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Dexter: Season 1 (2006)

Michael C. Hall , Erik King , Michael Cuesta , Tony Goldwyn  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael C. Hall, Erik King, James Remar, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter
  • Directors: Michael Cuesta, Tony Goldwyn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (1,007 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6GUW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,918 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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438 of 456 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bugwatching May 17, 2007
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The serial killer as a crime-stopper May 17, 2007
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You know the premise - he's a serial killer who's also a police forensic pathologist. Dexter Morgan grew up the adopted son of Miami's most honest cop (James Remar, playing against type as Dexter's sympathetic paterfamilias). For reasons revealed at the end of the season, Dexter has a killer compulsion, with a peculiar fixation on bloodlust. Unable to control his impulse, Dexter's father decides that it doesn't have to be used for evil. Though sworn to uphold the law, Harry Morgan knows that the law can't be any more perfect than the imperfect specimens of humanity who run it. As an adult forced to make-do with memories of his beloved adopted father, Dexter now moonlights as a hunter of murderers who have beaten the system. In the first few minutes, he dispatches the choir leader of an exclusive private school - but not before reacquainting the victim with the corpses of the choir-leader's own murderous lust. (Unlike other killers, Dexter only returns to the scene of other people's crimes.) The running gag is that Dexter's double life isn't genuine duality after all: Dex's professional specialty in blood-spatter analysis is an outgrowth of his peculiar fixation with blood (in serial killer fashion, Dexter saves souvenirs of his kills - blood drops on slides) while he uses his detective skills to locate his victims.

At first it's hard to see Michael C. Hall's Dexter as something other than a darker version of "6 Feet Under" David Fisher, seeing that they both work with stiffs. However, Hall soon makes the character suitably distinct from Fisher, or just about any other you'll see on TV (even pay-cable; Imagine Tony Soprano giving up "The Badding Bing", waste-management or hijacking trucks - everything but having people whacked, personally).
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133 of 145 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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Bought the show but it's a little boring for me. I tried to get into it - but ended up buying another show (Castle) which was much more fast past - less depressing and caught my... Read more
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This show /series and probably the best series THAT ALL OF US CAN CONNECT TO IN SOME WAY. that has ever been made. Read more
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This is my all time fav show, esp season 1, which is almost identical to the first book. To those who may not know, this show is based off of a series (which is still on going)... Read more
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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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