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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (110 out of 110)

    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
    • The First Two Episodes of United States of Tara

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael C. Hall - Dexter Morgan
    • Julie Benz - Rita Bennett
    • Jennifer Carpenter - Debra Morgan
    • C.S. Lee - Vince Masuka
    • Lauren Vélez - Maria LaGuerta

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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 110 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Smart, Suspenseful, and Thought Provoking


      Dexter is a dark comedy/drama that follows the life of the a serial killer/vigilante, who also happens to work as a blood spatter technician in the Miami Police Dept. Furthermore, Dexter is a sociopath incapable of feeling the range of normal human emotions, particularly love. One might wonder how the audience can embrace a protagonist that kills without sympathy, but I assure you he is extremely likable. However, despite the fact that he is indeed a killer incapable of empathy, he does follow a strict code of honor which was instilled by his father. Throughout the show, Dexter uncovers a range of wicked characters that don't deserve to live, many of whom he methodically disposes of. Along the way, he finds the delicate balance of working in a police department by day, while killing at night. The rest of the cast features a range of colorful characters. His clumsy, foulmouthed sister, Deb (played by Jennifer Carpenter) also works in the police department in the homicide division. They couldn't be more different, yet they seem to compliment each other so well. Doakes, another dectective on the force is a brutish, intense, man....and the only person who seems to know that there just isn't something right about Dexter. His boss, LaGuerta is constantly (although unsuccessfully) trying to get into his pants. The only character that is somewhat boring is Rita, Dexter's damaged girlfriend (played by Julie Benz). However, she is somewhat limited by a formulaic script. This show works largely due to the great dialogue, much of which is simply Dexter's inner monologue that serves as a narrative for viewers. It's both smart and thought provoking. Because Dexter is a sociopath, he views the world in a way that allows us to see the things we take for granted. Simply having the ability to love another person is a luxury he doesn't have. Overall, Dexter is extremely funny, suspenseful, and in a twisted way, a feel good show :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Give Dexter a Hand...and a Foot and a...


      Read the reviews with all the clichés: a cut above the rest, a killer set, blood 101, etc. Dexter is more than that. This Showtime series is an extension of the vigilante-turned-judge and executioner and takes it to a new level. Dexter is fascinated with blood. In flashbacks, we learn that he has had an obsession with blood and death and has restrained the ability to hold back his instinct to kill. His foster father is a cop who recognizes that and doesn't truly discourage him, but helps him control the impulses which Dexter doesn't understand control his life. We always know what is on Dexter's mind. In voiceover (like The Wonder Years) he opens his mind and lets the audience in on his urges and emotions (if he has any of those). All of the characteristics that make us human are missing from his adult life as a blood analyst for a California CSI. His sister is also on the force. She has no idea of her brother's "hobby". Like Monk, Dexter is a little more obsessive-compulsive about his instincts and abilities. And this is where the series finds its target. When Dexter comes across untold cruelty by a killer(s), he kidnaps the murderer and then methodically murders them, bags up the parts and drops them into the ocean. Vengeance is sweet to Dexter and educational too. Before the carefully planned act of destruction is carried out on a killer, he needs to understand them in order to understand himself. Good acting, good writing, the blackhumor of Six Feet Under, and wonderful storytelling are what make this series click. This isn't Dirty Harry or Death Wish or CSI with a twist; it is an entertaining series of a man who understands that what he is doing is wrong, can't control it or speak to anyone about it, with a vacancy sign on his soul where his emotions should be. See Dexter. See Dexter hide souvenir glass slides containing a drop of his victim's blood on it into his air conditioner. He keeps them cold, like himself. Maybe that is why the neighbors of real-life serial killers always tell the news reporters, "He is such a nice guy. We had no idea. He was so quiet and kept to himself." Dexter is the psyche of the anti-hero in today's world of twisted entertainment. A catharsis we all need.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The lovable Serial Killer


      I began watching this series on showtime when it orginally aired last september just on a whim. After the second episode I was completely drawn in. Michael C. Hall does an amazing job of playing Dexter, a cold emotionless Sociopath. It is really hard to talk much about the series without giving spoilers, but it is well worth watching. My girlfriend and I have very different tastes in our television watching and it is nearly impossible to find anything we can both agree on. She likes law and order and I like anything Horror related . This show did the trick for us . It had all the elements of a great crime drama, but with enough elements of a horror movie to keep me entertained. The series stays very near to Jeff Lindsay's book Darkly Dreaming Dexter which is a must read as well. In the first season we are introduced to Dexter and His step sister Deb. Both work for the Miami police Department. Throughout the series we see Dexter struggle with his inablilty to show any true emotions for anyone including his girlfriend Rita. He has to try to fit in to cover his tracks. Dexter Is the good guy serial killer, Killing only those who have somehow escaped Justice, and most tactfully too. But it would appear He has met his match The ice trick killer . On a trail of leads the department is trying to track down this murderer , but they keep hitting speed bumps. Dexter is first obsessed with catching the killer himself. But then slowly becomes entranced with the precision of the Ice Truck killer, and wants to "play with him" . Unfolding many secrets about Dexters Past along the way He begins to wonder if there is a connection between them. The web unfolds and Dexter encounters a new series of struggles... it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to the very end!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Surprisingly faithful adaptation of a great novel


