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Smallville – The Complete Sixth Season (HD-DVD + DVD-Video)


Picture: B+/B-     Sound: B/B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: B



It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Nah, it’s just a DVD review.  Now available on DVD and HD-DVD (plus Blu-ray, unreviewed) for all super fans to enjoy is Smallville: The Complete Sixth Season.  The series that stars Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent (future Superman) trying to learn his powers, hide is powers, and just get through the day.  The series that was an explosive hit 7 seasons ago remains thrilling and engaging from beginning to end.  The detailed storylines and drama that was all too common in the early seasons has been heightened to a new level over the past several seasons by engraining action, adventure, mystery, and a use of the already deep rooted superhero mythology that is Superman.  This particular season a number of first occurs.  Clark fights past demons after the death of his father and a strong friendship with Lex Luthor has now turned into an even deeper hatred.  Clark’s ‘old flame’ Lana Lang is now Mrs. Lex Luthor, which only adds fuel to the fire.  An ultimate Good vs. Evil rivalry is about to ensue, it just becomes a matter of when?


The most amazing and exciting part of this season is the use of classic Superman Elements in this already innovative series.  Sure, elements of the vast Superman Universe have been used rightfully and consistently throughout the series, but never like this season.  You ain’t seen nothing yet!  Clark enters a dark and unfriendly place known as The Phantom Zone; to fans this is no little happening.  Also audiences are given a taste of what the future holds when the time comes for some super men to combine their efforts to defeat ultimate evils.  Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, and Aquaman all join Clark in an effort to overthrow evil.


The Green Arrow proposes a League should be formed; could this be the destined Justice League?  With the Phantom Zone opened and Lex Corp on the rise, can the world be saved?  Well if he can’t do it no one can [you know who he is too]…   After viewing the previous season of this series in HD-DVD going back to the standard release is a bit difficult.


The picture quality in its 1.66 X 1 Widescreen format is once again colorful and impressive, even on the standard DVD, which we cover for the first time in any case in this series.  The DVD just does not compare to 1080p digital High Definition HD-DVD, however, as the standard DVD has slight light/dark issues as well as the colors not being so perfect.  The HD-DVD does not have these issues and is as impressive as the previous set.  The sound is presented in a nice Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix on the HD-DVD and standard Dolby 5.1 on the standard DVD.  In both cases, surrounds never fail to ‘POP’ during the epic sequences and it once again shows how serious Warner is about the show and DC Comics franchises in live action interpretations.


The extras are always nice on the Smallville Sets offering such features as Green Arrow: The Legend of the Emerald Archer, Smallville: BIG Fans - Profiling Smallville Devotees, Unaired Scenes, The Making of Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles and Smallville Legends: Justice and Doom Animated Storyline - related episode bookend segments produced by DC Comics.  Overall, the extras have really been stepped up since last season and retain a great rewatchable quality.  Most series begin to fizzle around Season 5, but Smallville seems to have just taken flight!


The series is a personal favorite of this reviewer and you could not ask for more in just a purely entertaining series.  The cast has great chemistry.  The story arches have great depth and imagination, while not taking too many liberties this season.  The show has always shown great promise and Season Six is a perfect example of why this is a super-series.


For more about Superman and the series, try our review for the Fifth Season of the show, including other key Superman links:





-   Michael P Dougherty II


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