TITLE: LOIS & CLARK - THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 21 (22, counting 2-part pilot)
Running Time: 1074 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 53 minutes
(NOT including commentary or the bonus DVD)
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Closed Captioned
• Commentary on “Pilot” by Dean Cain, Exec Prod
Deborah Joy Levine, and Director Robert Butler
• Original Pilot Presentation to Network, Introduced
by Deborah Joy Levine
• Retrospective Documentary: From Rivals to Romance
The Making of Lois & Clark
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: Taking Flight The
Visual Effects of Lois & Clark
• Warner Bros. 50th Anniversary Commemorative DVD:
Volume 7 Smallville: “Crusade”
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman on DVD! The
fun loving romantic comedy-drama Lois & Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman is finally on DVD via Warner
Bros. Home Video. The show is a modern day look on
Superman and has had a huge following ever since its
premiere in September 1993 on ABC.
The show stars Dean Cain as the mild-mannered reporter
Clark Kent and the visitor from another planet &
super-hero, Superman. Teri Hatcher also stars as Lois
Lane, the news hungry reporter who loves Superman ever
since she sees him. Rounding out the excellent cast
is Lane Smith as Perry White the chief of the Daily
Planet where Lois & Clark are reporters for, Michael
Landes as Jimmy Olson the paper boy of the office,
Tracy Scoggins as Cat Grant the sexy bombshell of the
office, K Callan as Martha Kent who is Clark’s mother
on Earth, Eddie Jones as Jonathan Kent who is Clark’s
dad on Earth, and John Shea as Lex Luthor the rich man
after Lois’ love and Superman’s demise.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The series’ first season was so mesmerizing that all
the episodes were memorable. I will choose some that
I think are for sure must sees. “Pilot” where all the
fun starts, as Clark moves from Smallville to
Metropolis. “Strange Visitor” is where we learn more
about Superman and his roots from the planet Krypton.
“I’ve Got a Crush on You” where Lois goes undercover
at a nightclub to stoop arsonists. “The Green, Green
Glow of Home” where Lois & Clark go to Smallville and
Kryptonite is found. “The Man of Steel Bars” is where
there is a huge heat wave and Superman’s powers are
blamed. “Pheromone, My Lovely” is where a potion makes
everyone in love, including Lois with Clark, will
Clark take advantage? See for yourself! “Honeymoon in
Metropolis” is where Lois & Clark go undercover in a
honeymoon suite. Will it lead to more than that?
“Vatman” where Lex creates a Superman clone. “Fly
Hard” is where terrorists take over the Daily Planet
and the gang and even Lex are being held hostage.
Does Lex have anything to do with this? “Barbarians
at the Planet” is part one of the season finale where
Lex buys the Daily Planet and Lois agrees to marry
him. “The House of Luthor” is the second part of the
finale and will the gang stop Lois in time after
finding the evidence on Lex?
Notable guest stars include: Leslie Jordan (“I’m
Looking Through You”), Sonny Bono (“The Man of Steel
Bars”), Morgan Fairchild (“Pheromone, My Lovely”), Eve
Plumb (“Illusions of Grandeur”), Robert Costanzo &
Richard Belzer (“Foundling”), Michael McKean
(“Vatman”), Macon McCalman (“Fly Hard”), James Earl
Jones (“The House of Luthor”), Phyllis Coates the
original Lois Lane from the ‘50s series playing Lois’
mom in “The House of Luthor” and a special cameo by Bo
Jackson (“The Rival”).
The packaging is quite neat. It is a nice digipak box
set. The box’s front cover has a photo of
Clark/Superman and Lois with the Daily Planet logo in
the background. The show’s logo and The Complete
First Season are also present. A nice blue/red color
scheme is there. The back of the box has three
different screenshots from the first season: Clark
with Martha, Lois & Clark, and Lex & Lois. The back
also has a brief synopsis of the show. A special red
box is shown with Superman’s picture, of the Special
Features found on this set. The back of the box is
more dark blue than the front.
The case’s front cover is the same as the box cover.
The Daily Planet logo isn’t in hologram though. The
back of the case has a shot of the entire first season
cast. It takes about ¼ of the back. Clark is on a
recliner. Lois is on a another recliner, while Cat,
Perry and Jimmy are standing around them. The famous
Superman S in blue is also on the back of the case
along with the credits for season one. When we open
the case once, we get to the disc one breakdown on the
left and a disc two breakdown on the right. The disc
breakdowns have episode numbers, episode titles,
writer, director, original air date, and a brief
synopsis. And special features, if any. There are
nice photos in the background on each breakdown as
well along with a snapshot of a character on the
bottom left. For disc one’s breakdown there is a nice
and sexy photo in the background of Lois & Clark in
T-shirts and a snapshot of Superman on the bottom
left. Disc two’s breakdown also has another shot of
Lois & Clark in T-shirts holding each other with a
shot of Perry on the bottom left. When we open the
case a second time, we get to 4 sides. There is a
disc three breakdown on the left with a nice photo of
Lois in the background and a snapshot of Superman
posing for a police photo. Then skipping all the way
to the right, there is a disc four breakdown with a
photo of Clark in a T-shirt in the background and a
snapshot of Lex on the bottom left. In between the
disc 3 and breakdowns the discs one & two side is
shown and also the discs three & four side. When we
open the case a third time we see two more sides. On
the left there are discs 5 & 6 and on the right there
is a breakdown of discs 5 & 6 with another shot of
Lois & Clark in T-shirts.
