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The Showtime Original Series Dexter™ is back with an all-new season, and this time America's favorite serial killer has gone from freewheeling bachelor to responsible husband and doting dad. Maintaining an average-guy facade while satisfying his need to kill has never been easy. But now, with wife and kids in tow, Dexter's got more to lose then ever, as he gets drawn into a deadly game with a killer every bit as dangerous — and conflicted — as he is.


When executive producer/showrunner Clyde Phillips exited Dexter at the end of the fourth season, he left the remaining cast and crew with a puzzle worthy of a cackling supervillain: not only find a way to top John Lithgow's stunning performance as a Big Bad, but also somehow rebuild the main character's life after the season finale's devastating ending. While this subsequent season definitely shows some signs of early fumbling, it sports more than enough twisted drama to keep viewers firmly on (or behind) the couch. Picking up scant seconds after the previous episode, the story arc follows the conflicted sociopath Dexter (Michael C. Hall) as he struggles to uphold his newly amplified role as a family man, while fending off his increasingly demanding killer urges. Salvation, of sorts, comes in the form of a brutalized female victim (Julia Stiles), who enlists him to take down her tormenters. As the duo circle in on their targets, Dexter's sister (Jennifer Carpenter) investigates a gruesome string of ritualized murders and starts an awkward romance with a fellow homicide detective (Desmond Harrington), who has some growing suspicions about how Dexter spends his off hours. Fans of the morally ambivalent tones of the first two seasons may have difficulties with the increasingly human tendencies of the main character (unlike Lithgow's disorienting charisma, the bad guys are so over-the-top evil here that it's difficult not to root outright for their gory demise), but Hall's beautifully subtle performance makes the leap. While his character's situation has definitely changed over the course of the show, Hall still chillingly manages to illuminate his central inability to connect, especially when paired with Stiles, who does a terrific job of balancing vulnerability and righteous bloodlust. Dexter can be a frustrating show to follow at times--especially when dealing with the increasingly flat antics of the supporting cast--but when Hall and Stiles are onscreen, the possibilities seem freakishly infinite. --Andrew Wright

Special Features

Special Features Via E-Bridge Technology:
- Californication : Season 4, Episodes 1, 2
- Interviews with: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julia Stiles, and more!
- Reflecting on Season Five: Julia Stiles
- THE BORGIAS : Episodes 1, 2
- EPISODES: Episodes 1, 2
- HOMELAND: Trailer

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  • Actors: Michael C. Hall
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 618 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (783 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L77GRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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187 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
Format: DVD
DEXTER Season 5 is the best of the seasons so far. While last season was dominated by the presence of John Lithgow, the shining star of and surprise of this season is the presence of Julia Stiles as Lumen, an abused victim who escapes her abusers and pledges to join Dexter in 'stabbing out' her revenge. The writing is tighter and the subplots or sidebars are far more interesting: the many different love entanglements keep your head spinning. The fellow workers with Dexter (Michael C.Hall) remain the same - Jennifer Carpenter (the real Mrs Hall), Desmond Harrington, David Zayas, Lauren Velez, CS Lee, and James Remar - all better than ever. But the added attraction characters this year include Maria Doyle Kennedy (from The Tudors) as the nanny for Dexter's son, and Jonny Lee Miller as a twisted Inspirational Coach.

