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 ... more »with super bonus features.DVD Features:
Solid family (around teen) entertainment. It's a really shame about the Chloe character though, which cast a dark shadow on the side...
Karme F. from CEDAR PARK, TX Reviewed on 10/10/2012...
My 3 tween and teen boys LOVE it!!!
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Pat R. from SHERMAN, NY Reviewed on 3/2/2010...
At first I didn't care for this series but then I got into it, and now my one grown son has the first year for his collection, I am watching the second year and I have ordered the third. Since we do not have cable its a good way to watch what we never good before.
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Shannon B. from WASKOM, TX Reviewed on 12/15/2009...
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Pamela D. from SPOKANE VLY, WA Reviewed on 11/26/2008...
Is it wrong for a grown woman to lust after young actors? Too bad! This series is great. Its a fun look at the formative teen years of Superman in rural Kansas. The early episodes are a bit redundant - oh look another teen with a meteor-induced power/problem - let's help them! But the series develops nicely. The supporting characters are great - especially Chloe. The main squeeze of young Clark - Lana - has annoyed me throughout the series, but its good to have someone to hate. Its addictive to be sure - I have all SEVEN seasons.
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Great Series! (but a shame about the theme song)
Matt Martinez | Sherman Oaks, CA | 07/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was mighty skeptical when I first heard about Smallville. Mainly, I was disappointed that Warner Bros. Television decided to go with this instead of the proposed Bruce Wayne series about his world travels before returning to Gotham to become Batman. Aside from that, it looked like (as one of my friends dubbed it) "Dawson's Krypton." To further complicate things, I discovered that Lex Luthor was to be one of the main characters. Basically, it seemed like it would never work. Boy, was I wrong.I began watching the series in the summer, right after the season finale, when WB started rerunning episodes. I was immediately hooked. (I preordered the Canadian import DVD of the first two episodes right after it was announced.) What struck me immediately about the series was its attention to character development. While the series is mainly episodic, there are usually several subplots that continue from week to week that advances the characters' relationships to one another. The ongoing story of Clark and Lana is especially poignant and heartbreaking due to the fact those who are familiar with Superman lore understand that, even if the two of them get together, their romance won't last. (Thankfully, Tom Welling and Kristen Kreuk have wonderful chemistry and are fully capable actors.)The main plots are the show's weakest points. I would imagine it's difficult to come up with a way for Clark Kent to be a superhero from week to week, thus they gave themselves an equivalent to Buffy's hellmouth, the kryptonite rocks. The villains can get fairly ridiculous, such as the bugboy in the second episode (included on the DVD). Fortunately, the writers understand how to turn this into a strength. Rather than focusing entirely on the villain, we get to see how the villain or the situation he/she/it causes affects the characters. (A good example comes later in the series when Clark's powers transfer to another boy and he gets to live a normal life for a short period of time.)As to my iffiness about the inclusion of Luthor, once again, my initial reaction was completely off-base. The makers of the show have managed to make Lex Luthor the most interesting character in the series, thanks in no small part to the outstanding performance of Michael Rosenbaum. I've never seen the character given such depth in a non-comics medium and it is absolutely a breath of fresh air. Watching his transition from hero to anti-hero [to villain?] will be fascinating (providing it happens in the course of the series).Of course this review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the terrific work of John Schneider and Annette O'Toole as Clark's adoptive parents. It is important to understand why Clark decides to use his powers to help those in need. The Kents are honest, hard-working people who have instilled Clark with a strong sense of right and wrong, and Schneider and O'Toole pull it off brilliantly.As the title of my review suggests, I only have one major misgiving about the show, and that's the use of Remy Zero's "Save Me" as the theme song. I normally like watching the opening credits of shows, but since I don't care for the song, I usually fast forward through this one. It's a shame, since Mark Snow composed a great theme for it. (It can be found on the DVD's menu screen and during the end credits.)I hope WBHV decides to start releasing entire seasons on DVD here in the U.S. soon. I'm certain this is a series that will get better over time. (The addition of Jeph Loeb to the writing staff points to this. To those unfamiliar with the name, check out his and Tim Sale's Superman For All Seasons.)"
