Case Number 25686: Small Claims Court


Acorn Media // 2012 // 354 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 18th, 2013

The Charge

In 1960s Britain, an upstanding detective takes on a dangerous world.

The Case

Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) is back and, with him, Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). There's a lot to sift through during this tumultuous time of Britain, and murders are often sourced in the social upheaval that is besieging the countryside.

George Gently: Series 5 consists of four discs, a feature-length, 90-minute mystery on each:

* "Gently Northern Soul" -- Racism runs rampant as anti-immigrant rhetoric sweeps Britain. Among this craziness, a young black girl is found dead in a swamp. Gently and Bacchus get cracking on the investigation, running into white supremacists and xenophobes. But the truth behind the death may not have anything to do with the color of the girl's skin.

* "Gently with Class" -- Now it's time for class warfare. A girl is found drowned in a car, and the detectives trace the malfeasance back to a wealthy estate, in particular, the spoiled rich son of an aristocratic family. Bacchus is eager to nail the guy, believing it's about time he gets his comeuppance, and it clouds the case.

* "The Lost Child" -- Gently and Bacchus have a limited window of time to track down an abducted infant and their adventures take them through the serpentine world of the British orphanage system.

* "Gently in the Cathedral" -- The roof collapses on Gently, when on of his criminal nemeses gets out of prison and implements a fiendish revenge scheme. Soon, Gently is framed for murder and is forced on the run, with even Bacchus doubting his innocence.

George Gently continues its strong run. Each mystery is compelling and expertly staged and acted. Shaw and Ingleby are seasoned pros and work effortlessly together. The mysteries this go round aren't as dark and twist-heavy as previous installments, but they're still solid and the finale is a true humdinger, with a killer stinger at the end. Mystery fans should make this appointment viewing. Then again, if you're a mystery fan, you know this already.

Acorn's set: standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 stereo, English SDH subtitles, and a three minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

The Verdict

Gently into Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 90

Perp Profile
Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 354 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurette

* IMDb