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Dexter - The Seven Season [Blu-ray]

 

(Developed for Television by James Manos, Jr, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Showtime

Video: Paramount

 

Disc:

Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

NOTE: The UK Blu-ray version appears to be region FREE!

Episode Runtime: 56:00 X 12

Disc One Size: 46,849,618,576 bytes

Single Disc Features Size: 46,283,943,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.96 Mbps

Chapters: 7 X 12 episodes

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 14th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1577 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1577 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English, English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

Ultraviolet Copy Code

 

Bitrate (disc 1):

 

 

Description: DEXTER returns to Blu-ray in explosive fashion with Season 7, as Dexter is finally forced to confront his greatest fear, as Debra witnesses his insatiable, ritualistic slaying of a killer. Now Deb knows the secret of his Dark Passenger, his undeniable thirst for blood, and the Code that their father Harry instilled in him as a young boy. But as Deb tries to reconcile the unfathomable idea that her beloved, mild-mannered brother is Miami's most notorious serial killer, Dexter is still pulled by his natural impulses to seek out the guilty and exact his brand of vigilante justice.

 

 

Everyone’s favourite serial killer is back for more in Season 7 of the wickedly good drama, Dexter. Golden GlobeŽ winner Michael C. Hall returns as the Miami forensics expert with blood on his hands--only now, he’s finally forced to come clean to his sister, Deb, about his deadly ways. Meanwhile, there’s a chance for possible romance with a beautiful fellow murderer, Deb learns how difficult it is to keep her brother’s secrets, Batista pursues a dream away from the force, Quinn loses his heart, and LaGuerta gets closer to pinning the Bay Harbor Butcher killings on Dexter. Someone’s got it coming…

 

 

Season Seven descriptions from IMDb HERE:

Season Seven, Episode 1
Are You...?
S7, Ep1
Sep. 30, 2012
Having been caught in the act of eliminating Travis Marshall by his sister Deb, Dexter has to scramble to come up with an explanation. Deb is understandably shaken by what she's just seen but accepts, somewhat reluctantly, Dexter's explanation that he's suffered momentary madness. As she thinks about it, Dexter's explanation makes no sense and decides to dig deeper. Captain LaGuerta meanwhile is puzzled by a piece of evidence she found at the scene of the Marshall killing. When a member of the homicide squad is killed, Dexter goes all out to stop the killer before he ...

Sunshine and Frosty Swirl
S7, Ep2
Oct. 7, 2012
With Deb having found all of Dexter's paraphernalia, including the blood slides, he has little choice but to admit everything. She decides not to arrest him or let the police know what he does during his off hours. She does decide she's going to try and cure him and keeps him on a very short leash. Dexter is wondering more and more what to do about Louis Greene who he is convinced sent him the hand from the Ice Truck killer case. Louis doesn't scare easily however. The police continue to press the investigation into Mike Anderson's death not knowing that Dexter has ...

Buck the System
S7, Ep3
Oct. 14, 2012
With Deb keeping a close eye on him, Dexter is starting to go stir crazy. He desperately wants to satisfy his dark passenger but first decides to get Louis Greene out of his life forever. Deb is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress in finding Mike Anderson's killer. The murderer's employer, Isaak Sirko, is having much better luck and actually traces his former employee right to Dexter's boat. Dexter wants to kill someone and focuses on the recently paroled killer Ray Speltzer. Dexter is convinced that Speltzer will kill again and tries to convince ...

Run
S7, Ep4
Oct. 21, 2012
The police quickly catch up with Ray Speltzer and does a brilliant job interrogating him and getting a confession. She and others are shocked however when a judge ruled the arresting officers had violated his Miranda rights and releases him. When he shows up on the sidelines of his latest victim's funeral, Deb goes berserk and decides they have to get him at all costs. Dexter decides it's time for him to do what he does best. Meanwhile, the police are still raiding the strip club and owner Isaak Sirko decides it's time to give the police what they want and frames ...

Swim Deep
S7, Ep5
Oct. 28, 2012
After Deb learns that she has sent forensic evidence to an outside lab for analysis, Captain LaGuerta confides in her that she found a blood slide at the site of the Marshall killing and believes the Bay Harbor butcher is still alive. The Captain accepts Deb's offers to help her in the investigation. When Dexter learns what's going on, he just wants Deb to stay out of it. Dexter finds blood on his boat and tests reveal it belongs to Louis Greene. He soon after finds he has to deal with Isaak Sirko who is clearly out for revenge. Dexter's plan to get him doesn't work ...

Do the Wrong Thing
S7, Ep6
Nov. 4, 2012
Dexter decides he's going to eliminate Hanna McKay and gathers evidence that she has eliminated a number of people in her life. Something unexpected occurs however. LaGuerta begins to think that the Bay Harbor Butcher may have been responsible for the deaths of several criminals who vanished before they could be arrested. After discussing the situation with Nadia, Quinn decides to return the money left in his car. He's given little choice but to help the mobsters: either he eliminates the blood evidence they have linking Isaak Sirko to the Colombian shooting or Nadia ...

