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post #121 of 237
Just got an email notification from Amazon that my BDs of the UK version of Season 2 have shipped and that their estimated delivery date is the day after tomorrow, 2/9. I can hardly wait! I have been rationing when I watch each or the PBS episodes so I have watched only the first 3 episodes, 4 hours. I probably will start from the beginning when I get the BDs, though. Will report whether the Christmas Special is included in this set, as represented by the PBS site.
post #122 of 237
Received it yesterday from Amazon. Haven't watched any of S2 as of yet, so a nice treat indeed!
post #123 of 237
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Received it yesterday from Amazon. Haven't watched any of S2 as of yet, so a nice treat indeed!

Wow, that was fast! I hope mine get here tomorrow. I got my email notification at 1:19 am so if they ship from Amazon's Dallas warehouse, which is where the BDs I buy usually come from, I may get them tomorrow.

Does the Season 2 set indeed include the Christmas Special?
post #124 of 237
My Downton Abbey Season 2 BDs did indeed arrive in the mail today. Am pleased to report that the Christmas Special episode is included. Really looking forward to watching the whole season from the beginning. Although the PQ of the PBS HD transmission of the season has been terrific, the BDs look so wonderful, the images appear jewel-like and nearly three dimensional.
post #125 of 237
Nielsen Notes (Broadcast)
'Downton Abbey' Enjoys Ratings Upswing, Unlikely Runner-Up Status
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Feb. 8, 2012

Downton Abbey is probably closer to a critical mass than anything that's ever come out of PBS' Masterpiece Classics franchise.

The British import, nearing the end of its stateside run's second season, has been performing well above its freshman average of 3.6 million. And this past Sunday, it was the second most-watched broadcast during its time period -- after the record-breaking Super Bowl.

Down just a shade from its season average (roughly 4.34 million) on the biggest TV night of the year, Downton Abbey finished second place to the big game with 4.0 million between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. It topped repeats the whole of cable and the broadcast networks.

It's a number that's likely to gain significantly with DVR viewings. Live + 7 day ratings for Downton Abbey -- including DVR and online viewings and encores -- pushed its Jan. 8 season premiere up 50 percent, from 4.2 to 6.3 million viewers.

Downton Abbey hit its season high in its fourth week, bringing in 4.8 million viewers on Jan. 29 episode. It will continue on PBS through Feb. 19.

A third season is scheduled to start production in the U.K. this month.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...er-bowl-288220
post #126 of 237
I rewatched the first three episodes of Downton Abbey Season 2 on BD last night and was, once again, blown away. I noticed something odd about these Season 2 PBS BDs, though. They are listed on the jewel box as being 1080i, not 1080p. This surprised me because (1) the Season 1 BDs, which I got from Amazon UK, are listed as 1080p and (2) the PQ of the Season 2 BDs is just as wonderful as it was on the Season 1 BDs. Go figure. Can someone who got their Season 1 BDs from PBS tell us whether they are 1080i or 1080p?

Two of the most beautiful young actresses in the show are Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawly and Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna Smith, Lady Mary's maid and Mr. Bates' lady love. I have been captivated by the beautiful and elegant, but nonetheless willful, Lady Mary all along but noticed last night that Froggatt gives to the servent Anna a regal, etherial tone. So much so, it occurred to me that Dockery and Froggatt could have traded roles and no harm would have been done.
post #127 of 237
So Matthew's sudden standing up from the chair as Lavinia dropped the tray, could that be symbolic of the recovery of his essential male organ?
post #128 of 237
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So Matthew's sudden standing up from the chair as Lavinia dropped the tray, could that be symbolic of the recovery of his essential male organ?

When Matthew stood up from his wheelchair, I thought of Dr. Strangelove's famous line, "Mein, Fuhrer, I can valk!
post #129 of 237
Thread Starter 
Pleasant Jane-Austen-type ending to part 2 last night. And the series author hints, in a NYT blog , that even the newly married servant, jailed for life, might see better days in the next part of the series. -- John
post #130 of 237
Officially turning in my man card as I thoroughly enjoyed both seasons of this series. Gotta luv the lines they give to Maggie Smith who steals every scene.
post #131 of 237
Looks like it will take a couple more Season 3 episodes to master Bates' situation
post #132 of 237
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Officially turning in my man card as I thoroughly enjoyed both seasons of this series. Gotta luv the lines they give to Maggie Smith who steals every scene.

