`Smallville' shows young Superman's mettle

New on DVD

Movies: on screen, DVD/Video

October 16, 2003|By Susan King | Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES

Don't despair if you're already disappointed with the new television season. There are plenty of series and offerings just released on DVD to thrill the discerning couch potato.

One of the WB's most acclaimed and popular series is Smallville, which chronicles the teen-age years of the Man of Steel in Smallville, Kan.

As the young Superman-to-be Clark Kent, former model Tom Welling beautifully captures the hero's nobility, shyness and frustrations; Kristen Kreuk is ideal as Lana Lang, the girl of his dreams; and Michael Rosenbaum embodies the role of Clark's nemesis, Lex Luthor.

Warner Home Video is offering Smallville: The Complete First Season ($65), including commentary on the first episode with creators and producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and director David Nutter; deleted scenes; pre-production storyboards; and an interactive tour of Smallville.

You Bet Your Life - The Lost Episodes

One of the most popular radio and, subsequently, TV series in the 1940s and '50s was You Bet Your Life. Audiences, however, didn't tune in because the game was unique or difficult: Two contestants were teamed to answer questions on a subject, and the team that made the most money went to the final round.

People loved the show because of its wisecracking host, Groucho Marx. The most popular and recognizable of the Marx Brothers, Groucho had a field day interviewing the contestants and lobbing off-the-cuff zingers and one-liners as he puffed on his trademark cigar. Sony Music has just released the three-disc set You Bet Your Life - The Lost Episodes ($50), which is a must-have for any Groucho-phile.

Muppets Magic: From `The Ed Sullivan Show'

Before they became superstars on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Kermit and the gang received a lot of exposure on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Sofa Entertainment has just released Muppets Magic: From The Ed Sullivan Show ($13), an entertaining DVD that features clever, funny sketches starring the beloved puppets on Sullivan.

Among the classic sketches are "Rock `n' Roll Monster" and "Inchworm" from 1966, "I Feel Pretty" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" from 1967, and "Christmas Reindeers" from 1968.

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