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The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
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Reviewed by Scott R. Garrigus
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"With serial killer Red John laid to rest, Patrick Jane is finally free to close the door on his past and plan for the future. A fresh start with the FBI has him solving top-security cases alongside former CBI agents Teresa Lisbon and Kimball Cho, new colleagues Jason Wylie and Michelle Vega, and boss Agent Dennis Abbott. And Jane's blossoming connection with Lisbon brings a deeper bond to the partners' already intimate and intense professional relationship. But when femme fatale Erica Flynn resurfaces from Jane's past and another sadistic serial killer appears on the scene, affairs of the heart take a backseat to survival. Cases are cold and hearts are warm in the final sexy, suspenseful episodes of this uncommonly intriguing series." That's the official premise for The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season, now available on DVD and Digital HD.

I'm glad Warner Bros. decided to do one more season of The Mentalist in order to wrap things up instead of just dropping the ball and leaving fans in the lurch to wonder about the fate of Patrick Jane. All too often, studios will just cut and run or stretch things out to the point of no return. Warner Bros. did it right by giving fans one more taste of the Patrick Jane magic, while also providing closure on the Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon relationship. Will they or won't they? You'll have to watch the final season to find out.

I'm also happy that the writers decided to sort of brings things full-circle by introducing a new character to the mix. We get to see the affect of Patrick Jane's unorthodox methods on newcomer Michelle Vega. Her character is like the female version of Kimball Cho, but just like Cho, over time she is won over by the charm and wit that is Patrick Jane. We also get to see the beautiful Erica Flynn make one more play for Jane's affections.

Regarding the technical aspects, the video is presented in a "matted" widescreen format preserving the aspect ratio of its original television exhibition. Basically, the visuals are clear and on par with the DVD spec. The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround track. There are also subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.

There aren't much in the way of extras, which is slightly disappointing, but then again I don't see what more they could include. Although, maybe more behind-the-scenes footage alone with a gag reel would have been fun. Included is a 12-minute featurette entitled Patrick Jane: An Uncommon Man, with the following official description... "In homage to the beloved series, Patrick Jane's journey of redemption, from revenge to romance, is chronicled by the extraordinary people and circumstances that caused two diametrically opposite personalities - a Carnie and a Cop - to fall in love." There are also a few unaired scenes included.

So, do Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon end up together and live happily ever after? Or do they go their separate ways? The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season will take you along for one more suspenseful ride and bring the journey of Patrick Jane to a fitting conclusion. If you're a fan of the show, I think you'll enjoy this final season.

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