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Dexter: Season 1 (2006)

Michael C. Hall , Erik King , Michael Cuesta , Tony Goldwyn  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (952 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael C. Hall, Erik King, James Remar, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter
  • Directors: Michael Cuesta, Tony Goldwyn
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent. / Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (952 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GUW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dexter: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 12 Episodes from the Fist Season (2006) on 4 Discs
  • The Academy of Blood - A Killer Course
  • Witnessed in Blood - A True Murder Investigation
  • The First Two Chapters of Dexter Novel "Dexter in the Dark"

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An interesting and original idea that's very skillfully executed, Showtime's Dexter is never less than watchable, often quite compelling, and sometimes thoroughly riveting. As the 12 episodes from the show's first season (packaged here in a four disc set) reveal, it's also the epitome of "high concept," a kind of Silence of the Lambs for the C.S.I. generation. Creator-executive producer James Manos Jr.'s title character, one Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under renown), works for the Miami Police Department as an blood spatter analyst, visiting crime scenes and helping figure out what happened. He has an avocation, too: during his off hours, he tracks down some very, very bad people who for various reasons have eluded the proper authorities. Seems his adoptive father, a cop himself, taught the kid how to channel his dark side in a "positive" direction; and so, having captured these evildoers (including a child molester-murderer and a recidivist drunk driver with a trail of bodies in his wake), Dex dispatches them with clinical precision, thus making him a serial killer who snuffs serial killers. But there's more--much more, as it turns out. By his own description, Dexter is "a monster," an empty shell who fakes all human interactions and admits to no real feelings for anything or anyone, including his foster sister (Jennifer Carter) and his nominal girlfriend (Julie Benz), a former crack addict and battered spouse who's as uninterested in sex as he is. There's an explanation for Dexter's weirdness, of course, one so deep and traumatic that even he isn't aware of it. It's gradually revealed over the course of the season as he and the cops (who include Erik King, Lauren Velez, and David Zayas, all first-rate) track down the so-called "Ice Truck Killer," a fellow monster whose grisly m.o. both fascinates and taunts our hero, leading to a genuinely shocking and squirm-inducing finale. Dexter can be a bit arch, with an ironic, too-hip-for-the-room tone that get a little old. Still, it's a safe bet that anyone who views this first season will be salivating for the second. Extras include audio commentary on two episodes, a featurette about real-life blood spatter analysis, and a variety of DVD-ROM items. --Sam Graham

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Product Description

Dexter is based on the compelling novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter Morgan (Dexter Morgan (Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated actor Michael C. Hall from "Six Feet Under") is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators that are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force, a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children, it's hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel, and to keep up his appearance as a caring, socially responsible human being.

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432 of 450 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bugwatching May 17, 2007
Format:DVD
The most disturbing movie I ever saw was "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer". In its portrayal of a man who lived physically among his fellow human beings while existing completely outside the orbit of human emotional interface, I thought I had seen the definitive screen rendition of a serial killer's psyche.

Then along comes Dexter who, with 12 episodes and a carefully-crafted life of friends, family, and career at his disposal for telling his tale, paints a portrait of sociopathic existence far more detailed and more disturbing than anything attempted by "Henry". That's accomplishment enough. But to do it with the droll wit and endearing demeanor of Dexter is downright amazing. TV seldom gets odder than this . . . and never more profound.

The real horror of each episode lies not in the killings by Dexter or by his victims. It lies in the horror of watching a man having to tread his way among his fellows in full knowledge that he is a hollow shell -- a body and brain devoid of a soul, with the only emotions being a fascination with blood and the driving hunger to kill. None of the means by which other people assuage their physical or emotional needs are available to Dexter, at least in the context in which others pursue them. Sex is a threat to Dexter, an act which can open cracks in the facade of humanity he has crafted and through which people can peer into the inner void. Friendly gatherings are obstacle courses, full of little bumps that could cause Dexter to trip and let his mask momentarily slip. Even eating, from which most people derive some emotional pleasure, is simply a necessity to which Dexter submits, preferrably combined with another necessary task, such as driving.

Clever. Interesting.
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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most original shows in years May 12, 2007
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Dexter does not disappoint. Based on the novels of Jeff Lindsay, Dexter is the story of a serial killer who murders other serial killers. While yes he is a sociopath, I find that one of the most fascinating parts of both the novels and the Showtime series is that slowly Dexter is starting to show that he may even be developing emotions. Could be a distinct possibility since he has had to wear a mask of humanity ever since he was three years old.

The surprising thing about this show to me is that it is very different in many ways to the novels. I think that Jeff Lindsay has to be both pleased and upset over what Showtime has done with Dexter. And in my humble opinion, I think that the series is actually much better than the books. The characters are much more developed and Deborah is no wear near as annoying in the series as she is in the novels. Plus I like how Angel "No Relation" Batista is a full on Homicide detective instead of just working for the M.E.'s office. In short, Showtime improved vastly on the novels and developed a much more diverse and rich world that Lindsay had created.

