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Dexter: Seasons 1-4 [Blu-ray]

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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.

Season One

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

Season Two

Dark and sinister is the new sexy, thanks to Dexter, which in its second season has proven to be the most successful series Showtime has offered up yet. Remember how much you squirmed in your seat during the season one finale? Believe it or not, the premiere of season two felt like it could have been a season finale--because jaws were on the floor when the credits rolled. For being a supposed sociopath, Dex is pretty broken up about the gruesome events that concluded last season. The one and only person who could possibly understand him is six feet under, and it seems our unlikely hero is losing his homicidal grip. He’s even having a little trouble slicing up a few of his latest victims (from a murderous gang member to a chainsaw-wielding fiend from his past). Enter Lila (Jaime Murray, Hustle), a lady with a sweet British accent and a few dark secrets of her own. She seems to accept Dex for who he really is, and he finds himself feeling relaxed for the first time in his life. In contrast, his relationship with his girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz) has been stretched almost to a breaking point. The problem is, he should be anything but relaxed. Someone picked a poor place to go scuba diving off the Florida coast, and came across an underwater graveyard: Dex’s primo spot for dropping dismembered bodies wrapped in heavy-duty trash bags. Word about the "Bay Harbor Butcher" gets out quick, and the F.B.I. sends the best of the best, Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine, Deadwood) to work alongside the police to sniff out Miami’s latest serial killer. This guy is no schlub, and Dex may have met his match. And, yes, Dexter gets to work with Lundy on a daily basis, which provides some wonderfully awkward moments. It certainly doesn’t help that the intuitively paranoid Sergeant Doakes (Erik King, Oz) is hot on Dex’s trail.

Season two of Dexter is all about decisions. Lila or Rita? Old code or new code? Run or fight? Right or wrong? Well, one thing’s for sure: When it comes to writing, casting, acting, and production, the makers of this show made all the right decisions. Michael C. Hall is simply superb as the title character. You’ll never find yourself more willing to genuinely root for a serial killer. It’s bloody liberating. --Jordan Thompson

Season Three

Showtime's breakout hit series Dexter, about a lovable psychopath, a serial killer who targets only the scummiest of the scum, hits its stride in season 3. Dexter Morgan, played with nuance and glee by the outstanding Michael C. Hall, begins the season somewhat chastened by the events of the previous season--where whiffs of his secret life became known to others and he was nearly found out. "I need to find out what it's like just to be normal. If that's something that's even possible for me," he muses, as he tries to settle in to domestic life with girlfriend Rita (the baby-voiced Julie Benz) and her kids.

Yet Dexter is soon back to his compulsion for seeking out criminals who've somehow escaped traditional justice. Hall, one of TV's most talented actors, manages to make Dexter's off-kilter moral compass totally believable, if not quite sympathetic. The rest of the cast is stellar, including Dex's sister, Debra, played by Jennifer Carpenter as the seemingly more combustible Morgan--a hot-tempered Miami detective in the same division where Dexter toils in the background as a blood-spatter specialist. Deb wears her heart on her sleeve, as a cop and a sister, and her deep love for her brother is a key part of what makes Dexter so human. (And Carpenter's chemistry with Hall is amped by the fact that in real life, the actors are married.)

Season 3's breakout guest star is the amazing Jimmy Smits, who plays District Attorney Miguel Prado, a polished pillar of the community, an ambitious politician--and a guy with a secret every bit as dark as Dexter's. As Miguel and Dexter peel away each other's unsavory layers, Dexter tries to tamp down Miguel's blistering desire for revenge, and Miguel begins leading a double life--one that could threaten Dexter's life and family as much as the growing list of bad guys in Miguel's crosshairs. The other main star of Dexter is the city of Miami, its teeming beauty and corruption celebrated in equal measure, and its blistering sun shot without tempering. The city is so integral, visually and viscerally, that it's impossible to think of Dexter being shot anywhere else. The set's best extras--engaging interviews with cast members Hall, Benz, Carpenter, Lauren Vélez (Lt. Maria Laguerta) and David Zayas (Det. Angel Batista)--must be watched on a computer, for reasons that are unclear. Still, the interviews are must-sees for all Dexter fans. It's a killer season. --A.T. Hurley

Season Four

Unfolding with tragic inevitability, Dexter's fourth season is a taut game of cat and mouse between Dexter (Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell, "a very special kind of monster," unnervingly portrayed by John Lithgow in his Emmy and Golden Globe-winning performance. Whoever guest stars in seasons to come has a very hard act to follow. (Never mind all the blood, Mitchell's greeting, "Hello, Dexter Morgan," from the episode of the same name, will disturb your sleep.) But let's not forget Hall's consistently cutting-edge work. The Dexter saga has a rich back-story and mythology, but for those new to the series and lured to this season by Lithgow's justly celebrated performance, season 4 is a good place to start, because it represents something of a new beginning for Dexter himself. Married at the end of season 3, he is now dreaming of "having it all" as a husband and father, trying to juggle the demands of his job as a Miami Metro Police Department blood-spatter analyst, his new family, and his other calling as a serial killer. But he is more conflicted than ever. His new baby keeps him up nights, and the normally precise and methodical Dexter finds himself exhausted to the point of making mistakes in court. "Who knew life could get so unsimple?" he asks early on. Dexter and Mitchell are not the only characters harboring secrets. Some we can mention (Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta and Detective Angel Batista are in a relationship), but others we dare not even hint at (the episode "Hungry Man" has a doozy of a cliffhanger revelation). As the season unfolds, an incognito Dexter insinuates himself into Arthur's life and discovers disturbing parallels in their lives. Meanwhile, now-retired serial killer hunter Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine), who nearly uncovered Dexter's identity back in season 2, returns to ask for his help in catching the Trinity Killer. His reappearance upends the life of Dexter's sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), a homicide detective and Lundy's former lover. Debra has also been digging into the past of her late policeman father Harry (James Remar) and learns more about her twisted family tree. Disappointingly, interviews with Hall, Lithgow, and other cast members can be accessed only on a PC, but the DVD does contain episodes of Californication, Lock 'N Load, and The Tudors. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

