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Dexter - Season 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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The groundbreaking and critically acclaimed original series from Showtime returns on Blu-rayTM with all 12 thrilling and riveting episodes in Dexter®: The Third Season.
Having faced his darkest demons and eluding the FBI, Dexter has a new take on taking life when a high profile case puts him in the sights of the most powerful and influential D.A. in Miami. Will Dexter's need to do away with those that slip through the cracks finally lead to his undoing? Or will his new friend in the D.A.'s office prove to be all he needs to have his cake and eat it too?
Showtime's breakout hit series Dexter, about a lovable psychopath, a serial killer who targets only the scummiest of the scum, hits its stride in season 3. Dexter Morgan, played with nuance and glee by the outstanding Michael C. Hall, begins the season somewhat chastened by the events of the previous season--where whiffs of his secret life became known to others and he was nearly found out. "I need to find out what it's like just to be normal. If that's something that's even possible for me," he muses, as he tries to settle in to domestic life with girlfriend Rita (the baby-voiced Julie Benz) and her kids.
Yet Dexter is soon back to his compulsion for seeking out criminals who've somehow escaped traditional justice. Hall, one of TV's most talented actors, manages to make Dexter's off-kilter moral compass totally believable, if not quite sympathetic. The rest of the cast is stellar, including Dex's sister, Debra, played by Jennifer Carpenter as the seemingly more combustible Morgan--a hot-tempered Miami detective in the same division where Dexter toils in the background as a blood-spatter specialist. Deb wears her heart on her sleeve, as a cop and a sister, and her deep love for her brother is a key part of what makes Dexter so human. (And Carpenter's chemistry with Hall is amped by the fact that in real life, the actors are married.)
Season 3's breakout guest star is the amazing Jimmy Smits, who plays District Attorney Miguel Prado, a polished pillar of the community, an ambitious politician--and a guy with a secret every bit as dark as Dexter's. As Miguel and Dexter peel away each other's unsavoury layers, Dexter tries to tamp down Miguel's blistering desire for revenge, and Miguel begins leading a double life--one that could threaten Dexter's life and family as much as the growing list of bad guys in Miguel's crosshairs. The other main star of Dexter is the city of Miami, its teeming beauty and corruption celebrated in equal measure, and its blistering sun shot without tempering. The city is so integral, visually and viscerally, that it's impossible to think of Dexter being shot anywhere else. It's a killer season. --A.T. Hurley--This text refers to the DVD edition. See all Product description
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12 more 50 minute episodes, Michael C. Hall superb as the police blood splatter expert. Excellent too is Jimmy Smits as the District Attorney - an unlikely ally, then a formidable foe. Also making impact is "The Skinner", so adept at torturing with a blade....
Strong storylines and a fine cast. Much macabre humour - especially in Dexter's voice-overs. (Look out, too, for the sly jokes - as with his boat, called Slice of Life.)
Interesting bonuses include interviews with the cast, writers discussing their craft, details of special effects (although set in Miami, that is not where the show is filmed), even a quiz about who killed whom.
An interesting development! Can Dexter be heading for married bliss, taking over two children and about to father a third? Will such responsibilities force him to change his ways? Hopefully not, for something enormously appeals about this seemingly meek man so dedicated to ensuring killers will not kill again.
A small touch but well thought out.
The show once again gives a golden performance. A new storyline. A move away from the previous seasons. Exploring new facets of Dexter's new confidence and self-exploration.
A friendship forms and leads to pretty dark sharing. Dexter explores such a close friendship that he's never had before.
I was hoping to string this out to 2 episodes a week. No chance! I ended up being a complete glutton with a final 6 episodes feast in one evening.
They develop each episode so well that its nearly impossible not to watch the next one.
I'm going to add though that this is no better than the first two episodes. That's not to put it down but I think sometimes one forgets the excitement of the previous seasons and how one felt with them. All 3 as far as I'm concerned are equally brilliant.
As usual with this though one does have to wonder on the attraction to a serial killer.
Personally I love the inner dialogue. I certainly feel I can identify with his social skills. Also do we all have such love for all our work colleagues and every social acquaintance? Dexter feels he's got dark issues because he feels he's not as attached as he should be. Yet I feel I identify with him in this area.
So although its a horrendous dark side it could be transposed with different things one doesn't want to openly discuss.
If you aren't aware that Michael C. Hall is in Six Feet Under: Complete Seasons 1-5  then you have 5 seasons of brilliant tv to watch as well. The quality of 6 feet under is just as good as dexter, although on a slightly different slant. I could see how the work of Michael in 6 feet under lead the creators of Dexter to choose him. Although he doesn't have the primary role, the other characters are really strong and interesting in very different ways.
As with previous series, this deftly juggles dark humour with genuine emotion, and the very core of the story remains Dexter's search for himself. The relationship with his foul mouthed sister Deb continues to delight, and the cast of supporting characters are all hitting their stride.
This is hugely enjoyable television, and it has more depth than might appear at first glance. Highly recommended (but don't watch this until you have seen the previous two series)
PS Julie Benz has had some work done, hasn't she?