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"Dexter, The Final Season" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

In this eighth and final season, Dexter could not be more lost as a person. He has done irrevocable damage to his relationship with sister Deb with the killing of LaGuerta. While he tries desperately to repair that, a mysterious psychotherapist appears who apparently knows all about Dexter’s secret. But she doesn’t seek to expose him; she wants his help in solving Miami’s latest series of killings where the perpetrator removes part of the victim’s brain as a trophy. Later in the season, Hannah, Dexter’s love interest from season seven returns wanting to forgive and settle down with him and son Harrison. And a new killer emerges that Dexter intends to turn into a successor! How will it all wind up? You’ll have to watch and find out!

Specifications

  • Showtime
  • 2013, Color, Not rated, 10 hours 33 minutes (12 episodes)
  • 1080p/MPEG 4
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I have enjoyed this series enormously since the very beginning back in 2006. The truly masterful story of a serial killer as the hero has always managed to mesmerize and amaze. It’s mostly because of the superb writing, ensemble cast, and Michael C. Hall’s stupendous skill as an actor that this series will go down as one of the best TV shows of all time. Fans rest assured – the ending ties up all the loose ends nicely. While I would not call this the very best season of Dexter, it is a fitting and satisfying end to a fantastic series.

Technical

Miami, Florida is once again depicted in rich saturated hues that look natural and colorful as you’d expect. Detail is not quite at the reference level but it looks better than most TV show Blu-rays and thankfully, there is no edge enhancement. Contrast is more consistent than in some past seasons with nice deep blacks and beautifully saturated highlights that are never blown out. My only complaint is some indoor scenes are a little too warm making them flat and dull-looking.

Thanks to a superb Dolby TrueHD 5.1 encode, this dialog-driven feature always sounds its best. The center channel material is crisp and detailed with no sibilance or chestiness. The music makes a nice backdrop for the action and is the same excellent score heard in all the previous seasons.

Extras

Bonus features are pretty light and total less than 15 minutes. There is a short documentary on the development of the Deborah Morgan character, a Showtime promo for the entire season, and cast and crew commentary for the first four episodes. If you want more, the entire series boxed set contains an extra disc with additional bonus material.