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Smash: Season 1 (DVD + UltraViolet) (2012)

Katharine McPhee , Megan Hilty  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (685 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Christian Borle, Jack Davenport
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Theresa Rebeck, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Neil Meron
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (685 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CRC506
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Smash: Season 1 (DVD + UltraViolet)" on IMDb

Special Features

• “A Dream Come True” – Take an in-depth look at the amazing cast and discover why Smash is truly a “triple threat”!
• “Song & Dance” – Go behind-the-scenes with composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and choreographer Joshua Bergasse as they bring both song and dance to life!
• Never-Before-Seen Musical Number
• Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Gag Reel

Editorial Reviews

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The "show within a show" concept gets a full-throttle workout in Smash, released here with all 15 first-season episodes on four discs. The many trials and tribulations involved in mounting a Broadway production, in this case a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, are depicted in creator Theresa Rebeck's TV series. But there's an operatic element here, too--soap operatic, that is, as the behind-the-scenes tumult is designed to be a good deal juicier than what happens onstage. Not that the legendary Monroe ("There was something about her," says one character. "How much she wanted to love and be loved… reminds me of a saint") isn't a good subject. But the particulars of her story will be familiar to most viewers. Less recognizable will be the process--from conception to creation to casting, from securing financing to rehearsals to workshops to previews--that preoccupies Smash's characters from start to finish. Vying for the lead role are Karen Cartwright (American Idol's Katharine McPhee), an ingénue from Iowa (Smash is definitely not cliché-free), and Broadway veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty); one would think that the rivalry's over once Ivy sleeps with arrogant Brit director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) and gets the gig, but one would be mistaken. Meanwhile, songwriter Julia Houston (Debra Messing) struggles with both her marriage and her love life, which are by no means the same; her writing partner, Tom Levitt (Christian Borle), in addition to his own relationship issues, has a sneaky, duplicitous assistant (Jaime Cepero) who may be the real villain of the piece; and producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) is in the midst of a bitter divorce. Many will find all of this entertainingly addictive. The songs (written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman), while hardly classics, are good, as are the big production numbers. And while some of the subplots are silly (when her voice falters, Ivy must decide between taking steroids or being replaced by Karen) and some seem superfluous (like Julia and her husband's attempt to adopt a Chinese baby), others ring true (Ivy's mother, a Broadway legend played by Bernadette Peters, could hardly be less supportive), and overall, the depiction of show biz as a maddening mess of passions, betrayals, back-biting, infighting, and (often illicit) sex is engaging and fun. In addition to Peters, guest stars include Nick Jonas and Uma Thurman, while among the bonus features are extended musical numbers, deleted scenes, and making-of featurettes. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor), Megan Hilty (Broadway’s Wicked) and American Idol’s Katharine McPhee star in the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed series Smash.  Talented newcomer Karen Cartwright (McPhee) is up for the role of a lifetime in a new Broadway musical based on the iconic Marilyn Monroe.  The only thing standing in her way is Ivy Lynn (Hilty), a seasoned theater veteran who is determined to land the part herself and will stop at nothing to realize her own dreams of fame.   Also starring Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher) and Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean).   Watch all 15 “gloriously entertaining” (Robert Bianco, USA Today) episodes back to back and uninterrupted in this 4 disc set, filled with fantastic musical performances, stunning production numbers and scandalous backstage dramas, with never-before-seen bonus features including Deleted Scenes, Featurettes and more!

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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If you're here, you probably know that Smash is one of the best shows to appear on television in the last 20 years. Thank you, Theresa Rebeck, for creating it!

Great music, great characters (Derek is my favorite), everybody who loves New York and especially Broadway will have a BLAST watching every single episode. What could you expect, it also has Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers!

I'm sure that thousands and thousands of americans and foreigners who love NYC will feel the same way. Am I right?

My god... and the original music of this show !?

I don't have words to describe how incredible and perfect they are, really, REALLY creative, songs AND lyrics, you have to watch Smash and listen to them yourself, if you still didn't do that!
(Don't waste any time, btw, you're gonna fall in love with the original music!)

The original songs were written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, these guys deserve no less than a standing ovation! (They are also executive producers). Where do I sign up to work with them?

