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Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD]

Michael C. Hall , Julie Benz    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, Lauren Velez
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Finnish, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014J89JA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,527 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An interesting and original idea that's very skillfully executed, Dexter is never less than watchable, often quite compelling and sometimes thoroughly riveting. As the 12 episodes from the show's first season reveal, it's also the epitome of "high concept," a kind of Silence of the Lambs for the C.S.I. generation. Creator-executive producer James Manos Jr.'s title character, one Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under renown), works for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter analyst, visiting crime scenes and helping figure out what happened. He has an avocation, too: during his off hours, he tracks down some very, very bad people who for various reasons have eluded the proper authorities. Seems his adoptive father, a cop himself, taught the kid how to channel his dark side in a 'positive' direction and so, having captured these evil doers (including a child molester-murderer and a recidivist drunk driver with a trail of bodies in his wake), Dex dispatches them with clinical precision, thus making him a serial killer who snuffs serial killers.

But there's more--much more, as it turns out. By his own description, Dexter is 'a monster,' an empty shell who fakes all human interactions and admits to no real feelings for anything or anyone, including his foster sister (Jennifer Carter) and his nominal girlfriend (Julie Benz), a former crack addict and battered spouse who's as uninterested in sex as he is. There's an explanation for Dexter's weirdness, of course, one so deep and traumatic that even he isn't aware of it. It's gradually revealed over the course of the season as he and the cops (who include Erik King, Lauren Velez, and David Zayas, all first-rate) track down the so-called 'Ice Truck Killer,' a fellow monster whose grisly m.o. both fascinates and taunts our hero, leading to a genuinely shocking and squirm-inducing finale. Dexter can be a bit arch, with an ironic, too-hip-for-the-room tone that get a little old. Still, it's a safe bet that anyone who views this first season will be salivating for the second. --Sam Graham

Product Description

The Emmy award-winning and Golden Globe nominated TV series Dexter is based on the story of Dexter Morgan. Orphaned at the age of four and harbouring a traumatic secret, Dexter (played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Michael C. Hall of Six Feet Under fame) is adopted by a police officer who recognises Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way – working for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter analyst, visiting crime scenes and helping to solve murders. However, during out of hours (and with the support of his father), Dexter focuses on capturing the heinous perpetrators (including a child molesting-murderer and a drunk driver with a trail of bodies in his wake), and dispatches them with clinical precision, thus making him a serial killer who murders serial killers. By his own admission, Dexter is "a monster", an empty shell who fakes all human interactions and admits to no real feelings for anything or anyone, including his foster sister (Jennifer Carpenter, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) and his nominal girlfriend (Julie Benz, Rambo), a former crack addict and battered spouse who's as disinterested in sex as he is. There's an explanation for Dexter's weirdness, of course, one so deep and traumatic that even he isn't aware of it. It's gradually revealed over the course of the season as he and the cops track down another fellow monster whose grisly motives both fascinate and taunt our hero, leading to a genuinely shocking and squirm-inducing finale. This box set features all 12 episodes from the show's first season. Extras include audio commentary on two episodes, a featurette about real-life blood spatter analysis, and a variety of DVD-ROM items.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm a very neat monster." 4 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
Here we go again. Another CSI clone. Haven't we seen this all before? Well actually, not quite. There is nothing quite like Dexter.

Dexter Morgan (played by the outstanding Michael C. Hall) is a blood splatter analyst. Dexter is also a serial killer, or occasional killer, who kills the criminals who escape justic by administering some of his own.

Dexter was a troubled boy, adopted as a toddler and gaining a sister, (played by the fiery Jennifer Carpenter) with whom he now works along side, and brought up by an honest cop, who realised that Dexter was no ordinary thinking boy. Using knowledge and techniques shown to him by his father, Dexter has forged a 'career' as a very tidy and neat monster, as well as being a brilliant forensic analyst.

When attending a crime scene in sunny Miami, Dexter is shocked to be told that there is no blood for him to examine here. With surgical precision, a body has been dismembered and almost presented perfectly, waiting to be discovered. Neatly wrapped body parts leave Dexter with a challenge - to improve his own killing technique and to find the one who becomes known as 'The Ice Truck Killer'.

There are many more twists and turns as the story unfolds and we discover much more about Dexter, and that he is an emotionless character much of the time, and very quiet, almost to the point of becoming an outcast and occasionally exploding in a crescendo of violence. Despite the madness and murder, Dexter has gained respect from most of his collegues whilst hiding the fact that he has a murderous evening and weekend job. Of course there is dark humour to lift the mood slightly, only before letting the viewer plunge back into the hellish psyche of the Miami serial killer division.

