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Smallville: The Complete Series (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 62
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 11520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XWLN20
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Special Features

Complete Series Exclusive Features
Over 5 hours of newly added special features including a never-before seen Superboy pilot from 1961, a 90 minute series retrospective with all new interviews, 2010 final Comic Con panel, Aquaman Pilot, and Paley Festival featurette!
Exclusive Daily Planet newspaper written by DC Comics that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show
Two lay-flat picture books that hold 62 discs
Episode guide with never-before-seen production art (storyboards/sketches) and behind-the-scenes photos

Season One
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

Season Two
Two episodes with commentary, five episodes with deleted scenes
"The Chloe Chronicles" webisode investigations
"Faster Than a Speeding Bullet" - the visual effects of "Smallville"
"Christopher Reeve: Man of Steel"

Season Three
Audio commentary on three episodes by the show's producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and cast members Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack and John Glover
"Producing Smallville: The Heroes Behind The Camera" - a behind-the-scenes featurette
"The Chloe Chronicles: Volume II" Webisodes from season 3
Unaired scenes with optional commentary
Gag reel

Season Four
Commentary by Erica Durance, Annette O'Toole, and executive producers Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Ken Horton on Crusade
Commentary by John Glover, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Ken Horton on Transference
Commentary by Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, and director Jeannot Szwarc on Spell
Unaired scenes Behind Closed Doors: inside the writers' room
Being Lois Lane: Noel Neill, Margot Kidder, Dana Delany, Erica Durance, and other portrayers share their thoughts

Season Five
Commentary by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Ken Horton, and Steven S. DeKnight on Thirst
Commentary by Steven S. DeKnight, James Marshall, and James Marsters (Prof. Fine) on Splinter
"Smallville's 100th Episode: The Making of a Milestone" featurette
Unaired scenes
Excerpts from the documentary "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman"
"Vengeance Chronicles": promo webisodes

Season Six
Green Arrow: The Legend of the Emerald Archer
Smallville: Big Fans
Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles
The Making of Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles
Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom

Season Seven
Supergirl featurette
Jimmy on Jimmy featurette
Smallville Legends Mobisodes

Season Eight
Commentary on two episodes
Unaired scenes
In the Director's Chair: Behind the lens and calling the shots with Allison Mack
Smallville's Doomsday: The Making of a Monster

Season Nine
"Kneel Before Zod" featurette: An in-depth look at this dynamic criminal from Krypton, his origins in DC's silver age, and his various appearances in more recent film, animation, and live-action television
"Justice for All" featurette: Meet with Smallville's creative team as they bring the Justice Society of America, one of the comic world's most iconic teams of superheroes, to television for the first time
Cast/creator commentaries on episodes Idol and Kandor
Unaired scenes

Season Ten
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Featurette
Music Video

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Product Description

The groundbreaking 10-season hit that redefined the origins of the world’s greatest hero is all here – from his arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Relive a decade’s worth of thrills across 218 Episodes in a Spectacular 62-Disc Set that includes 2 Bonus Discs of Added Special Features. Let your spirits be lifted up, up and away.

Season 1-Before the Legend, before the Icon, he was a teenager growing up in Smallville. The Complete First Season of the hit series begins the chronicle of the life of the boy who would be Superman.

Season 2-
Girls, homework, kryptonite. Don't miss a single second - the entire second season! Clark Kent lives in Smallville, but in many ways he's out of this world - and so is this spectacular series that provides a fascinating spin on Superman lore. Among the episode highlights: Clark grapples with his true calling. Is he on Earth to serve humanity or perhaps destroy it? Lex gets married - twice! Lana moves in with Chloe, adding a new dynamic to their Clark dilemma. Martha and Jonathan receive miraculous news. Lionel pulls devious strings. And Pete becomes a keeper of the Clark secret. One thing we can't keep secret: the legend grows stronger in Smallville.

Season 3-
Clark Kent lives in Smallville, but in many ways he is out of this world, and so is this spectacular series that provides a fascinating spin on Superman lore. Season 3 is marked by Clark's inability to overpower destiny and its pressing call for his return home. Clark, who has left Smallville for Metropolis, returns to Smallville to help his parents, who are desperately trying to save their cash-strapped farm and is happily surprised to find that Lex Luthor has survived a deadly jet crash. Lex and Clark's ill-fated camaraderie is strengthened by this miracle but causes tension in the close-knit Kent family, as Jonathan fears that Lex will emulate Lionel and his unscrupulous ways, even while Lex has tried to establish his own identity.

