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“Dexter: The Complete Third Season”- {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Paramount
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
8/17/09
Special Features:

Bonus episodes of “The Tudors” and “The United States of Tara”, interviews, season summary

Review:

Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) remains a killer series during its third season. A forensics specialist Dexter has a hobby; he’s a vigilante serial killer who preys on other serial killers. Adopted by a police officer (James Remar) after the brutal murder of his mother (which he witnessed), Dexter had his murderous urges “directed” by his father for good with special training about making sure to cover up his kills but, more importantly, how to find the right “victim” and make the world a better place. Still as Dexter slips into a “normal” life including a girlfriend (the terrific Julie Benz) he begins to have his doubts about his mission in life, his identity and the intention of his father. He also has to protect his identity from those around him which included eluding another detective who suspected who and what he was during the first and second season. ***

The third season of “Dexter” introduces some major changes to the Miami PD. One thing that hasn’t change is that Dexter’s trying to capture another serial killer this time nicknamed “The Skinner” (for obvious reasons) to take him out. When Dexter murders the new Assistant District Attorney’s (Jimmy Smits) brother he ends up with a new friend of sorts. ***

“Dexter” works so well because the main character is the perfect anti-hero—he’s a serial killer doling out justice to others who are killing innocents. While a lot has been made about the flashbacks and psychology of the main character the real appeal is in the complex portrayal that Michael C. Hall brings to the show. He also has strong support from the other cast members including Jennifer Carpenter (who plays his sister but is married to Hall in real life which seems almost incestuous). ---

Image & Sound:

“Dexter” looks quite nice with a very good warm looking transfer. “Dexter” has always looked grainy quite deliberately. ***

The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix sounds quite nice with nice activity in the surround speakers. ---

Special Features:

We get book excerpts from the latest Dexter book Dexter by Design. We also get bonus episodes from other Showtime TV shows as well as interviews with the stars

Final Words:

The third season of “Dexter” remains as inventive and creative as before. This is a good set but a bit too expensive.

 

 
 
 
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