Monday, 27 January 2020

Downton Abbey The Movie Review and 2 x Blu-ray Giveaway (sent by Universal).

It may not seem possible, but I honestly have NEVER seen a single episode of Downton Abbey, so when Universal Pictures sent us a copy of Downton Abbey The Movie, we were reviewing just the same as we would any standalone film.

Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast, this is a full length movie version of the very popular TV series about life upstairs and below stairs in Downton Abbey, a large house and estate owned by the Crawley family in the early 20th century.

Downton Abbey The Movie Blu-ray box showing cast in costume

All of the characters are introduced really clearly, and we immediately see the differences between the wealthy Crawley's and their massive staff. This is a somewhat idealised view and everyone is surprisingly polite and respectful, except when the plotline demands.

The movie starts with the delivery of a letter from Buckingham Palace. The King and Queen are intending to visit, and this throws the staff into a frenzy. This is a huge event for everyone, and the stress of preparations, having to adapt to working with the royal staff, and meetings with old friends and enemies create mystery, scandal and romance...

There are several side plots and stories showing that however much money you were born into, you can still have problems and difficulties to face, including some which will never be an issue to the serving classes. The characters are all very likeable and the whole movie has a very quaint air. I can see why it is so popular.

Downton Abbey is a relaxing and relatively peaceful movie which has a good story as well  an historic appeal. You care about the characters, who are mostly very nice people, and you hope for them that the royal visit goes well - although it would be a short film if everything went to plan!

Downton Abbey The Movie is available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on 27th January 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. DVD (rrp £10.99) and Blu-ray (rrp £14.99).  Amazon affiliate links below:


Universal Pictures have kindly offered two of my readers a copy of Downton Abbey The Movie on Blu-ray for themselves. Entry to the giveaway is by the Gleam form below for fairness. None of your details are used for anything other than this giveaway, and once the winner has been informed and admin complete, they're deleted.

The giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 23rd February and is open to UK entrants only. Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the Gleam form. If you are new to Gleam there is a link to help, as well as my other UK giveaways here...

Downton Abbey The Movie 2 x Blu-ray Giveaway (sent by Universal)


We were sent our copy of Downton Abbey The Movie for review. The Amazon link is affiliate, which will earn me a few pence if you buy through my link, but never costs you a penny. It helps keep the website running.

42 comments:

  1. I’d have to be one of the ladies maids, I think it would suit me because I like making sure little details are in place like outfits with hair accessories etc so would be able to help her dress for the Right occasion as well as being able to tend to their needs

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  2. I'd like to be the housekeeper. She seems to know everything that's going on and I'd enjoy being in charge

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  3. I rather fancy being a butler so I could listen to all the gossip. I wouldn't tell anyone else, though ...

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  4. Maid as I like to make sure everything is clean and tidy.

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  5. One of the heirs because I'm not sure I could cope being a maid or cleaner lol

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  6. Robert Mark Ward28 January 2020 at 08:50

    I would have to be a chauffeur, as all my working life has been with cars and trucks.

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  7. Jesse Partington28 January 2020 at 11:19

    I'd like to be Carson, the butler, so I could lord it over all the lesser minions.

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  8. I would have to be the lady of the house, I have done enough cleaning!!

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  9. It would be great to be head of the house and take control

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  10. i'd probably be the cleaner as i seem to do it already

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  11. michelle o'neill29 January 2020 at 05:07

    chamber maid would be good

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  12. The chief cook would be mine definitely

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  13. The Maid as I could clean and get in on the gossip at the same time!

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  14. I would be a ladies maid probably.

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  15. The cleaner because I do it for a living.

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  16. I would be the Cook as that is what I am good at

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  17. Kitchen helper - those downstairs get all the lastest news

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  18. Probably the cook! I could hide in the kitchen and also rest in between meals!

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  19. Housekeeper as I am a very organised person

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  20. Hello, I would probably be a gardener in the grounds of Downton Abbey as I love gardening and I bet it would be a lot of fun seeing all the comings and goings of the Abbey.

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  21. The chamber maid because I’m obsessed with cleaning!

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  22. I would be the Ladies personal Maid, would be a cushy job,

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  23. I would probably be the kitchen maid. I enjoy cooking but wouldn't want to be in charge

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  24. I would be the cook, as I would love to get fresh food from the gardens

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  25. I would be the maid/cleaner so I could nosy on the people upstairs and gossip about what i saw and heard downstairs

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  26. I would be a maid. Not much different from what I do now for my family. lol

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  27. ive always fancied being a butler `a gentleman`s gentleman

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  28. A butler like Carson because I like to be helpful and make sure everything runs smoothly and without hassle.

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  29. Karen hutchinson5 February 2020 at 08:59

    Ladies maid - love to roam around the house and prepare the outfits

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  30. I would love to be the gardener. Out in the fresh air tending to all the fruit and veg and keeping the lawns lovely.

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  31. The guy who sorts all the one, of course you'd need to taste test them all to make sure it's not gone off.

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  32. I'd be a Lady's Maid, you'd hear all the gossip and get to work with all the beautiful dresses!

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  33. Carson, in charge but following the rules and instructions and he gets the most fantastic stories and lines

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  34. Can i just be the lady of the manor and bring up my children in comfort without worrying where their next meal is coming from?!

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  35. I'd have to be the Butler, just so I could listen in on everyone

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  36. The maid - i love everything being immaculate!

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  37. I would love to be a maid so I can be involved with everyday life

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