Season 4-
Clark Kent will have plenty of reasons to remember his senior year. The thrilling reinterpretation of the Superman legend evolves in Season 4, whose episodes include the quest for 3 Kryptonian crystals and Clark's bold attempt to keep those mysterious stones from destroying Earth. Clark also becomes a highly recruited football star. Lana gets a boyfriend. Lois Lane smart, opinionated and entirely annoying to Clark comes to Smallville. Chloe learns the scoop of the century. Lionel becomes a straight-up nice guy. Lex steps further from the light into darkness. New characters (Krypto, Mr. Mxyzptlk) and a new power emerge. The calling awaits Clark an awakening to a destiny that only he can accept and fulfill.

Season 5-
An astonishing season of destiny. Clark Kent now carries a full load of classes at Central Kansas U., but that's not all he carries. He carries the full weight of his and perhaps the world's destiny. "We call this season Superman in Training," series co-creator Alfred Gough says. "Clark is going to accept his destiny." During this exciting pivotal season: The Fortress of Solitude rises. A spaceship mystery unfolds. A dark tragedy - one even Clark's powers can't prevent - strikes. These and more key elements of Superman lore fall into place.

Season 6-
They tried to be friends but their chosen paths set them on a collision course. The Clark Kent-Lex Luthor rivalry explodes into the fierce good- versus-evil battle fans have long expected in Season 6 of the spectacular series that reinterprets the characters and events of Superman mythology from its roots.

Adding to the rivalry: Lana Lane becomes Mrs. Luthor. Clark/Superman would be stunned to find out why she says yes. But that’s not all that’s stunning. Green Arrow forms a Super Hero league. Will Clark join? Phantom Zone escapees menace Earth. Can Clark stop them? LuthorCorp expands its dark experiments. Will an awesome kryptonite-powered army be the result?

Season 7-There are two Clark Kents. One is the young man whose life in a tiny Kansas town sets him on destinys path. The other is a Bizarro who shares Clarks DNA but not his values. Only one of them can survive. Superman mythology grows deeper and more powerful in an event-packed season that includes the arrival of Clarks cousin Kara/Supergirl. Keep a low profile and master your powers, Clark says. Kara has other ideas. Plus: Lana Lang might prefer Bizarro to the real deal. Lois Lane makes a career leap. Chloe Sullivan finds that balancing a meteor power with a personal life isnt easy. And Lex Luthors power-lust has a new fixation Kara. New characters and complications. New secrets and lore. New thrills and special effects.

Season 8-There's a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace with Lois Lane. There's a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder's exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action – a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe's marriage last?), so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them!), so don’t miss a single thrill-packed moment!

Season 9-Great planet, earth is. So great that other survivors of Planet Krypton wouldn’t mind making it home and taking control. But fellow Kryptonian Clark Kent has a warning for Zod and his followers who cross the line, especially if they seek to enlist Lois Lane in their schemes: I will destroy you all! Hearts grow fonder (Clark & Lois) and dangers grow stronger (Clark vs. warriors of Zod) in this 21-Episode Season 9 Collection. Plus, unexpected characters from DC Comics lore add exciting new layers to the adventures of the man who will become Superman. Among them: the shape-shifting Wonder Twins, magical Zantanna, and Justice Society of America’s Dr. Fate, Hawkman and Stargirl. May justice prevail – and Earth survive!

Season 10-
After a meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, years pass, and the healing process leaves the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attempts to decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggles with the transition from boyhood to adulthood, Clark finds that his strength and strange abilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers.

