Dexter: The Third Season (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy --> Dark / Drama / Thriller
Paramount || NR - 629 minutes - $57.99 || August 18, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-11


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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 "Darkly Dreaming Dexter"); James Manos Jr. (developed by)
Cast:


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • BD-Live


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

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.::THE FILM::.

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.

This third season of “Dexter” ups the ante for our favorite code-following serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall). After a killer dance with ‘The Ice Truck Killer’ in season one – discovering it was his brother – and surviving an investigation that would expose his killer ways lead by a tenacious FBI Agent (Keith Carradine), this third season Dexter gets a new best friend from an unlikely place and unlikely way: Miami’s high-powered A.D.A., Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits). And of course, no “Dexter” season would be complete without another serial killer with his own code and eyes on Mr. Morgan as well...

“Dexter” season three is on par or even slightly above season two if only because of a more interesting dynamic between Dexter and Prado combined with a step up in Dexter and Rita’s relationship thanks to a little... well, I won’t spoil it for those who have not seen the season yet (though the promotion for season four did give it away). I enjoyed the season because the drama is still compelling and the comedy still sharp and witty.

What I enjoy about this series from season to season is it manages to avoid stagnation and advance these characters in an interesting and non-preposterous way despite the subject matter. Each season keeps the Dexter character on his toes and will not allow him to just settle down with his wife and work at his job during the day and fulfill his serial killing ways at night (with proper prep beforehand).

“Dexter: The Third Season” is compelling television and even blows past – although only three years in – HBO’s “The Sopranos” or “Entourage” (not too hard there, even though I love that show), and for anyone who still has not watched it, do it now, you will not be sorry. Heck, you can even start with this season as the first episode nicely recaps the previous two seasons for newcomers.

If you want to know my thoughts on the other two seasons, you can read my reviews of Dexter: The First Season (Blu-ray) and Dexter: The Second Season (Blu-ray).

EPISODE LISTING
01. Our Father
02. Finding Freebo
03. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
04. All in the Family
05. Turning Biminese
06. Si Se Puede
07. Easy as Pie
08. The Damage a Man Can Do
09. About Last Night
10. Go Your Own Way
11. I Had a Dream
12. Do You Take Dexter Morgan?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Nothing new here, maybe even worse than the other two seasons. Except now ALL of the features are only available via BD-Live and as of this writing, were not available for viewing (will go live on release day, 8/18/09).

Here is what the back cover lists: DEXTER BY DESIGN Book Excerpts; the first two episodes of “United States of Tara”, season 1 and “The Tudors”, season 3; and Interviews with the cast (Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Yelez and David Zayas).

With such a fantastic series, it’s a damn shame Paramount couldn’t put more effort into these season sets. I mean, even “CSI: Miami” gets more attention than this...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is basically the same kind of transfer as seasons one and two between the bright Miami colors (neon at night), decent black levels and overall details on foreground objects or persons looking very nice. The show is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition on three 25GB Blu-ray discs.

The Dolby TrueHD is very nice, if not a little average by comparison with other TV shows on Blu-ray. But dialogue is very clear and the great music (including the incredible “Blood Theme”) sound nice through the five channels with the front and front speakers getting the most use.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite the fact that CBS/Paramount has once again given one of the better television shows on today the shaft in terms of features, I find it hard NOT to recommend this Blu-ray release. “Dexter” is a show that, although only in its third season, still is fresh and the stories from episode to episode still manages a great mixture of drama, thrills and dark comedy.