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This hit procedural TV series combines crime-solving twists with wry humour that celebrates mind over matter. In the third season, Red John strikes into the heart of the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Ever since the elusive serial killer murdered Patrick Jane's family, the CBI consultant and former sham-psychic has become obsessed with finding the man who destroyed his life. But after a homicide suspect is set ablaze in his jail cell and a CBI agent is later framed as an informant for Red John, Patrick realizes his longtime adversary is much closer than he imagined. In settings from gold country to the racetrack to a martial-arts cage brawl, the unconventional Patrick Jane uses his unique skills of observation and psychological manipulation to bypass the system and solve the toughest cases.
The Mentalist was created by Bruno Heller (HBO's Emmy Award-winning Rome), who executive produces along with Chris Long (Criminal Minds), Tom Szentgyorgi (Lie to Me), Ashley Gable (Crossing Jordan) and Daniel Cerone (Dexter). The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
The super-suave protagonist, played by Golden Globe nominee Simon Baker (The Guardian, The Devil Wears Prada), has a remarkable track record for pinpointing the ‘perp’ by using his razor sharp skills of psychological observation and body language analysis. Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his suspicious past as a quasi-famous psychic. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney - Prison Break, House) takes the heat from her boss, Chief Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis – The Help), for Jane’s theatrics, but with a daily job load ranging from homicide to kidnapping, they must ultimately work together in order to crack the complex cases.
The CBI team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang – The Office, Rambo), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman – Midsummer Murders, Troy), and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti – Friday the 13th, Captain America). Though they know Jane is a loose cannon, they are often charmed by his uncanny ability to bring the guilty to justice.
Don’t miss the highly anticipated home entertainment release of one of the most engaging and intelligent police dramas on television; THE MENTALIST Season 3, available on DVD alongside a complete Seasons 1-3 Boxset from 10 October 2011.
Released By: Warner Home Video
Running time: 940mins
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
DVD Price (1disc): £39.99 RRP
DVD Price (Season 1-3) £59.99 RRP
The Mentalist: Portrait of a Serial Killer - Red John - Featurette
Red Moon Directed by Simon Baker - Featurette
The information above is from official press releases, but I can add that it is an excellent TV series that features Patrick Jane as a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes. The novelty of the show is that he can deduct the nature of the crime scene from his psychological skills and as a freelancer he has the chance to go off at tangents whilst the police go for the obvious suspects. The Red John storyline gives a running thread to the show, though it often gets hidden away or forgotten in many episodes. At its best it is an enjoyable detective series worth checking out if you've never come across it before.
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