Review

Season 1-The venerable Superman mythos gets a 21st-century updating in this imaginative and engaging television series from the WB Network. 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.--Paul Gaita

Season 2-
For many fans, the Superman revisionist series Smallville truly hit its stride in its second season, when it shifted focus from traditional comic book conflicts to one of self-discovery for its hero, a teenage Clark Kent (Tom Welling). Fans and first-timers can judge for themselves with this six-disc set, which compiles all 23 episodes and a decent selection of supplemental features. Whereas season 1 focused on Clark using his powers to combat a host of menaces à la the WB's other big fantasy hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2 delved into Clark's past and the extent of his super powers, most notably in the back-to-back "Heat," in which he discovers his heat vision, and "Red," in which red kryptonite in the high school class rings uncorks Clark's less-than-upstanding side. Other plot developments from the season that pull the series in interesting directions include the arrival of Dr. Helen Bryce (Emanuelle Vaugier), who becomes involved with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), but the season's most significant moment comes during episode 17, "Rosetta," in which Clark learns of his Kryptonian origins courtesy of a scientist, who, in an effective bit of casting, is played by Superman film star Christopher Reeve.

The complexity of the writing and issues dealt with in season 2 marked Smallville as a series with depth and drama worthy of its considerable fan following as well as a second boxed set; fittingly, the supplements in this set are more expansive than on the first one. Producers Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Greg Beeman and cast members Welling, Rosenbaum, and Kristen Kreuk weigh in on commentary tracks for two episodes ("Red" and "Rosetta"), while a trio of short featurettes explore Christopher Reeves's appearance in "Rosetta," the show's visual effects, and the amusing "Wall of Weird" web page maintained by Chloe (Allison Mack). The extras are rounded out by a handful of deleted scenes and a gag reel. --Paul Gaita

Season 3-Clark Kent lives in Smallville, but in many ways he is out of this world, and so is this spectacular series that provides a fascinating spin on Superman lore. Season 3 is marked by Clark's inability to overpower destiny and its pressing call for his return home. Clark, who has left Smallville for Metropolis, returns to Smallville to help his parents, who are desperately trying to save their cash-strapped farm and is happily surprised to find that Lex Luthor has survived a deadly jet crash. Lex and Clark's ill-fated camaraderie is strengthened by this miracle but causes tension in the close-knit Kent family, as Jonathan fears that Lex will emulate Lionel and his unscrupulous ways, even while Lex has tried to establish his own identity.

Season 4-
The arrival of another gorgeous young woman with the initials of LL further complicates Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) life in the fourth season of Smallville, the WB's hip and sexy reinvention of the Superman legend. In this case, it's Lois Lane (Erica Durance), a would-be college freshman who's come to the Kansas heartland to investigate the disappearance of her cousin, Chloe. What she discovers instead is a naked, amnesiac Clark Kent in a cornfield, and things take off from there. Durance doesn't appear in every episode--she was credited as a "special guest star"--but her tough spirit and crackling wit provide a great, non-romantic foil to Clark.

That's just as well, because there's plenty of romantic triangulation--or worse--going on. Clark's former love interest--and his first LL--Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), has returned from her summer in Paris sporting a new boyfriend, Jason Teague (Jensen Ackles), as well as a mysterious tattoo that seems to have something to do with a set of Kryptonian crystals as well as Jason's sinister mom, Genevieve (Jane Seymour). Keeping his relationship with Lana a secret, Jason has signed on as Smallville High's new assistant football coach. What's surprising is that the team's new quarterback is none other than Clark, who's grown tired of hiding his super-strength, super-speed, and invulnerability and wants to be part of the team. But nothing's easy for Clark, and he goes through the prom, a marriage, and fatherhood, not necessarily in that order, as well as his secret being discovered, unknown to him, by one of his closest friends. (On the plus side, he does uncover a cool new power.)

But the key to the season is the Kryptonian crystals. They further deteriorate the relationship between the incarcerated Lionel Luthor (John Glover), and his son, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum). Lex may be Clark's best friend, but he reveals more of his dark side in a revelation about his sexual escapades and a split-personality (literally) incident. Lana's frightening dreams actually come to life in a silly Charmed-type episode. Then in the explosive season finale, the main characters are scattered and another meteor shower threatens to wipe out the town.

One of the fun things about Smallville is how producers Al Gough and Miles Millar and their team of writers acknowledge their place in a 70-year Superman mythos (even if Clark is never referred to as Superman). His DC Comics origins receive a nod with appearances by the Flash, Krypto the superdog, and the magical Mxyztplk. And the cast includes not only regular Annette O'Toole (Martha Clark), who had played Lana Lang in Superman III, but guest shots by Margot Kidder (Bridgette Porter) and Terence Stamp (the voice of Jor-El), and the late Christopher Reeve gets a brief but touching farewell in an announcement of the passing of his character, Dr. Virgil Swann.

