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  • Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CYECF4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,979 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Starring Golden Globe® winner Michael C. Hall, the fifth season finds Dexter going from happily married husband to guilt-ridden single dad as he struggles to atone for the death of his wife, Rita.  But when his dark secret is discovered by a woman seeking revenge against those who brutalized her, he finds a kindred spirit who may finally save—or destroy—him. Julie Stiles joins the cast for the enthralling fifth season, which also features appearances by Peter Weller, Jonny Lee Miller, Shawn Hatosy, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Katherine Moennig and Scott Grimes.

Dexter received multiple 2011 Golden Globe® nominations, including Best Television Series—Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama (Michael C. Hall) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series (Julia Stiles). The fifth season also received SAG Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a male Actor in a Drama Series (Michael C. Hall) and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.


My Bad
Hello Bandit
Practically Perfect
Beauty and the Beast
First Blood
Everything is Illuminated
Circle Us
Take It!
Teenage Wasteland
In the Beginning
Hop a Freighter
The Big One

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Dexter: The Complete Fifth Season DVD is presented in Widescreen with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Surround, French 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Mono. 


Given the jaw-dropping highs of season four of Dexter, which ended with one of the best finales of a TV show in recent memories, it’s somewhat inevitable that expectations would be set unreasonably high for season five of the show. And certainly, if you’re looking for the kind of rug pulls and sheer tension of season four, then you might conclude that season five falls just a teeny bit short.

But only just. For the creative team behind Dexter are no fools, and with season five, they’ve taken their show about a serial killer who just happens to be on the police payroll to some continually interesting places.

The masterstroke with regards season five of the show is the introduction of a new character. In this case, it’s Lumen Pierce, playing by the terrific Julia Stiles. Unsurprisingly, Stiles attracted awards-attention for her work here, and it’s her character who witnesses the actions of Dexter, and the ramifications unfold from there.

It’s still Michael C Hall’s amazing portrayal of Dexter Morgan that grounds the show, though, and he combines likeability and menace with worrying skill. It’s this combination that makes Dexter such a wonderfully tricky show to watch at times, and also adds an unpredictability that helps make this one of the best dramas on television.

Dexter season five wisely tries not to be better than season four, rather different, and it’s a strategic choice that pays off handsomely. It also leaves things in an interesting place for season six, and for the further adventures of television’s most compelling serial killer. In this case, that has to be a good thing. --Jon Foster

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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By M. Hepworth on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Dexter Morgan is a police forensics expert, family man, and serial killer. Luckily he confines his murderous instincts to those criminals who have avoided justice, and he avoids capture by rigorously following rules laid down by his adoptive father, a policeman who realised Dexter was "different". The show never flinches away from the ugly truth, that Dexter is a sociopathic murderer who just happens to prey on bad people. He's always one mistake away from being a monster, and he knows it.

It's probably fair to say that season four of Dexter was a triumph, with an excellent plotline and a truly shocking ending. The challenge for season five was how to follow that. The first episode opens minutes after the shocking finale of season four. Dexter had spent much of that season trying to see a way to combine a family life with his murderous impulses, and thought he had managed to deal with the threat of the Trinity killer and find a way forward. However, the last scene of the series destroyed all that, and now he has to try and deal with the consequences.

Some of the smaller problems are that Detective Quinn becomes suspicious of Dexter and hires someone to investigate him, and that Dexter's precarious relationship with his step-children is wrecked. However, the main plot sees Dexter find someone he might be able to share his issues with properly, and is a decent attempt to follow season four without copying it. The new characters, and the murderous plot surrounding them, are good, and the casting is excellent. Nothing meets the heights of the Ice Truck Killer or Trinity, but it's a worthy addition to the show. However, whereas Trinity's psyche was explored fully last season, the new main threat finishes the season without their mindset really being explained.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sladder on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
Not been moved to review before, but all the Dexter series have been excellent (my personal ranking - 5,1,4,3,2). However, whilst i agree that the season started slowly, I thought the final episode one of the finest and most moving pieces of television I have seen in a long time. I thought I was going to be disappointed when I realised Dexter was going to "team up" with someone else - how could that work? Work it did and how? Julia Stiles was brilliant as was Johnny Lee Miller - love the understated menace. Peter Weller was inspired casting...he does grubby like no one else. Niggles..yeah, I have some:
I have to agree with an earlier reviewer - when did Quinn get a part time job as a male model?
Would have been good to understand what pushed Quinn and Deborah together? ( male model looks I guess)
There's plot holes you could drive a car through, but aren't there always and we love it just the same.
Wish I'd waited for the DVD so I didn't get stuck with those bl**dy adverts for deodorant every 12mins watching on FX
I'm not getting enough sleep as I invariably have to watch the Sky+ recording at about 6am on Saturday or Sunday morning!

Brilliant acting, bloody, tense, great characters and, to top it all, my first grandson is due in November...and what are his non-Dexter watching parents to name him?..........................Harrison! I'm putting a lock on the knife drawer!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2012
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An excellent season, arguably the best yet - so many of the established cast evolving in sometimes surprising directions. Major tragedy has left Dexter reeling. How to adjust? He realizes only by continuing his quest to remove villains can his life again have meaning - he before long back on his cabin cruiser ("Slice of Life"!), dumping overboard more dismembered victims....

12 50 minute episodes, all superbly crafted and abounding with sly humour, discovery so often seeming inevitable. Outstanding examples? Ep.6 with its black comedy and audacious climax. The final showdown, problems ever mounting - viewers perhaps dreading the season may end as it began - with an appalling loss.

A splendid addition to the fine cast is Lumen, whose tortured past triggers major developments. Dexter's dead dad is still around to advise. Debra, expletives disconcerting, has become protective of her now more vulnerable brother. Dexter's other family relationships come over well - scenes with stepdaughter and stepson occasionally very moving. A particular delight is baby son Harrison, who hopefully has not inherited tendences.

As ever there are the villains, overdue for despatching - it a guilty pleasure to see them at last get their comeuppance.

The bonuses are all interesting (especially how the sounds are added), but the "20 Questions" feature proved fiddly to operate.

On many levels this is a season to applaud, a worthy addition to a remarkable series. Greatest accolade has to be reserved for Michael C. Hall. Really Dexter Morgan should not invite sympathy, he a psychotic killer and all that, but Hall's sensitive portrayal ensures most of us are with him all the way. Great.
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By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2015
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i seem to be watching a series in a day and a half now , is that normal? probably not but hey this is tv like little else. This is darker than burnt toast, more intelligent than a book co written by einstein and hawkings and edgier than a sword swirling through the air. This is world class. Season 4 ended with real horror, dexter would be a single dad, he would walk on this earth as the main influence to his new born son and could he work with ritas two children of her own.
This series follows a group of serial rapists who kill and record it all and are nastier than a month old sandwich. Dexter meets lumen played brilliantly by julia stiles who wants to kill after escaping from the gangs clutches, can dexter drop his mask and let her in to play. We are also introduced to Johnny lee miller with a decent american accent. The former trainspotting star plays a man who tries to improve people through his books and cds of self improvement but at his core is real evil. Dexter has other issues. Quinn is suspicious of him now and brings in corrupt cop peter weller who was murphy in robocop to look at dexter in a deeper way. Does that sound good enough for you, well if you arent sure, expect drama, humour and blood , so much blood that you could go blind. This is world class realised.
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