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Superboy - The Complete First Season (2006)

John Haymes Newton , Stacey Haiduk  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Haymes Newton, Stacey Haiduk
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 558 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Superboy - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary by John Haymes Newton and executive producer Ilya Salkind on two episodes
  • "Superboy: Getting Off the Ground" - a making-of featurette with the cast and creators
  • John Haymes Newton screen test
  • Excerpts from the documentary "Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman"

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Produced by Alexander and Ilya Salkind, who revitalized Superman's movie career in the '70s with Christopher Reeve in the title role, the syndicated television series Superboy (1988-92) was a flawed but likable attempt to put a youthful spin on the Man of Steel by placing him in college and ridding Metropolis of crime between classes John Haymes Newton (the "Cable Guy" on Desperate Housewives) did a respectable job in both Clark Kent's oversized spectacles and in the cape and boots, and the series certainly made attempts to acknowledge its comic book origins by utilizing original characters, including Lana Lang (Stacy Haiduk), Lex Luthor (Scott Wells), and even villains like Mr. Mxyzptlk (a wonderfully eccentric performance by character actor Michael J. Pollard). Unfortunately, budget restraints and some woefully hackneyed scripts prevented the show from presenting Superboy's exploits in the grand style of the comics, and 20 years after its release, the first season is best appreciated as a camp exercise than a true action-adventure series. Still, there are some moments that approximate the high-flying style of the comics books ("The Alien Solution," which pits Superboy against a belligerent invisible alien, and Pollard's turn in "Mr. Mxyzpltk"), and guest stars like a youthful Joaquin Phoenix (billed here as "Leaf Phoenix) in "Little Hercules" provide some interesting turns (though Leif Garrett's appearance as a wealthy rock star who catches Lana's eye in "Bringing Down the House" pushes things back into camp waters). The extras include a making-of featurette, which covers the series' conception and casting, and commentary by Newton (who gets the show's camp appeal) and Ilya Salkind (who doesn't) on two episodes; Newton's screen test and an excerpt from Ken Burns and Bryan Singer's Superman documentary, Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman, round out the supplemental features. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

John Haymes Newton, Stacy Haiduk. In between his boyhood days in Smallville and his full-fledged Daily Planet reporter days, a shy, college-aged Clark Kent is studying to be a journalist at Schuster University. The Boy of Steel" manages to have one exciting adventure after another-and all the while, he continues to woo Lana Lang. Includes 26 debut-season episodes on 4 DVDs. 1988-89/color/9 hrs., 18 min/NR/fullscreen.

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superboy - Finally on DVD nearly 20 years later! March 28, 2006
By Matt MN
Format:DVD
I first watched this series growing up in the 80's - I was eight years old when it premiered in syndication. To me, it is *the* definitive version of Superman/Superboy. Looking back on it, nearly 20 years later, it hasn't held up as well as I remember it - but, it still gets five stars for pure nostalgia reasons.

I thought John Newton was much better as Clark/Superman than Gerard Christopher (both actors appeared later on Melrose Place). Newton brought a realness to Clark - a regular guy who skateboarded and lifted weights with his buddies. However, Christopher took Chris Reeve's interpretation and turned it up to 11 - displaying Urkel-level nerdiness. Thankfully his Clark was toned down a bit after season 2.

Unfortunately, the first season suffers from a number of weak villains. Too often, Superboy found himself pitted against wealthy land developers, cops gone bad, polluters, and old guys in junkyards suffering from World War II shell shock. The villains got much better in later seasons. Still, there are a number of standouts in the first year - the introduction of Kryponite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, battling a succubus, time traveling to Hollywood's golden era, etc. I like how certain elements from the movie franchise were melded with John Byrne's reinvention (Clark's father being alive in this version, etc.) Incidentally, Martha is played by Salome Jens, who would go on to menace Deep Space 9 as leader of the changelings in the Dominion War. Another strength of the series was the impressive wire-work. Take offs and landings were typically done well (using many people who worked on the Superman movies) and were very ambitious - much better than the "whip pan" cape over camera effect used in Lois and Clark to "depict" take offs.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1988 SEASON 1 DVD Release!! March 11, 2006
By Massik
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't wait for SEASON 2 of SUPERBOY, but to get ready, I'm looking forward to the DVD release of SEASON 1 starring John Haymes Newton (Melrose Place & 'The Cable Guy' from Desperate Housewives). I just hope potential new fans (Smallville fans & Superman Returns fans) don't get discouraged when it comes time to purchase future seasons of SUPERBOY because they don't know that this show got better. SEASON 1 was probably the weakest of the series, with bad plots.

