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George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray

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Acorn Media | 2009 | Season 2 | 354 min | Not rated | May 28, 2013

George Gently, Series 2 (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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English SDH

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Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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George Gently, Series 2

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George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

In the second series of this police drama set in Northeast England in the 1960s, Chief Inspector Gently and Sergeant Bacchus investigate cases involving a former school on land slated for redevelopment, a gentleman's club picketed by protesters and a ring selling forged passports.

For more about George Gently, Series 2 and the George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray release, see George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Melanie Clark Pullen

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George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

As previously noted in the review of Series 5, Acorn Media has changed their approach to video encoding with the most recent releases of George Gently. Previous releases (that is, Series 1, 3 and 4) have been issued with two episodes per disc (each episode is approximately 90 minutes long) on BD-50s. Series 2 and 5, which are being released simultaneously, have the same amount of content per disc, but the discs are BD-25s. Acorn has achieved excellent images with their releases of Midsomer Murders using this arrangement, and they apparently have decided to try the same approach with George Gently.

The approach worked with Series 5, where the content was 1080p, but it doesn't work nearly as well with Series 2, which like the other series preceding Series 5, arrives in 1080i format. Series 1, 3 and 4 have very good images, despite the interlaced formatting, but on my main display, Series 2 was covered with an almost continuous layer of video noise, as the much lower bitrate struggled to keep up with the constant field shifts. The problem was easy to see when I was doing screen captures, because combing and motion artifacts in the image were much more frequent than in the previous 1080i series. In normal viewing, a good player will do its best to eliminate such problems, but it can only do so much; hence the video noise. (Of course, isolating single frames in captures minimizes the effect.)

There are times when I find the prejudice against 1080i to be unfair. Properly handled, it can produce a stunning image. But if Series 2 of George Gently is any indication, 1080i cannot reliably tolerate the same degree of compression as 1080p. Acorn got away with it on the first two volumes (19 and 20) of Midsomer Murders, presumably due to differences in the source format, but the results for Series 2 of George Gently are nowhere near comparable in quality, either to those volumes of Midsomer Murders or to other volumes of George Gently.

Colors, black levels and contrast are on a par with the other series of George Gently. But the image as a whole is subpar compared to every other series, and I am docking the video score accordingly. As I noted in my review of Series 5, Acorn charges a premium price for what is supposed to be a premium product. Why would it cut corners with disc capacity when its previous approach to 1080i has worked so well? George Gently is too good a series, and these episodes are too high quality, to let this drop in video quality deter anyone, but Acorn avoid mastering 1080i material with this extreme degree of compression.


George Gently, Series 2 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Having previously encoded George Gently's audio as PCM, Acorn Media has now switched to DTS-HD MA 2.0. From the listener's point of view, the difference in lossless formats is moot, because the track continues to provide the same basic and functional mix, emphasizing dialogue and essential effects. As on previous episodes, there is a general sense of environmental ambiance, but otherwise nothing special from the surrounds and no major work for a subwoofer. Irish composer Ray Harman continued his scoring duties from the pilot episode and Series 1.


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