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SMALLVILLE The Complete Eight Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  1012 minutes (22 episodes on six discs), two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, two featurettes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Thai

 

STUDIO:  Warner Bros. Television/ DC/ Millar Gough Ink/ Tollin-Robbins Productions

RELEASE DATE:  8-25-2009

 

DISC 1- ODYSSEY/ PLATIQUE/ TOXIC/ INSTINCT

DISC 2- COMMITTED/ PREY/ IDENTITY/ BLOODLINE

DISC 3- ABYSS/ BRIDE/ LEGION

DISC 4- BULLETPROOF/ POWER/ REQUIEM/ INFAMOUS

DISC 5- TURBULENCE/ HEX/ ETERNAL/ STILETTO

DISC 6- BEAST/ INJUSTICE/ DOOMSDAY/ featurettes

SMALLVILLE should really be called METROPOLIS now since most of the action now takes place in Metropolis and that Clark Kent goes to work at the Daily Planet as a reporter.  Then he has his biggest challenge to face as the threat known as Doomsday will soon make his presence known.  Also Green Arrow struggles with what it means to be a hero as Metropolis starts to learn about the Red Blue Blur (aka Clark).   Chloe prepares for marriage to Jimmy as a mysterious EMT, Davis Bloome, becomes attracted to her.  Then there is Lex’s heir apparent, Tess Mercer, since Lex Luthor is missing.

 

Season eight brings another chapter to the superman mythos as Clark grows closer to the legend we know as Superman.    We see Clark grow as a character further and his attractions to Lois (and her attraction for him) grow.   The storylines build from episode to episode.  Even we find out what happens to Supergirl, why Lana left, and the consequences of Brainiac has on Chloe.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries are in the set-

IDENTITY by Cassidy Freeman, Director Mairzee Almas, and Executive Producer Brian Peterson

LEGION by Writer Geoff Johns, Executive Producer Darren Swimmer, and Supervising Producer Tim Scanlan

 

Deleted scenes are included for ten episodes and the most interesting ones are the cut scenes for POWER and HEX

 

IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: BEHIND THE LENS AND CALLING THE SHOTS WITH ALLISON MACK-

SMALLVILLE’S DOOMSDAY: THE MAKING OF A MONSTER-

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  I love season 8 of SMALLVILLE as much as season 7.  I do miss the presence of Lex Luthor.  I just wonder when the show will be renamed METROPOLIS.

 

This DVD review is (c)9-5-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com