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 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

This is a test. Thanks, Ron.

You got it!!!!!!! Great! Now if this Mac user could just figure out how to paste photos of CD or album covers here (and I've tried it unsuccessfully again and again!) I'll end my OWN frustration!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Someone on another site revealed that he bought this season's set on Blu ray a couple of months back from the UK. He announced he had seen all the season's episode, including the Christmas episode.

Anyone have any idea what he meant? Was he joking? Or was there another of those "Christmas" episodes?


Season Two concludes with “The Christmas Special.” It was aired during the holiday season in England.

Season Three concludes with “A Journey to the Highlands,” which was also aired during the holiday season in England.

Season Four concludes with “The London Season,” same schedule.

The last two were simply referred to as "Xmas Specials." And all three were initially sold separately from the DVD regular series seasons in England.


Thank you, Ralph! All is explained.

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

What was extremely disconcerting this was the time gap between the penultimate and final episode of the season.

Way too much happened in the one-week interval and all the characters are given lines to "catch us up", as it were.

Someone on another site revealed that he bought this season's set on Blu ray a couple of months back from the UK. He announced he had seen all the season's episode, including the Christmas episode.

Anyone have any idea what he meant? Was he joking? Or was there another of those "Christmas" episodes?



In the UK, there IS a gap of more than one week between Episode 8 and 9 of Season 4 ( as there was in previous Seasons).

The series "Proper" started here on Sunday, Sept. 22nd and ended, eight weeks later on Nov.10th.

The ninth and final episode is always held back here to be shown as the big Christmas Day night event. This is what is billed as the "Christmas Special".
That is why there is a "Time Lapse", as it is, more,or less, a stand-alone episode.

It is the final episode on the DVD set, or, can be bought separately.

Hope this clears things up ?




Yes, thanks very much for the reason behind the time lapse.

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Can't imagine why anyone would want to buy the final episode by itself and NOT buy the rest of the season. They did the same with the 2nd season, releasing, separately, a Christmas episode that culminated in Matthew's proposal to Mary in the snow outside the Abbey. When Dan Stevens asked to leave the series I had forebodings about how it would be without him, but, after an awkward beginning, the 4th season redeemed itself and I didn't hesitate to add it to my full collection on Blu-ray. I don't pretend that it has 100% of the magic, but there's still enough that I continue to be hooked on it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Can't imagine why anyone would want to buy the final episode by itself and NOT buy the rest of the season. They did the same with the 2nd season, releasing, separately, a Christmas episode that culminated in Matthew's proposal to Mary in the snow outside the Abbey. When Dan Stevens asked to leave the series I had forebodings about how it would be without him, but, after an awkward beginning, the 4th season redeemed itself and I didn't hesitate to add it to my full collection on Blu-ray. I don't pretend that it has 100% of the magic, but there's still enough that I continue to be hooked on it.

I agree. Plus the end of Season 4 left a lot of questions about how many of the characters' lives are going to develop, and I'll be interested to see what Mr. Fellowes has in store. However, I must say that I'm sick of Bates and Anna.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Ralph   (Member)

Concur with Joan, Ron and Eric — despite some letdowns, we’re still hooked.

Joan, you’re onto something about Edith’s boyfriend Michael Gregson. Charles Edwards, playing the role, had a busy 2013 filming “Philomena,” “Diana,” 4 episodes of “DA” and 2 of “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.” Entirely possible that Fellowes had to write him out for a while because of obligations and schedules. At first Edith is dumping the baby in Switzerland and later changes her mind, so it is likely Gregson will reappear during the opening chapters of Season Five. But by then, will Edith have started kissing the pig farmer — a repeat dalliance she engaged in with another commoner much earlier?

Though it’s being suggested as device that Gregson may have met some foul play with the German Brown Shirts, their ruffian behaviors were usually (though not exclusively) confined to melees with national political opposition, so there is an unlikelihood that Michael would have been victimized by them, unless as a journalist he was poking around and becoming a nuisance. But even back then foreigners with standing still had protective cachet, that is, before Hitler took over. Because we’re moving into the Depression and the rise of Nazism, maybe Michael is too busy with William L. Shirer recording premonitory events. They’d certainly be more exciting than another murder charge filed against Mr. Bates. Eric’s right — Bates & wife have gone from best couple to totally tiresome.

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2014 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Season FIVE started filming today.

Allen Leech (Tom Branson) posted this on Twitter....



 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

Mary continues to fascinate me as does Tom - they both continue to grow.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



This may have been asked and answered before but here goes - is there any difference in the length of each episode that is shown in the US as opposed to the episode shown in Great Britain? I understand that the US episodes are pared down. I want to buy season 4 but want the longer version if one exists.

Does anyone know for sure?

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

There are some differences, but I've always made sure that I've bought each of the original UK versions on Blu-ray, which are clearly marked as such on their covers. Looking at my copy of season 4 I see a silver band at the top with PBS and its logo, and at the bottom right "ORIGINAL UK EDITION." I think that Amazon has, from the beginning, sold the original UK editions.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Ralph:

Actor Charles Edwards is awfully busy, so Fellowes just may be setting us up for someone else to play him -- he could have been so mutilated that he's unrecognizable. And I doubt they'll kill him off because he's too intrinsic to the present story. (IMDb doesn't list any scheduled 2014 appearances in "Downton" by Charles Edwards.)

 
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