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 "Dexter- Season 7" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Season 7 picks up right where we left off in Season 6, with Debra's discovery of Dexter's secret life as she witnesses him dispatching the Trinity killer.  Needless to say, her internal conflict machine goes into overload as she struggles with the love she feels for her brother and her duty to uphold the law.  First she tries to rehabilitate him but that experiment quickly fails.  Then she starts to understand his code, why he has to kill, and the value Dexter represents to society as she goes to greater lengths to cover up his activities.  In the meantime, Dexter is pursued by a Ukrainian mobster bent on revenge for the killing of his associate.  Joey Quinn, the eternal screw-up, falls for an exotic dancer and gets in over his head.  Angel contemplates retirement as he buys a restaurant.  And late in the season, a new killer emerges who likes to burn his victims to death.  And let's not forget Dexter's new love interest, serial killer Hannah McKay.  It's a tremendous balancing act for our hero as he wriggles from one impossible situation to the next!

Specifications

  • Showtime
  • 2012, Color, Unrated, 11 Hrs, 11 Mins (12 episodes)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video: 1080p, MPEG-4 AVC
  • Audio: English, Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Every year I anxiously await the new season of Dexter, especially since I don't subscribe to Showtime!  This is without a doubt, one of the best-written, best-acted, and most creative shows on television.  Michael C. Hall is a tremendous actor; it's impossible to imagine anyone playing the part better.  The script is always beautifully crafted with a perfect balance of comedy and drama.  The story line takes you places you don't expect; twists and turns abound as the plot unfolds.  It would be easy for a vehicle like this to become formulaic, but it doesn't.  Yes, there are elements that we see every season; but it always feels fresh and new.  I was very pleased to read that the show was renewed for an eighth season.  Given the subject matter, the violence and sex are handled tastefully but this is TV for adults.  Dexter receives my highest recommendation.

Technical

Filmed in and around Miami, Dexter is always presented in the bold bright colors you would expect to see in that unique city.  This season's transfer is a cut above its predecessors in quality.  The image is noticeably sharper and punchier with perfectly natural color and deep contrast.  There is no evidence of crushing in dark material nor is there any noise or artifacting.  And, thankfully, there is no edge enhancement used.

Audio, courtesy of Dolby TrueHD, is also a bit better than season's past.  Dialog is especially improved with a much more forward presentation than before.  The excellent music returns; kudos to composer Danial Licht for a superb score.  As always, ambient sound effects are what make this show so compelling.  The feeling of immersion is strong with subtle use of surrounds and just the right amount of bottom coming from the sub.

Extras

Aside from an UltraViolet copy of Showtime's new show, Ray Donovan, there are no extras included with this Blu-ray set.  Previous seasons have also been light on bonus features but this time, no attempt was made at all; disappointing.