WHV Press Release: "Smallville: The Complete First Season"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    BEFORE THE LEGEND...BEFORE THE ICON, HE WAS A TEENAGER GROWING UP IN....

    SMALLVILLE

    THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON OF THE WB'S HIGH-FLYING TELEVISION SERIES MUSCLES
    ITS WAY ONTO DVD
    SEPTEMBER 23 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO


    BURBANK, CA. (June 24, 2003) - Whether they're on the big screen or the
    small screen, comic book heroes have never been more popular, and to satisfy
    millions of television viewers hooked on the latest twist on the DC Comics'
    Superman mythology, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release Smallville: The
    Complete First Season on DVD September 23, 2003. *The highest rated show on
    The WB among people ages 12-34 and across all male demographics, Smallville
    has consistently set ratings records, delivering double-digit growth across
    all 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49 demos. The six-disc DVD collector's set contains
    all 21 episodes from the first season, including the pilot episode, and is
    priced at $64.92 SRP. *

    The deluxe DVD collection of Smallville: The Complete First Season contains
    super special features including audio commentaries on the pilot by
    executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as pilot director
    David Nutter. *Another commentary with Gough and Millar appears on the
    show's second episode entitled "Metamorphosis." Additional special features
    include deleted scenes from two episodes, including the pilot, a storyboard
    to screen featurette for the pilot, an interactive tour of Smallville,
    English and French audio and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
    subtitles. A DVD-ROM link to smallville.net website also provides access to
    additional bonus content.

    The name Clark Kent is recognizable to generations of fans, but never before
    has there been an interpretation of the Superman legend quite like
    Smallville. Growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is a
    teenager who is slowly discovering his destiny as the champion of justice
    who will one day be known the world over as Superman. Someday, he'll master
    his powers and true calling, but for now he just has to get through
    adolescence. With realistic portrayals and state-of-the-art special effects
    reinterpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, Smallville was written
    and developed by Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics
    characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Smallville is produced
    by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.

    Since its debut on October 16, 2001, Smallville's viewership continues to
    climb, having increased 14% from its first to second season. The
    overwhelming popularity of Smallville has
    translated into a successful licensing program that includes comic books, a
    soundtrack, action figures, novelizations, trading cards, lunchboxes,
    calendars, clothing and more. *

