55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A loveable serial killer!
Firstly a bit of advice - if you buy the big boxset it is quite pricey. I would recommend buying them individually (if it works out cheaper) or trying the first season or try and catch one online to see if you like it.
(UPDATE!! - 12/12/11. Just noticed it's at 49.99 at the moment and if it stays at this, get the whole thing as that is a bargain price!)...
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Miss S. Hocking
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show..... shame about the DVDs.
I think there is little doubt that Dexter is an excellent TV series. If you click the one star reviews you will see that there is some concern over the quality of the discs in this package. I am afraid that I will now have to add to the complaints in this regard. I received the box set last month as a Xmas gift, sadly season 2 disc 1 froze about half way through with...
Published 10 months ago by Kenee
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A loveable serial killer!,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)Firstly a bit of advice - if you buy the big boxset it is quite pricey. I would recommend buying them individually (if it works out cheaper) or trying the first season or try and catch one online to see if you like it.
(UPDATE!! - 12/12/11. Just noticed it's at 49.99 at the moment and if it stays at this, get the whole thing as that is a bargain price!)
(SECOND UPDATE! - AT £28, this is an absolute steal! Get it now!)
Before I'd watched 'Dexter' for the first time, I had the difficulty with the concept of it. I've always disagreed with an eye for an eye and even though I knew Dexter only killed 'bad' people that had killed others, I thought it sounded too weird to enjoy as a programme, let alone for 5+ seasons.
I don't know what I was thinking! 'Dexter' is absolutely incredible. It is by far the best thing I have seen on television in a long time. As I've mentioned above the show follows Dexter as a 'loveable' serial killer who has a 'dark passenger': his urge/need to kill. He is also a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police department which seriously makes for brilliant viewing. Each season is normally dedicated to a particular 'case' for the police department and there are numerous kills for Dexter that go alongside this but each episode keeps you gripped and often guessing.
There are some amazing characters and you follow Dexter's sister Deb throughout and his growing relationship with Rita from the first episode as he tries to balance his dark passenger with leading a normal life. You also follow the lives of the other Detectives in the Miami Met and their sub plots which just makes every episode interesting. Keep watching for a part played by John Lithgow in Season 4 - it is sheer genius.
I'm trying to get you to watch this and give it a go as I know without the push from a friend, I would never have tried it and now I am addicted. I'm currently eagerly awaiting Season 6 and I wish I were in your shoes about to start from the beginning. (UPDATE - Season 6 is incredible with some amazing plot twists and an ending that will blow your mind! - it's still far cheaper to buy this box set and then season 6 separately though!)
Surprisingly, Dexter really is loveable and he's got a great dry sense of humour which makes Dexter really quite funny at times. 'Dexter' is entertaining, tense, scary at times, even moving too. It has brilliantly written storylines played by superb characters - I just cannot fault it! Absolutely compelling viewing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Initially disturbing but keep watching,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)The first episode I watched I was wondering why on earth I bought such a sick thing and how any tv channel could possibly have commissioned such despicable rubbish.
I am very glad I persisted through the next few episodes,initially only because I hated the thought that I had wasted so much money on a box set just to watch a few episodes.
As you are introduced to Dexter and his family and past you get to know the reason behind his actions.
Dexter is a man who, traumatised by witnessing his mother's gruesome murder as a toddler has a fascination with death and killing as a child. This is demonstrated by a boy who is also almost autistic in his inability to interact socially, to feel or express normal emotion. His adopted father (the policeman who rescued him) recognises this and that things will escalate from animals to people if something isn't done. He teaches Dexter that if he doesn't feel something naturally he must pretend, and act like he is normal to get on in society. More than this, if he must kill the desire must be controlled, this is initially done by hunting animals, but when this fails to control adolescent Dexter the avenues of "acceptable" killing pursuits is extended to indlude the very worst murderers, rapists and paedophiles that the policeman knows exist. While he doesn't aid Dexter he teaches Dexter howto make absolutely sure of the guilt of the criminal and to prepare meticulously so he is not caught.
Many years later (although shown concurrently in the series) Dexter is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police dept, and through his work hears about, and often is involved in, the investigation of the most horrific murders. Those that escape justice are Dexter's to chase, often escaping the law though Dexter's own actions in hiding evidence to allow him to mete out his own justice. He shows his autistic spectrum mannerisms in his meticulous obsessive and focussed planning of the capture of these criminals and presentation of their evil deeds/photos of victims given when they are under his control. He then tests the criminal's guilt gathering a confession in most cases.
