OVERVIEW: Hearts grow fonder and dangers grow stronger as Smallville returns with new characters, adventure and conflict. The longest-running “Superman” TV series continues with the release of Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season on DVD and Blu-ray™ on September 7, 2010. In this multi-disc collection from Warner Home Video, Metropolis's clock tower tolls our characters' darkest hour as Clark Kent finally makes his first attempts to embrace his calling as a hero. Bonus features include cast and creator commentaries, unaired scenes and two never-been-seen featurettes: “Kneel Before Zod” and “Justice for All.”
Smallville was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, and is based on DC Comics characters. The executive producers for Season Nine are Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson, James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series is from Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. The 10th and final season of Smallville premieres this fall, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW Network.
SYNOPSIS: In Season Nine – starring Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue and Justin Hartley – fans see what a great planet Earth is. So great that other survivors of Planet Krypton wouldn’t mind making it home and taking control. But fellow Kryptonian Clark Kent rises to the occasion and sends a warning for Zod and his followers who cross the line, especially if they seek to enlist Lois Lane in their schemes. Plus, unexpected characters from DC Comics lore add exciting new layers to the adventures of the man who will become Superman. Among them: the shape-shifting Wonder Twins, magical Zatanna and in an action-packed Double Episode, Justice Society of America’s Doctor Fate, Hawkman and Stargirl.
SEASON REVIEW: Smallville’s Season 9th was able to overcome what many thought it was the end of the Series, the Friday nights time slot, which is consider the weakest time slot for the CW network. The Series strongly proof that even after 9 years fans can’t get enough of the world’s most famous Superhero. The overwhelming support gave the series the necessary ratings to make Smallville one of the most successful shows for the CW network this past season.
After a successful Season 8th, Smallville continued with its original formula of good writing and Season 9th may have being the clear evidence of that. Season 9th was considered by many viewers and critics to be the last season of the series, However Smallville’s writers were able to give us an interesting and entertaining Season full of character development, new characters and set the stage for a promising tenth and final season.
In the first episode we finally find out the outcome of Season's 8th ending chapter, in which Tess Mercer had just opened the kryptonian orb. This resolution set up the stage as to what Season 9th was about. However the first episode since to be confusing and intriguing as we only get to see glimpses of what coming in a near future. The addition of General Zod and the Kandorians gave the series a new twist, opening the door for a exciting season. Still during this Season it was hard to determine if Tess Mercer was Clark's friend or enemy specially with the addition of General Zod, keeping audiences intrigue for the entire Season.
As it happened in Season 8th The Green Arrow continue to a regular during this Season and in couple of episodes we get to know more of his background and its main role as Clark’s side kick.
Season 9th continues with the romance between Lois and Clark. Like or not this is a part of our superhero’s background. I have to admit that I really enjoy the writer's approach to their relationship. Let say that it had the prefect combination and the series didn't turn out to be a chick series.
One of the disappointing episodes has to be “The American Justice Society” episodes. I was expecting more out of this 2 hour episode. In my eyes it turn out to be irrelevant and it lacks the intensity that I was expecting. These are probably the weakest episodes of the season.
Overall Season nine includes a few disappointed episodes and it doesn’t flow as flawless as Season 8th, however it has enough good writing to be good, addictive and successfully set up the stage for a 10th and final Season.
Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Digital 5.1 Surround - English Portuguese
Subtitles - English, French, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese
“Kneel Before Zod” Featurette - An in-depth look at this dynamic criminal from Krypton, his origins in DC’s silver age, and his various appearances in more recent film, animation, and live-action television.
“Justice for All” Featurette - In this script-to-screen featurette, we’ll meet with Smallville creative team as they bring the Justice Society of America, one of the comic world’s most iconic teams of superheroes, to television for the first time.
Cast/Creator Commentaries on episodes Idol and Kandor
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