Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2011


"Dexter Season 5" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle



Season 5 of Dexter picks up right where Season 4 left off with the murder of Dexter’s wife Rita.  Dealing with tremendous guilt at his mis-handling of the Trinity killer, Dexter is suddenly a single father with a new son and Rita’s two kids to raise.  His need to kill quickly takes over though as he seeks out a new victim.  Unfortunately, a mysterious woman appears at the scene of his latest murder and catches him in the act.  Dexter must keep her under wraps while he figures out the situation.  It turns out she was the captive of a group of serial rapists and is solely bent on revenge for the crimes committed against her and 12 other women.  The police latch on to the case as well and Dexter has his hands full staying one step ahead of his colleagues in Miami Metro as he helps Lumen (Julia Stiles) eliminate her attackers one-by-one.


  • Showtime
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 10 Hr 18 min (12 Episodes)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English, Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes


I always look forward to the release of the latest season of Dexter each summer.  I don’t subscribe to Showtime so I have to wait for the discs.  I usually manage to knock the whole season out in a week, it’s that addictive.  Each season so far has been brilliant and engaging and Season 5 is every bit as good as its predecessors.  As always, Michael C. Hall’s performance is superlative.  Even though his supporting cast is excellent, he still steals the show with his amazing projection of mood and intent.  There are few finer actors working today, in my opinion.  The storyline is unique as well with a perfect balance of suspense, action and comedy.  Even though this is adult fare, the sex and violence are used sparingly.  It’s not nearly as over-the-top as True Blood for example.  Still, you’ll want to watch after the kids are in bed.


Image quality has taken a turn for the better with a more natural color palette than previous seasons.  Dark material has lost the graininess I was accustomed too with deep rich blacks and excellent shadow detail.  Contrast is never over-blown and detail is among the best TV has to offer.  If I were to compare Dexter only to other TV shows, it would rate five stars for video.

The lossless TrueHD soundtrack is finely detailed with an ideal dynamic range for watching in the living room.  Dialog is always clear and properly balanced with ambient sounds and music.  The sub and surrounds are used sparingly but there isn’t much material that demands killer sound the way, say, a super-hero flick might.  The score, once again penned by Daniel Licht, retains the upbeat Latin flavor that fits the scenery and the characters so well.


Bonus features include interviews with all principal actors including Julia Stiles who makes a season-long guest appearance as Lumen Pierce, Dexter’s mysterious sidekick.  Also included are preview episodes for other Showtime series’.