      Dexter is what's great about shows on premium cable: it's as violent and foul-mouthed as it needs to be, but it's not excessive, either. Without the restrictions placed upon network TV, the show has free roam to cover all of the angles of Jeff Lindsay's novel, "Darkly Dreaming Dexter". Michael C. Hall expertly protrays the title character, a Miami blood-splatter expert with a little secret: when the moon is full, Dexter goes out on the town and takes down vicious serial killers. Hall is a perfect cast as Dexter. He's charming, but it's quite believeable to think that he's faking; anyhow, what is acting if not putting on a facade? Having read the book first, I was not the least bit disappointed. Some of the charactes and situations have been changed in order to give them more depth and to add suspense, but the spirit is still fully there. In fact, a lot of the extended or altered characterizations make the characters a lot more interesting. In the novel, a few of them were rather two-dimensional. The ending of the novel has also been rendered correctly, although where in his book Jeff Lindsay hits his readers with surprise at the end, the show goes more with a suspense angle, dragging it out just right to make you question what will happen. I recommend this show to anyone who likes a good cop show OR thriller. It's fun in several good ways. For those who are concerned about the violence, fear not. It's really quite easy to stomach.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dear Dark Dexter


      You can read the 2nd and 3rd Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay while you watch Dexter on DVD, but decide for yourself which order you want to see the first season or read the first book. They are both strong offerings, but I have to say I enjoyed the series better than the book. It's a hard call, because the book is hilariously written, but the season deviates from the book's plot a bit, especially toward the end. Dexter is one of the most innovative ideas for a character I've read/seen in a long time. Highly recommended, but be aware that there is a lot of bad language, graphic violence and people without clothes on in the show, most of it unnecessary. I have always contended that what you don't see is much more powerful than what you do see, and here is no exception. Sometimes I get the impression that a bunch of junior high boys are behind the camera eating doritos and giggling like they're checking out lewd websites together. I don't have to see a naked woman to know she's naked, and I don't have to hear profanity every other sentence to be aware that the themes are gritty.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      I was intrigued by a review I read somewhere, and by the very unusual plot. I bought the first two episodes a couple of years ago and liked them so much, that I purchased the entire first season. As soon as season two came out, I bought that as well. Unfortunately, I was too busy to watch any of it until last weekend when I sat down and watched the first eight episodes in a couple of days. I just finished watching episodes 8 through 12 last night, and now I can't wait to watch season two! I am going to dig in tonight and will probably watch it all by the end of this weekend. I am going to go buy the season three package today because I know I will have an insatiable need to watch it once I finish season two. Michael C. Hall is truly amazing, and someone I now count among my favorite actors. I mean, who would ever expect a show to endear you to a serial killer? Dexter f*#&ing rules!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply AWSOME!


      If your into murder mysteries, thrillers or dark comedies; this is the perfect series for you. Dexter(For the uninitiated) is like Silence of the lambs meets CSI. It follows Dexter Morgan a forensics scientist for the Miami Police department; who just so happens to be a serial killer. Things get hectic when a new serial killer"The Ice-Truck Killer" emerges and begins a cat and mouse game with Dexter. The Ice Truck Killer begins subtly leaving Dexter clues to his clouded past and the series ends with a twist that I can honestly say I never saw coming. The DVD's themselves are ok at best offering 2 commentaries and some behind the scenes work, but overall its a great series so far and an exceptional bargain at $24.99. I just can't recommend this set enough, just buy it already!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      well worth paying for

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      My favorite show in a long time, but it isn't for everyone. You can look on the series subject matter before ever watching a show and decide if it is something you think you could stand watching. If so then give a few shows a shot from season one, more than likely you will know if you want to keep watching all the seasons within the first 3-4 shows. In my opinion the show is well worth paying for, the way many episodes end I am not sure I would be able to last watching it like a normal season on Showtime having to wait a week to see what comes next. With so many shows that I used to enjoy becoming boring and uninspired (I'm looking at you House) this show continues to offer me something each season being better than the last.

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