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DVD review: 'Downton Abbey,' as it aired in U.K.
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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DVD • "Downton Abbey" is the biggest cultural phenomenon to hit PBS in decades. Set inside an Edwardian manor in the early 20th century and continuing through World War I, it's a big soap opera — but it seems so much classier because it's a period piece with British accents.

The 16 episodes are the original, uncut versions that aired in the United Kingdom, not the (slightly) edited versions that aired in the United States. And, unlike some previous releases, this one features all the Season 2 episodes — including the "Christmas Special," which was really just the final episode of the season.

This is a great chance to catch up with the show before Season 3 begins airing on PBS in January. —

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