Downton Abbey: S2: Blu Ray Review
Released by Universal Home Ent
So the phenomenally popular costume drama series makes its second appearance.
Eight episodes of Julian Fellowes' terribly posh and slightly different version of Upstairs Downstairs unfold.
Set in the looming shadow of world War One, season one ended with the spectre of war ahead for the inhabitants of the Downton Abbey. And its shadow is cast long over this latest outing - even if the overall feel of the series is a little more rushed than the first.
Downton will always appeal to the fans - it's all about studied and measured performances from its central cast; the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith all impress - but this second uneven series feels a little slight in comparison to the relative lyrical highs of the first. Sure it all looks impressive and is beautifully shot, but its appeal is somewhat limited this time around. Plus setting a lot of the series around the first World War means you're taken out of the walls of the Abbey, which is where most people would rather see the comings and goings.
It's to be hoped the creative highs of season one are rediscovered for the next season otherwise, Downton Abbey will be a one hit wonder.
Extras: Commentary on ep 1, featurettes