i picked up the series for Dexter a while ago at one of those used media shops and haven't watched them yet. i decided to watch this edit first and was not disappointed by it. i wasn't lost at all, i didn't feel the scenes "jumping around" like other viewers did. i knew stuff was cut, but i didin't notice any change to the intended narrative.
the A/V quality was good enough for what looked like an SD avi file.
the video and audio editing for me was on point.
narrative, like i said, even felt like a standard three act movie. very tough to do in these tv-to-movie edits.
enjoyment, i loved it. what a great way to jump into this series. i should probably watch the full season 1 if i'm going to watch the other seasons, but a part of me feels like i don't even need to.
great work out of Adabisi . . . i also hope he some day finds time to hit the rest of the series (given he released this in '06, probably unlikely).
This seamless edit brought back to me what i loved about the early seasons of dexter... I would love to see Adabisi tackling the doaks arch, or the trinity killer arch.
A great way to re-view the series. love it I want more!
Dexter is, to me, one of the best series ever. I've been looking forward to this edit and for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. The video quality (I have the avi) is a little disappointing, but not something I'm not used to seeing. As for Rita and her kids, I've been hoping since day one that Dex would've knocked them all off and used the bodies for bait!
I think the editing was done well enough, although it jumped aound some during the first 1/2 hour. There were also a couple of scenes i felt should've been left in, that had i not been familiar with the show would have had me lost. First was the scene that was cut when Baptista went to Rudy's lab. With that scene cut out, it leaves the viewer with no clue as to the reason Angel was atacked in the garage. The other scene i missed was the scene in which LaGuerda was relieved of her post.
Other than that i really enjoyed watching and i would hope for season sequels, although those could prove difficult with Dexter & Ritas marriage and baby.
This edit was AWESOME! Adabisi set the goal to turn Dexter Season 1 into an actual movie, not just a 2 1/2 hour TV season. Well, he has succeeded with flying colors.
I love Dexter, but definitely it can be too complicated for its own good. Season 1 was great, but this version is better. The edit is structured almost exactly as if they decided to make Darkly Dreaming Dexter a movie instead of a TV show. Of course if there had been a movie instead of a show it would have been very different, but man was this great. At no point did it feel like a bunch of small arcs stitched together into one mega story.
I will say though, the A/V quality ain't the best for a DVD5. It's not terrible, but not that great. But the editing was excellent throughout. A minor quibble I have is that I think some of Dexter's voice-overs explaining what's happening should have been cut. A perfect example is near the beginning when he says "There he is. Mike Donovan. He's the one."
Without a doubt, the best Adabisi fanedit I've seen yet.