My wife laughed so hard she nearly fell off the couch when Sir Richard gravly intoned that they would likely never see him again, and Maggy Smith, perfectly straight, replied, "Do you promise?" She certainly DOES steal every scene, and gets all the best lines. What she said to Daisy was very swet and tender too, "It seems to me that you loved him a great deal."

Bates is one of the most honerable characters on the show. I can't POSSIBLY believe that he did it, but I CAN believe that his evil wife planned her suicide in a manner to implicate him: "With my dying breath, I spit on you," kind of thing. If they write it so he is indeed guilty, that will be totally out of character for him, in my opinion of course.

So stealing the dog worked well for Thomas I see. Evil is its own reward?
post #133 of 237
I think they we will see more of Richard. My theory is that he is somehow behind or was involved in the first Mrs. Bates' death.

or not.
post #134 of 237
I am now all caught up. Gave up waiting for Netflix HD streaming option on S1.

So, even though I had to put up with bit-starved HD from KOCE, it was nice to have clarity when nothing moved too fast on S2 eps.

Anyway, I feel the finale/Christmas Ep was great and redeemed S2.

S2 had some head scratching moments for me. Not least of which was the whole Patrick/Peter amnesia, or con debacle.

Appears though, that unless the writers made a misstep in presenting the facts, it was an attempted con job after all:

(Peter/Patrick told Edith he got his last name off a gin bottle. But, the family lawyers discover Patrick worked in the foreign office with a Peter Gordon, who emigrated to Montreal in 1913.)

Still, the way they present how easily one could lose their Brit accent is not realistic. Only Madonna has shown this ability in 180 degree fashion, of course

I look forward to S3!
post #135 of 237
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S2 had some head scratching moments for me. Not least of which was the whole Patrick/Peter amnesia, or con debacle.

Appears though, that unless the writers made a misstep in presenting the facts, it was an attempted con job after all:

(Peter/Patrick told Edith he got his last name off a gin bottle. But, the family lawyers discover Patrick worked in the foreign office with a Peter Gordon, who emigrated to Montreal in 1913.)

I dread that they're going to re-animate Patrick/Peter in S3.

Just as or just after Mary marries, the zombie will return and throw the DA inheritance into a tizzy.

Maybe Bates can be sprung from jail to kill again?
post #136 of 237
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S2 had some head scratching moments for me. Not least of which was the whole Patrick/Peter amnesia, or con debacle.

Appears though, that unless the writers made a misstep in presenting the facts, it was an attempted con job after all:

(Peter/Patrick told Edith he got his last name off a gin bottle. But, the family lawyers discover Patrick worked in the foreign office with a Peter Gordon, who emigrated to Montreal in 1913.)

I look forward to S3!

I agree that the Peter/Patrick guy was a con artist who just couldn't pull it off. I suspected him from the get go and as time went on we learned more and more that gave the lie to his story.

Like you, I'm really looking forward to Season 3. In fact, I'll probably buy the Season 3 BDs from Amazon UK just as soon as they become available. I bought the Season 1 BDs from Amazon UK, too, and confirmed that they would play perfectly on my system.
post #137 of 237
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Maybe Bates can be sprung from jail to kill again?

That's assuming he DID kill his wife? I suspect there will be a lot more on that storyline in S3 as well...
post #138 of 237
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That's assuming he DID kill his wife? I suspect there will be a lot more on that storyline in S3 as well...

My money's on Thomas being the "real killer." Runner up, an agent of Sir Richard.

Of course, it could be that Mrs. Bates (#1) was 100% responsible. Suicide staged to look like muuuurder. That's one heck of a way to get revenge.

