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"Dexter Season 6" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

With the Trinity killer in the distant past, Dexter seems to have returned to normal.  His Dark Passenger is alive and well as he hunts the most evil and dangerous killers to satisfy his own demons.  When his sister Deb becomes Miami Metro’s youngest Lieutenant, a new killer surfaces called Doomsday.  He and his young partner reenact scenes from the Book of Revelation as innocent victims meet their end in gruesome ways.  Dexter has his hands full with this new threat, single parenthood and his sister on the verge of meltdown.  He manages to make a new friend though, a reformed murderer named Brother Sam.  How will he manage to survive?  All we can do is watch and see!

Specifications

  • Showtime
  • 2011, Color, Not Rated, 10 Hrs 18 min (12 episodes)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring:  Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C. S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I’ve always considered any show that can stay fresh and interesting past five seasons to be a rare gem.  Dexter is one of those shows.  It’s managed to stick with a tried-and-true formula and yet never become boring or predictable.  The ensemble cast is superb as always; providing a perfect balance of comedy and drama.  Michael C. Hall is one of the finest actors working today and Dexter is a perfect vehicle for his talents.  Jennifer Carpenter as Deb finds new and clever profanities to utter.  If the public could stand it, her quotes would be a great basis for a line of t-shirts.  Production quality is outstanding as well.  The depiction of Miami, sights and sounds, is spot-on.  As with previous seasons, this is strictly adult fare.  It’s never over-the-top but parents will want to watch after the kids are in bed.

Technical

The image is sharp and colorful just as in the previous five seasons.  Miami is portrayed with deep rich hues, fine detail and excellent contrast.  Close-up shots of actors’ faces are on par with any modern movie.  My only negative is the sometimes variable contrast levels in dark scenes.  The different cameras show noticeably different black levels ranging from a nice deep tone to a washed-out look that never dips below gray.  This also serves to enhance grain to a distracting level.  Fortunately it isn’t frequent in the presentation but it keeps an otherwise excellent transfer from achieving reference level.

The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is superb with a wide sound stage, excellent detail and clarity and some of the best music I’ve ever heard on TV.  Dialog is forward but never overblown.  Surrounds are little-used but I didn’t really miss them given the content.  The music is more of the hip and modern Salsa and Latin that we’ve heard in previous seasons.  It really adds to the flavor of Miami.  Bravo!

Extras

All bonus features are accessed through BD-Live and include interviews with all the principal actors and two episodes each of Californication, House of Lies and The Borgias.  The interface is cumbersome and slow to respond; typical of BD-Live content.