DEXTER The Third Season

Developed for the Television by James Manos Jr.
Based on the Novel by Jeff Lindsay
Original Music by Daniel Licht
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas, James Remar, Desmond Harrington & Jimmy Smits

2008/10 hours 29 mins/Color/Dolby Surround 5.1
1.78:1 anamorphic/US/English/NTSC Region 1

Review from the ShowTime Entertainment DVD

Everyone's favorite serial killer is here!

While on the trail of a murderous drug dealer called "Freebo", Dexter finds himself fighting a surprised "guest" and inadvertently kills him in self-defense. Soon enough Dexter discovers that the man he killed was the brother of Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits).

Making things worse, Miguel sees a friend in Dexter and asks him to help find "Freebo" who's Miguel thinks he's the one who killed his brother. Making things even more complicated. Miguel and Dexter forms an unlikely friendship leading our favorite serial killer to share his dark secret with his new found friends... for better and worse.

After the perfect second season, they've still managed to create another amazing season of the best show on television. There is no doubt about it, Michael C. Hall is Dexter and shines every time he's onscreen. He's the coolest blood-splatter analyst you'll ever meet. But it’s the impressive performance of Smites as the obsessed, egomaniacal Miguel Pardo that takes the third season to an even darker and twisted level of storytelling.

Just like they did for the first two seasons, ShowTime Entertainment unleashed DEXTER The Third Season on DVD with each episode are presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio and are anamorphic. The image looks sharp with rich color saturation and no defect, artifacts or compression. We have the choice of English Dolby Surround 5.1, English Stereo or Spanish mono. For this review I've listened to the Dolby Surround 5.1 track, which is clear, loud and crisp.

The 12 episodes are spread onto four discs. Unfortunately once again the extras are a huge letdown. There are two episodes from the second season of Showtime’s THE UNITED STATES OF TARA Season 1 series and some extras via the E-Bridge Technology, which I wasn't able to access on my iMac computer. Its a shame that no commentary tracks, interviews, or behind-the-scenes weren't included. Each discs features animated 3D menus with music. A good box set for the fans of the best TV show, which could have been better with some actual interesting extras.





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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2009. ©