Chemistry
S7, Ep7
Nov. 11, 2012
Dexter's problems keep mounting. After the surprise outcome of his planned execution of Hannah McKay, they agree they are far too much alike and decide not to see each other again. It doesn't quite work out as planned. Dexter learns that true crime writer Sal Price is writing a book about Hannah as he is convinced she was an active participant in the murders believed to have been committed by her boyfriend. Dexter sets out to get Sal to go in another direction but Hannah takes charge of things. Deb wants Dexter to do what he does best. Meanwhile, Quinn comes under ...

Argentina
S7, Ep8
Nov. 18, 2012
Having spent the night together, Hannah and Dexter decide to see each other again. He's not so sure what he's going to do about Deb however. She is adamant that Dexter get rid of Hannah but he refuses, saying he's sure she doesn't want to be responsible for a murder. With everything he has to deal with, Cody and Astor come to stay with him after their grandfather is hospitalized. Deb finally breaks down and tells him her true feelings. Isaak Sirko decides to take a more direct approach and tries to shoot Dexter in broad daylight. Strip club manager George Novikov ...

Helter Skelter
S7, Ep9
Nov. 25, 2012
Isaak Sirko learns that the Koshka Brotherhood has sent two assassins to Miami to eliminate him. Surprisingly he turns to Dexter with a proposition: help him eliminate the assassins in return for his life. Dexter's not too keen on the proposal and turns him down. Isaak acquires a trump card however: he's taken Hannah hostage and now offers him her life as well. Dexter also has to deal with Deb who is embarrassed by her earlier admission to Dexter that she's in love with him. Hannah meanwhile keeps trying to get Dexter to open up to her. Captain LaGuerta approaches her...

The Dark... Whatever
S7, Ep10
Dec. 2, 2012
There is another victim of the phantom arsonist, the fifth in two weeks. Dexter thinks has a pretty good idea who is behind it. He is frustrated because he promised Deb not to interfere in police cases. He tries to explain his dark passenger to Hannah but they're interrupted by a man peeking through the window - who turns out to be Hannah's father who has just been released from prison. He wasn't a very good father - he once left her alone in a motel room for three days while he went off to play poker. He seems to have reformed but after she refuses him a loan he ...

Do You See What I See?
S7, Ep11
Dec. 9, 2012
At Deb's request, Batista locates Arlene Schramm, the witness who saw Hannah McKay kill a counselor in a halfway house. When Deb blacks out and has a car accident, she thinks she knows who might have been responsible. Dexter learns that the last of the men who killed his mother, Hector Estrada, is up for parole but has no objection as he has his own plans for the killer. Matthews has a chat with Dexter and tells him of Captain LaGuerta's theory about him being the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter is quick on his feet and Matthews believes him when he denies it all. When ...

Surprise, Motherfucker!
S7, Ep12
Dec. 16, 2012
Dexter visits Hannah in jail to explain why he didn't protect her and she in turn explains why she did what she did. She seems to understand Dexter but has her own plans which don't include prison. Captain LaGuerta disregards the evidence she and Tom Matthews have discovered - and which Dexter planted - which points to Sgt. Doakes as the Bay Harbor Butcher and continues her investigation into Dexter. She arrests him but Dexter has set her up and she is forced to release him leading most at Miami Metro to believe she was trying to frame him. Dexter still wants to get ...


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

We've already covered Season One, Two, Three, Four  and Six on Blu-ray and this image looks totally in-line with the strong visual quality. The 1.78:1 HD shot episodes look strong with the occasional weaknesses of that format - some noise in darker sequences and it handles outdoor light somewhat poorer than straight film with occasional flaring. Overall it supports the series in 1080P with excellent detail in close-ups and bright impressive colors with Floridian flora. All three discs are dual-layered and maxed out at over 45 Gigs of space per - 4 episodes on each of the 3 Blu-rays. There are no manipulations at all and it is, predictably, spotlessly clean. This looks exactly as it was shot and ready for broadcast in 2012; essentially it can be considered flawless as a direct representation.

 

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Audio :

Audio has notched down in robust-ness from the previous Seasons on Blu-ray. A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 at a supportive 1577 kbps. It has some mild, and subtle, range. I'm always impressed with Daniel Licht original score that can really light up a scene or bring it down to a more human, and sympathetic, level. I think it is one of the best for a TV show that I've heard. There are optional DUBs and English + English (SDH) subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked - like the previous packages.

 

Extras :

There are no digital extras except the advertised (but unseen) Ultraviolet Copy Code that allows you t see the Pilot of the new Showtime Series Ray Donovan. The package has transparent covers to see the text episode descriptions of the 12 in Season 7.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Dexter continues to be strong and riveting - interesting characters - Isaak Sirko of the Koshka Brotherhood, femme fatale Hanna McKay (and her father) and tension mounts with Captain LaGuerta closing in on him. Dex remains super busy being one-step ahead of his investigatory colleagues. Michael C. Hall is fabulous as he was in Six Feet Under. The Blu-ray gives a great presentation. It has great value for almost a dozen hours of top-notch TV - those who've been following the series won't be disappointed. I watched this whole package over 3 nights - I can't wait for Season 8. 

Gary Tooze

May 6th, 2013


 

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