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Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tom Welling as Clark Kent / Bizarro
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen
Laura Vandervoort as Kara
John Glover as Lionel Luthor
Phil Morris as John Jones
Conrad Coates as Keating
Quinn Lord as Phillipe Lamont

Special Features:
Cast/Creator Commentaries on 2 Key Episodes
Unaired Scenes
Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton Featurette
Jimmy on Jimmy Featurette Bringing Together Jimmy Olsens Past (Jack Larson and Marc McClure) and Present (Aaron Ashmore and Sam Huntington)
Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton Mobisodes Gallery
Smallville: Visions Digital Comic Book

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese Language
Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai Subtitles
Running Time: 827 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Bizarro... and beyond.

There are two Clark Kents. One is the young man whose life in a tiny Kansas town sets him on destiny's path. The other is a Bizarro who shares Clark's DNA but not his values. Only one of them can survive.

Superman mythology grows deeper and more powerful in an event-packed season that includes the arrival of Clark's cousin Kara/Supergirl. Keep a low profile and master your powers, Clarks says. Kara has other ideas. Plus: Lana Lang might prefer Bizarro to the real deal. Lois Lane makes a career leap. Chloe Sullivan finds that balancing a meteor power with a personal life isn't easy. And Lex Luthor's power - lust has a new fixation - Kara. New characters and complications. New secrets and lore. New thrills and special effects. Power up to Season 7!

Disc One:
- Bizarro
- Kara
- Fierce
- Cure

Disc Two:
- Action
- Lara
- Wrath
- Blue

Disc Three:
- Gemini
- Persona
- Siren
- Fracture

Disc Four:
- Hero
- Traveler
- Veritas
- Descent

Disc Five:
- Sleeper
- Apocalypse
- Quest
- Arctic

Disc Six:
Special Features"

"Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
"Smallville" continues yet another season! When the series first started, the mantra was "no flights, no tights." It seemed to be an effort to distance the show from the comics and keep it somewhat reality based. However, as the series has progressed, they seem to get closer and closer to the comics in an effort to attract viewers. Appearances by Martian Manhunter, Bizarro, Brainiac, and Black Canary are evidence of that. And, most noteworthy, is the addition of Laura Vandervoort to the cast as Supergirl. (Was there a shortage of hot girls in the cast?) She's an interesting addition as she brings a little Kryptonian history to Clark as well as a little family tension. The fact that she was originally older than baby Kal-El when they left Krypton throws an interesting dynamic into the relationship. The series also continues its super-guest starring roles. Former Superman Dean Cain appears as an evil doctor. Terence Stamp returns as Jor-El. Marc McClure, a former Jimmy Olsen, returns as Dax-Ur in one episode. The cameos go on from there.

There's a pretty good selection of extras included on the DVD. You'll find a featurette on the history of Supergirl. It covers everything from the comics to the movies. Look for interviews with Helen Slater, Gail Simone, and other comics talents you'll be familiar with. In another featurette you'll find an interview with four actors who have played Jimmy Olsen - Jack Larson, Marc McClure, Aaron Ashmore, and Sam Huntington. It's a fun look back on their careers and the character. "Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton" are a series of animated shorts telling how Supergirl came to arrive on Earth. "Smallville: Visions" is an online Smallville comic book. You'll also find the usual deleted scenes and commentaries.

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