Extras include 15 minutes with the writing team, a spotlight on Kidder, Durance, and others who have played Lois Lane, deleted scenes, and three episodes with commentary from combinations of Gough, Millar, Durance, Kreuk, Glover and others, but not Welling. --David Horiuchi

Season 5-Consistently solid with some major developments, the fifth season of Smallville kicks the characters off to college, but not before finishing the cataclysmic disaster that ended the fourth season. With Chloe transported to the Arctic Circle and Kryptonian supervillains in town, Clark (Tom Welling) is in the Fortress of Solitude meeting Jor-El (voiced by Terence Stamp). He gives up his powers, but to get them back will cost him the life of someone he loves.

The even bigger development is that Clark and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) finally give up their dalliances with others and become an official couple. That means the other girls in Clark's life become fifth and sixth wheels, so Chloe (Allison Mack) reveals the secret she's been keeping from Clark and becomes a best pal. Super-gorgeous Lois's (Erica Durance, now part of the opening credits) banter with Clark loses its bite without any sexual tension so instead she meets Arthur "AC" Curry, a fantastic swimmer who has an eye for Lois and an accusing one toward Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and LutherCorp. He's not the only one; Clark's Central Kansas A&M professor, Milton Fine (James Marsters) hires Clark to help him on his project, an expose of LutherCorp. Lex is the pivotal character of the season. His relationship with his best friend, Clark, now history, Lex has a Christmas Carol-type dream in which he sees himself in a law-abiding--and happy--life. (That episode, "Lexmas," also has some amusing interplay involving Clark and Chloe.) Undeterred, he decides on a life of power and dives into a state senate race against Jonathan Kent with gusto, though a fanatical Lex supporter turns the race into a literal one for life and death. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) also makes a strong comeback in this season, pulling unseen levers and making everyone wonder exactly what he knows.

There's some fun. "Thirst" is a tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and another DC Comics character, Cyborg (Teen Titans), appears. Carrie Fisher plays Chloe's editor at The Daily Planet, and "Exposed" reunites Schneider with former Dukes of Hazzard costar Tom Wopat, and the two go peeling out in a vehicle. But things come to a head in the series 100th episode, when Jor-El's prediction comes to pass and splintered relationships end up leading in unexpected directions. Then in the season finale's cliffhanger Clark has to face three of his enemies. --David Horiuchi

Season 6-
Picking up where its fifth season left off, Smallville's sixth season begins with Metropolis in ruins, Clark (Tom Welling) trapped in the Phantom Zone, and General Zod inhabiting the body of Lex (Michael Rosenbaum). Even when that situation, dubbed "Black Thursday," is over, Clark still has to capture the criminals who escaped from the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile, having driven away Lana (Kristin Kreuk), she finds comfort in the home and arms of Lex, driving further anxiety into that romantic triangle that has expanded to include Chloe (Allison Mack, still with a smile that lights up the orb on top of the Daily Planet) and her new beau, photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore). And Lois (Erica Durance)? We see hints of her inevitable future in her becoming a reporter for the tabloid rag The Inquisitor ("The thrill of discovery, the clack of the keys, the scent of fresh ink… I think I've finally found my calling!") and flashing some sparks with Clark especially in a Valentine's Day episode called "Crimson."

She also finds a new boyfriend in Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), a tycoon who moves from Star City to Metropolis and revives a boarding-school rivalry with Lex. But Queen is also a superhero, the Green Arrow, and he's out to thwart Lex's project called 33.1, which runs tests on meteor-powered humans. And in an awesome episode called "Justice," the Green Arrow gathers his team--Bart Allen (Kyle Gallner), a.k.a. Impulse (a change after he was first called the Flash); Arthur "AC" Curry (Alan Ritchson), a.k.a. Aquaman; and Victor Stone (Lee Thompson Young), a.k.a. Cyborg (who had all appeared in the series before)--with Clark to shut down Lex. Yet another hero from the comic books--an interplanetary detective (Phil Morris)--helps Clark fight rogue Kryptonians. It all ends in a slam-bang finale with a number of surprises. Even though the Lana drama went on too long, Green Arrow and some choice episodes stuff made this one of Smallville's best seasons. Guest stars include Tori Spelling as a nosy gossip reporter and Lynda "Wonder Woman" Carter as Chloe's mom. --David Horiuchi

