Judge David Johnson is not gentle. He's sandpaper gritty.
Our reviews of George Gently: Series 2 (published July 21st, 2010), George Gently: Series 3 (Blu-ray) (published June 1st, 2011), George Gently: Series 4 (published May 31st, 2012), and George Gently: Series 5 (published May 18th, 2013) are also available.
In 1960s Britain, an upstanding detective takes on a dangerous world.
You know what George will gently do? Pwn your ass.
Facts of the Case
Acorn covers its bases with this excellent mystery series from across the pond, releasing the first series on Blu-ray. My introduction to George Gently and his investigative adventures kicked off on Series 2, so seeing the beginning was a treat—and just as rewarding as everything that followed.
Three feature-length mysteries spread over two discs:
• "Gently Go Man"
• "The Burning Man"
• "Bomber's Moon"
I love this show. What George Gently may lack in car chases and gunfights, it more than compensates with fantastic plotting, sharp writing, and two phenomenal lead characters. Series One proves to be just as satisfying as its excellent follow-ups and was even more of a treat as resetting the story provided a "prequel" feel to the mythology. Bacchus and Gently are two sublime creations and the chemistry shared between Shaw and Ingleby is evident from the moment the two share a scene together.
Another aspect of the show that is refreshing: the period-specific plot points aren't delivered in that snide "look at what kind of barbarians we were back then!" tone. Sure there are references to the illegality of homosexuality, the state of mental institutions, and how policing methods may have been a touch on the slow side, but it all feels organic and relevant to the story.
Acorn serves up another quality high definition release: a clear, stark 1.78:1 widescreen transfer (1080i, yet still a performer), 2.0 PCM stereo, and three text-only interviews. Fine, the extras could use some more effort in the future.
A great show that should appeal to anyone with a remote interest in quality mystery-solving. Scope it out.
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Studio: Acorn Media
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