Best superhero show on television!
chick_flick | 10/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since the pilot episode of "Smallville" came on, I was instantly hooked. And also ever since then, I've been watching the show every Tuesday night and have not missed an episode. "Smallville" is the story of the teenage Clark Kent (Tom Welling), living in the town of Smallville, Kansas, who will one day be known to the world as "Superman". In the first season, we learn that Clark is an alien with super powers. He has amazing abilities such as super-strength, can run as fast as the speed of light, and has X-ray vision. But all Clark wants is to be able to fit in with the rest of his peers. He is also trying to win over the affection of the beautiful Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), who is dating their high school's football star, Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson). Clark lives with his human adoptive parents, Martha Kent and Jonathan Kent (Annette O'Toole and John Schneider) on the Kent Farm, and befriends the rich Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), after he saves Lex from a car accident. Clark also has two other friends, Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) and Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), who help him out. The plots in every episode keep getting better and better. The storyline is amazing and every actor is superb in their roles. The special effects are great, too. I really hope they bring "Smallville" to complete season DVDs because it really is one of the best shows out there right now. Even beats out "Alias", though "Alias" is a good show, too.I highly recommend "Smallville".Score:
Smallville is AWESOME. Can't wait for DVD
A. Kwok | Vancouver, British Columbia Canada | 03/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I normally watch television in spurts. I sit down when I have time, turn it on, and watch whatever is on. I have Never found a show that got me so addicted that I would actually HAVE to plan my week AROUND watching the new episodes. That is until Smallville!After having watched almost the entire Season 1 (but having missed a few episodes), I am dieing for the DVD release of Smallville. The series is amazing, showing the early life of Clark Kent and his adolescent adventures as he makes his way to becoming superman. I especially love the romance (or lack of romance :) between him and Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk). I think she is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. If you haven't watched smallville, you definately need to! I can sit here babbling on about how great it is for hours, but if you REALLY want to fully enjoy smallville, wait for this DVD release so you can start from the beginning! Everything makes a whole lot more sense that way.The funny thing is I didn't know that it was filmed in my home city Vancouver until after getting addicted to it. That just made me want to watch it even more!"
R. J Rey | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | 11/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Before battling the forces of evil, Clark Kent faced his greatest challenge: high school. The WB's engaging hit drama has finally arrived on DVD. A devastating meteor shower strikes the peaceful town of Smallville. For most of the townsfolk, the event brought great losses and unexplainable results, but for the caring Kent Family (John Schneider & Annette O'Toole), it blessed them with an amazing gift: a son who will become Earth's greatest champion. Producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have developed an original and appealing twist to the Superman myth. "Smallville" is the popular live-action comic book series that follows the young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) adapting to his superhuman powers, his friendship with future arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and the developing relationship with sweetheart Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). The series is a surprising mix of coming-of-age drama and comic-book fantasy. "Smallville" also features a top-notch cast and stunning visual effects. The first season of "Smallville" definitely keeps viewers entertained but too many "Villain of the Week" episodes give the show a repetitive nature.
Fans of the WB drama will be satisfied with "Smallville: The Complete First Season". All 21 episodes of the first season are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. Its picture quality is quite bright and reasonably sharp. The 2.0 Dolby Digital sound is satisfactory with decent surround effects. The box set includes two commentary tracks by series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, several deleted scenes from the pilot and second episode, "Storyboard to Screen" featurette, an interactive tour of Smallville, some promotional material and DVD-ROM extras. Overall, "Smallville: The Complte First Season" scores a "B"."
Before he was superman, he was a kid from Smallville
Eddie Lancekick | Pacific Northwest | 04/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Smallville: Season one introduced me to a series that has been quite popular for several years now. It just took me a while to catch up, and what best place to start than this wonderful DVD package.
Smallville is based of course, around the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas...the birthplace of "Superman". Most people are familiar with the original storyline via comic books and the Christopher Reeves movies. A meteor crashes on the farm of a couple by the last name of Kent. Unable to have a child, they take a boy they find in a crater and raise him as their own, with the small farming community of Smallville as the backdrop. The superman mythos of past was pretty vague as most of his storyline was about Clark Kent the adult, who worked in Metropolis and would change into Superman via a quick trip to a telephone booth.
What this series is done is hold on to the basics of his origin and opens up the world of Superman, the teenager, to its viewers. We still have Clark, his adoptive parents, and the town of Smallville, along with another familiar face in Lex Luthor.
The best part about this series? It put's it in modern day. We don't have the Clark Kent of the 1940's and 50's nostalgia of sock hops and panel trucks to bask in, instead we get a refreshing view of Smallville and Clark Kent's teenage life in the 21st century.
I was skeptical I would like this show, but after watching the pilot, I was hooked. After each episode I thought "wow, that was great, that's probably going to be my favorite one". Not so, I found myself saying that after nearly every episode I watched! Many are comparing this to something theme wise of "Dawson's Creek". I have not watched that show so that comparison will not be brought up here. It is centered on Clark Kent, his family, and his friends. Each friend and family has something that is a problem for them, including Clark of course, that becomes an obstacle for them as they struggle to get through life on a day by day basis. Oh but wait, there's more...