Season 7-Super-sexy and super-flirty, Clark's super-cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoot) made the splashiest addition to the cast in Smallville's season 7. Unfortunately for Clark (Tom Welling), she's more advanced in her powers than he is (she can fly), and she's not the kind to shy away from drawing attention to herself, whether it's in a skimpy bikini or garnering notice from Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore, joining the opening credits). Chloe (Allison Mack, rightfully moving ahead of Erica Durance in the credits) is trying to come to terms with her "meteor freak" powers, and Lois (Durance) is dallying with the new Daily Planet editor Grant Gabriel (Michael Cassidy), who has a mysterious past. The dreary drama of Lex and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) is over, and Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole) has permanently departed for Congress, so Lana is now playing house with Clark at the Kent farm. More elements of the DC Comics mythology enter, such as superheroine Black Canary (Alana Huffman), as do guest stars from the universe of Super-entertainment (Lois and Clark's Dean Cain as a doctor who claims to be able to "cure" meteor powers, and Helen "Supergirl" Slater as Clark's Kryptonian mother). Braniac (James Marsters) is still a threat, and Lionel (John Glover) reveals a shady past as part of an order called Veritas, which is purportedly assigned with protecting "the Traveler," an alien who has come to Earth as its salvation. Yet even with the numerous cast comings and goings, the most surprising change happened at the end of the season, when series producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar announced their departure. Whether that would be a good or bad thing (and whether it would mean an end to their original Smallville edict, "No flights, no tights") would have to be answered in season 8. --David Horiuchi

Season 8-
Who would have predicted that the departure of series creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough would have given Smallville a surge of super-strength in its eighth season? Give a good part of the credit to saying out with the old--series veterans Michael Rosenbaum (Lex) and Kristin Kreuk (Lana), whose dreary romantic coupling dragged down previous seasons--and in with the new. The new include entirely fresh faces Cassidy Freeman as LutherCorp heir apparent Tess Mercer and Sam Witwer as paramedic Davis Bloome, and experienced players getting increased face time, such as Justin Hartley's Green Arrow joining the opening credits and Erica Durance receiving much more exposure than in season 7. In particular, with Lana having said goodbye, Lois (Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling) are given ample time to start building the relationship we know is inevitable, and their clumsy fumblings are the highlight of the season (their fake engagement is particularly funny). Chloe (Allison Mack) and Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) grow closer, but the brooding danger of Davis reveals something much worse than a mere lovers' triangle. Clark starts to embrace his destiny by protecting Metropolis at invisible super-speed, earning him the groan-worthy nickname of "The Red-Blue Blur," and comic-book characters making their series debuts are the geek-favorite group the Legion of Super-Heroes (Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad), Zatanna (Serinda Swan), and Dr. Emil Hamilton (Alessandro Juliani of Battlestar Galactica). The season sags when Durance is absent for stretches, and the season finale isn't nearly what it could have been, but it was still more than enough to rescue the series from what seemed to be the brink of cancellation and head strong into its ninth season. --David Horiuchi

Season 9-
Smallville continued its post-Millar/Gough resurgence with an excellent ninth season in which Clark (Tom Welling) dons a new black costume but remains too fast for the public eye, now dubbed "the Blur" (instead of "the Red-Blue Blur"). His new nemesis is fellow Kryptonian Major Zod (Callum Blue), and the persistent theme of the season is the vision of a nightmarish post-apocalyptic world ruled by Zod and his army of soldiers. Well, that and the theme of Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark, as their romance continues to develop despite the threat of Zod, who tries to capitalize on Lois's secret communications with the Blur by pretending to be him. Durance and Welling share a great chemistry, both sexy and funny. Meanwhile, Chloe (Alison Mack) and Oliver (Justin Hartley) develop their own romance, and Oliver's former squeeze, Tess (Cassidy Freeman), runs LutherCorp and is also a member of the covert organization Checkmate, led by Amanda Waller (Pam Grier). That development happens in a double-length episode called "Absolute Justice," which features the Justice Society of America, a precursor to the Justice League that includes Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Dr. Fate (Brent Stait), and Stargirl (Brittney Irvin). Other comic-book characters introduced this season include Metallo (Brian Austin Green), Daily Planet editor Perry White (Michael McKean, whose real-life wife, Annette O'Toole, makes a brief return as Martha Kent, Clark's mother and White's love interest), Roulette (Steph Song), Green Arrow protégé Speedy (Elise Gatien), and even the shape-shifting Wonder Twins (David Gallagher and Allison Scagliotti)! Fans who stuck with the show as it moved to Friday nights were rewarded with the news that Smallville would be renewed for one final season. --David Horiuchi


