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Adventures of Superboy: Complete First Season [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Haymes Newton , Stacey Haiduk    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Haymes Newton, Stacey Haiduk, Jim Calvert
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 558 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q2M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect season 22 May 2014
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This will always in my opinion be the best season. John Haymes Newton was the perfect Superboy and wished he could have stayed on. The soundtrack through out the series was truly awesome as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 July 2014
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packed very well and exactly as described
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Only three stars because there is no french language and the stories are not very good.
The second season is better.
4 discs on the box set. The picture is pretty good.
Picture : Full Screen ratio.
Sound : English mono.
Subtitles : French, Spanish (episodes only).
Extras : Superboy : getting off the ground (Making of Featurette with the cast and creators), commentaries on 2 key episodes, John Haymes Newton screen test, Excerpts from the documentary "Look up in the sky ! The amazing story of Superman".

Box set Free Zone : you can see it on european players.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superboy - Finally on DVD nearly 20 years later! 28 Mar 2006
By Matt MN - Published on
I first watched this series growing up in the 80's - I was eight years old when it premiered in syndication. To me, it is *the* definitive version of Superman/Superboy. Looking back on it, nearly 20 years later, it hasn't held up as well as I remember it - but, it still gets five stars for pure nostalgia reasons.

I thought John Newton was much better as Clark/Superman than Gerard Christopher (both actors appeared later on Melrose Place). Newton brought a realness to Clark - a regular guy who skateboarded and lifted weights with his buddies. However, Christopher took Chris Reeve's interpretation and turned it up to 11 - displaying Urkel-level nerdiness. Thankfully his Clark was toned down a bit after season 2.

Unfortunately, the first season suffers from a number of weak villains. Too often, Superboy found himself pitted against wealthy land developers, cops gone bad, polluters, and old guys in junkyards suffering from World War II shell shock. The villains got much better in later seasons. Still, there are a number of standouts in the first year - the introduction of Kryponite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, battling a succubus, time traveling to Hollywood's golden era, etc. I like how certain elements from the movie franchise were melded with John Byrne's reinvention (Clark's father being alive in this version, etc.) Incidentally, Martha is played by Salome Jens, who would go on to menace Deep Space 9 as leader of the changelings in the Dominion War. Another strength of the series was the impressive wire-work. Take offs and landings were typically done well (using many people who worked on the Superman movies) and were very ambitious - much better than the "whip pan" cape over camera effect used in Lois and Clark to "depict" take offs.

I really hope people aren't put off by some of the plots of the first season. For seasons 2-4, a number of comic book writers came on the show and infused a fun sense of adventure into the stories (not to mention Sherman Howard's maniacal portrayal of Lex Luthor - my personal favorite live action version yet!) In addition, later seasons would see the show adopting a proto-X-Files format where Clark and Lana would investigate paranormal matters. Noel Neill and Jack Larson (Lois and Jimmy from the original show) even make a cameo! Please support this series on DVD - otherwise we may never get the later seasons released!

Now if Warner would release the 13 episode 50th anniversary Superman cartoon produced by Ruby/Spears (and written by Marv Wolfman) for CBS, I would be a very happy camper.
63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1988 SEASON 1 DVD Release!! 11 Mar 2006
By Massik - Published on
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I can't wait for SEASON 2 of SUPERBOY, but to get ready, I'm looking forward to the DVD release of SEASON 1 starring John Haymes Newton (Melrose Place & 'The Cable Guy' from Desperate Housewives). I just hope potential new fans (Smallville fans & Superman Returns fans) don't get discouraged when it comes time to purchase future seasons of SUPERBOY because they don't know that this show got better. SEASON 1 was probably the weakest of the series, with bad plots.

I can't believe Warner Brothers is releasing this DVD, since they filed a lien against the series in 1992 (the end of Season 4). WB blocked 'Superboy' from being rerun in North America, and from any further plans for occassional TV movies.

For the most part, 'Superboy The TV series' has been legally banned from future fans and viewers around the world which is why it has never been seen in syndication since. It cost the Salkinds a franchise, and the Superboy stars John Haymes Newton (Superboy/Clark 1), Gerard Christopher (Superboy/Clark 2) and Stacey Haiduk (Lana Lang) millions in royalties. Yet, despite this, the series is very much alive on the internet today and has spurned a loyal underground cult following.