The town of Smallville and the surrounding area were hit with the meteor shower that brought Clark Kent to town in 1989. During this horrible event many people died. Throughout the town, the parts of Kryptonite from the meteor shower are still evident. Clark Kent is not the only person that is affected by this, as in each episode it shows bizarre, nearly X-Files type situations that present themselves in an intense drama. Clark Finds himself discovering that he's not the only one affected by the green pieces of meteor, but he is the only one that can stop bad things from happening when the wrong people use their powers for revenge, retribution, and malicious intent.
Music: The series has an excellent soundtrack to each episode from many modern day rock, hard rock, and alternative bands. The opening song "Save me" by Remy Zero as well as some great music from the band "The Calling". Love the music in this one and it fits well withing the dramatic scenes that take place in the episodes.
Only Con: I find that each episode, though extremely, extremely well written, is always about a person of smallville and how Kryptonite from the meteor shower has affected them. I'd like to see them branch out a bit, perhaps bring more of Lex Luthor into the picture. However, in saying that, for all I know the later seasons do just this.
Special Effects: Not over the top, but definitely in my opinion not "hokey" or Cheap either. They blend in perfectly when telling the story, and are a welcome breath of fresh air from the over saturated CG that we find ourselves immersed in nowadays.
Filming note: I like the way people "work" in the scenes. The couple making coffee and sitting down to talk with their son. The girl unpacking her late mother's belongings to find an old, dusty diary. The students goofing around in the hallway to the farmers in town to pick up parts. The presence of "real life" flows throughout each episode, making, in my opinion, a better connection with the viewer.
Cameo Cast: Great job!! First off, I love the cameo roles we are seeing here! Faces of familiar movie and TV veterans fill the screen in certain episodes with, for example Tony Todd (the morgue keeper from Final Destination) the wonderful Joe Morton (Stealth, T2) and Dan Lauria, who played Kevin Arnolds father in the series "The Wonder Years".
Main Cast: Annette O'Toole is great as Martha Kent; her character brings out the worry of a rural wife whose son has extraordinary powers. Good chemistry with husband John Schneider (Bo of Dukes of Hazzard fame) as Jonathan Kent. He's a struggling farmer who always puts family first, and over shelters his son so that no one may find out the family secret.
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor: Lex and Clark's lives will collide one fateful day in season one and forever change the both of them. This young Lex Luthor is twice as savvy as his ruthless business dad, but seems to have a softer side. Nonetheless, he's still a mystery, just like Clark. Perhaps the best actor of the entire "Smallville High" crew, Rosenbaum gives Lex's youth a perfect identity.
Tom Welling as Clark Kent: Welling is superb as a young superman. The hair, the almost naive but even more so innocent gaze, and the ability to bring the emotion necessary to his characters youthful role.
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan: A go getter who is the journalist for the high school newspaper, she's close with Clark and a good friend. Though seeming naive, her intuition often helps out the gang when trouble arises.
Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang: A beauty inside and out, she of course finds interest in Clark and lives across the road from him...he is head over heels for her, but she's dating the temperamental, often jealous high school quarterback Whitney Fordman (played by Eric Johnson). Tensions often arise between the three, but often times so does friendship.
Sam Jones III as Pete Ross: A short kid who's friends with everyone, Pete is one of the few people that are really close to Clark. Sam does an excellent job playing the nice guy role, and is comedic at times as well.
There's plenty of action in this series, it's not just about high school, not by any means. Danger is around every corner and blends in well with the family problem scenario's we have all had to deal with now and again. The fighting scenes, when Clark has to do what he must to stop someone who's bent on the destruction of people and property, are excellent, and though aren't to over the top, aren't "pulling any punches" either.
I suppose if you want you could say its like "Beverly Hills 91210" only in an agricultarual area of Kansas mixed in with a cross between "The X-files" and "X-men". I don't like using that analogy though because to me, Smallville is aptly named. It's not just about Superman's teen years, or Kryptonite, or any one small thing, it's a show that covers a lot of different themes while bringing not just one, but the entire cast to the surface to shine. I am looking forward to catching up on Season 2. If you haven't watched Smallville, please, give it a chance. I did, and have yet to be disappointed.
Six discs grace this package, and included are some great bonus features, one of which is an "interactive" tour of smallville. Bonus Features are great as you can go behind the scenes and learn just how much work goes into a series such as this, and if you like it like I do, it will make you appreciate it all the more!