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305 of 312 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of the ACTUAL box set November 30, 2011
By Ryan
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I'm a huge SV fan. Been one since about season two. And I wanted this awesome-looking collector's set so badly that I sold my seasons one through nine, some textbooks, etc. just to have money for it.

In the long run, I kind of regret doing that.

Here's the short version: If you already own seasons one through nine, do yourself a favor and just buy season ten. This big set, unfortunately, is not worth it.

Here's the long version: While the set looks beautiful, it's not practical. Each DVD is tightly (and I mean TIGHTLY) held in place by cardboard dividers. You literally have to pry out some of the DVDs from between two slats of cardboard. Obviously, this leaves some pretty heavy scratches. One of my DVDs looks like I set it on the floor, put my foot on top of it, and did the hokey pokey. The fronts of the DVDs look great, each season represented by a different Kryptonian symbol that die-hard fans will recognize. However, the DVDs are packed SO TIGHTLY that, sometimes, the symbols (and even the big shiny silver disc numbers) are rubbed off. This only happened to a couple of my discs, but it was sad to see.

Another thing I'm disappointed by: Despite the cool new look of these DVDs, they are the SAME DVDs from the previous sets. Same menu layout, same opening montage, everything. I thought we'd get something a little more fresh, but I was wrong.

The big books which hold the DVDs are neat, but their coolness only lasts as long as it takes for you to look at each panel. Same goes for the production notes and newspaper. They're really nice, but they don't make up for the horrible disc storage. I decided to store my Smallville DVDs in a DVD binder so that I never have to subject them to cardboard ever again.

And the special features...
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115 of 127 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning must buy more with this! December 16, 2011
By Chris
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Warning...you must buy other cases or something safe to put your DVD's in. It is a horrible designed cardboard sleeve with no protection that is sealed too tight. I've had to tear the cardboard to get DVD's out and it scratches your dvd too. Some have even gotten deep scratches on the first time taking the DVD out causing it to skip. So know you will have to tear the sleeves the DVD's are in and put them in something that won't destroy them.

Other than that its great!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Design February 25, 2012
By Michael
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I got this box set for chrismas and got all the way to 6th season and then had problems with the disc. I'm sorry who ever designed the package was an idiot. This is why I have reverted to downloading shows and movies. It is utterly rediculas to spend 200 dollars on a box set to find a disc so scratched up that it is unable to watch it. Beware before you buy this that chances are you are going to end up with disc that are scratched.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series January 5, 2012
By Jon
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Smallville is a great series thats not why i give this product review 2 stars it due to the fact that whoever had the idea of packing 64 discs in a tight cardboard book wasn't really thinking. The idea was kinda of cool but that fact every disc gets scratched no matter what, unless you cut each disc out it is inevitable. If you are planning on buying this entire series just buy all the discs separately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superhero's journey May 10, 2011
By Nikki
Format:DVD
I already own the first 9 seasons so I most likely will not be purchasing this set, though I admit the special features tempt me! This review is for anybody who is not a Smallville fan, or perhaps was one at one point but lost interest. This is my promotion for you to purchase this set and experience a journey that is truly epic. Smallville premiered when I was a freshman in High School, the same time Clark Kent was a freshman, though who really bought Tom Welling as a 14 year old? I remember being anxious for the premiere due to the fact I had always been a die-hard superman fan. The pilot did not disappoint, it gave just the right amount of intrigue and nostalgia as it set up the tale of a young Clark Kent as he begins his destiny towards becoming the greatest super hero the world has ever known. It was the perfect mix of action and teen angst as we watch Clark deal with everyday teenage problems when Clark is anything but the average teenager. The casting was perfect as Tom Welling looked every bit what anyone would envision the future man of steel to be. What teenage girl wouldn't fall for that dark hair and baby blue (errr...green) eyes? I began to watch the show fairly regularly, back before DVR; I recorded the episodes on VHS tapes for later viewing. I'll admit the first couple of seasons got a little repetitive with the whole "freak of the week" line up but it was always worth it for those juicy morsels of superman mythos. I didn't over analyze the show or get mad when they went off comic book script, I took it for what it was which was just entertaining. Smallville just became my thing; my 45 min escape from all things real world and everything fantasy. As I went into my college years I stopped recording the show regularly and for the most part lost track of all things Clark Kent. Read more ›
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Given that HD versions of Seasons 1-4 episodes already exist for purchase or rental on Amazon Video on Demand (as well as Netflix, etc.), Warner's claim that the special effects during these seasons were produced in standard definition only and not up to Blu-ray full capabilities, doesn't really hold water. The HD versions have already been produced and exist to master the Blu-rays from limiting Warner's additional production costs.

