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Fantastic show, fantastic season, but worst dvd sets I've ever seen,
This review is from: Dexter: Season 7 (DVD)
It hurts me to give Dexter less than Five stars, and the show itself deserves five stars. This season is fantastic too. What I am commenting on here is the poor dvd sets Showtime produces. The Dexter DVD sets have no, or next to no, extras on them that actually relate to the show. Instead, they make you go online to find any extras. Then they load the set you are actually paying for down with single episodes of other Showtime series they want to try and get you to buy, most of which you will have no interest in at all. Then, for the past two seasons, they have put ads for their other shows, several minutes worth, at the start of every disk in the set,and engineered it so you cannot skip or fast forward though the ads to get to the menu. This means that forever, every time you load a disk, you will have to sit through the ads with no way to avoid them. It really shows Showtime's total disrespect and distain for their customers. I would advise waiting on ordering this set and see if Showtime is going to pull the same shoddy tricks with their viewers and customers they have pulled on the last two DVD sets. At that point decide if you are willing to put up with Showtime's dirty tricks. Will I still end up buying this set? Probably,since I love the show and this season. But by not preordering so far in advance I hope a message is sent to Showtime that they are abusing their customer loyalty and to let them know that their tricks are alienating their customers. I for one will never by a Showtime dvd set other than Dexter, that is for sure. Showtime cannot be trusted.
Adding this to my entry here on 04-19-2013: I just learned that there will be no Dexter extras other than the biographies of the actors again. What is being put on the disks are as follows:
Ray Donovan (Pilot Episode) on Disc 4 on DVD; via UltraViolet on Blu-ray
First two episodes of the Second Season of The Borgias (DVD only)
First two episodes of the First Season of House of Lies (via E-Bridge Technology on DVD)
Biographies (DVD only)
As far as I am concerned, these are not "Special Features". They are advertising to try and get you to buy their other series as well as Dexter. Special Features, in my opinion, are extras that relate to the show you are buying. Since this follows their same pattern as the previous couple of years releases for Dexter, I fear they will also treat their customers and fans as idiots and include the forced advertising at the start of every disk as well. At the price they are asking, I for one am going to hold off buying this season of Dexter for a year and see if the price drops to something more reasonable for a bare bones release loaded with annoying forced ads and unrelated episodes of other shows.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 1:38:59 AM PST
Uncle Fishbits says:
No disrespect, but either you have a time machine, are traveling from the future, or you bought a DVD from a pirate. This season hasn't been released, so whatever you are reviewing doesn't really have any place here. Sorry you got suckered, but you should research a bit more prior to disparaging copies of DVD's that don't yet exist.....
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 6:04:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 6:11:11 PM PST
Actually, what I am commenting on is what Showtime has done on the last two dvd sets. If you own those, you know that they put several minutes of forced ads at the start of each disk that you cannot fast forward past or skip. I don't buy pirate dvds. My comments are based on the actual Showtime dvds for season 5 and 6 of Dexter, which I own. I am suggesting that the buyer beware they may very well, based on the past two seasons' dvd sets of Dexter, be buying a set with forced ads and few if any extras relating to the actual show yet again. No time machine necessary to make a logical deduction from the available evidence.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 6:12:21 PM PST
Uncle Fishbits says:
Okay groovy... but I doubt they will make the same mistake again, this time. It was a legitimate idiot move on their part. I am joking here, but I sort of did wish you had a time machine. LOL
Posted on Nov 30, 2012 6:04:25 PM PST
E. Henderson says:
Re: RMB's comments about the latest Dexter sets. The more I read, the more I was really disappointed and ticked off with Showtime. I only have the first 4 seasons of this fantastic show and am waiting until the entire series has ended before buying Season 5 onward. It's really astounding that a company would do this and as RMB stated, alienating their faithful customers in making what can only be described as a horrible decision in the hopes of generating more sales. SHAMEFUL!
Posted on Dec 5, 2012 7:22:07 PM PST
Derek M. says:
I agree, I own seasons 1-6 and I hate the fact that I can't skip through those stupid 5 minute previews at the beginning of each disc. And yes the extras are also a joke. Same repeated actor bios and two episodes from another Showtime series that nobody cares about. I hope they fix this on season 7's set. Dexter is a great show and the DVD sets should really be treated a lot better. I'm glad you pointed that out.
Posted on Dec 16, 2012 8:49:28 PM PST
Jennifer Windham says:
I had noted the same thing with prior seasons of Dexter. Bad enough they load it down with advertisements, but making it where you can't even fastfoward thru them is truly ANNOYING in the extreme!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 5:04:26 PM PST
"No time machine necessary to make a logical deduction from the available evidence."
You're not employing deductive logic, man. You're employing inductive logic. You take the flaws inherent in seasons five and six as the standard by which the season seven DVDs will be marketed. You're still not making a deductive, logical conclusion. What you're doing is actually **projecting** what you think will happen to season seven, which again, may be accurate, but not because of logic. If you wind up right about season seven, it won't be because you were logical, it will be because you were lucky. Don't get me wrong, I think you will be right too, but I don't think it is necessarily and exclusively true just yet.
Posted on Dec 30, 2012 10:18:26 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 8:51:11 PM PST
Lance D says:
Inductive reasoning can still be logical. Your implication is that only deductive patterns are logical. Both can be logical if backed by reasonable evidence. So far what he is inducing is based on actual behavior and is therefore logical.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 10:08:50 AM PST
Brenden J. Vigus says:
Still doesn't make sense to include criticism of the DVD menu when it doesn't even exist yet. The problem may be fixed or may not be fixed, either way it was an irrelevant inclusion