Dexter: The First Season Blu-ray review

Michael C. Hall is Dexter
Michael C. Hall is Dexter

Dexter: The Complete First Season made its Blu-ray Disc debut on January 6th, from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter is an incredibly addictive crime drama that stands out as utterly original, darkly funny, and completely engrossing. The show features a vicious sociopath that you’re not ashamed to cheer for.

It has been an incredible treat to watch the entire first season on Blu-ray, particularly because I hadn’t watched all of the episodes. My friend Lee turned me onto Dexter, while at San Diego Comic-Con last year. I made it a point to watch as many episodes as possible, but having the opportunity to watch the entire first season in sequence, has been exciting. The wicked writing and complex performance of Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Michael C. Hall, driven by his on-going wry commentary, brings you into a dark corner of every dingy, blood-soaked room that he plies his trade.

Dexter: The Complete First Season Blu-ray set coverA top-notch supporting cast helps fan the flames, including Jennifer Carpenter (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose), Julie Benz (TV’s Angel), Erik King (Ice Princess), Lauren Vélez (TV’s Numb3rs) and David Zayas (TV’s Law & Order).  

The thorough extra features were a nice addition to the episodes. My only issue with them, was that more should have been available directly on the discs, rather than requiring BD-Live compliant hardware for so much of the content. With the exception of two audio commentaries that were also available on the DVD release, much of this set’s bonus features are only available via BD-Live, including several that were available in the DVD set.

The first of the two commentaries available directly on the disc, was recorded for episode 6, Return to Sender, and features actors Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Lauren Velez and Erik King. The group shares great chemistry on the show, and that translates into a jazzy commentary, that focuses more on episode musings and humor, rather than thorough behind-the-scenes info.

The more structured commentary comes from producers Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips and Daniel Cerrone. They offer their thoughts on the season finale Born Free, as well as analyze the entire season’s progression, and the show’s relationship to the novel.

BD-Live features include The Academy of Blood: A Killer Course, Witnessed in Blood-A True Murder Investigation, and a cool Michael C. Hall Podcast, along with the first two episodes of the upcoming Showtime series United States of Tara.

Dexter: The Complete First Season is a three-disc set presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby True HD and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital.

DVD disc breakdown:

Disc One:

  • Dexter
  • Crocodile
  • Popping Cherry
  • Let’s Give The Boy A Hand

Disc Two:   

  • Love American Style
  • Return To Sender
    –  Special Feature: Audio Commentary with Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Lauren Vélez and Erik King
  • Circle Of Friends
  • Shrink Wrap

Disc Three:    

  • Father Knows Best
  • Seeing Red
  • Truth Be Told
  • Born Free
    – Special Feature: Audio Commentary with Producers Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips and Daniel Cerone

BD-Live Special Features:

  • The Academy Of Blood – A Killer Course
  • Witnessed In Blood – A True Murder Investigation
  • Michael C. Hall Podcast
  • First Episode of Dexter, Season 3
  • First two episodes of United States of Tara



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