Dexter - Season Three - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
First a note, I only have the Blu-ray
and it seems unlikely that I will get the DVD to compare it to. I prefer getting both versions, but if I can get only one, I would much rather it be this way and not the reverse.
Season three starts with a number of major changes from the end of season two. This includes changes in nearly every member of the main cast. For instance, Dexter starts the season going after a drug-dealer, Freebo, who killed two college students, but when he gets there, another man is trying to kill Frebbo, and Dexter kills that man instead. That man it turns out is the brother of Assistant State's Attorney Miguel Prado, played by Jimmy Smits. Miguel Prado takes a special interest in Dexter, which only intensifies after he learns about Dexter's extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, Dexter also has to deal with a changing personal life after learning he is going to become a father, and possibly a husband, if he can convince Rita to marry him.
Other character also have major changes in their lives, including Angel Batista starting the season with a promotion. Joey Quinn joins the department as Debra Morgan's new partner. Debra Morgan is approached by Yuki Amado of IA to check out on her new partner, offering her a promotion as a reward. And more.
Dexter is a rare show that just keeps getting better. The stand-alone episodes are gone and every single show moves some plot thread along. The writers and the actors know these characters perfectly now, which combines into amazing performances. The 'big bad guy' of season three isn't as much as the focus as they were in seasons one and two, as characters became more important. We learn more about the personal lives of almost the entire cast, which makes them all the more compelling. I'm trying to come up with some weaknesses of season three, but I'm drawing a blank. My biggest complaint is so petty, I'm almost embarrassed to mention it. Because season four is already being filmed, it impossible to think that Dexter is going to be killed off at the end of season three. Because of this, the finale is a lot less tense, as you know Dexter is not going to be killed.
As I previously stated, I only have the Blu-ray but there are a few extras on the 3-disc set. However, you have to download them. I like BD-Live, if it is used to get extras you can't get offline. On the other hand, if you are just using it to make fans go through one more loop to watch the interviews, for instance, you are not winning over any fans with this practice. On a side note, if you are going to make the only extras BD-Live exclusive, make sure they are online before the street date, so that critics like me was watch them. Otherwise it seems like you are intentionally trying to get a bad review.
On the other hand, the show does look and sound great in High Definition. However, it also costs 85% more over on Amazon.com, which is far, far too much. It is also coming out on a Three-pack with the first two seasons, but it's not that much of a deal.
Dexter the series keeps getting better. The home market releases, on the other hand, remain substandard. At just $20, the DVD is a great value and is certainly worth picking up, but the Blu-ray is overpriced in comparison and lacks substantial extras.