    EPISODE SYNOPSES:
    1.* * * * Pilot: Written by Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar; Directed by: David
    Nutter. Clark Kent, who arrived from the planet Krypton in a meteor shower,
    grows into a teenager, raised by his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha,
    the only people who know his origin. *Clark's best friends are classmates
    Pete Ross, Chloe Sullivan and Lana Lang, a popular cheerleader who doesn't
    know that Clark loves her. *Lana dates Smallville High School's star
    football quarterback, Whitney Fordman. *When Clark makes a lifesaving rescue
    of Lex Luthor, head of Smallville Fertilizer Plant No. 3, Lex and Clark
    forge an unlikely friendship. *Meanwhile, after emerging from a 12-year
    coma, Jeremy Creek (Adrian Mcmorran), who was lashed to a stake as a prank
    when the shower hit and now has the power to electrify things, seeks revenge
    on Smallville High School until Clark foils him.
    2.* * * * Metamorphosis: Written by Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar; Directed by:
    Michael Watkins and Philip Sgriccia. Clark discovers that a fellow high
    school student, Greg Arkin (Chad E. Donella), has been attacked by
    Kryptonite-affected bugs. *Greg has taken on the "eat, molt, mate, die" life
    cycle of an insect--with Lana as his prey. Clark must rush to save her
    without revealing his superpowers. *Meanwhile, Lex possesses Lana's
    Kryptonite necklace and ponders what to do with the strange stone.
    3. *Hothead: Written by Greg Walker; Directed by: Greg Beeman. *Clark and
    Lex defy their respective fathers. *Clark joins the football team, against
    Jonathan's wishes, ultimately discovering that the coach, Walt Arnold (Dan
    Lauria), has been altered by Kryptonite and is using fire-starting abilities
    to hurt anyone who might prevent him from winning. *Meanwhile, Lex battles
    his own father, Lionel Luthor (recurring guest star John Glover), for
    control of LuthorCorp.
    4. *X-Ray: *Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by James Frawley. Clark
    reels from his first flashes of x-ray vision. *His shock is compounded when
    he witnesses a bank robbery, apparently by his friend, Lex. *Unsure of how
    to control this new power, Clark nonetheless puts it to use when a
    Smallville teen who has developed shape-shifting abilities threatens Lana.
    5. Cool: Written by Michael Green; Directed by: Jim Contner. Clark has a
    chance to share a night out on the town with Lana, thanks to Lex's
    matchmaking, but the evening is interrupted when Clark faces an icy enemy,
    Sean Kelvin (Michael Coristine). *Sean is an aggressive flirt who suffers
    from a Kryptonite-induced case of permanent hypothermia and has to feed off
    of others' body heat to survive--starting with Chloe.
    6. Hourglass: Written by Doris Egan; Directed by Chris Long. Clark is
    wracked by haunting visions when he meets an old woman, Cassandra Carpenter
    (Jackie Burroughs), who can see the future. *Lex schemes to use Cassandra's
    gift to glimpse his own destiny and learn more about Clark's secret.
    Meanwhile, a released serial killer, Harry Bollston (George Murdock), who is
    now a bitter old man in a nursing home, discovers a "fountain of youth" and
    reverts to a teenager. *He then seeks revenge on the descendants of jurors
    who put him in jail decades ago.
    7. Craving: *Written by Michael Green; Directed by: Philip Sgriccia. Clark
    must save Pete from being literally devoured by a female classmate, Jodi
    Melville (Amy Adams), whose diet of Kryptonite-affected vegetables causes
    her to shed weight faster than she can handle, forcing her to satisfy her
    ravenous hunger by gorging on any available food source. *Meanwhile, Lex
    gets one step closer to the truth about Clark after funding a study on the
    green meteor fragments.
    8. Jitters: *Written by Cherie Bennett &*Jeff Gottesfeld; Directed by
    Michael Watkins.
    Clark and Lex team up to rescue members of Clark's high school class after a
    janitor, Earl Jenkins (Tony Todd), takes them hostage in LuthorCorp's
    Smallville Fertilizer Plant No. 3. *Jenkins claims his deadly "jitters" were
    caused by a mysterious contaminant, and he threatens to kill everyone unless
    he is shown a secret sublevel--which Lionel Luthor (recurring guest star
    John Glover) denies ever existed.
    9.* * * * Rogue: *Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by David Carson. Clark's
    secret identity is jeopardized when a corrupt policeman, Sam Phelan (Cameron
    Dye), witnesses Clark using his superhuman powers and coerces him into
    joining forces. *However, when Clark double-crosses the cop, he is not
    prepared to deal with the consequences for him and his family. Meanwhile,
    Lex receives an intriguing proposal from his sexy British ex-girlfriend,
    Victoria Hardwick (recurring guest star Kelly Brook).
    10. Shimmer: Written by Michael Green &*Mark Verheiden; Directed by D.J.
    Caruso. A teenage girl, Amy Palmer (Azura Skye ), lets her obsession with
    Lex become life threatening as attacks in the Luthor mansion pit Clark
    against an invisible enemy. *Meanwhile, Clark is thrilled when Lana seeks
    his companionship after Whitney inexplicably rebuffs her.
    11. Hug: *Written by Doris Egan; Directed by Chris Long. Clark is amazed
    when a pesticide magnate, Bob Rickman (Rick Peters), who has enhanced powers
