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Downton Abbey - 'Seasons 1 and 2: Limited Edition' Sets Announced for DVD and Blu-ray

Early October title will get you warmed up for the forthcoming third broadcast season

Posted by David Lambert
PBS has announced a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Downton Abbey - Seasons 1 and 2: Limited Edition, scheduled for October 2nd. These items feature new packaging and better pricing, although the content is identical to the previous individual releases (we're told by the studio that the original U.K. editions of the episodes, the inclusion of the "Christmas at Downton Abbey" special, and the same bonus material will all be found on these new sets). So if you know of any fans who haven't picked these up on home video yet (or if you yourself fall into that category), pre-order links can be found below! Our thanks to one of our readers, "Stephanie," for her assistance with this information. Scrolling down you'll see the Blu-ray package art for this title, followed by the official PBS press release, and then the DVD packaging:

Downton Abbey - Seasons 1 and 2: Limited Edition

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"Downton Abbey Seasons One & Two" Set
will be Available on DVD and Blu-ray

October 2nd

"Downton Abbey Season 1," Winner of Best Miniseries or TV Movie on Disc from Home Media Magazine
"Downton Abbey Season 2," Winner of the Entertainment Merchants Association's
Sell-through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

Arlington, VA.; July 9, 2012 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing "MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO" on DVD and Blu-ray. This limited edition set will hit store shelves on October 2, 2012, just in time for the holidays. As excitement for season 3 continues to swell, "Downton Abbey Season 1" and "Downton Abbey Season 2" continue to capture awards. "Downton Abbey Season 1," in addition to having won six Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011, was recently named Best Miniseries or TV Movie on Disc in 2011 by Home Media Magazine. Also, on June 21, Season 2 received the award for Sell-through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio from the Entertainment Merchants Association.

The "Downton Abbey" phenomenon began in the fall of 2010 when it hit British airwaves. With an outstanding cast and excellent story penned by Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), it captivated millions. Upon crossing the Atlantic, American viewers were soon hooked as well. Because of the series' phenomenal popularity, PBS Distribution is offering a limited edition set that includes season 1 and season 2, in special collectable gift-set packaging. The run time of the set is 912 minutes on six discs for the DVD and five discs for the Blu-ray. The SRP for the DVD set is $59.99 and the SRP for the Blu-ray is $64.99, a 25 percent and 28 percent savings respectively from the SRP if both seasons were purchased separately. Below is a synopsis for each of the seasons.

Downton Abbey Season 1
After a tragedy at sea claims the life of the presumed heir, Lord Crawley is faced with the possibility that the house he's loved his whole life might someday belong to a distant cousin he's never met. But before that can happen he must deal with his scandalous daughter, Lady Mary - considered by many to be the rightful heir to Downton. Even the staff has opinions on the family's affairs. And while most are devoted to the Crawleys, there are others whose selfishness and scheming do more than simply disrupt the well-oiled inner workings of the estate. As the servants' mischief escalates, even the most faithful employees begin to imagine a different life.

Pitting hundreds of years of British aristocracy against the tides of social upheaval and technical progress, under the looming shadow of World War I, will the fate of Downton and its family -above and below stairs - be resolved? Or will life be altered so dramatically that its master no longer matters?

A star-studded cast (Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle, Dan Stevens) round out the glittering, gossipy, and beguiling men and women of this epic tale.

Downton Abbey Season 2
As the Great War rages across Europe, discord is sown even into the serene Yorkshire countryside. Simmering tensions behind the gates of Downton Abbey are beginning to come to a boil as the men and women of Downton do their part on both the front lines and the home front. What's more, the brutality and intensity of war seem to inflame more familiar passions - love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal - leaving family and staff alike to struggle in an ever-changing world, against a host of new demons.

Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern return to lead the stellar cast of familiar faces; and Maria Doyle Kennedy, Iain Glen, and Zoe Boyle arrive to add fresh intrigue to the second season of delicious, Emmy Award-winning drama.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally. Jointly owned by PBS (Arlington, VA) and WGBH (Boston, MA), PBS Distribution extends the reach of public television programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns's films (Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Baseball, Jazz), documentaries from award-winning series NOVA (The Elegant Universe, Origins), FRONTLINE (God in America, Bush's War, Growing Up Online), and American Experience (Freedom Riders, We Shall Remain), dramas from Masterpiece (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, Inspector Lewis), films from independent producers (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, The Buddha, The Story of India, Carrier, Journey into Buddhism, I.O.U.S.A.), and popular children's programming from Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, WordGirl, Cyberchase, Martha Speaks, and Arthur. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS- branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including the internet, mobile, and web-connected television.

Street Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: Drama
Run Time: DVD, 912 Minutes on 6 Discs, Blu-ray 912 Minutes on 5 Discs
SRP: DVD, $59.99 and Blu-ray, $64.99

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