The discs are on top of each other. For example, disc
one is on top of disc two; disc three on top of four;
and disc 5 on top of six. I hate that! It is hard to
take out and easily can be scratched, which is what
exactly happened to me with disc two so be careful!
Discs one and two are in red and it has a photo of
Clark/Superman. Discs three and four are in blue and
it has a photo of Lois & Clark. Discs 5 and 6 are in
yellow and it has a photo of Lois. There are nice
photos on the case when you take out each two disc
Disc one holds episodes 1-2 and some special features,
disc two holds episodes 3-6, disc three holds episodes
7-10; disc four holds episodes 11-14; disc five holds
episodes 15-18 and disc six holds episodes 19-21 & the
rest of the special features.
A special $50 back by mail rebate form is also
attached inside the case.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is awesome! The menu screen starts
off with different front page shots of the Daily
Planet newspaper, and then the theme is playing in the
background with different clips from the show playing.
The options are: Play All, Episodes, Special
Features, & Languages. Play All is self-explanatory.
Episodes takes you to the episode list for the given
disc and you can choose which episode you want to
view. Special Features are only for discs one and
six, but the option is present on each disc. The
Languages option tells us that the only spoken
language on this set in English, but you can have
English subtitles, or French or Spanish as well.
There is no scene selection screen but there are
chapters present on each episode, which you can access
through your remote. The navigation on each sub-menu
and the main menu is very easy. The design is also
quite nice and creative. Good job Warner Bros.!
Video and Audio Quality:
The video looks better than ever. I was surprised
though they didn’t include widescreen for at least the
pilot. That would have been cool to see.
Nevertheless, the video was still good, but not
perfect, but much better than anything we would have
seen in reruns in the past on TNT/TBS. The audio is
fine. A nice stereo quality sound and is not low at
all. Each episode runs about 45-47 minutes, give or
take a few seconds. The pilot runs over 1 hour and 32
minutes and is in its original form and has the
original opening credits, where there were no scenes
showed in the credits. Scenes are easy to find,
using chapter stops.
Warner Bros. has done a good job with this set
regarding bonus material. There is a lot of added
value on this set. First, let’s start off with the
episode commentary. The commentary is for “Pilot”
with Dean Cain, exec prod Deborah Joy Levine and
director Robert Bulter. It is very interesting what
they have to say. They are very informative. Things
mentioned are the original opening credits used for
this episode and the snake scene with Lex. I wish
they had more than one commentary, I would have liked
to see Dean and Teri do one together, for an episode
like “Pheromone, My Lovely” or “Honeymoon in
Metropolis” as both episodes show the romantic fire
between the two. Like mentioned earlier, “Pilot” runs
over 1 hour 32 minutes.
Next up is the “original pilot presentation” that
Deborah Joy Levine used to show the network. Levine
introduces this and gives us some information on it.
She talks for about 3 minutes and the rest of the time
is the original piece that they showed the network to
try to get the show on the air. This runs just under
20 minutes. I’m very glad they dug this up and gave
this to us on DVD.
The other extras are on disc 6, while the previous two
were on disc one. A nice featurette running just
under 26 minutes is next, titled: “From Rivals to
Romance: The Making of Lois & Clark.” They got nearly
the entire main cast to do interviews, except for Lane
Smith and Michael Landes. Interviewed are: Deborah
Joy Levine, Teri Hatcher, Director Randall Zisk, Dean
Cain, John Shea, Mike Carlin of DC Comics, Geraldine
Leder & Ellie Kannen the casting directors, Director
Robert Butler, Exec Prod Robert Singer, K Callan &
Eddie Jones, and Cat herself—Tracy Scoggins.
The next extra is also very interesting. It runs over
6:30 and is titled: “”Taking Flight: The Visual
Effects of Lois & Clark.” This shows us how Superman
flied and other neat special effects. Original
footage of the actual scene without effects is shown.
This is a must see. Interviewed are: Singer, Cain,
Zisk, Bulter, Hatcher, Levine, and Shea.
There was said to have been some easter eggs on this
set, according to the press release. The box has no
mentions on this nor did I find any, so looks like it
This set also comes with a Commemorative DVD for a
limited time. Titled Volume 7, an episode of
Smallville labeled “Crusade” is on this. It runs 43:43
in widescreen and has chapter stops. There is no menu
screen, so the episode plays automatically.
This set is excellent, just like the show itself. I
think Warner Bros. has done a good job on this set.
Other than the disc layout, I’m very pleased. They
have given us good quality episodes, unedited episodes
and delicious special features. I would have liked to
see an option where we can have the “Pilot” in
widescreen or normal, but I’m not complaining, since
it aired originally in the normal version.
For season two, I hope we get the same thing:
commentary, featurettes, etc. I’d like to see Cain &
Hatcher do an episode commentary. I hope we get more
interviews, especially from Lane Smith. By season
two, there will be a new Jimmy Olsen, played by Justin
Whalin. The fans for some reason thought Landes
looked like Cain, so they replaced Landes with Whalin.
I don’t have a preference; I like both Landes and
Whalin. Hopefully they get an interview with Whalin
for season two. Let’s just hope Warner Bros. releases
the series at a respectable pace. I hope we get
season two by the end of the year and hopefully we
will be done with the series by the end of 2006. But
for now, buy this set! You will love it! See Teri
Hatcher before she was in Desperate Housewives.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 05/31/05.
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