Dexter: The Seventh Season [Blu-Ray]
Release Date: Available on Blu-Ray & DVD May 14
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
A likeable Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.
*WARNING: Please note that this review contains spoilers from Season 6 of ‘Dexter’
The seventh season of ‘Dexter’ is definitely a crucial turning point in the series. While some may argue the quality of certain seasons in comparison with others, it would be hard to argue the statement that Season 7 is one season of the series that truly brings in crucial elements of development between certain characters that fans of the series have undoubtedly been waiting quite some time to see come to light.
The seventh season begins the exact moment where the sixth season left off, with Deb walking in on Dexter as he is in the process of murdering Travis Marshall. She has now seen to some extent what he is, and with the possible exception of the fourth season cliffhanger, this was likely the biggest cliffhanger the series has yet seen. One can’t help but wonder going into the seventh season though just how much they will drag the concept out, and how long they will teeter around getting down to the whole situation between Deb & Dex. Well, rest assured, there is no filler and delay tactics at use here. By the beginning of the second episode, we are already thrown full swing into this personal family mess, wondering just what outcome these revelations may result in, and it all depends on Deb at this point. As one can imagine, this doesn’t make Dex all too happy, and he is forced to question what to do about it all.
The Seventh Season of ‘Dexter’ just may be the best season yet after the fourth (which many will agree holds the ranks as one of the series’ greatest seasons, most notably due to the phenomenal performance by the remarkably talented John Lithgow) and it is quite refreshing to finally delve so deeply into elements we have been waiting to see come to light for so many years. For any fans of the series already, the seventh season should grab hold of you, and keep you on the edge of your seat from the first minute to the last. For people who are questionable about the supposed quality of the series in recent seasons (an opinion which I don’t personally share being a fan of the show overall the whole road) this season might just be what you have been waiting for. I would definitely recommend watching this season, but make certain to not jump in here if you have missed previous seasons, especially as certain elements of the sixth season are quite crucial to the overall plot of this season. Either way, this is certainly a tremendous season of a truly remarkable show, and is one season fans will have no trouble watching repeated times as I know from experience having recently viewed the season on this Blu-Ray after already viewing it while airing on Showtime last year.
Another small item to note, the disc menus are quite nicely done. It’s rare when I am impressed by a menu to the point of which I feel it needs noting, but for some reason the menu on this one was something that really stuck out to me. While it’s nothing real crazy, it’s just a nice simple menu, yet the way the video clips are presented and fit with the music just really stood out to me.
The video on the Blu-Ray release is a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. As far as the video quality on this release, everything seems to be pretty well done. All colors and detail are smooth and look beautiful. The video presentation is certainly a step up from the television broadcasts. You can tell a notable difference between the video presentations on the Blu-Ray release in comparison with the episodes when broadcast in High Definition on TV. This is a nicely done video transfer that doesn’t noticeably lack on any front.
The most notable audio track on the Blu-Ray release is definitely the lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack (which is of course what I viewed the release with), which as far as lossless soundtracks for television Blu-Ray’s go sounds quite impressive. While the background channels aren’t consistently in use with this series, there are certain moments when they really do get a nice workout, namely in certain action sequences, and also notably in scenes that involve large crowds. Audiophiles such as me should have no complaints as far as the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack goes. The Blu-Ray release also includes a French 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack; English 2.0 surround and Spanish 2.0 surround soundtracks as well. English & English SDH subtitles are also included on the release.
The special features on this Blu-Ray release is unfortunately the one area that is lacking. There are no special features on this release. Luckily there are twelve great episodes to keep you occupied and all other aspects of this release are most definitely top notch.
Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Dexter: The Seventh Season’ will be available on Blu-Ray & DVD on May 14 From Showtime Entertainment, CBS-DVD & Paramount.