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GEORGE GENTLY COLLECTION: SERIES 1-4

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Editorial Reviews

“Great, bordering on brilliant” —Esquire.com

“Splendid” —Los Angeles Times

In this acclaimed BBC detective drama, Tony® nominee Martin Shaw (Death in Holy Orders) stars as Inspector George Gently, an incorruptible cop transplanted from London to Northumberland in the mid-1960s. Gently and his cocky young protégé, Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution), together investigate menacing crimes and confront the social and political changes rumbling throughout the country.

Based on the long-running series of detective novels by Alan Hunter, these 11 feature-length mysteries from Series 1-4 teem with intrigue, wit, and style.

Special Features

BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (13 min.); text interviews with Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, and writer/executive producer Peter Flannery; notes from producer Johann Knobel; biography of Martin Shaw; a 6-page insert with historical information about 1964 and 1966; and more

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEZEDNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 27, 2013
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George Gently is a fearless London crime fighter cop who moves to Northumberland (NE England) after his wife is murdered. George Gently Series episodes are based on selections of the 46 Gently novels by Alan Hunter. Episodes are feature-length, and can serve as stand alone stories. No need to watch them back-to-back in a hurry. A really good 1960s period crime show with excellent plot writing. An acclaimed BBC hit.

All season/episodes come with SDH SUBTITLE option
Season 1: This first series shows the beginning, when Commander Gently's wife is killed right before his eyes. Even through his grief, the cop takes the high road in finding criminals and bringing them to justice. The 3 episodes in this series are very much like "Midsomer Murders".
- - - 2: Four feature-length episodes, each 89 minutes, & each serve as great stand-alone crime mystery films tied together only by a 1964 date. Gently has not given up fighting crime of all sorts and is now Chief Inspector in the extremely beautiful north countryside.
- - - 3: Gently, played by Martin Shaw, is through, calm, and plays the mentor/father to his youthful assistant, Detective Sargent John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). Their relationship is as important to the story/series as the crimes and investigations. Both are performance perfect. Bacchus provides some laughs. 2 episodes.
- - - 4: PC Taylor (Simon Hubbard) is also back for both episodes. An emotional crime series, mystery, suspenseful, fast moving, and packed with plot. A perfect personality bounce between DCI Gently and Sgt Bacchus, with comedy spice. See individual series listings for George Gently on Amazon for my reviews having individual episode details, but not spoilers.

There is a fifth season to be released at the same time as the collection. Get them all.
Not recommended for the kiddies, bloody good murder, and emphasis on the bloody.
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How does a boy become a man?

Chief Inspector George Gently of Scotland Yard came to manhood on the beaches of Anzio. But his rigid sense of ethics has got him in trouble with the higher-ups who are on the take, and cost him the life of his cherished wife. He accepts an assignment in the northeast of England (note: The opposite of the US, it is the north of England where accents take some getting used to, even for Londoner Gently).

You know that his assigned detective sergeant, John Bacchus, will be his opposite: Young, irrepressible, and given to cutting corners (such as assaulting suspects). It is 1964. England is changing, and John has come as far as his haircut. Homosexuals make him uneasy. "Electroshock might help," suggests Gently. "Nah, Guv; they just go right back," shrugs Bacchus. Gently regards him steadily. "I was thinking it might help YOU," he says.

Abortion is still a crime. So is attempted suicide. The death penalty will linger. If Gently tells you, "Stand up," and carefully puts on his jacket and straightens his tie, you are going to be charged with murder. The viewer is not spared the hanging scene.

We meet Baccus as a newlywed with a young daughter and a powder-blue MG, the "gift" of his father-in-law for "doing the right thing." But the marriage does not prosper, and soon he is haunting the new rock-and-roll halls. His dream is to win his way to London and Scotland Yard. Gently knows what awaits him there.

So he reluctantly takes him in hand, via the most powerful teaching method of all: modeling. Bacchus watches in exasperation as "obvious" culprits go free -- for a time -- for lack of evidence. "I could beat it out of him, Guv," he urges. Gently replies, "We're supposed to be better than they are.
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We always look forward to the Gently series and finally couldn't stand it--bought the entire series 1-5. Very good. Recommended if you like English who-done-its! Especially like the personal interactions between Gently, the victims, his co-workers, et. al. Thanks, Amazon for access to British shows. (Wish we could get Canadian, Australian and New Zealand offerings also!)
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I love a good British mystery and George Gently becomes like family. I went through the collection like eating candy. It holds your
interest all the way.
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PBS has been broadcasting George Gently for years and all of these episodes are probably familiar to most viewers. What sets this collection apart is it's price compared to the individual series of the first 4 seasons. BBC home video products are almost always priced higher than other UK productions, usually averaging $10 to $15 per episode. In this compilation the US street price comes to about $5 an episode for the same product as in the individual series.

As usual Martin Shaw brings the title character to life with his portrayal of the iconoclastic Chief Inspector. And, as usual, many will find DS Bacchus irritating as the bagman who never seems to learn any lessons. After a while you just get used to him, but it's curious that they never explained just what Gently originally saw in this guy. Every episode has it's share of "Bacchus issues". He's not the brightest bulb in the box, is only marginally loyal, and is more than a little iffy when temptation comes a knockin'. He's supposed to intimidate suspects but comes across as the one most likely to get the cheese beaten out of him in a confrontation. Lee Ingleby is a fine actor but I think he was miscast as Bacchus. Other than this curious lapse the writing is excellent and is based on the stories and characters created in the Alan Hunter novels.

Set in the 1960's and beautifully filmed, each episode captures the areas in and around Northumberland* in a manner that enhances the overall theme of individuals struggling during a period of significant social change. While there is no particular political agenda on display a number of the episodes deal with issues that seem to disturb certain viewers, no doubt stemming from the sometimes violent class struggle affecting post WWII Britain.
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