- Via BD Live:
  • The Tudors: Season 4 - Episodes 1 & 2
  • Californication: Season 3 - Episodes 1 & 2
  • Episodes: Episode 1
- Interviews with:
  • Michael C. Hall
  • David Zayas 
  • John Lithgow 
  • C.S. Lee
  • And more!

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar, C.S. Lee
  • Directors: Adam Davidson, Brian Kirk, Ernest R. Dickerson, Jeremy Podeswa, John Dahl
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N0QE3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dexter: Seasons 1-4 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By MGB on August 17, 2010
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Dexter has got to be one of the best shows on TV. The knowledge and creativity that went in to this show is superb in comparison to what we're used to seeing on TV. Even though it may offend some people who are a little more sensitive than the normal human, there is no doubt this show is one of the best on TV. It's 100% original and full of suspense; it actually keeps you looking forward to the next episode. It's rare for any show to keep me that anxious about watching the next episode, but this show does that.
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I swear there is not one episode that I have not loved!! Every one keeps you on the edge of your seat. Some of the most interesting and intelligent writing I have ever witnessed!! Not for the narrow minded or faint of heart, ha! Perfect cast as well, love them all!! I hate when one gets booted off, but gotta have change to keep you going right?!! Can't get enough of this show, it will be a very sad day when they decide to pull the plug, let's hope it's not any time soon! =))
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As one of the box set deals of the week, it's totally worth the $95. Get it now, cuz once it goes back to regular price, you're better off buying the first three seasons as a set and the 4th season separately. In my opinion, the best show on TV since The Sopranos.
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I only recently started watching Dexter after many people told me how good of a show it is. I usually don't take anyone's word on these things because 99% of the time people seriously overhype everything. To my surprise, this wasn't the case. I watched the first and second season streaming on Netflix and instantly fell in love with the show. Its written amazingly, and I couldn't get enough. Don't let people fool you into thinking that one season is so much better than the others, because they all have their moments, and I was thoroughly entertained the entire time.

Definitely worth the purchase.
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There are a lot of repetitive shows out there, about 100 regarding vampires, another hundred crime or law shows, etc. Yes, this is a crime show but they put a spin on it like no other. A serial killer who kills serial killers, rapists, murderers, etc? Awesome. The narration is actually amusing. The storytelling is amazing. I love it.

There have been many shows that have been great for one or two seasons, then really start to decline after that. This is not one of those shows. Right up through the fourth season, it just keeps getting better and better. It's nice to have it on DVD too, some of these episodes really leave off with a cliffhanger and if I had watched it on TV, I'd want to throw something at the screen.
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Dexter, is a great show with an interesting twist for the concept. The Hero of the show is a sociopathic serial killer who goes after criminal who have slipped though the justice system. Michael C. Hall is fantastic and the plot will keep you watching disk after disk. A must see, but be warned because it airs on Showtime show it is very graphic (probably not the best show if you're squeamish and don't have anyone to tell you when you can uncover your eyes).
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If you were to ask me what is the best show ever I have seen on TV, then there is no second thoughts about it even for a moment - Dexter it is ...and Dexter it will be for a long time. There were network shows as I knew them before this and then Dexter happened and everything changed one fine day last year. A day when I was lying sick at home and feeling terribly bored - started with 1 episode of Dexter season 1 on Netflix and before I knew it, I had seen 4 episodes by the end of that day.
A week later, I had seen season 1, season 2 and season 3. And then in a matter of couple of more weeks,Season 4 was done too. Dexter is smart, chilling, thrilling and comic in its own right. The dialogue-writing is superb and so is the lead character played by Michael C Hall - I cannot imagine anyone else having done justice to this role. The music(the soundtrack rocks too). All in all, this series is a must watch.
I am watching Season 5 now and each episode this season has been a winner in its own right. Dexter.....u rock !!!
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Dexter Season 4's:
Is up there with Lost's:

I really just got into this show a week ago and liked the first season so much I bought the 4 pack and I loved it! Season 3 is a little slow in pace, but it was worth it to get to season 4.

Surprisingly enough.. I'm not a big fan of the Pilot, once you get past the first two episodes, it gets on track and really starts going full speed in the right direction!

For an idea of my taste:

I'm a Fan of The Office, Kevin Smith Movies, Shaun of the dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, LOST, Star Wars (ALL 6, and The Clone Wars Season's).
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