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Smallville: The Complete First Season (Bilingual)

Tom Welling , Michael Rosenbaum , Chris Long , D.J. Caruso    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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

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Before the Legend...Before the Icon...He was a teenager growing up in Smallville. The Complete First Season of the hit series that chronicles the life of the boy who would be Superman is on DVD in a 6-disc collector's set with super bonus features.DVD Features:Audio CommentaryDVD ROM FeaturesDeleted ScenesOtherStoryboardsTV Spot


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I still have the youngster inside of me! June 23 2004
Format:DVD
I've read the first 50 reviews of "Smallville" with great interest and amusement. Happily, I was able to enjoy
"Smallville" from the very first episode (which "hooked
me," as one writer noted). Having recently retired from teaching
philosophy and logic courses at a nearby college (I'm 74 years
young}, I think that qualifies me as having a mature intellect
(certainly beyond the 12-30 age range}. I have always enjoyed fantasy and have a large collection of science fiction and fantasy pulp magazines (comics too!) although my main reading over the last 40 years has been science, evolution, and the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I have enjoyed the first three seasons of "Smallville," which touched the youngster in me. I agree with the writer who said that the series got noticeably better after the first season. I'm going to buy all of the seasons (if the third season is released on DVD}.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! March 12 2014
By Marie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
New series to me. Bought it to check it out. Fell in love with it! Great actors, awesome special effects! Will be buying more of this series in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very happy with my purchase..!! Feb. 15 2014
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hi..i just received my ,used, first season of smallville dvds and i'm very satisfied. the cardboard outside case is in good shape(not perfect) and the plastic case and dvds are in perfect condition. it's the first time i buy used dvds but it won't be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was an avid comic collector (and I still collect some now) and Superman has always been the most monkeyed-with character. But "Smallville" has gone too far.
Maudlin and silly, this continuity-busting show is simply "Dawson's Creek" with teenage Superman thrown in + 1 black helper character (all the networks got in trouble for color-less programming so I thought that I would mention him). You can almost hear the female teeny-boppers go "OOOOH!" when they see Supes in his flannel shirt; too bad that he is such a TERRIBLE actor.
To keep the young, male demographic interested, the show parades some 25 year old looking "teenage" girls around the set and has them pout their lips and whine out some insipid dialog every once in a while. Then their performance stops when Mr. Boring, the teenage Superman, starts giving the beat-down to the villian-of-the-week.
Just awful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for fans of Buffy-like teen-angst sci-fi drama Sept. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is an awful show. It spits on ages of Superman continuity, and insults the viewer while doing it. Think of it as a teen-angst X-Files, but with super powers and the whole "can't let them find out I have powers" angle. The dialogue is cheesy, the effects are mediocre, and the plots are just absurd- Evem for comic book properties. If you're a comic book fan, avoid this show. It's an awful example of WB's ability to abuse their DC Comics properties, much like the failed "Birds of Prey" and the last several Batman movies. The only modern Superman worth watching is on the Cartoon Network's "Justice League" and in the animated Superman series from the 90's. With "Smallville", much like with Batman, WB uses the Superman name to advertise a character that in NO WAY resembles the one from the comics, but instead is made to be familiar to people who watched the Superman movies, or Lois & Clark (which was also terrible). Adding the Dawson's Creek angle to Superboy just makes it vomit-worthy. A great show if you're a 14-year-old girl.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Smallville caught my attention being aired next to Angel, but as I hate jumping in in the middle, I checked the rave reviews here and on that basis decided to get the dvd. An important note here is that I'm a Buffy fan - if you are, too, I'm sure you'll find this review quite helpful. If not, you may want to skip it. Further, I'm 32, and my other favorite shows are Firefly and Angel, but I also enjoy shows like Six Feet Under, early Ally McBeal and (to some extend) Alias. I've enjoyed superheroes comics and movies, but I'm not a superman fan. However, as you can see, the supernatural in fiction appeals to me - though I do find for instance Charmed to be a waste of time - so I thought I might like Smallville a lot.
The Good
I like what they've done with Lex Luthor. He's an interesting character, poised between his corrupt father and wasted youth on one side, and his own aspirations to become a better person helped by his friendship with Clark on the other. Michael Rosenbaum does a good job portraying him. His dysfunctional relationship with his father and the power dynamics at Luthor Corp is by far the most interesting story line in the season.
The first season's structure is basically monster-of-the-week, in many ways similar to Buffy season 1, featuring the mysterious cryptonite rocks instead of the Hellmouth. Occasionally, the show manages to hit a nerve with the monster, in the same way Buffy did - putting the focus on eating disorders, ignored teens becoming invisible (ring a bell?), etc.
The Bad
Smallville season 1 has such similarities with Buffy season 1 that I can't help comparing them: High school superheroes with secret identities fight supernatural evil, helped and sometimes hampered by friends and family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A solid teen drama
I enjoyed the first season of Smallville, it has it flaws, but it is still decent. An important thing to note is that Smallville is not about Superman, it is about Clark Kent... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Chris R
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show. Terrible dvd case
Don't get me wrong. Smallville is a great show. I enjoyed watching the show.

However the physical case that holds the dvds is terrible. Read more
Published on July 4 2010 by L. Sekulic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Television Series
As with the rest of the boxed sets, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. We especially love listening to the commentary from the actors/actresses while watching an episode,... Read more
Published on May 13 2010 by Neil Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Started Off Awesome and, Nine Years Later, Still Rocks Hard!
When I heard they were coming out with a new Superman television show back in 2001, I was thrilled. I had watched Lois & Clark religiously, so to learn that Supes was back, but... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2009 by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible show for the whole family!
This show has such a great cast, especially Tom Welling as Clark Kent. He is such a talented and intelligent actor. So is Michael Rosenbaum as Lex, great acting! Read more
Published on April 16 2007 by D. Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars Smallville is AWESOME. Can't wait for DVD
I normally watch television in spurts. I sit down when I have time, turn it on, and watch whatever is on. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Denny Vu Quach
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Villain of The Week
As this is the first season of Smallville, it was a little duller than the subsequent seasons. While relationships were being formed and characters being explored, the show tended... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by "exarphion"
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Save Me!
This is the best show I've seen in a long time. It's pure escapism at it's best! Something you can come home after a hard days work and totally veg out with. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by beckypotpie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest!
Smallville is the best show I've seen on the WB in forever! I can relate to some of the problems on the show, but in a more realistic way. Smallville is a VERY good show! Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Kayti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series!NEVER boring,exciting to watch with the family
I got hooked on this show by accident.
I always heard about it but never made an attempt to watch it because it was on the WB and most of the shows on this network are similar... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Digibong!
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