We need to get Shawn and Gus on the case.
post #139 of 237
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I agree that the Peter/Patrick guy was a con artist who just couldn't pull it off. I suspected him from the get go and as time went on we learned more and more that gave the lie to his story.

Life before Watson, Crick and Grissom ...
post #140 of 237
Back to the Mrs. Bates demise.

Does the UK not have a no-Hearsay law? Or does it not apply if the prosecution establishes that the witness is sympathetic to the defense? Just curious ... it seems a bit flimsy ... but then again we're in 1919.
post #141 of 237
post #142 of 237
Just a note to anyone interested in Downton Blu-rays. The UK Series 3 UK Blu-rays are 1080/50i and may not play on US players/displays which may not cope well with 50Hz video.

Series 1 and 2 were released 24p in the UK (25p to 24p slow-downs)
post #143 of 237
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Just a note to anyone interested in Downton Blu-rays. The UK Series 3 UK Blu-rays are 1080/50i and may not play on US players/displays which may not cope well with 50Hz video.
Series 1 and 2 were released 24p in the UK (25p to 24p slow-downs)

50i is no problem for my setup BUT several people have reported that Season 3 is not region free which is a problem for me.
post #144 of 237
I apologize for being the bearer of bad news but here it is. The British version of Downton Abbey Series 3, which I bought from Amazon UK in November, is Region B. If you don't have an all regions BD player you will have to wait until the US version is released. As it happens, I do have an all regions BD player, thank God. By the way, I loved Series 3.
post #145 of 237
Reminder: Season 3 starts on PBS this Sunday.
post #146 of 237
Does anyone know the run times of the Season 3 UK episodes?

I’d like to know if PBS is still butchering it for time, but I’m afraid to poke around online too much because I don’t want to get spoiled.

Last night’s premiere was snipe free on MPT, so if the editing is reasonable, I might keep watching instead of waiting for the disc.

And if PBS actually shows it uncut, I might even start contributing again.
post #147 of 237
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Does anyone know the run times of the Season 3 UK episodes?
I’d like to know if PBS is still butchering it for time, but I’m afraid to poke around online too much because I don’t want to get spoiled.
Last night’s premiere was snipe free on MPT, so if the editing is reasonable, I might keep watching instead of waiting for the disc.
And if PBS actually shows it uncut, I might even start contributing again.
The first and eighth episodes ran a few seconds over 67 mins, the six episodes in between(2-7) ran a few seconds over 48 mins and the Christmas Special(episode 9) ran 93 mins. This is for Series 3 of the show.
post #148 of 237
Based on the scheduling on the Masterpiece website, this is how PBS is airing Downton S3 (this pattern is similar to what PBS did last year for S2):

1/6 - UK 3-1 and 3-2 (120-minute slot, a few minutes edited out)
1/13 - UK 3-3 (presumably uncut, since it is a 48-minute episode in a 60-minute slot)
1/20 - UK 3-4 (presumably uncut)
1/27 - UK 3-5 (presumably uncut)
2/3 - UK 3-6 (presumably uncut)
2/10 - UK 3-7 and 3-8 (120-minute slot, a few minutes edited out)
2/17 - UK 3-Christmas (90-minute slot, a few minutes edited out)

Last year, even though the 2 episodes placed in the 120-minute slot ran about 115 minutes, PBS still edited out a few minutes, so I assume that's what they will do this year as well. Also, last year's Christmas episode had 5-6 minutes removed, so I assume that's what they will do this year as well.
post #149 of 237
Thanks for the info.

But last year’s Christmas episode aired in a two-hour slot, at least originally, and iirc, it was unedited, at least compared with the U.S. BD. They added a behind the scenes short to fill out the two-hour slot.

Looks like I’ll be buying the BD again in lieu of a contribution.
post #150 of 237
Anybody know how the Hulu version of Season#2 stacks up, length wise? Somehow or the other I didn't watch Season#2 and all the possible opportunities, and now that Season#3 is here, the only place I can find a streaming Season(series)#2 is on Hulu.

It's not bad at all, there aren't any commercials in the stream, which is pretty nice for a change.
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