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DVD, Blu-ray Releases: 'Smallville' Complete Series Set, 'Young Justice,' 'Battle: Los Angeles' and More

Smallville Complete Box Set

Sometimes there’s so much clutter out there about Blu-ray releases, it’s hard to separate the forest from trees, the wheat from the chaff and the Blu-rays from the Ray Bans.

Whatever. 

Herewith, a helping of upcoming releases to help you guide for what you should keep you peepers peeled:

-- Let’s start with Smallville: The Complete Series. This mammoth collection will include all 10 seasons from the show that airs its final episode this Friday. Let’s do some numbers: We have 62 discs, all 218 episodes, 192 hours of content, a 90-minute retrospective, and the 2010 Comic-Con panel. Of all the extras and bonuses Warners Home Video is throwing in, I’m jazzed about the never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961. The collector’s set comes out this fall (no street date yet) and will retail for $339.88. It’ll probably take the strength of Superman to lift this thing, but c’mon, how can you not want to check this out? (UPDATED AND CLARIFIED: THIS IS DVD ONLY. Thanks to loyal Heat Vision readers for bringing it to my attention.)

-- Staying on the superhero front, WHV is releasing Young Justice, Season 1, Volume 1, on July 19. The animated series airs on the Cartoon Network and features the adventures of Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. It’s kinda like the Teen Titans but not really. There doesn’t appear to be any extras and I’m pretty sure it’s not coming out on Blu-ray and it’s only four episodes. Only if you’re desperate.

-- The same week Green Lantern is hitting theaters, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing another alien-themed movie, Battle: Los Angeles. The quite frankly underrated action movie from earlier this year hits stores June 14 in DVD, Blu-ray, and combo pack. There will be four featurettes, including one which shows how the movie created LA in LA. Louisiana, that is.
The Blu-ray will also allow you to do picture-in-picture, storyboard comparisons and something called Battle Points within an interactive mode called “Command Control.” Gamers may also want to take note that the Blu-ray comes with a demo of the upcoming PlayStation game Resistance 3.

-- Summit’s supernatural action movie Drive Angry hits the pavement May 31 in both 2D and 3D versions. The Nicolas Cage-Amber Heard flick isn’t nearly as enjoyable as Patrick Lussier’s previous trashy movie, My Bloody Valentine, but does have a couple of moments, including Heard beating up her cheating boyfriend and his naked mistress and almost any scene with William Fichtner, who plays Hell’s accountant. Extras will be minimal.

-- From the classics department, we’ve got Oliver Stone’s moving Vietnam War movie Platoon arriving on Blu-ray for the first time May 24. This is the movie’s 25th anniversary edition, which apart from its appearance in the Blu-ray format, isn’t that much different than the 20th anniversary DVD that came out in 2006; most of the bonuses and documentaries that accompany the
movie will be the same. Still, the real draw here will be seeing the movie on Blu-ray. That and a chance to rediscover the divergent paths of a young Charlie Sheen and a young Johnny Depp.

-- The video game Tekken gets the live-action treatment from Anchor Bay and Crystal Sky. Here’s the story, according to the companies: The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest – and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (John Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world’s most elite fighters to become the “King of the Iron Fist.”

The trailer appeared back in January 2010 and has been seen over 3.9 million times. I think the idea of making an adaptation of video game that was introduced in 1994 look like it was actually made in 1994 is a great one.