Dexter – The First Season (Showtime Blu-ray)
A- Sound: A- Extras: B- Episodes: B
Dexter, a killer series that is hacking
its way to the top. When I first
reviewed Dexter: The First Season on
DVD, I was intrigued by the premise, but after fully absorbing the murder and
mayhem I realize how breathtaking the series truly is. Dexter Morgan is a sick, twisted, and utterly
deranged individual; but you can’t help but like him. You know his actions are wrong and yet you
watch as he narrowly escapes disaster in each blood splattered episode.
an aura about the series unlike any other.
It is the way it is written, filmed, and acted all combined into an
intriguingly gory mess. In an almost
surreal manner the episodes are hazy as if the viewer is in a dream (or
nightmare for that matter). Things never
seem to add up and yet all the events are concurrently believable. The cast of characters are insanely self
indulgent, each with their quirks and brand of shallowness to make them seem
overly self deprecating. Maybe that is
the best way to describe Dexter, it
is an insult or a slap in the face if you will.
Dexter is a figurative slap
in the face to the morals and virtues that we all hold true, but on some level
the fragility of life wants us to just give into what we want and need without
having to worry about the ethical glue that we are told holds us all
together. Dexter: The First Season is a nice start to a series that only gets
better; if you didn’t catch Dexter
the first time around now’s the time to experience the icy chill of Blu-ray.
more of this reviewer’s opinion on Dexter:
The First Season please refer to the link below:
technical features on this new television on Blu-ray set are refreshingly
solid. The picture is presented in a
1.78 X 1 Widescreen (just as on DVD) with a 108p AVC MPEG-4 transfer that
certainly takes the series visual presentation to the next level, leaving DVD
far behind. The pictures color is vivid
as the blood red pops from the screen and every color in between projects with
a pristine shine. The image is insanely
crisp, clean, and clear with fine, inky blacks and an almost sterile white
projection that gives the series its odd appeal. The picture is nearly perfect, but grit and
grime in certain instances holds it back as do certain contrast issues, but
overall very well done. The sound is
presented as a crisp Dolby TrueHD track that fills the soundstage with Dexter’s creepily suiting music,
distinct ambient noises, and witty dialogue.
The sound is clean and balanced rounding off the thoroughly enjoyable
extras are nothing new, save a few audio commentary tracks transferred from DVD
that are still interesting and relevant.
There are Blu-ray exclusive features that are accessible via the
internet (though this reviewer did not explore them) that include The Academy of Blood-A Killer Course,
Witnessed in Blood-A True Murder Investigation, Michael C. Hall Podcast, First
Episode of Dexter Season Three, and Two
Episodes of the United States of Tara.
Overall, Dexter is a series that only gets
better the more you watch and Blu-ray remains a format that only will stand to
impress further with time.
- Michael P. Dougherty II