy already...

 

3 Comments


Kat Smith said:

You are absolutely right. Ordered from Shop PBS and it is back ordered 4-6 weeks. Aargg!!!

Comment posted on February 7, 2012 3:16 PM


Karelia said:

But the money and trouble are all in vain if the content is unsatisfying. I find that with the major networks OTA (NBC, CBS, ABC, UPN, FOX), and a couple local independents, and the PBS stations, I actually have better content with a smaller number of channels. DTV provides for multiple feeds on one channel, so that the local PBS can send 4 feeds during the day so that I have a richer content selection than I ever had with cable. Fewer commercials, too, since the commercial stations now use 20 minutes of every hour for ads.

Comment posted on February 10, 2012 2:46 AM


CNewman said:

Can you fill us in on some of the parts that have been clipped (after they have been aired), that may have actually mattered? Like the strange relationship between Lord Grantham and the maid? That came out of nowhere. I'm not intrigued enough to want to buy the DVD, unless you make the case that it really is a much better show with all of the parts that were cut. So much happened in this last show that it seems like they may have truly butchered it.

[Sadly, I don'y think any misgivings you may have in Season 2 can be blamed to U.S. editing. - DB]

Comment posted on February 13, 2012 10:05 AM
 
 
 
 
 
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