Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dexter: The Second Season Blu-ray Review

Dexter: The Second Season Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonShow Rating: Not Rated
Region: A

All 12 episodes from the season are presented in 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video, and they look fantastic. Dexter is one of those shows that just shines in high-def, the quality is truly terrific. Darker lit and night scenes are a bit weaker, but is accurate to the source, and not just a bad transfer. Colors are rich and vibrant, and black levels hold up quite well. The amount of detail on-screen at times is very impressive, and fans will be very pleased with the Blu-ray presentation. 9/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and sounds nice, but not amazing. Dialogue driven Dexter sounds clear as can be, and surround effects can be nice as well. The show's music is quite impressive, and only on Blu-ray can you experience the clarity of the individual instruments in lossless glory. It really had great separation, and left me more than pleased. Dexter doesn't sound amazing, but there's still a lot to love about the audio. 8/10.


Tools Of The Trade Game
This game is too easy, I finished it in less than a minute. It just asks you to put Dexter's weapons in his bag, after that it features a 'fun' fact about each weapon.

United States Of Tara Season 1 Episode 1 (30:00) (SD)
United States Of Tara Season 1 Episode 2 (30:00) (SD)
Blood Fountains (1:00) (SD)
Ken Olson - Dark Defender (1:20) (SD)
Little Chino - Dark Defender (1:40) (SD)
Roger Hicks - Dark Defender (1:40) (SD)
Interview with C.S. Lee (5:00) (SD)
Interview with David Zayas (4:30) (SD)
Interview with Erik King (5:30) (SD)
Interview with Jennifer Carpenter (3:30) (SD)
Interview with Julie Benz (5:00) (SD)
Interview with Keith Carradine (4:45) (SD)
Interview with Lauren Velez (6:00) (SD)
Interview with Michael C. Hall (Part 1) (4:30) (SD)
Interview with Michael C. Hall (Part 2) (4:00) (SD)

The real supplements are exclusive to BD-Live, which I guess is better than not at all. It is certainly discouraging for those without a BD-Live player. The extras load pretty fast, and navigating the extras are very simple.

Blu-news Summary
Dexter: The Second Season is definitely improved from the first season. Don't get me wrong, the first season is very entertaining as well, but I felt the continued story in season 2 was much more impressive and much more entertaining. The cast is back, with the addition of new and memorable characters.

The Blu-ray release is fantastic, featuring impressive video, good audio, and a decent amount of extras. Dexter on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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