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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 dare 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 on of his blood samples, when evidence of his past handiwork surfaces and the authorities go on the hunt for 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 ($40) comes to DVD in a four-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 has made has made has made all of the episodes that comprise DEXTER: THE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that feature the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. DEXTER is a fairly terrific looking series that is generally well represented on DVD. The image is usually sharp and produces an excellent level of SD detail. Colors are nicely saturated, plus the flesh tones come across in an attractive fashion. Blacks are deep, and the whites are clean. Contrast is beyond your average television production, plus the dark scenes exhibit better than average shadow detail. The episodes generally appear very clean; blemishes are non-existent, while is grain minimal. Digital compression artifacts are not a problem.

All of the episodes that comprise DEXTER: THE SECOND SEASON have been released on DVD with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. A lot of DEXTER is on the talky side, but the outlying channels are utilized effectively to deploy active effects when necessary. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant, but the usual complement of ambient sounds and musical fill finds its way to the rear. Fidelity is quite good for a television production. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. An English Dolby Surround, plus a Spanish language track are also been provided, although no subtitles have been included.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as two Bonus Episodes from the series BROTHERHOOD, a Photo Gallery and Cast Biographies.

DEXTER isn’t your run of the mill police procedural, its far more intense and entertaining than that. The DVD presentation is a definite winner. Recommended.



Dexter - The Complete Second Season



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