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The venerable Superman mythos gets a 21st-century updating in this imaginative and engaging television series from the WB Network, and series fans can celebrate the ratings success of Smallville with a six-disc set that compiles its entire first season. The deluxe package offers a chance to revisit the origins of the characters and their numerous plotlines, as well as view deleted scenes and other bonus features.

The premise of Smallville--Superman as a teenager--takes up just a few pages in Superman's very first comic book appearance (in Action Comics back in 1938), but series producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar flesh out that period by portraying young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) not as the noble Superman-in-waiting, but as an average teen with some not-so-ordinary supernatural powers, including incredible strength and heat vision (Clark hasn't lifted up, up, and away as of yet). Clark's desire to fit in with his peers and make sense of his extraordinary abilities ground him in very realistic and identifiable terms for the series' primarily under-25 audience, as does his appealing and tentative romance with Kristen Kreuk as Clark's dreamgirl Lana Lang. But Smallville also strikes gold when it takes a turn towards more comic book territory, as evidenced by the parade of shape-shifting killers and other outlandish antagonists (many generated, in one of the series' most ingenious notions, by the same devastating meteor shower that brought the infant Clark to Earth) that Clark must harness his powers to face and defeat. Gough and Millar, along with their capable cast (which includes Michael Rosenbaum as a young and already bald-pated Lex Luthor, and Annette O'Toole and John Schneider as the Kents) manage to pull off the precarious high-wire act of combining science fiction with coming-of-age drama to create this highly watchable program.

Smallville: The Complete First Season offers a very complete and attractive DVD package that is rounded out by some highly desirable extras for longtime series fans. The six-disc set offers all 21 episodes of the first season, including the pilot, in widescreen anamorphic format; Gough and Millar are featured on the set's sole commentary track, which appears on the pilot episode. Viewers can also access a number of deleted scenes from various episodes as well as view original pre-production storyboards and WB promotional spots. An interactive "tour" of Smallville rounds out the extras, but DVD-ROM owners can use the discs to access more features via the Smallville web site. --Paul Gaita

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • All 21 Episodes Including the Pilot
  • Audio Commentary on the Pilot and First Episode from the Executive Producers & Director
  • Deleted Scenes from the Pilot
  • Interactive tour of Smallville
  • Storyboards
  • TV & Promo Spots
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

Tom WellingClark Kent
Kristin KreukLana Lang
Michael RosenbaumLex Luthor
Eric JohnsonWhitney Fordman
Allison MackChloe Sullivan
Annette O'TooleMartha Kent
John SchneiderJonathan Kent
John GloverLionel Luthor
Sam Jones IIIPete Ross
Sarah-Jane RedmondNell Potter
Alvin SandersDale Ross
Chad DonellaGreg Arkin
Jason ConneryDominic Senatori
Hiro KanagawaPrincipal H. James Kwan
Dan LauriaCoach Walt Arnold
Lizzy CaplanTina Greer
George MurdockOld Harry Bollston
Amy AdamsJodi Melville
Joe MortonDr. Steven Hamilton
Tony ToddEarl Jenkins
Kelly BrookVictoria Hardwick
Gregory SporlederKyle Tippet
Shawn AshmoreEric Summers
Adam BrodyJustin Gaines

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  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Greg Beeman
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 954 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.77:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 16, 2001
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 2003
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