Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD (click here to read that review). I loved the show, and thoroughly enjoyed its intelligence and wit. Now, the fine folks at Showtime and CBS have released the complete set in HD on Blu-ray; and I have to say, it is nothing short of magnificent.
If you are not familiar with DEXTER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Showtime Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment:
The pulse-pounding Showtime original starring Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY, arrives this fall in new shelf-friendly packaging, just in time for the holidays.
Named one of the best-written series of all time by the Writers Guild of America, DEXTER follows Dexter Morgan (Hall), the antihero with his own twisted sense of justice as he spends his days solving crimes and nights committing them. The acclaimed series features a stellar ensemble cast including Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, Geoff Pierson, Desmond Harrington, Aimee Garcia, and James Remar.
DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY includes all eight seasons on Blu-ray with a trove of special features including over four hours of behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews, featurettes, and promos, as well as two documentaries, “The Evolution of Dexter Morgan” and “The Code,” which dive into the progression of the series. The collection also includes “Rubin Museum of Art Special Presentation: An on-stage conversation with Michael C. Hall and psychologist Kevin Dutton (“The Wisdom of Psychopaths”), who discuss the world of psychopaths. Through a one-hour conversation with Hall, Dutton discusses his findings as well as Hall’s role as television’s favorite Killer.
When half a million people rate a show and give it 8.8 out of 10 stars (see the IMDB page via the link above), that tells you something: it’s a GREAT show. I am impressed with the following it still has, despite the fact it ended three years ago.
Watching DEXTER again really rekindled my passion for the show. But seeing it in HD this time gave it even more impact. The picture quality is excellent, and it allowed me to experience each gruesome crime scene with vibrant realism. Likewise, the sound has been amped up as well. My surround sound made better use of it this time around.
As I mentioned before, the acting is top-notch, with Michael C. Hall portraying the titular character. Nobody could have played Dexter better, and I’m glad Hall was awarded for his hard work in bringing the character to life. He is complimented by some major talent that includes Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his sister Debra; David Zayas as Sergeant Batista; the incomparable James Remar as Harry Morgan, Dexter’s adopted dad; and Julie Benz, who plays love interest Rita. The entire cast meshes well and is a major credit to the series’ success.
And, as I boasted about last year, the special effects are still a triumph. Most of the time, the gore is not the focal point; it is a means to an end to help emphasize the story. But sometimes the camera lingers on certain things for a while, and…well, let’s just say it’s probably best not to eat while watching the show. I love the effort spent on the effects, particularly now that they can be enjoyed in HD.
DEXTER is still a major win for me, and I highly recommend snagging it on Blu-ray while you can. The convenient packaging helps minimize shelf space, which is a huge asset for me. And the artwork, although simple, is eye-catching as well. If you’re a fan of horror, dark humor, or just good television, do yourself a favor and pick up this Blu-ray set soon. It is available now.