PBS to Release Limited Edition ‘Downton Abbey’ Box Sets29 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
PBS Distribution July 29 said it will release limited-edition boxed set Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Oct. 1.
The $99.99 Blu-ray boxed set ($89.99 DVD) includes 23.75 hours of content covering the first three seasons of the Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning series. In addition, the sets include more than three hours of previously released bonus video, including “Downton Abbey: The Making Of,” “Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama” and first-time documentary Secrets of Highclere Castle.
The sets bring “Downton Abbey” from pre-war England through the storms of World War I and into the social upheaval of England in the 1920s as the lives of its inhabitants are shaped by romance and heartbreak, ambition and betrayal.
Created by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), “Abbey” had 24 million viewers tune in to the third season of the Masterpiece series in the United States, making it the highest-rated PBS drama of all time.