Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season Coming in HD DVD

Warner Home Video has announced that “Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season” will be the first TV title to hit HD DVD. Here is the full press release and cover art:

Warner Home Video continues to be the leader in high definition media with the first TV on HD release. On November 28, fans can soar through the larger than life features in SMALLVILLE: The Complete Fifth Season HD release. The pioneering release will be timed to street with additional SUPERMAN HD releases including Superman Returns, Superman, The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. SMALLVILLE: The Complete Fifth Season HD is great entertainment for both die-hard fans and new fans of the series wanting to increase their HD library, with illuminating bonus features including all standard DVD special features such as SMALLVILLE’s 100th Episode: The Making of a Milestone, unaired scenes, commentaries, a Vengeance Chronicles Webisode Gallery and HD exclusive features such as the “Behind the Story” in-program-experience documentary and 5.1 Dolby Digital + audio (not even available in HD-Broadcast)! The HD DVD is priced to own at $79.98 SRP and has an order due date of October 24, 2006.

“Warner Home Video strives to deliver viewers the latest technologies in order to create the ultimate in-home viewing experience,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing. “With each new season release, the SMALLVILLE franchise continues to expand its loyal fanbase. We anticipate a successful release of SMALLVILLE: The Complete Fifth Season HD as fans expand their collection with the next generation of home entertainment offerings.”

Fourteen years ago, a meteor shower burst from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of SMALLVILLE, Kansas. The intervening years have left the towns inhabitants with scars and secrets. In Season Five, CLARK KENT (Tom Welling) finally begins to accept his destiny and takes giant leaps towards becoming the Man of Steel. “We call this season SUPERMAN in Training,” series co-creator Alfred Gough says. “Clark is going to accept his destiny.”

During this exciting pivotal season: Clark faces rogue KRYPTONIANS. LEX LUTHOR (Michael Rosenbaum) launches a vicious political campaign. The FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE rises. Clark’s love for LANA LANG (Kristin Kreuk) deepens, while he and LOIS LANE (Erica Durance) remain friendly adversaries. A spaceship mystery unfolds, and a dark tragedy – one even Clark’s powers can’t prevent – strikes. As the mystery and intrigue of the season deepens, various elements of SUPERMAN lore fall into place.

Warner Home Video HD offers resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The new format also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

SPECIAL FEATURES

HD Exclusive Special Feature – In-Program Experience: Behind the Story: featurette on the making of the premiere episode

SMALLVILLE’s 100th episode: The Making of a Milestone

Commentary on two episodes

Unaired Scenes

Vengeance Chronicles Webisode Gallery

5.1 Dolby Digital + audio

BASICS

$79.98 SRP / No MAP

Street Date: November 28, 2006

Order Due Date: October 24, 2006

Languages: English

Subtitles: French, Spanish, CC

Running time: 1012 mins

DVD Catalog # 83903

Source: Warner Home Video