'Downton Abbey': Season 3

Series Life at the grand manor moves past WWI to the challenges of 1920s Britain, marked by a visit from Cora's American mom, Shirley MacLaine. These nine episodes (still rolling out on PBS) include extended finale.

Extras Hourlong recap/making-of visits Ealing Studios and manor location; featurettes on MacLaine, historic background, more behind-the-scenes.

List price $50 DVD/$55 Blu-ray, out today from PBS.

(Also out: "Downton Abbey" Seasons 1-2 Limited Edition box, with many extras, $60 DVD/$65 Blu-ray.)

 

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