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We're pretty sure that its Blu-ray cousin is the better investment, but this DVD collection of George Gently's first four series is still a force to be reckoned with.
Acorn Media / 973 Minutes / 2007-2011 / Unrated / Street Date: May 28, 2013
As is the case with most modern crime dramas, the interplay between George Gently (Martin Shaw) and his wingman John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) absolutely keeps George Gently afloat. Structurally, these long episodes are similar to, say, Midsomer Mysteries, but the way our two protagonists interact with each other makes this monstrous Blu-ray set completely, almost impulsively watchable.
That being said, George Gently rests on cliche perhaps a bit more than it should. I understand - as a fan of the genre - that crime dramas by their very nature are predictable affairs, so to say that the smart, experienced older cop (George) and the sassy, instinctive younger cop (John) jump through similar hoops as their fellow detective TV brothers and sisters doesn't really mean much, but as enjoyable as these episodes can be, there's not enough oomph to them to make them anything more than above-average entertainment.
But that's the great thing about TV-on-DVD: sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel to facilitate enjoyable fare. George Gently may have shortcomings, but this deliciously thorough megaset is nevertheless almost entirely irresistible. It's not the kind of magical material that you'll want to watch again and again, but when George and John really get going (especially during this box set's earliest episodes), it's hard not to fall victim to ye olde boob tube.