Dexter is a meticulously crafted modern television masterpiece, eclipsing our very own 'Waking The Dead' and leaving a bitter sweet taste in the mouth that leaves you wanting so much more.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV Series. 16 April 2009
Format:DVD
I had heard of Dexter when it was shown on FX on Sky and was wondering if they would have it on normal tv which they did on ITV 1. But due to really late times at night, I fell asleep during many of the epsodies which really annoyed me. So on my birthday, I went to get it and had finally finished it last night savouring every single one. Dexter is a serial killer with a heart, caring for his foul-mouthed but sweet foster sister and being the boyfriend of a beaten woman with two kids that he really adores. But behind the scenes, he kills only the bad people and tries to be semi normal around Doakes who is very suspious of him. With a shocking serial killer called The Ice Truck Killer, Dexter dosent' realise that this person is going to be hugely involved in his life and everything that he holds dear could be in total danger. It's excellent, twisted, shocking at times, gory, sexy and just good fun. Every epsoide has some dark laughs and brilliant pefomances from the stars inculding Michael C Hall who was outstanding in Six Feet Under. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a series with twists and turns only to be warned that it's qutie gory and you may eat a lot because he surely does! A perfect buy.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hooked 27 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Read the book before watching the series and for once, the T.V. version is much better.Dexter is a complicated character played with great panache by Michael C Hall who really brings the character to life on the screen. - The fact that he's "easy on the eye" is an added bonus! While the viewer knows that Dexter is basically a murdering vigilante and what he does is against the law one can't but help liking him and even empathising with his way of thinking and actions.The use of voiceover from Dexter gives the viewer further insights into his character and way of thinking. The cast of secondary characters are also interesting and several story lines weave their way through this excellent series.From the extremely imaginative opening credits - totally in keeping with the flavour of the show - I was completely hooked on this series from the very first episode and can't wait to see how Dexter develops in series 2, currently being shown on T.V. here in the U.K.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series, Can't wait for Season 2! 13 May 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Myself and my husband were completely gripped by this, from the word go! It's unlike anything else on TV at the moment, and I know some people compare it to CSI, but I personally think it's a million times better than that due to it's unique characters and storylines. Ordered Season 2, can't wait to see what happens next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 1 Aug 2010
By Mark H
Format:DVD
Incredible series with plenty of intrigue, blood and twists and turns. Already purchased the next series in anticipation - Dexters Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 2 July 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This series is highly addictive. The cinematography is excellent. I've only reached programme 6 - and I can't wait to see the rest ... AND I've got two other series to look forward to. Its been a salvation for the World Cup.
It does not fail to leave me with an uneasy feeling for the whole day afterwards. Even the introduction gets me feeling all queasy. This is not an advertisement for the Miami tourist board.

If your fed up of the same-old crime series' on TV, give this a try. Its certainly different ! You wont be disappointed. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter 27 April 2009
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For me personally `Dexter' was one of those slow burner series that gathers pace. Initially I was pretty ambivalent about it and wasn't too fussed when I watched the next episode, but by the fifth episode I was hooked and I watched the remainder of the series in quick succession. Following a blood spatter forensic analyst (Dexter) who investigate murders by day and carries them out by night, the concept it both original and chilling. Dexter is careful to choose his victims very carefully and only murders those most `deserving' because they have gotten away with heinous crimes of their own. This creates the dichotomy of the series where you are left rooting for the `bad' guy. Michael C Hall is as amazing as ever and his detached portrayal of Dexter's emotions makes you appreciate the latent psychotic aspect of his character that is revealed (and nurtured by his foster father) throughout the series. The series has a common storyline throughout, hunting the ice truck killer, as well as individual stories for each episode where Dexter kills his own victims. Overall the acting is excellent from all involved, apart from the actor who plays Dokes who comes across as overly gung ho and the archetype `macho' cop and the actress who plays Deb, Dexter's sister, who is wooden and has terrible dialogue delivery. The finale is brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat throughout and it had some great twists that were excellent pay off for watching the complete series (no cop outs here!). If you don't mind some violence and loads of blood, but want some excellent acting and plotlines then this is the series for you and I can't wait to buy the second!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Dexter
Great Great show.
Published 11 days ago by capital one
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching!
Disks good quality no problems playing, good series. Now watching series 2...
Published 12 days ago by PAUL A BATES
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not like much American tv
The very start of the legend that is Dexter!! I do not like much American tv, its usually too obvious and dumbed-down, but this is a revelation and should be compulsory viewing!!!
Published 13 days ago by chell howard
3.0 out of 5 stars what can you say?
Great acting but do we really want this? I am torn between saying it is scary entertainment and that it should not be given a certificate for viewing. Read more
Published 19 days ago by catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter. 5 stars
Dexter was brilliant i watched all seasons on netflix and wish the ending, ended abit better than that tbh was really sad and when rita dies, overall though very addicting TV Show... Read more
Published 28 days ago by kiza089
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like anything else I've watched. One for the curious
Superb series. Highly recommended. Good value for the time spent (watching). My comments not just for episode but for the whole series one.
Published 2 months ago by Nissange
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter Season 1
Good delivery and the series is excellent.

I only wish the weather was as good over here!

Well recommended overall.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Mark P. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd review
i love dexter and need to complete the set, they were a pre owned set that cam quickly and in good condition
Published 2 months ago by Marcus godden
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter, Series One
Dexter, Series One, was recommended by a friend - It deals with a Blood Spatter Specialist attached to the Police Dept who is a serial killer, but because of his specialist... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Maureen Fulton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but didn't grab me enough to watch the whole series.
I watched Episode 1 of this series, and found it really interesting, but by the third episode I'd had enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda
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