Downton Abbey Extras

Season 1
 (26,363)
2020TV-G
Get your embroidered hankies ready as we go behind the scenes with the cast and crew detail their days on Downton Abbey and examine the making of the cultural phenomenon.
Starring
Julian FellowesHugh BonnevilleMaggie Smith
Genres
DramaHistoricalDocumentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Writing Downton Abbey
    December 25, 2020
    9min
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    A close look at Julian Fellowes's genuinity in creating the script for Donwton Abbey, his ability to create 3-dimenstional relatable characters, and the dynamic staging of every remarkable moments.
  2. 2. Making of a Cult Series
    December 25, 2020
    9min
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    The creators of Downton Abbey talk about what it takes to create a series of scu lasting power and cult status as it developed through the series.
  3. 3. Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey
    December 25, 2020
    8min
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    The cast and crew talk about filming across two locations, the immersive set builds, the imposing house location, convincing make-up and all the anecdotes that come with set life.
  4. 4. Historic Authenticity
    December 25, 2020
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    The cast and Historical Advisor Alastair Bruce talk about their method in understanding the historical context and create an authentic mindset and actions for the characters.
  5. 5. The Role of Costume
    December 25, 2020
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    From corsets to the process of getting dressed, Costume Designer Susannah Buxton and the cast discuss the role and practicalities of the costumes, and how the changes throughout the series reflect shifts in social standing and mindsets.
  6. 6. The House as Character
    December 25, 2020
    10min
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    Downton Abbey is a character in itself, not only as a symbol of maintaining the heritage for the Crawley family, but also as a home and space to move around.
  7. 7. Historic Shifts during Downton Abbey
    December 25, 2020
    10min
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    We look at the historic shifts that Downton Abbey traces, from Aristocratic highlife of the Edwardian Period through WWI and beyond.
  8. 8. Acting in Downton Abbey
    December 25, 2020
    9min
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    We find out what it means to act in a series of such high-level cast, the learning opportunities for the younger cast and how everyone grows to become family over the run of the series.
  9. 9. Women of Downton Abbey
    December 25, 2020
    9min
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    We delve into the shifts of the female characters, from Cora's disenfranchised position in regards to her inheritance to the rising awareness of women's' rights specifically in that period.
  10. 10. Marriage & Romance
    December 25, 2020
    10min
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    Marriage may be practical alliances but it is also the interplay with romance and choice. We trace the meaning and importance of marriage throughout Downton Abbey and the characters' thought on it.
  11. 11. Upstairs: Keeping Up Appearances
    December 25, 2020
    9min
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    Downstairs emotions are running high, especially amongst the younger staff, a lot of drama plays out as rivalry and war are added to the mix.
  12. 12. Downstairs: Running the House
    December 25, 2020
    10min
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    The ultimate playbook of the British Aristocracy and its drastic change through time. And how Matthew Crawley's role becomes a key narrative as he is trying to establish himself in a new environment.
  13. 13. Upstairs & Downstairs Dynamics
    December 25, 2020
    10min
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    The Downstairs staff recount how each detail becomes part of a seamless staging and performance, a matter of great pride, and how power plays can interfere.

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Michelle DockeryDan Stevens
Season year
2020
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Able DevildogReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
VERY DISAPPOINTING
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My wife and I as well as my married daughter are Downton Abbey aficionados and looked forward to this film only to be very disappointed. While we were happy to see the cast again, the plot was too contrived, unlike the original episodes. There was no problem with the basic concept that the Crowleys were hosting the King and Queen if the film had left it at that. But the machinations to the plot were unrealistic and contrived.

One unrealistic machination was that the Crowleys were to host a parade. Utter nonsense. The King and Queen were only staying at Downton Abbey overnight on their trip to another large home for a ball. So why would they have a parade in the middle of nowhere. That required the movement of a band and a large contingent of calvary and troops from their remote posts to Downton Abbey.

Now consider in the TV series, the nearest village to Downton Abbey was very small and which was supported by Downton Abbey. But in the movie, it becomes a large town. This is necessary in the movie to provide not only an audience for the parade but also for all the other unrealistic hijinks such as the plot to kill the king.