He then brutally kills the criminal victims.
The series documents both his own serial killer career and the often closely related big cases being investigated by the police dept, as well as a confusing social/family life Dexter contructs which he initially sees as a camoflage but he and the viewer begin to see him in a different light.
The initial feeling of disturbance at his actions changes as you watch, especially as the past crimes of his 'victims' are shown.
While the stringing up of murderers and paedophiles is something that in my experienceoften gets "wished" by the general population ... the "If I could have 15 minutes with that pervert I'd cut off his ___ and make him wish he was never born" type of comments people make after hearing what a criminal has done... words rarely result in any action whatsoever. Dexter represents the violent and vengeful part of any supposedly "normal" person who feels retribution must be meted out.
The fact that you (on seeing how awful these criminals are and after building empathy and understanding with Dexter's character) end up rooting for Dexter to be succesful, worrying for him when things go wrong could be seen from the outside as quite disturbed in itself, but I think anyone who gives this series enough of a chance to get through the first few episodes will see what I mean.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, nice boxset,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)After I finished the first season of Dexter, I immediately decided to buy this boxset. The series is amazing (the second season turned out to be even better than the first one) and while the boxset isn't spectacular, it does what it promises: contain all the five seasons. As you can see on my photos, every season is divided over two DVD slipcases (apart from season 2, which has three slipcases). This boxset provides much bang for your buck.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)I was due to have my tonsils out a few weeks ago and had heard good things from a few friends about Dexter so I thought this would be a good way to pass the time while I recovered. Unfortunately the operation was cancelled but I pressed ahead anyway and got through all 5 seasons in somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks. It all seems a bit of a blur looking back on it but I was glued to the box set, always thinking there was time for 1 or two more episodes to find out what happened to Dexter and whether he'd get caught. Each series concentrates on a different problem/person for Dexter to overcome whilst moving forward on other aspects of his story so it doesn't get stale and repetitive. You really find yourself routing for his character and willing him on, hoping he doesn't get caught, etc and there are some rather convenient solutions to problems he faces which don't require him to break the code of Harry, but it is a great show and this boxed set is good value for money. I would highly recommend it to someone with some time on their hands, but beware you will get addicted and find yourself still awake at 3am wondering where the time went and whether you can get in one more episode before going to bed!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)Though Dexter is not something I would usually watch, I decided to give it a go based on the hype surrounding it. I am so glad I did! I still can't put my finger on what exactly I like about it - I don't feel a strong connection with any of the characters, for example - but I can't stop watching the damn thing!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta getta Dexter!,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)I held off from viewing Dexter when it was first broadcast as I thought it might be a bit "heavy" or even depressing.
A while ago I came across the series on NetFlix and decided to give it a look.
THAT WAS A BAD IDEA.
BECAUSE I AM NOW ADDICTED TO THE SHOW.
I couldn't bear to watch it in the lower quality streams and NF only have 3 series available, so I bought this boxset!
Now my wife and I are hooked on Dexter and his associates.
***** NOT SUITABLE FOR KIDS *****
There are some pretty explicit sex scenes and equally explicit language used in Dexter.
And that is above and beyond the gruseome nature of the subject matter.
With that in mind, adults can enjoy a witty, funny, touching, exciting, fascinating show about a police forensics specialist who just happens to be a serial killer.
It's a bit like CSI meets Hannibal Lechter!
An excellent cast, led by Michael C. Hall, will have you sacrificing sleep to view the next episode, and the next,and the next...
I am so happy with this purchase that I have already ordered Series 6 and have signed up to be notified when Series 7 becomes available. (soon, please!)
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever!,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)Would thoroughly recommend Dexter to everyone. Was entrathled from start to finish. Slick production, excellently acted with a fantastic script, Dexter will appeal to those who love a good cop drama, combined with some gruesome murders and a helping of pyscho analysis. Micheal C. Hall plays an absolute blinder and somehow manages to twist our morals about serial killers to such an extent that you will not only like his character but you will be begging for him to remain at large. How sick is that? Get it watched ASAP if not sooner!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)I do not watch much tv but i found Dexter to be a very good watch. Other tv series i have liked include the shield and i am currently enjoying boardwalk empire.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift.,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)Bought as a gift,have been told it is great.can assure you I would deal again with the dealer thank you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it,
This review is from: Dexter - Seasons 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)I'm really enjoying this show and I'll be putting the next couple of seasons on my Christmas list. Let's hope santa is good to me. :-)
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