Dexter: The Second Season (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery
Paramount, Showtime || NR - 636 minutes - $59.99 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Jeff Lindsay (novel); James Manos Jr. (developed by)
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Christina Robinson, Jennifer Carpenter, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, Erik King, Keith Carradine


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Bonus Episodes - United States of Tara
  • Podcasts
  • Webisodes Series
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

“Am I a good person doing ‘bad’ things? Or a bad person doing ‘good’ things?”

PLOT (season one, for those not familiar with the show): Dexter Morgan is a man with no conscience. Raised by a foster family after his mother was killed, Dexter’s foster father discovers that his son has urges to kill and has no real human emotions. So, his father teaches him some morality... to killing. To only kill those who deserve it, those who have broken the law – murderers, rapists... the scum of the earth. Blood expert by day for the Miami Police Department, dark vigilante by night, Dexter feeds his obsession at the point of a knife, though with skill and finesse.

Note: There are some spoilers for season one.

After the events of the first season, Dexter Morgan (Hall), discovering that his brother was the ‘Ice Truck Killer’, has his world shifted upside down, but things only go more screwy in this second season... His girlfriend, Rita (Benz), believing he is a drug addict, makes Dexter get treatment (though Dexter really is getting treatment for his desire to kill) where he meets Lila (Murray), a woman who seems to have an understanding of who Dexter really is.

Meanwhile, at the Miami Dade Police Department, a task force has been set up to capture the man known as the ‘Bay Harbor Butcher’ after Dexter’s watery grave was discovered. Special Agent Frank Lundy (Carradine) is sent from the FBI to oversee the investigation where the noose does get a little tighter to finding Dexter as the killer they are after. If that’s not enough, fellow department colleague, Sergeant James Doakes (King) might also be onto Dexter as he tries every way to find out who he really is... and a cat and mouse game begins between the two of them.

And there’s still Dexter’s relationship with the loan connection to his past, his sister, Debra, also with the Miami Police Department.

“Dexter: The Second Season” doesn’t just go through the motions, and instead takes the Dexter character further. This season finds the character in chaos which he does not like one bit as he is not in charge. With an investigation that could lead to him being the ‘Bay Harbor Killer’, he tries to reestablish what his father taught him, but when you have a hot woman with psychological issues, even for Dexter, a rocky relationship with his girlfriend and a sister with her own problems (and also hunting for a killer), Dexter finds it difficult to find his groove again.

When I first started watching the first season of “Dexter”, I was fully enamored with it. The character is unique, funny and horrific all at the same time. Actor Michael C. Hall portrays the part so great and pitch perfect while the supporting cast, including the lovely Jennifer Carpenter as his sis, propelled the series to be one of my favorites currently on TV. Add in a fascinating storyline between Dexter as a serial killer and the ‘Ice Truck Killer’, and you have a winning formula.

In its second season, “Dexter”, while not as fascinating as the freshman season, is still a great show headlined by fine performances especially by Michael C. Hall and series newcomer Keith Carradine, whose career was most notably reignited by Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. It’s less of a cat and mouse game between Dexter and Agent Lundy and more of a psychological game inside Dexter’s head more than anything.

When it comes to cable dramas, I don’t consider “Dexter” to be one of the best, but it’s still entertaining as hell and will keep my attention for seasons to come.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

“Dexter: The Second Season” comes in a standard Blu-ray case with 12 episodes split up on 3 discs.

Tools of the Trade is a stupid feature where you pick a variety of weapons from Dexter’s arsenal and once they are in place, you can read about each one. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

All other features are only available via BD-Live so those without a profile 2.0 player (or one not connected to the Internet), you are SOL. Also, all features are presented in SD.

In the “Video Downloads” section, you can select different podcasts from members of the cast and crew. Features: Michael C. Hall (in two-parts), Erik King, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz and Keith Carradine. Each one runs about 4-minutes where they answer various questions about the series or their character. Pretty standard stuff, most (if not all) of which were recorded late in 2007 for what I assume was Showtime’s “Dexter” page.

Blood Fountains is another dumb featurette where several cities around the U.S. (Denver, New York, etc) participate in some sort of water fountain contest (or something). I cannot describe what a big waste of time this was. I couldn’t get an exact time, but I’d say it was only maybe a minute long. While I don’t think it’s available on the DVD, it is probably available online (ditto for the “feature” below).

Dark Defender I guess is some sort of web series kind of like “Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side”.

You also can watch 2 episodes of “United States of Tara”.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Like the first season, “Dexter” season two features a nice looking video transfer (1080p HD) with the occasional noisy background during some of the darker scenes. Also, at times the picture did look soft but, basing off of my memory it is consistent with the show’s style.

The Dolby TrueHD track sounds pretty good, especially when it comes to Daniel Licht’s amazingly creepy and original score. But most of the show is dialogue driven so the center speaker gets the most use while other channels are for ambient noise or the score.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite the lame a** features, I find it hard NOT to recommend this season set. “Dexter” is a crude and smart show with a splash of dark humor that will captivate you from beginning to end. This Blu-ray release is pretty good and even though they could’ve added more features, it is worth paying the premium added cost over its DVD counterpart.