The part that ends up really getting to the viewer the most is that Dexter becomes a hero of sorts that even though his actions are quite immoral, you begin to view them as justifiable vegence for the victims of the people he kills. Maybe admitting that means I have a problem myself LOL but seriously, you can't help but like the guy. He is the nicest serial killer you could ever meet. And make sure you do meet him and buy this DVD. The replay value is outstanding.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, wow! Holy Cow! September 5, 2007
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If I could give 6 stars I would, and I've never said that before. Love this show. LOVE IT! (Pissy at showtime but that's just because they don't let people - even US people serving their country - outside the US look at stuff on their website, but their product is awesome... )

Ok, so Dexter, he's a little different, right? He works for the police, he's charming and geeky, he kills people for fun after work. Just bad people, of course. It would be no fun otherwise...

This is a strange story - more than half revenge fantasy but also part personal growth drama, part romance, lots of humor, and some good old fashioned thriller thrown in for spice. It makes you ache a little inside and then giggle in horror. It invokes a lot of emotion in it's viewers, as you watch someone without emotion begin to feel things and not know what's going on... not understand that these are feelings he's having. I'm sure a lot of people are pursing their lips over it and going "tsk!". I mean, a comedy/drama where the hero is a sociopathic serial killer? And a very good one at that?

The acting is AMAZING. This is TV done right, TV that makes you sing with delight, that catches you with it's beauty and writing and the way it perfectly catches the atmosphere of a place. I cannot rave enough - it goes in with the other perfect shows like the new Battlestar Galactica (somewhat less funny but just as perfect) and Wire in the Blood, Buffy, Firefly and Touching Evil. It's vastly better than CSI Miami (really, what isn't?) but it will draw comparisons, or parallels, because both take place in Miami and involve forensics (from weirdly skewed angles mentally, when you look at it - he's both catching killers forensically and keeping from being caught himself...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I got hooked on Dexter after watching the series with my son. It is a little gruesome and I would only recommend to adults.
Published 3 days ago by MOMMY B
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Gander
This is a solid show in every facet. From acting to storyline, the only thing we are wanting more of is Dexter himself.
Published 4 days ago by Alex Haggard
2.0 out of 5 stars Say what?!
So, I know lots of people like this show but after watching 3 or 4 episodes, I still don't understand the allure. Sorry Dexter, it's just not for me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mustangjami
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Approach
This program asks difficult questions regarding conventional morality and ethics. It's a totally different approach to the subject. I was pleased with what I viewed.
Published 9 days ago by Joseph LaMothe
3.0 out of 5 stars The Truth
I haven't read it, yet. I am eating up the the 6 books, first. I can tell you one thing, as the books go, it helps me understand Dexter. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, bloody good show!
I love creepy without ridiculous gore, mystery without pretentious enigma and sex without the cheese. Dexter is everything I love in a crime show.
Published 14 days ago by derrick lowrance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
Heard about this show for year and just started watching it...now I know why it was so popular! Great story line, great cast, suspensful storyline... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Favorite Target Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dissappointment!
Wow! I had very little background about this show. I just began watching Season I today and I am almost finished watching it completely.
Published 19 days ago by gene bolyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter at his Finest
One of the best seasons of Dexter besides 4 and 7 in my opinion. With a great villain and awesome story this was a perfect start for everyone's new favorite serial killer.
Published 19 days ago by Rich Mahogany
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Love this series, don't know why I did not watch it while it was on TV! Thank God for DVD's!
Published 21 days ago by Elayne D. Lindsey
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A possible bootleg Dexter set?
I had a season 1 that was just awful and I'm sure it was a bootleg from Hong Kong. Mine was watchable and since it was a gift and came sealed I just kept it. I just bought a Season 2 and the quality was generally good on my Blu-Ray and HDTV but there was some minor color fade in and out near the... Read more
Apr 4, 2011 by Dennis S. Stuempfle |  See all 7 posts
Warning! There are bootleg Dexter DVDs floating around on the internet.
Genghis, You are correct. I purchased these pirate dvd's on Amazon from a seller who goes by Nextrend. I've been unable to find a way to contact seller called Nextrend. I don't see them selling videos for Dexter anymore either. The Dexter DVD's were purchased with my Amazon Visa card.
Feb 6, 2012 by D. Nix |  See all 6 posts
Why are there "special features" listed on the sleeve that aren't on the...
I think yoo have 2 put in your computer 4 the other features. I haven't done it since my volume on my computer is screwed up but you should try it.
Jan 28, 2008 by J. Rivera |  See all 7 posts
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Why not just wait for a legitimate DVD set, instead of a pirated sold copy?
Sep 29, 2008 by Dubyac99 |  See all 7 posts
Edited Version?
Yes, this is the Showtime version. I saw the CBS version first and only noticed one scene missing. There was a double date where they ate at a seafood stand that was on CBS but not the ShowTime Version. I didn't see the last couple of CBS Episodes because I couldn't stand the wait and went... Read more
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