DVD review: 'Downton Abbey,' as it aired in U.K.

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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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