High-Def Digest Attends The 'Dexter Season 4' Blu-ray Premiere in Miami Beach Hosted by Dolby and Jose Cuervo

Posted Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 02:00 PM PDT by Mike Attebery

High-Def Digest's Michael S. Palmer was lucky enough to attend the 'Dexter Season 4' Blu-ray Premiere this past weekend in Miami Beach. Here are the details!

The National Hotel, Miami Beach. August 14, 2010.

It was a dark Saturday night, stifling and humid. Tensions thick as the crowd gathered. Nobody knew what to expect, really -- not then at least -- but I can tell you, dear reader, I can promise you this small truth. When the body was discovered floating across the pool, its chest wound fresh and blossoming crimson, there was only one thing on each witness' mind:


Well, that, or the question of what tequila-based cocktail to order next.

Saturday night was a evening for all things 'Dexter', as Dolby and Jose Cuervo joined forces to celebrate the August 17 release of 'Dexter Season 4' on Blu-ray, featuring 1080p HD video and a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.

High-Def Digest was amazingly lucky to score an invite to the Showtime/Paramount Home Entertainment event, where the Dexter logo was an ice sculpture, and even the drinks were murder-most-foul themed, featuring the Killer Margarita and Blood Spatter Martini.

Sadly, neither series star Michael C. Hall nor his recent nemesis John Lithgow (Trinity) were in attendance. But on hand for the festivities were 'Dexter' cast members C.S. Lee (who plays Vince Masuka), David Zayas (Angel Batista), and the very lively Lauren Vélez (Lt. Maria Laguerta). Ms. Vélez hit the dance floor early, inviting the crowd to join her, including this rhythmically challenged writer -- not wishing an immediate and guaranteed public embarrassment, I promptly ran the other way…

Where I was able to watch 'Dexter Season 4' in Dolby's demo area. And thank goodness High-Def Digest was there. Lives may have been lost, marriages ruined, the world destroyed if some nerd (cough, me, cough) hadn't notice an error with the television's aspect ratio:

Note the above letterboxing and black bars (whoops, who hasn't pressed the wrong button in a TV menu before?). The good news is the show's original 16x9 aspect ratio is preserved on the Blu-ray, and my quick thinking averted disaster. I expect the President to be calling me shortly to congratulate me and present me with a Congressional Medal of Honor.

Silliness aside, it was a grand evening, clearly embracing this evocative show's quirky tones. Click here to see more pictures of the party, courtesy of Dolby's Flickr account (cough, there's a girl wrapped in saran wrap, cough). 'Dexter Season 4' on Blu-ray Disc is out August 17, and 'Dexter Season 5' premiers Sunday, September 26 on Showtime.

UPDATE: Just spoke with Paramount Home Entertainment regarding international releases. 'Dexter Season 4' will also be coming out on Blu-ray (and DVD) on Nov 29 in the UK, and Nov 4 in Australia. At this time, there is no word on other territories, or about Seasons 1 - 3. Cheers.

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Tags: Michael S. Palmer, Blu-ray Premiers, Jose Cuervo, Dolby, Dexter (all tags)