However, the large town was necessary to make the final scene involving Thomas Barrow, the gay butler believable. The town had to be big enough to support the number of gays involved in the final scene. The whole scene was not pertinent to the film and only served as a distraction to the central theme of the film which was the royal visit to Downton Abbey. It appears as another effort for gays to tell their story. There is nothing wrong about being gay but why keep shoving it in viewers’ faces, particularly when it was not relevant to the film. It only left a bad taste about the movie.
30 people found this helpful
Fussy New YorkerReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hooked!
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I got both parents and both sisters hooked on this series after a friend got me obsessed with it. I didn't like the movie much but the series is excellent, and I'd recommend it to anyone. It'll sweep you off your feet.
13 people found this helpful
Debbie in SeattleReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A disappointment
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They should have stopped with the TV series. The movie was a scattered mess of muddled plot lines. The writers tried so hard to give each character attention, that they failed giving any of the characters a satisfying plot line. Then,they threw in the little drama about Princess Mary and her unhappy marriage. We really didn't need a new character. The sub-plot was a waste of of time, which would have been better spent fleshing out some of the other characters' stories. It all felt contrived and arbitrary. A big disappointment.
15 people found this helpful
Texas ReaderReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
So disappointing
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I love the Downton Abbey series. I've binged watched it several times. So, I was excited about the movie.
But it was so disappointing.
The actors, all of whom always seem to have such great chemistry together, didn't click in the movie at all. It all seemed contrived and stilted.
The plan to outfox a royal pompous butler and other royal staff seemed almost kindergarten level.
The homosexual angle was unnecessary, but I suppose everyone in the entertainment industry has to add this to their shows just like they can't seem to keep out gratuitous sex or vulgar language.
I'm glad I only rented the film instead of purchasing it. I probably would've demanded my money back if I had bought it.
13 people found this helpful
OhuknoReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed..
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As someone who LOVED the series, I was very excited to see the movie, especially in 4k on my new smart TV! However, this was a let down. I was hoping to see more characters get together, and also a little bit more of Anna and John Bates' little boy. I also didn't see much of Marigold or Sybbie, and was hoping to since they had aged since the end of the series. All around I found it disappointing. I wish they hadn't introduced new characters, even for the shock factor of Lucy being lady Bagshaw's daughter/heir. I feel like nobody really would care about that since they had just been introduced in the movie and now they're gone. All around my opinion but I wouldn't say it was worth $10.. $5, yes, as I did want to see it at least, good or bad. But just beware that if you're a huge fan of the series you might be disappointed.
7 people found this helpful
Now GrayReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon Digital Support is incompetent
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This movie is supposed to offer audio descriptions - but no, it doesn't. After waiting for quite some time to get support from Amazon, the rep couldn't solve it. I originally bought the SD version, so we figured maybe the HD version is the only one with the descriptions. Now I have two versions, neither of which I need or want. I NEED an audio described version for my blind mother. Amazon support used to be good -- it is going downhill fast.

UPDATE: It turns out Amazon's audio described movies do not work on Roku! Clearly this is a corporate decision in the vein of a monopolistic effort. In any case, the customer support team should be informed of this and know it. In addition, Amazon should note this exception where they list a movie is audio described.
6 people found this helpful
DoMeNiQuE CoEReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
First Time to Purchase Rental
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I have never been motivated to buy a film rental since the old BlockBuster days. I refuse to pay for an early viewing, well make that a few years before it is available on Amazon or another content provider. However, Downton Abbey is one of my favorite indulgences and I enjoyed the BBC/PBS series for many, many years. When the film was available, I made the big decision to see it and very glad I did! It was full of plot intrigues, revived character matchups, expected interactions, surprise guests and gorgeous sets. I could not ask for more. If you loved the series, you will appreciate hours of excitement following the Crawley family into the modern world. Super HIGH Recommend!
7 people found this helpful
Miz AnonymousReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I really wanted to like this...but...
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The Good: Costumes, cinematography, all the key characters returning, Maggie Smith

The Bad: Plot, overacting, and LOUD/soft score.

Except for Edith's, the storylines were so bad there was no way these talented actors could save the movie. The writing tried too hard, the drama way too forced (meeting in the cellar to stage a coup?), and everything ended up excruciatingly sappy. The series was not this way, which is why it was so disappointing to have the movie fall prey to these common traps.

But what nearly had me turn off the movie was the music and the leveling. The music was very in-your-face and it went from LOUD AS ALL GET OUT music to soft conversation then immediately to LOUD music again. Over and over, especially at the end. Beyond irritating.
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