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George Gently: Series 1 [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X5XIBA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, The Professionals) stars as Commander George Gently--an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London's Scotland Yard to England's North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently's reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Nicholas Nickleby)--an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures. Together the two tackle cases involving murderers, drug dealers, gun runners, and more.

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pairing of Gently and his Sargent January 19, 2009
By Mr. Mac
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We had previouly seen Martin Shaw in the "Daglish" series as one of the actors for the Commander. Very stoic and a bit unfriendly, but on the track when others didn't see it. In this series he is just as irritating but just as inciteful as ever. He has set out to retire in a small village, but remains. His Sargent is the local copper trying to get out and up in the force from the backwater. As Gently is by the old book, the sargent if a bit of however you can is alright -- ends justify the means. His unorthodox means help solve their cases, all the while Gently is caring for him and guiding him. And probably saving him! They are delightful foiles for each other. If you like "Daglish" and other British mysteries like "Lindley", Morse, Frost, etc., where there is great interplay between the inspector and the argent, you will like these.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Gently Into the Human Condition September 25, 2009
Format:DVD
Quite some years ago I fell in love with British police procedurals, and among my favorite authors was Alan Hunter who created George Gently, a police sleuth in northeast England. June Thomson (Inspector Rudd), Jonathan Ross (Inspector Rogers), and W.J. Burley (Inspector Wycliffe) were turning out very good cop crime novels in those days.
Actor Martin Shaw portrays Gently in a series of English feature-length television programs. In "Bomber's Moon" Gently has to solve the murder of a German businessman whose drowned body is discovered near his sailing yacht. The German has returned to the neighborhood where he lived as a P.O.W. during World War II. Most people seem to have genuinely liked the generous German who bought drinks for the locals in their pub.
There are a number of suspects and red herrings. Just as we are convinced of the guilt of one suspect, another one pops up. It seems as if a number of people were at the scene of the crime that night.
Gently has a sergeant assistant named Bacchus who plays fast and loose with protocol. I think the filmmakers have tried to make Gently into a hardnosed and edgy character like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse in another TV series. Morse has his conventional Sergeant Lewis as a strong secondary character, and Gently has the more confrontational and dodgier Bacchus as his sidekick.
"Bomber's Moon" is well-done, gripping, suspenseful, and very well-acted. All of the suspects and other roles are portrayed by strong actors, and the viewer gets the feeling of real personalities and real backstories in these subsidiary characters. The production rises above its detective series origin and deals with human problems in an intense way.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping drama with great cast. October 15, 2008
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable drama with a great cast. I especially liked Martin Shaw (who has aged very well) who plays the title role of George Gently, and "Robin Hood" star Richard Armitage as the charismatic and ambiguous biker Ricky Deeming. Also of note is Lee Ingleby as Gently's young (and brash) partner.

The dramatization apparently takes a few liberties with the original novel (I daresay might be a little more politically correct) but holds its own and is full of twists and turns. It holds the period flavor (early '60s) well. Worth a look, especially if you're a fan of any of the lead stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If you like Foyle's War, you will like the George Gently series. I am truly hooked on both. George Gently, whose wife has just been murdered in what appears to be a British gangland revenge hit, removes from London to rural Northumberland. He encounters the cocky, intuitively brilliant and slightly tarnished DS John Bacchus, who may have scored his rank by marrying the chief inspector's daughter.

These are truly hard boiled detective stories, and they get a little bit detailed, so you do have to pay attention. Then again, the cast of characters are rich, complex, perfectly acted, and truly memorable, in the model of hardboiled fiction. It's a joy to see Gently's perfect ethics kick into play as he faces the temptations of bribes and seduction. I like good guys, and George Gently is a slightly more granite and chiseled version of Foyle from FOYLE'S WAR.

Bacchus, on the other hand, needs a strong hand to rein him in. Then again, grasping, materialistic, and enticed by the easy stepping stones of corruption, John Bacchus also amazes and pleases the reader (and Gently) with the occasional act of brilliance, and every now and then a truly heroic and completely confident act of police finesse. It's this interplay of Gently mentoring Bacchus and yet Bacchus coming back with truly valuable contributions to their efforts that truly engage you and make you feel like these are stories worth watching.

Every detail of the 60's is lovingly crafted into the stories. There is a lot of visual beauty and reminders of that decade of such change and turmoil.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series January 11, 2009
Format:DVD
I ordered this series because Martin Shaw was portraying the main character> I thought he was outstanding as Adam Dagleish and I have found that he is equally superb in this series. Would like to see more of his work formatted for American TV.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever "who done it"! Pleasure to watch... July 19, 2009
By Shopper
Format:DVD
I was reluctant to watch this series. The lead, Martin Shaw, seemed downright dull, and the supporting lead, Lee Ingleby, was embeded in my memory either as the doomed Midshipman Hollom from "Master and Commander" or as the sickly Smike from "Nicholas Nickleby"...neither actor a great candidate for an exciting copper role; or so I thought...

Well, I am glad I gave the series a go! Shaw turned out to be wanderfully charismatic as the straight-laced, by the book Scotland Yard transplant to the far North; Ingleby was well matched to the role of his well meaning, but rather naive and easily manipulated provincial sergeant... What a delight it was to watch Shaw's character fight for the "soul" of his protege and bring him from the verge of corruption, often with little or no cooperation from the young lad! Add clever plots and flawless execution, and you've got yourself a winner!

Each of the three episodes was 90 minutes long. The show was set in the early 60's, but the era remained in the background and did not overwhelm the action. The stories were the key element in each show. There were four more episodes shown this summer on British TV. I am now a fan and can hardly wait to see them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Stories Done Right
Series One was so good that I ordered Series Two. The UK does a good job with their crime/drama story lines. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bart Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard start
But after the first episode, things settled down.
The stories are gripping; acting is excellent.
This is adult drama akin to similar series.
Published 29 days ago by James Darnall
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Geo. Gently
Love his young Beatles hair cut side kick to. Wonderful 60's period piece. wardrobe... cars... music... morals.. etc. Good mysteries. Good acting. I bought 4 more seasons. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharren T..Home6
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
I watched this after seeing Series 2,3,4 and 5. It does provide background about Gently and illustrates how he and Bacchus met and began working together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nancy Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I would have loved it ,but disc one was scratched and unwatchable.Discs two and three are fine.Will you replace disc one?
Published 6 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
This was given as a gift to a fan of the George Gently series on PBS. The recipient loved it and is looking forward to seeing all the episodes in this 3 disc set.
Published 6 months ago by TruthForever
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I reviewed Series Two first, but both Series are praiseworthy. With the glut of detective shows, it's hard to do anything really new in terms of story lines, so often the main... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Zizka
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Other Detective Shows
George Gently manages to be different. On the surface, it is similar: set in the 1960s, with a younger, more foolish detective assisting him.

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Published 7 months ago by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not Judge John Deed quality
Martin Shaw is fabulous as always. However don't expect the same attention to casting other characters as in Judge John Deed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zeta Lady in San Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars George Gently
We have all of the "Gently" series ... and highly recommend them to fans of British Murder Mysteries. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wendy Palmer
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