Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition Coming To Blu-Ray

Smallville: The Complete Series is releasing for the first time on Blu-Ray to coincide with the series’ 20th anniversary.

Before the Arrowverse, there was Smallville which redefined the Superman mythos for an entire generation of viewers. Smallville premiered 20 years ago, October 16, 2001, on The WB and set a premiere record on the network as 8.4 million viewers tuned in. Smallville would go on to run for ten seasons, ending on May 13, 2011. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, fans can now own the entire series on Blu-Ray for the first time.

Smallville followed a teenage Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he discovers his origins as an alien sent to Earth and finding his place in the world, on the path that will lead him to become the iconic hero Superman. Clark is joined by classic comic book allies like Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), future love interest Lois Lane (Erica Durance), Ma and Pa Kent (Annette Benning and John Schneider respectively), and friend turned future enemy Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum). Along the way, Clark discovers more about his alien heritage, fights various foes, and meets future DC superhero allies in this epic saga that shows a journey from boy to Superman.

The iconic series is coming to Blu-Ray for the first time. The complete series box set will arrive on October 19, 2021. The series will be available to own for $179.99 ($209.99 in Canada) and available on DVD for $154.99 ($184.99 in Canada). The box-set contains all 218 episodes, with over 28 hours of bonus features from across the various series and digital download codes for all ten seasons (U.S. Only). Bonus features include:

  • The Adventures of Superboy – The original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell.
  • A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey – An in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this landmark television series. Highlights include interviews with Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Michael Rosenbaum, Phil Morris, John Schneider, and many more, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage.
  • A Decade of Comic-Con Featurette
  • Paley Festival Featurette
  • Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone – An extended version of the original featurette included in the Season 5 set.
  • Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics – A feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years of challenges, creativity, and triumph.
  • Audio Commentaries, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Gag Reels, Behind-the-scenes featurettes, and much more from all 10 seasons!

While Smallville featured many characters from the Superman universe, the shows also introduced audiences to a wide array of DC superheroes including The Green Arrow (This Is Us‘ Justin Hartley), Aquaman (Blue Mountain State’s Alan Richardson), and Supergirl (V’s Laura Vandervoort). The series featured a wide array of guest stars including Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Helen Slater (Supergirl), Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Margot Kidder (Superman: The Movie), and original Superman star Christopher Reeves himself.

When Smallville aired, the superhero media landscape was a very different place. While Blade and X-Men had shown that superhero movies were still profitable, and Spider-Man was less than a year away from breaking box-office records, the status of superheroes still seemed like a risky endeavor. Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Generation X failed to launch television series based on Marvel characters, The DC universe still had the stigma of Batman and Robin and Steel from 1997 on it. A Superman movie had languished in development hell and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was canceled. Smallville came at the right moment and helped established superheroes as a viable television option, and for an entire generation made Superman relatable to a world that seemed like it had moved on past him. Much like Superman’s appearance in the comics led to more superheroes, and his first film led to more superhero films, Smallville laid the groundwork for series like Arrow, The Flash, Daredevil, WandaVision, and the rest to follow, and now the iconic series can be remembered all over again.

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