Dexter: Sesaon Three (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

As one of television’s more popular shows, “Dexter” seems to gain more and more momentum as the episodes pile up. Granted, a show about a serial killer might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d urge anyone who likes good television to at least give it a shot. If you’re reading this review, then I have to assume that you at least have a remote interest in the TV show or have read the reviews of the other two seasons. Whatever the case may be, the third season of “Dexter” got us back on track with more of what we love ? Dexter. Michael C. Hall plays Dexter with such bravado that it’s hard to really imagine anyone else in the role. Like Hannibal Lector from “The Silence of the Lambs”, it says a lot when the protagonist of a show would more likely be an antagonist in any other. Still, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) manages to balance his career (now free from the prying eye of Sgt. Dokes), his love life and his extra-curricular activates all the while unsuspected by no one.

The latest season of “Dexter” contains a dozen episodes and we find his life seemingly back to normal. His relationship with Rita (Julie Benz) and as Dexter starts to assume the role of step father; nothing could make him happier. But, things aren’t always what they seem and it’s not long that he sets out to find (and by “find” we mean “kill”) Freebo (Mike Erwin). Dexter does manage to take care of business but not before Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) gets involved. He and Dexter form an unlikely friendship and is the main focus of the season. As the two continue to bond, Dexter teaches Miguel the ways of killing, passed along from his father. But there are some rifts in the execution and it turns out that he might have entrusted too much information in him. To top it all off, there may or may not be wedding bells in Dexter’s future. How will Dexter figure out how to balance life, death, marriage and a job?

Video: How does it look?

As expected the 1.78:1 AVC HD transfer for each of the dozen episodes look great, just a touch better than they appear in the HD broadcasts. Black levels are strong and contrast seems a bit improved. This sounds odd to say, but “Dexter’s” opening credits are some of the best examples of HD out there. The extreme close ups on the face, eggs and meat. It’s almost surreal but this Blu-ray makes it look pristine. No real complaints here, this is about the best the show can look and are consistent with the other seasons.

Audio: How does it sound?

The Dolby TrueHD mix found on “Dexter” isn’t the best out there, but it’s not supposed to be. Like most television shows, the meat (pardon the pun) of the soundtrack is in the dialogue and most of the information is in the front stage. At times the surrounds kick in, but not that often and let’s face it most people aren’t watching this show for the audio. A nice mix, but there are better out there.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I really think Paramount is missing the boat with their “Dexter” releases, commentaries on the episodes would be so welcome but they simply don’t exist. In terms of supplements, we get some excerpts from the book that inspired the show “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” and some interviews with the cast and crew. The same two episodes of “The United States of Tara” are on this Blu-ray set as well (they were on both the first and second season Blu-ray’s as well) as well as the first two episodes of Season 3 of “The Tudors”, too.

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