Enjoy SEASON 1...John Haymes Newton did a good job as Superboy & Clark Kent.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series that got better and better 30 May 2006
By Edmund C. Frey - Published on
It's super that Superboy season 1 is on DVD! This entire series was a blast of fun and it kept improving and increasing the fun level with every episode. The early episodes are fun, but when it was decided that comic book writers should be involved in the writing that move really made the series even cooler for fans of classic Superboy comics. The reviewer who stated that the comic writers didn't make the series even more like the comics is insane! Scripts by D.C. comic book writers made this show rock! I don't see how any fan of the original Superboy comics couldn't love this show. It's the real deal when it comes to capturing the spirit of the classic Superboy of the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's. There's plenty of great comic book based fun like the chemical accident origin of Luthor, plus Metallo, plus the Yellow Peri and Gazook, plus Bizarro...! Plus Noel Neill and Jack Larson too! It was everything this Superboy fan could want from a Superboy TV series! The later episodes are especially good and when it came to capturing the classic Superboy spirit the Salkinds really did it right. Season one is a darn good start, but the later seasons were even more fun. Seasons 3 & 4 are my favorites. Please give us the other seasons on DVD too!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe me, it gets better! 26 Jun 2006
By Donald J. Wurzelbacher - Published on
I am very happy that this wonderful series which lasted four years in syndication is finally making its DVD debut. The only thing that concerns me is that people may watch this first season and be put off by poor acting and not-so-exciting scripts and villains. Please believe me when I say that this series did indeed keep getting better every season. This season John Haymes Newton played the part of Superboy and Scott Wells plays, in my opinion, a very poor Lex Luthor.

Next season Gerard Christopher takes over as Superboy. Sherman Howard takes over wonderfully as the new Lex Luthor. Mr. Howard is a marvelous Lex Luthor. We also see comic book villains such as Bizarro and Metallo. Gone is TJ White and in his place is Andy McAlister who also leaves the show after the second season when Clark and Lana work in the Bureau of Extranormal Matters. Stacy Haiduk is one of the only characters who remain the same.

The first year's special effects were not so great, but beginning in the second season many of the flying sequences rival the Superman movies. The scripts are MUCH better, the stories are much more exciting. And the best part is that this is one of the few shows where the show does get better and better each season. By the time you get to the third season you'll hardly believe it's the same show. The producers seemed to want to distance themselves from the first season because they renamed the show "The Adventures of Superboy". With just about a complete cast change by the third season, it does not seem to be the same show at all.

I urge everyone who is interested in this series to purchase it on DVD so that the remaining seasons will be released. You will not be disappointed. Give this series a chance to really shine.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Season of 'Boy of Steel' Worth Owning... 8 Aug 2006
By Benjamin J Burgraff - Published on
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"Superboy" has been a long-neglected chapter of the 'Superman' saga, due, in large part, to Warner Bros., who refused, with a few exceptions, to allow the four-season series to be re-syndicated or marketed for 14 years (after winning a court ruling against Alexander and Ilya Salkind, long-time 'Superman' franchise producers). Fortunately, the WB has finally released the first season on DVD (in conjunction with the release of "Superman Returns"), and, despite some obvious 'growing pains' in plot and execution, the series certainly is a worthy addition to any fan's library!

Filmed at the Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, the first season of the half-hour series offered hunky John Haymes Newton, 22 (cast because of a resemblance to Christopher Reeve), as the Shuster University Journalism student/Superhero, with wholesomely sexy Stacy Haiduk, 20 (Newton's offscreen girlfriend) as his friend (who could be more), Lana Lang. Rounding out the 'regulars' was mop-topped Jim Calvert as 'Jimmy Olsen'-like T.J. White (nephew of Perry), who provided some welcome lightness and humor to the proceedings.

The first episodes appear rushed and routine (the introduction of occasional guest star Scott Wells as snobbish, evil 'frat boy' Lex Luthor is poorly-acted and disappointing), and, sadly, many critics who panned the series never looked beyond those episodes, to the later, more polished stories, penned by veteran 'Superman' comic book writers. Those episodes (particularly the introduction of impish Mr. Mxyzptlk, portrayed by a perfectly-cast Michael J. Pollard), show the promise of the VERY good series "Superboy" would become, in time.

"Superboy" would foreshadow "Smallville", highlighting the bonds of young Clark to his adopted parents (portrayed by the excellent Stuart Whitman and Salome Jens), his small-town roots and sense of integrity, and the frustration of an attraction to Lana that he cannot consummate, because of the secrets he keeps. Newton, while lacking the smoldering sex appeal of Tom Welling, is very likable, and is far closer in age and personality to the character he portrays than either Welling, or Gerard Christopher (who would assume the role in Season Two of "Superboy").

Sadly, a combination of publicized scrapes with the local police (he seemed to drive at super-speed!), and salary demands would cost Newton the role after the first season, and most fans prefer Christopher's 'take' on the character, but this, to me, makes this collection even more 'special'. Comparing actor portrayals is a lot of the fun of the various incarnations of 'Krypton's Last Son', and Newton is certainly worth watching...

Give this collection a chance, and I think you will like it, on its own merits, and as the introduction of a long-absent chapter in the 'Superman' story!
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