    of persuasion due to the meteor fragments, somehow convinces Jonathan to
    sell the family farm to make way for a new plant. *Clark teams with a local
    hermit, Kyle Tippet (Gregory Sporleder), whose mysterious past holds the
    secret to saving the town.
    12. Leech: *Written by Tim Schlattmann; Directed by Greg Beeman. When Clark
    rescues his classmate, Eric Summers (Shawn Ashmore), from harm during an
    electrical storm, they are both struck by lightning--resulting in all of
    Clark's superpowers being transferred to Eric. *While Eric relishes his new
    life as "Superboy," he soon begins to abuse his new powers. *Clark's
    happiness at finally being a "normal" teenager is tempered by his growing
    concern for the town's safety. *Meanwhile, Lex confronts Clark, believing
    that he has undeniable proof of Clark's superpowers.
    13. Kinetic: *Written by Philip Levens; Directed by Robert Singer. Clark and
    Lex are mystified when the Luthor mansion is robbed by burglars who seem to
    have the ability to walk through walls. *Lex's curiosity becomes desperation
    when he discovers that the thieves have stolen evidence of his secret
    project. *Clark wonders if his father's suspicions that Lex is deceitful
    have been correct.
    14. Zero: Teleplay by Mark Verheiden; Story by Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar;
    Directed by Michael Katleman. *Lex faces the consequences of a scandal from
    his past in Metropolis when an old enemy comes to Smallville intent on
    destroying Lex's life, putting Clark and Lana in danger. *While protecting
    Lex, Clark must also prevent Chloe from investigating the mystery of Clark's
    adoption.
    15. Nicodemus: Teleplay by Michael Green; Story by Greg Walker; Directed by
    James Marshall. *Clark must solve the riddle of the mysterious Nicodemus
    flower and Lex's suspicious involvement with it. *The plant infects the
    residents of Smallville, removing their inhibitions. Jonathan becomes lazy,
    Lana tries to seduce Clark and Pete attempts to kill Lex. *The victims then
    go into a deadly coma.
    16. Stray: Written by Philip Levens; Directed by Paul Shapiro. After Martha
    accidentally hits a young boy with her car, the Kents take him in until they
    can locate his parents. *They are unaware that the boy can read minds and
    has discovered the hidden thoughts of Lex, Lana, Jonathan and Martha,
    putting Clark's secret in jeopardy. *Meanwhile, Lex must decide if he wants
    to accept a job offer from his father, Lionel (recurring guest star John
    Glover), which would entail moving back to Metropolis.
    17. Reaper: Written by Cameron Litvack; Directed by: Terrence O'Hara. Clark
    must stop a meteorite-infected man, Tyler Randall (Reynaldo Rosales), who
    seeks to relieve the suffering of the elderly and sick by turning them into
    ashes--with Whitney's ailing father his potential next victim. *Meanwhile,
    Lex becomes furious after his father, Lionel (recurring guest star John
    Glover), sends an investigator to scrutinize LuthorCorp's financial records,
    revealing Lex's secret investigation into Clark and his parents.
    18. Drone: Written by Michael Green &*Philip Levens; Directed by Michael
    Katleman. Clark seeks election as class president, hoping for the
    opportunity to be a normal kid. *However, when two of his opponents are
    attacked by a swarm of bees, Clark suspects that one of the other candidates
    is eliminating the competition--and Clark might be next on the list.
    19. Crush: Written by Philip Levens &*Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar; Directed
    by James Marshall. Clark confronts an unexpected foe when a talented art
    student, Justin Gaines (Adam Brody), returns to school after being hit by a
    car. *The accident robbed Justin of the use of his hands--but it left him
    with the gift of telekinesis, and he uses the power for revenge against
    those he considers responsible for his condition. *Meanwhile, after
    observing Clark with Chloe, Lana becomes jealous and begins to question her
    relationship with Whitney.
    20. Obscura: Teleplay by Michael Green &*Mark Verheiden; Story by Greg
    Walker; Directed by Terrence O'Hara. After witnessing an explosion near some
    meteor fragments, Lana gains the ability to see through other people's eyes.
    Clark and Lana race to find Chloe after Lana "watches" Chloe being kidnapped
    and buried alive. *Meanwhile, Lex discovers evidence that a spaceship landed
    in Smallville during the meteor shower.
    21. Tempest: *Teleplay by Alfred Gough &*Miles Millar; Story by[​IMG]hilip
    Levens; Directed by Greg Beeman. *As a massive tornado approaches the
    unsuspecting Smallville, Clark finds a missing piece of the spaceship that
    carried him to Earth. *The part activates the disabled craft, giving Clark
    the first clue as to where he came from. *Meanwhile, Lex experiences two
    disturbing events: *His father, Lionel (recurring guest star John Glover),
    closes the plant and orders Lex to return to Metropolis, and the deceitful
    reporter Lex hired to spy on the Kents discovers Clark's superhuman
    abilities and the spaceship hidden in the storm cellar. *Members of the rock
    band Remy Zero (themselves) perform their hit single "Save Me"--the
    "Smallville" theme song--at the Smallville High School formal dance.
     