My system includes the latest Panasonic 65" 3D plasma display (Pioneer SC-37 7.1 AV Receiver; JBL L-880's) and video collection features Blu-ray & HD-DVD copies of seasons 5-9 (10's on order). I have also viewed seasons 1 through 4 on DVD (along with several HD episodes using VOD) and once beyond about the start of season two, the video reproduction is actually quite good. Not Blu-ray resolution and color depth, but better than I have seen in many other DVD's of TV programs I own. In regards to the visual special effects, even on the latest season Blu-rays, Smallville's TV sized production budget shows in most shots. In fact, some of the effects shots being used in the later seasons date back to the very earliest episodes (i.e. night shot of the Daily Planet building with the helicopter flying down and then existing screen left) so I am not sure why Warner is concerned we would be disappointed in the Blu-ray results now.

The Blu-rays would also offer the benefits of lossless audio which with some of the very impressive sound tracks this series has produced would really be missed on the DVD's. If Warner were to invest the extra money now to make this package available in Blu-ray in today's dollars, I suspect the potential exists for this series to be a very long term profit center with little future costs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Check the discs for errors
Liked the series but two of the discs were faulty and the warranty period had passed before I watched the series.
Published 5 days ago by T. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is good entertainment. We were looking forward to watching...
This series is good entertainment. We were looking forward to watching some of it at the end of the day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Awful Packaging
I have to agree with all the bad reviews here - sure the show is great, but if you tear up the disks getting them out of their cardboard sleeves, it won't be great for long. Read more
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awesome and it was the cheapest price
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1.0 out of 5 stars Heavy paper weight.
Find other set or buy season individually.
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YES!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really great show and be careful when taking out the disks!!!!
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No Blu-ray release!!
I want this Box-Set on Blu-Ray !!!
Please warner !!
Jun 1, 2011 by CAMREBIRTH |  See all 32 posts
Amazon should extend warranty/returns for multi disk DVD box sets
Craig, a very good and sensible idea. This is something Amazon should have considered and implemented already instead of having it suggested by customers. Regarding the Smallville set, there is no logical way they can, (or should) expect a customer to watch 10 seasons in less than a month just to... Read More
Dec 25, 2011 by Cap'n Ned |  See all 7 posts
Subtitles
Hello emeraude,
I posted on the UK forum, that there are French subs on all of the seasons, but not on the two bonus discs.
@Manoel Kosloski: Seasons 1, 7, 8, 9, 10 and the two bonus discs have Portuguese subtitles.
However, seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 unfortunately do not contain Portuguese subtitles.
Dec 21, 2011 by Morten Hillebert Bay |  See all 8 posts
Great Recognition
I agree. It is far and few between these releases nowadays... I have a blu-ray player, but I still cling on to DVD's and have decided to not buy any blu-rays before I can't get a specific title I want on DVD.
May 23, 2011 by Morten Hillebert Bay |  See all 5 posts
I want it....but I'll wait for BR.
Agreed. No longer going to be suckered into buying twice. I'll wait, and if no Blu-Ray, then no sale. I'm patient, and have (hopefully!) at least another 50 years on this planet.
May 17, 2014 by Jeffrey F. Martin |  See all 2 posts
Sorry!! I almost got this thinking that it was a BD Be the first to reply
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