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Mental: Season 1

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If you like House, then you’ll go “Mental” for Dr. Jack Gallagher. He’s a radically unorthodox psychiatrist who takes on patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed psychiatric conditions. While House treats the body…Gallagher treats the mind!
  • Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Language: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1

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An odd duck himself, Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance, a dead ringer for the young Harvey Keitel) directs the psychiatric services at Wharton Memorial in Los Angeles. In the pilot episode alone, he invites a patient to a staff meeting, breaks into another's home, and disrobes to put a delusional man at ease. Throughout the season, Jack continues to broach protocol in ways that particularly irk his nemesis, senior staffer Carl Belle (Derek Webster). As Gallagher tells residents Arturo (Nicholas Gonzalez) and Chloe (Marisa Ramirez), "We treat the patient, not just the disease." Because he gets results, departmental administrator Nora (Annabella Sciorra) supports his methods. Some of the more interesting cases revolve around pseudocyesis (hysterical pregnancy), folie à deux (shared psychosis), autism in a murder witness, and narcissistic personality disorder in an actor who recalls Christian Bale--and a few other A-listers. To add a little pizzazz to the scenario, delusions come to life through special effects (some better than others). End result: viewers not already acquainted with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) will get a crash course.

As with most medical series, personal issues also come to the fore, in this case through Jack's search for his schizophrenic sister, the affair his colleague Veronica (The 4400's Jacqueline McKenzie) has with another doctor, and Arturo's strained relationship with his soap opera father. Notable guest stars include Samantha Eggar as Jack's mother, Sex and the City's Willie Garson as a compulsive gambler, and David Carradine as the victim of a lightning strike (in an eerie touch, his character doesn't utter a single word). Fox's attempts to market the show as House Jr. backfired as Mental met with cancellation after 13 episodes, but there's some intriguing material here, and it deserved more of a chance to find an audience. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Special Features

Disc 1: 183 Minutes
  • Pilot
  • Beautiful Delusion
  • Book of Judges

Disc 2: 176 Minutes
  • Manic at the Disco
  • Roles of Engagement
  • Rainy Days
  • Obsessively Yours

Disc 3: 176 Minutes
  • House of Mirrors
  • Coda
  • Do Over
  • Lines in the Sand

Disc 4: 88 Minutes
  • Life and Limb
  • Bad Moon Rising

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Vance, Jacqueline McKenzie, Derek Webster, Nicholas Gonzalez, Marisa Ramirez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NUULQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I think this is the best character and series that Chris Vance has done. He portrays the character of Dr. Gallagher brilliantly. His character is an excellent psychiatrist, who cares about the welfare of the patients that come through his ward; while dealing with his own personal demons. I watched the series when it aired on FOX; it was cancelled after the first season(as FOX does a lot).I bought the dvds as soon as available and guarantee it's a great binge-watch; I know from experience. This is my second purchase as a gift. I would love to share Mental with everyone; it's that good! Especially, if you're a Chris Vance fan. My second favorite Chris Vance vehicle is Transporter the series(no pun intended). And if you're not a Chris Vance fan yet, just watch Mental and Transporter. I also loved his character of Casey, the beau of Rizzoli on Rizzoli and Isles and even the bad guy on Burn Notice. I'm just about to check him out in Prison Break and Dexter. No, I'm not a stalker; I just enjoy watching Chris Vance work. I wish he could do a sequel to Mental letting us in on what Dr. Gallagher has been doing since the last episode and how he's handled his demons. Anyway, check out Mental, you won't be sorry.
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There are few TV series that I follow contemporaneously, but this one I loved and never missed an episode on its original air date. So I was very sad when Fox cancelled the show after one season. I thought Chris Vance was excellent as the psychiatrist with his own mental health issues, and the writing was excellent as well. Supporting cast was pretty good.
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Chris Vance is once again at his best in this dramatic comedy about today's mental health care. Just wished they would have made more seasons as it is so well acted and incredibly important to open the dialogue about treatments. Definitely a binge-watch series!
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This is a review of the whole season, not just one episode.

This series shows promise. In its present incarnation it is roughly 3 stars but with work could make it to 4. The premise is psychiatry as practiced by a psychiatrist who is willing to try new and controversial methods in order to make a breakthrough with the seriously ill mental patient. For example, with a patient who thinks he is a werewolf, Gallagher has him bite him and then the two lie side by side waiting for the moon to come up. Gallagher has told the patient they will not change to werewolves and he is now in it with him to show him it is in his mind.

Dr. Jack Gallagher, the psychiatrist, is the whole show. Everyone else could be recast. In fact, you could put the whole show into an entirely different hospital and not miss a thing. When the show detoured into hospital politics and jockeying for position, it was not good. When it stuck with Gallagher, his methods and the patients, it was fine. The show wasted space with jockeying among various psychiatrists who wanted Gallagher's job. This is barely interesting in real life to non medical people, much less on a tv show.

Gallagher is obsessed with his mentally ill sister, Becky, who is AWOL in the world at large. This is somewhat resolved as the series goes on and this aspect can also be dumped without any loss to the show.
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Isn't it a shame that this show only had one season, and so many truly awful shows are still running. Having had years of experience with psychiatrists, I only wish I had run across someone as caring and courageous as the character played by Chris Vance. I really did love this show.
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Mental is an excellent show. It is very reminiscent of House, but is much more positive. The main character is unorthodox and has a slight problem with authority and some rules. He is also extremely enthusiastic and joyful which is very refreshing in with how much sarcasm is on TV now.
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This series shows promise. In its present incarnation it is roughly 3 stars but with work could make it to 4. The premise is psychiatry as practiced by a psychiatrist who is willing to try new and controversial methods in order to make a breakthrough with the seriously ill mental patient. For example, with a patient who thinks he is a werewolf, Gallagher has him bite him and then the two lie side by side waiting for the moon to come up. Gallagher has told the patient they will not change to werewolves and he is now in it with him to show him it is in his mind.

Dr. Jack Gallagher, the psychiatrist, is the whole show. Everyone else could be recast. In fact, you could put the whole show into an entirely different hospital and not miss a thing. When the show detoured into hospital politics and jockeying for position, it was not good. When it stuck with Gallagher, his methods and the patients, it was fine. The show wasted space with jockeying among various psychiatrists who wanted Gallagher's job. This is barely interesting in real life to non medical people, much less on a tv show.

Gallagher is obsessed with his mentally ill sister, Becky, who is AWOL in the world at large. This is somewhat resolved as the series goes on and this aspect can also be dumped without any loss to the show.

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