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DEXTER really isn’t like anything else on television. Really…how many other shows are there on television about a friendly neighborhood serial killer, especially when said serial killer is the hero (or should I say anti-hero) of series. For my money, the reason why DEXTER is one of the most interesting and entertaining shows on television, is because this series dares to tread quite far off the beaten path. Based upon Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, DEXTER is the story of serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), who works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood spatter analyst. Despite being a serial killer, Dexter has found a way to put a positive spin on his gruesome predilections. Growing up the adopted son of a police officer, Dexter has been taught to channel his negative tendencies for the general good. Plain and simple… Dexter only kills those truly deserving individuals- in other words, those who have managed to escape justice.

Those closest to Dexter, but completely unaware of how moonlights aware from his day job include his foster sister Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), a homicide detective that places her and her brother on continuously intersecting paths and Dexter’s girlfriend Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), whose troubled past with men leaves her suspicious of her boyfriend… but for all the wrong reasons. During season one, Dexter concerned himself with finding The Ice Truck Killer, who shared a similar hobby as Dexter. However, during season two, Dexter finds himself under the microscope, just like one of his blood samples, when evidence of his past handiwork surfaces and the authorities go on the hunt for a new serial killer who is dubbed The Bay Harbor Butcher. The cast of DEXTER also features C.S. Lee, Christina Robinson, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar, Erik King, Preston Bailey, Geoffrey Pierson, Jaime Murray and Keith Carradine.

DEXTER: THE SECOND SEASON ($60) comes to Blu-ray in a three-disc set that features the following twelve episodes that were aired during year two: It's Alive!, Waiting To Exhale, An Inconvenient Lie, See-Through, The Dark Defender, Dex, Lies, And Videotape, That Night, A Forest Grew, Morning Comes, Resistance Is Futile, There's Something About Harry, Left Turn Ahead and The British Invasion.

CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment via Showtime has made all twelve episodes from DEXTER: THE SECOND SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentations of these episodes are every bit as good as the stunning quality contained in the first season Blu-ray set. Image sharpness, clarity, dimensionality and fine picture detail are all truly excellent for a television production. Sure, some shots look a little softer than others, but there isn’t anything to complain about. Colors are warm and vibrant; although again, some skewing of the hues does come into play, especially flesh tones under fluorescent lighting. Blacks are deep and the whites appear crisp. Contrast demonstrates some starkness, and usually goes beyond typical broadcast fare. Some grain/video noise is noticeable in the darker scenes.

All of the episodes that comprise DEXTER: THE SECOND SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks. The fact that this second batch of episodes has been released with lossless codec, gives one hope that future releases of all TV shows on Blu-ray will appear in a similar fashion. Like season one, the forward soundstage dominates the sound mix on the episodes, with some nice channel separations across the front. Of course, the rear channels still do deliver a few active effects, as well as the expected complement of ambient sounds, as well as some musical fill. Additionally, fidelity is very strong, which enhances the terrific musical component. The bass channel doesn’t have much to do other than keeping the sound grounded. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. A Spanish Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel track has also been encoded onto the disc, as are English subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard episode selection and set up features. Disc based supplements are limited to Tools Of The Trade trivia game and Bonus Trailers. The remaining supplements are of the BD-Live variety (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

As I have said before, DEXTER isn’t your run of the mill police procedural, its far more intense and entertaining than that. The Blu-ray presentation is excellent. Highly Recommended.



Dexter: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]


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