  2. WilliamG

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    This is such GREAT news! My 17-year-old daughter has been asking about this for the past year[​IMG] (and her dad's kinda been wonderin' about the same thing.)[​IMG]

    Thanks for the 'heads-up', Ron!
     
  3. Jesse Blacklow

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    Nothing like bonding with your children over teen angst and cheesy dialogue. Seriously though, I got the Canadian DVD, and I'm definitely picking this one up. It'll go well with my collection of 2nd Season HDTV captures [​IMG].
     
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    This is really gonna make them some $$$!!! I can't wait to pick it up.
     
  5. Carlo Medina

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    thank god I can FINALLY answer my girlfriend's question about "when is my favorite show coming to dvd?" definitively! [​IMG]
     
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    dvdtalk.com is reporting that the Season One set is being presented in Dolby Digital 5.1.

    I'm assuming that this is a mistake...but please make it so!!![​IMG]
     
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    The following message is brought to you by your friends at Luthor Corp.

    Maybe if we all just grab onto our meteor rocks, squeeze real hard, and concentrate...it'll change to 5.1![​IMG]
     
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    the canada dvd pilot episode was in 5.1

    JACOB
     
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    Doesn't the Canadian release have both the pilot and an alternate pilot? Would that make it worth picking up in addition to this box?
     
  11. David Lambert

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    No, the Canada disc has the "telefilm" that is the pilot and 1st regular episode edited together.

    And 5.1 in Canada doesn't guarantee 5.1 on the Season set, I'm afraid. But I'll join you in hoping that there's a last-minute change...the surround on the Canadian disc was incredible!
     
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    I'll skip it, then. Thanks.
     
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    I wish they would at least put the 5.1 mix they've already made for the first 2 episodes on the set.
     
  14. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys and Gals,

    Stupid question, but I'll ask.

    Is Smallville really that good?!

    I never watched it, but have friends that have
    raved about it.

    If you guys think it's one of the best shows to
    come around in years, I'll certainly make the
    investment in this set.
     
  15. David Lambert

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    Ron, when I heard about the concept of the show, I thought it was gonna be stupid. I grew up as a deep fan of Superman: in the 80's/90's I subscribed to all 3 (and then 4) Supes comics, plus Justice League, etc.; not to mention watching every TV episode of the George Reeves show, the 4 Salkind film productions (plus S-Girl), Adv. of Lois & Clark, Superfriends...you get the idea.

    I thought this Smallville concept sounded sappy and stupid. I decided that there had already been a GREAT version of "young Superman" in the syndicated Superboy series back in the late 80's. I decided to avoid Smallville at all costs.

    Then my wife's best friend started raving about how good the show was, and even bought a TIVO player just to be certain she caught it. And I don't mean once or twice she talked about this show. She talked about it ALL THE TIME!!!

    Then the Canadian disc came out, and Gord raved about how great it was.

    So I caved in and got the Canadian disc for not too much money through Videoflicks (good service, painless, pretty fast...since then I've started using them for most of my Canadian needs).

    I'll make a long story short by saying that, after having viewed that pilot and first episode, there are few people who are more excited than I am for this season set release.

    You know the old saying: Try it, you might like it! [​IMG]
     
  16. JulianK

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    Am I the only person who's completely underwhelmed by the season set announcement?

    I have the Canadian disc, and it's obvious that a lot of effort went into producing it.

    However, that disc contains all the extra features that are offered by the season set. It seems that Warner hasn't made any effort at all with the other twenty or so episodes. I'd have expected at least a couple more commentary tracks, some more deleted scenes, a season overview and, especially, 5.1 audio for all the episodes.

    I like the series, and often admire its clever reinterpretation of the Superman story, but I'm not sure that the DVD set offers enough (especially to owners of the Canadian disc) to make it worth getting.
     
  17. Jesse Blacklow

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    Ron:

    Just don't take it too seriously. It looks stupid, and sometimes it's fun to point out stuff MST3K-style. But underneath the show is good writing (Especially from Jeph Loeb, who worked on the comics a little); a storyline that is loosely based on the comics, with enough leeway to tell it's own story; some great acting from relative unknowns (Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover as Lex Luthor and his father Lionel are magnificent!); and a fresh concept of how a young Clark has to deal with it's powers.

    On the other hand, it's incredibly cheesy. I mean, Bo Duke is Clark's dad. But hey, I love cheesy film, and this is better than 95% of the dreck on TV that's just plain bad. Plus, WB airs it in HD (albeit low-bitrate). They're airing reruns on Tuesday @ 9pm, and Sunday @ 5pm. I don't know if I'd buy the season set blind, but maybe go to VideoFlicks.com and get the pilot DVD cheap.
     
  18. Daniel Kikin

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    I'm snapping this up right away and I'd recommend the investment. The show can be cheesy at times and Season One is much more standalone most of the time than Season Two, but the writing and acting is top-notch, and each episode leaves you wanting more.
     
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    Ron,

    At first I also thought "Oh great, Superman's Creek." But, I gave it a shot and now it is one of my favorite shows. I was concerned about having Lex in Smallville. But, that is one of the best parts of the show. One thing I will warn you about. Is that a lot of the first season is Kryptonite monster of the week episodes. But, secondary arc stories keep you going. And make sure you watch all of the episodes in order. The show keeps with continuity and past events are brought up in future episodes.
     
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    JulianK:

    I figure that Warner decided in the end that not enough people had seen the existing supplements in the USA to really worry with it.

    The episodes are the important thing. Yes, I agree there could have been MORE effort for supplements...at the cost of more waiting. I'd rather they just get the show on the road. Finally.
     

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