In 2001, the Superman-prequel show, Smallville arrived on television screens. The series – which starred Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk – told the story of a young Clark Kent, finding his way in the world while becoming comfortable with the emergence of his super powers.
When it first aired, Smallville was a smash-hit and remained on screens for a whopping ten seasons. The two-part finale was broadcast in 2011, and by the time the show concluded, not only had Clark Kent transformed from high school student into a super hero, he had also appeared in 217 episodes!
Along the way, many guest stars cropped up in the show, from Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Helen Slater, to Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, and Lynda Carter. Terence Stamp took on the recurring role of Jor-El and John Glover played the insidious Lionel Luthor, while the likes of Rutger Hauer, Brian Austin Green, Jayne Seymour, and James Marsters appeared as villains.
During its initial run, Smallville was broadcast all over the world, and even though the show’s story concluded a decade ago, it is still available to watch via re-runs, DVD releases, and digital platforms. But what about Blu-ray?
The original Blu-ray release of Smallville was a bit hit-and-miss. Season Six to Ten previously made it onto Blu-ray, but that was it – and fans were left with only half of the series in HD.
Well, that was it until now. Smallville is finally coming to Blu-ray!
Smallville is being released on Blu-ray in its entirety. The show will be available in a complete series boxset for the first time on Blu-ray, from October 19th 2021.
The Blu-ray boxset is being released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will include over 28 hours of bonus features, in addition to all 217 episodes of the show. The bonus features will include featurettes, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a documentary, gag reels, behind the scenes material, and even the pilot episode for the 1961 show The Adventures of Superboy.
In a statement, via Blu-ray.com, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, said: “The groundbreaking, Emmy-winning 10-season hit that redefined the origins of the world’s greatest super hero is all here – from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s 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 in fantastic adventures full of action, heart and humour in abundance, all anchored by the marvellous performance of Tom Welling at its centre.
“Savour again the series’ thoughtful and imaginative integration and reinvention of the iconic characters of DC lore. And let your spirits be lifted up, up and away.”
For those who missed Smallville the first time around, the series spent ten years ticking off significant milestones as Clark Kent journeyed to become Superman. Initially set in Smallville, before moving most of the action to Metropolis, the show featured a range of stories such as Clark discovering his X-Ray vision, Clark learning more about his Kryptonian heritage, and the creation of the Fortress of Solitude.
A key part of the series – especially during the early years – was Clark’s relationship with Lex Luthor. In the show, Clark and Lex start out as best friends, before they find themselves heading down very different paths.
Clark’s relationship with his parents was also an important aspect of the series; as was his romantic relationship with Lana Lang. And then, as the series progressed, Lois Lane was introduced into the show, eventually becoming Clark’s soul mate.
During its ten-season run, Smallville covered a great deal of material from the comics, and introduced many iconic characters. From the Justice League, Doomsday and Lucy Lane, to General Zod, Cat Grant, and Maggie Sawyer, the show wasn’t afraid to dig deep when it came to exploring Superman stories, making it one of the most popular adaptations of the Superman mythology to date.
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