Dexter: The Complete Series (DVD Review)
Creators: James Manos Jr.
Starring: James Remar, Michael C. Hall, David Zayas
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of discs: 32
Available from Paramount
Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst, has a double life. When he’s not helping the Homicide division solving murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys that slip through the justice system. He spends his sun-drenched days solving crimes – and moonlit nights committing them. But not to worry, our cool-blooded Dexter doesn’t kill just anyone. He reserves his homicidal hobbies to taking only the lives of other killers.
My first experience with the Dexter TV show was an awkward one. My first taste of the show came from the short-lived CBS run of the original season. That was an edited season on network TV for those of you who aren’t aware and it felt like something was missing. There is NOTHING missing here in this complete series release of the TV show. Here, you can re-live the entire show as it proceeded through eight bloody seasons. Dexter Morgan was one of the most interesting and iconic characters to ever grace a television series and now you have this set to re-live all those great moments you might remember or if you’ve never seen the show before, this gives you the whole shebang from start to finish. We watch as Dexter goes through his relationship with his sister, his ups and downs with his home life, other killers who come into the picture, the SURPRISE scene that started a meme and so much more. I admit, if we are to call a spade a spade, then the last season of the show wasn’t as strong as the ones that came before it, but when given the chance to go from first to last it does seem to flow much better. Sure, I wish it had ended a little different, but as a whole set here with 32 whole discs AND extras, you can’t top something like this. Really the only complaint one could really have with a set like this is the lack of a Blu-ray version, but when you look at the content here and the price, I’m not sure you can toss too much of a hissy even about that.
So, as I already said, you get the entire story of Dexter here. All eight season, on 32 discs. Bay Harbor Butcher, The Trinity Killer, Ice Truck Killer, and it goes on and one. If watching the near perfect first 12 episodes doesn’t get you hooked to watch the rest of this series, then I don’t know what would. The show lives and dies with actor Michael C. Hall in the iconic role of Dexter. If you want to see what made him be as great as he seems to be in most people’s eyes, then start right here. You also get some coming and going character performances to help smooth out the rest of the show as well. I like blood and I like a good story, even with some small amounts of dark humor being tossed in here and there for good measure. This show has all of that and that is why makes it one of the greatest shows of all-time. Sure, we could say there are some weak seasons, but as a complete package I’d put up against any other long running show easily and I’m sure it would beat-out the most of them by popular vote as well. If you love Dexter, then you’ll love this set.
– Audio Commentaries
– Dexter’s Tool Kit
– Exploring Dexter: An Inside Look
– The Code of Harry
– Inside the Writer’s Room
– Dexter: A Sit-down Interview with Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow
– Dexter: The End Begins
– Cast Interviews
– Photo Galleries
– More Featuretts