LOIS & CLARK:
Since the show debut on ABC back in 1993, I have always been a fan of LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. The show found just the right mix of romance and adventure to produce a highly enjoyable interpretation of the long running comic book mythos. Focusing on the love triangle between Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) and his alter ego Superman, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN presented fans with a fresh approach to the material, that that utilized a light comic touch which allowed a romance between the title characters to blossom slowly.
Personally, I really liked where the show was going and was initially hooked. While the plots had the occasion to get a little bit silly in the latter seasons, I remained a fan until the show’s unfortunate cancellation after four seasons on the air. Another thing that made LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN a special shoe was a terrific supporting cast that featured John Shea in the role the villainous Lex Luthor, Lane Smith as fatherly Daily Planet editor Perry White, Tracy Scoggins as sexy gossip columnist Cat Grant, Michael Landes as the season one version of Jimmy Olsen, plus K Callan and Eddie Jones as Clark’s down home parents Martha & Jonathan Kent.
LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN- THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty one episodes that were aired in the show’s freshman year: Pilot, Strange Visitor (From Another Planet), Neverending Battle, I'm Looking Through You, Requiem For A Superhero, I've Got A Crush On You, Smart Kids, The Green, Green Glow Of Home, The Man Of Steel Bars, Pheromone, My Lovely, Honeymoon In Metropolis, All Shook Up, Witness, Illusions Of Grandeur, The Ides Of Metropolis, Foundling, The Rival, Vatman, Fly Hard, Barbarians At The Planet and The House Of Luthor.
Warner Home Video has made all twenty one episodes that comprise LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN- THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The presentations look just fine, but they are nothing out of the ordinary. There are some soft looking shots, but for the most part, the image sports more than respectable sharpness and detail. Colors are a bit variable, sometimes looking good, sometimes a bit subdued. Special effects shots are the most problematic aspect of the presentations in regards to detail, color accuracy and even image density. Sometimes these shots appear mismatched to the rest of the sequences in which they appear. The film elements from which the episodes are transferred display some mild blemishes, as well as some appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts are generally well contained.
The episodes are presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 channel stereo. Sound quality is just fine for a television level production from the early to mid 1990s, with respectable fidelity and fairly convincing sound effects. There are some mild channel separations, but they are hardly ever noticeable. Dialogue is crisp, clean and always easy to understand. No other language tracks are provided, but English, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as a few nice extras. Starting things off is the Original Pilot Presentation Introduction by creator/executive producer Deborah Joy LeVine. Next, is a running audio commentary on the Pilot episode, featuring Deborah Joy LeVine, as well as star Dean Cain and director/executive producer Robert Butler. From Rivals To Romance: The Making Of Lois & Clark is a twenty-five minute featurette that includes new interviews with the production team, as well as the principal cast members. Taking Flight: The Visual Effects Of Lois & Clark is a seven-minute look at how the super powers of the Man Of Steel were realized for the series.
As a fan, I am delighted that LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN- THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is now available on DVD and look forward to future volumes. Warner’s presentations of the episodes are pretty nice, even if they can’t overcome some of the inherent flaws in the show’s original production. Of course, this collection is something that every fan will want to own.
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