The premise of following a serial killer who chooses as his victims criminals who would have otherwise not been punished is by now, after four seasons, a character we can all understand - emotionally, motivationally, and as a brilliant law enforcement team member. But the coups of the season was the addition of Julia Stiles who does some of the finest work of her career here. Enough said. The suspense is what drives this show! Grady Harp, December 10
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150 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Poynter on November 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Firstly, this is the best show on television, plain and simple. I came to it late, discovering just a little over two years ago, and so I've had to catch up - I completely agree with the many, many reviews on different sites which really go after the quality of the DVDs for "Dexter", by the way. If you can get Blu, do so. Now, a series about a serial killer didn't quite seem like my kind of trip when I first began watching "Dexter", but this show quickly pulls you in with excellent acting, writing and directing. (Trivia: Are any of you old enough to remember the geeky guy who lets his haunted car, Christine, take over his life and get even at everybody else, in the Stephen King classic, "Christine"? That actor, Keith Gordon, is the same man directing this series. Anyhow!) Michael C. Hall is nothing less than superb as the tortured title character, and he continues hitting it out of the ballpark this season, despite having spent the majority of this last year or so sick as a dog and undergoing chemotherapy in real life for leukemia. (His agent says that he's doing well, right now). As we all know from decades of anti-heroes, the audience has to like a killer (Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow, for instance), or watching this type of show is going to leave you with a - well, weird feeling: I've seen shows, both fictional and biographical, where the 'hero' was so revolting an individual that I couldn't figure out why anybody thought he/she deserved a show, and I had to take a shower after watching the piece of garbage.Read more ›
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ArTchiXx on August 6, 2011
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I never imagined I of all people would be a Dexter fan!
The reason I write this is because I've never been a fan of horror movies & am not that great watching blood & guts....in fact, I most avoid both of these!!
But, a close friend kept raving about Dexter & I gave the show a shot.
Even at Season 5 - when most shows start to lose steam & sometimes viewers - I am still glued to the screen & always left wanting more Dexter!
I was wondering how Season 5 would handled (having to change this due to people watching season's out of order) - the drama with Rita & I feel like they did an awesome job!
I promise Season 5 will not disappoint the die hard Dexter fan!
Or, even if you are a first time viewer....you will quickly become a fan! (Although, I highly recommend watching Dexter in all its glory from the very beginning - Season 1-5!)
Season 6 can't come fast enough since I don't subscribe to Showtime!
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on December 1, 2010
Format: DVD
This is not a complete review of season 5 because it's not over yet, but I had to post this any way. Every time I think this show can't get any better....they prove me wrong. Season 5 is heading for a total bloodbath ending. There are a couple story lines that are heading towards a bloody conclusion in the finale. They really upped the ante with the SCUMBAG "villians" this season. Jonny Miller is the sleazy inspirational speaker , Jordan Chase, with his entourage of serial killing childhood friends. He is the MOST hatable villain yet in 5 seasons. Peter Weller is great as the dirty private detective who was working for Quinn. But season 5 belongs to Julia Stiles...... I was never a big fan of hers (except for 10 Things I Hate About You)...but she has been AWESOME and totally believable as the one surviving "victim" of Jordan Chase's psycho mob. Dexter saves her and befriends her and together they start to wipe out Jordan Chase's mob. I don't know how this is gonna all end....but I can't wait for Sunday nights !!
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By R. Recchia on April 10, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Season 5 gets off to a great start with it's first episode, which takes place immediately after the events of Season 4's finale. This is such a well written and well acted episode, and the way they have Dexter dealing with the death of _______ is brilliant. I don't believe I have ever felt as much sympathy for Dexter as I did in this episode. There is not even one wrong note here. I particularly like the humor in the one funny scene. And us Dexter fans get a chance to say goodbye to one of it's longtime, regular characters.

So, it saddens me even more to say that most of the rest of the season is a bit of a letdown. Make that a BIG letdown. Man, what went wrong here? The writing took a big nosedive. I feel that the writers had no idea how to write for the character of Laguerta. Masuka is under-utilized here and when he does appear, he isn't nearly as lovable as he has been. Some of the dialogue is outright awkward. Some story lines get abandoned. Some story lines don't make much sense. There are a bunch of loose ends that never get tied up. Captain Matthews sole purpose in the few episodes he appears in seems to be to just scowl at everybody and criticize them. I used to kind of like this guy! And...as for Julia Stiles, I have nothing against her as an actress, but I felt like I could never completely sympathize with her character.

Good points? This season still has more than it's share. I am still very much liking Dexter himself. And Jennifer Carpenter, to me, just keeps getting better and better as an actress. The season does find some kind of rhythm and/or focus about 6 or 7 episodes in. There are some very cute moments with Harrison, as he takes his first steps and speaks his first words. I like the actress who plays the Irish nanny (she was also in 'The Commitments').
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May 17, 2011 by SK |  See all 7 posts
I believe the new season (season 6) begins october 2. You can watch all five seasons on showtime on demand for free if you subscribe to showtime. We've been watching season 5 over and over and over again. Definitely the best season yet.
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