I can't believe Warner Brothers is releasing this DVD, since they filed a lien against the series in 1992 (the end of Season 4). WB blocked 'Superboy' from being rerun in North America, and from any further plans for occassional TV movies.

For the most part, 'Superboy The TV series' has been legally banned from future fans and viewers around the world which is why it has never been seen in syndication since. It cost the Salkinds a franchise, and the Superboy stars John Haymes Newton (Superboy/Clark 1), Gerard Christopher (Superboy/Clark 2) and Stacey Haiduk (Lana Lang) millions in royalties. Yet, despite this, the series is very much alive on the internet today and has spurned a loyal underground cult following.

Enjoy SEASON 1...John Haymes Newton did a good job as Superboy & Clark Kent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series that got better and better May 30, 2006
Format:DVD
It's super that Superboy season 1 is on DVD! This entire series was a blast of fun and it kept improving and increasing the fun level with every episode. The early episodes are fun, but when it was decided that comic book writers should be involved in the writing that move really made the series even cooler for fans of classic Superboy comics. The reviewer who stated that the comic writers didn't make the series even more like the comics is insane! Scripts by D.C. comic book writers made this show rock! I don't see how any fan of the original Superboy comics couldn't love this show. It's the real deal when it comes to capturing the spirit of the classic Superboy of the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's. There's plenty of great comic book based fun like the chemical accident origin of Luthor, plus Metallo, plus the Yellow Peri and Gazook, plus Bizarro...! Plus Noel Neill and Jack Larson too! It was everything this Superboy fan could want from a Superboy TV series! The later episodes are especially good and when it came to capturing the classic Superboy spirit the Salkinds really did it right. Season one is a darn good start, but the later seasons were even more fun. Seasons 3 & 4 are my favorites. Please give us the other seasons on DVD too!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe me, it gets better! June 26, 2006
Format:DVD
I am very happy that this wonderful series which lasted four years in syndication is finally making its DVD debut. The only thing that concerns me is that people may watch this first season and be put off by poor acting and not-so-exciting scripts and villains. Please believe me when I say that this series did indeed keep getting better every season. This season John Haymes Newton played the part of Superboy and Scott Wells plays, in my opinion, a very poor Lex Luthor.

Next season Gerard Christopher takes over as Superboy. Sherman Howard takes over wonderfully as the new Lex Luthor. Mr. Howard is a marvelous Lex Luthor. We also see comic book villains such as Bizarro and Metallo. Gone is TJ White and in his place is Andy McAlister who also leaves the show after the second season when Clark and Lana work in the Bureau of Extranormal Matters. Stacy Haiduk is one of the only characters who remain the same.

The first year's special effects were not so great, but beginning in the second season many of the flying sequences rival the Superman movies. The scripts are MUCH better, the stories are much more exciting. And the best part is that this is one of the few shows where the show does get better and better each season. By the time you get to the third season you'll hardly believe it's the same show. The producers seemed to want to distance themselves from the first season because they renamed the show "The Adventures of Superboy". With just about a complete cast change by the third season, it does not seem to be the same show at all.

I urge everyone who is interested in this series to purchase it on DVD so that the remaining seasons will be released. You will not be disappointed. Give this series a chance to really shine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superboy
i worked a few seasons on this show here in orlando as extra/tech person. and to be honest, i still haven't cracked the shrinkwrap on this.
Published 5 days ago by Lee B. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent DVD set
I ordered this on DVD and it arrived on time and it works...great DVD and I plan on buying the other seasons
Published 10 days ago by Charlie U.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
I have waited 15 years to see this. After watching pilot I am out. A huge Superman franchise fan, this is just a miss.
Published 1 month ago by Walt Frasier
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting
I saw the good reviews by people and thought why not check it out. I watched the first one and thought wow this really bad acting, but it is the pilot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wayne A. Seavolt
5.0 out of 5 stars superboy season 1 is awesome
i love superboy season 1 awesome a great begining now i have the set season 1-4 on a scale 1-100 100 being the best i give the set seasons 1-4 a 100
Published 2 months ago by Dog Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Glad that this was finally available. Havent watched these yet but am sure that I will like them and happy to add them to my super hero collection.
Published 3 months ago by David P. Whitaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Smallville, but still enjoyable
I had recently completed viewing all 10 seasons of "Smallville," and also all four seasons of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," and was looking for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by FKA Thriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but often underrated 1st Season of Superboy
I had heard a lot of negative reviews about the first season of Superboy. Many fans of the show seem to prefer the later seasons of Superboy, and Gerard Christopher's portrayal of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by polished211
1.0 out of 5 stars KILL IT WITH FIRE!
Do not watch this. Your eyes will melt and fall out of your face and horrible fates will befall all of your pets. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply super
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