My favorite ones are: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (episode 3), "On Lexington & 52nd Street" (episode 7), "A Thousand and One Nights" (an AWESOME indian song on episode 12) and "Second Hand White Baby Grand" (also episode 12). Some of them you can have here The Music Of Smash [+digital booklet]

I, myself, a brazilian born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, have Times Square/Broadway as my favorite place in the city, so you can imagine what it was for me the release of this show.

But seriously, on this day and age, no announcement of a Blu-ray release with perfect image/sound and tons of extras? Come on!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You Fascinated by Musicals/Theater? March 19, 2012
If you love the world of musical theater, you may enjoy this smashing romp aptly titled SMASH. With a stellar cast including Deborah Messing, Katherine McPhee and Anjelica Huston with Spielberg producing it, there's talent invested in it.

The talent is trying to produce a Broadway Musical based on the iconic Marilyn Monroe. However, there are the usual challenges: inconvenient romances, slimy director, cast rivalry, insufficient financial backing, script rewriting etc. It is great fun to observe the creative process and the chaos surrounding it. Will they produce a smash hit? You want to keep watching to see if it will come together.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Glee with a Script and Great Acting March 19, 2012
Best show I have seen in years. I did not expect to like it and by about 15 minutes into the first episode I was hooked. The songs are incredible, the storyline very engaging and a tremendous cast.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as amazing the second and third time viewed February 5, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have watched this amazing series 2 or 3 times through and I am amazed at the amount of superb work and artistry that is put into a once a week tv show. It has to be a daunting task and I have been a fan of many of the stars for many years. I am truly amazed at Katharine's growth from the first days of American Idol until now (and yes I voted for her week after week). Megan, Debra, Angelica and everyone in the cast are superb. This video gets my highest rating as does the show! Long live Smash!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show on television! April 23, 2012
I find myself waiting anxiously for each new episode! The music is fabulous! The characters are fabulous! I absolutely love it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love LOVE LOVE this show June 18, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I purchased the whole season for smash, and you know what the season/show just keep getting better, and i can't wait for season 2..

Amazon has made it so easy to watch on my kindle fire, or on my computer.. SO SO SO easy!!

LOVE IT
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING. January 16, 2012
From the opening note of the pilot, this show captivated me. The music, acting, and plot are all completely fabulous. This is ten million calibers above Glee. It's good to see some real Broadway talent on the show as well. I was nervous about Kathryn McFee, but she is stunning just like the rest of the cast. I am so excited to see what the rest of the season has in store. The quality of this show is great. It's definitely a tv show worth watching.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS is not Glee!! January 23, 2012
thereadersheartstring . blogspot . com

I am sure many people are going to be comparing this show to Glee before they have even seen the premiere episode and though, yes, the show does have to do with singing, it really is not like Glee at all. Smash has an incredible cast of actors, including Anjelica Houston and Debra Messing and has to do with Debra's character wanting to create a musical based on the legendary Marilyn Monroe and this show is considerably more mature and 'darker' then Glee. The characters only sing during performances or asides that start in their house, but end up on stage as they a perform a song. I like this show and was glad to find it on Hulu and on here, Amazon, for a free download.

Smash is a fun show, with powerful voices that will no doubt have as much drama/edge as it will humor/camp. If you like Glee, you will def like this show. If you like musicals, you will def like this show. If you just like good shows, you will def like this show!

Katherine McPhee is amazing and will quite possibly recieve an Emmy or Golden Globe nomination for her performance, as will newcomer and her onscreen rival, Megan Hilty as the two compete to be Marilyn!

This is a fun, dramatic and emotional show that I will continue to follow and if you want a good time, you should too!!

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~Valen
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good time
Entertaining. Better than some shows I saw in theaters. Good singing voices dancing etc. Story line gets a bit iffy on second season
Published 2 days ago by Ray
1.0 out of 5 stars Homophobia? (Scared of homos) NO. Appalled? YES!
Very intriguing production at first; however, I don't appreciate gay scenes forced upon me in every tv show, movies and now commercials to top it off w/o a warning! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it always the good ones....
I started watching this then heard it was canceled!: I'm only 10 episodes in and heard it was cacellrd, so not ok!!!!
Published 3 days ago by Cornel L. Hardiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Glee
Why, oh why did this show cancel? It is far, far better than Glee. The last episode was really exciting and the last number actually brought me to tears.
Published 3 days ago by Ginny Vatelle
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Absolutely love this show. Very in depth complex character building going on and I adore all the scandal in this show
Published 3 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
Loved This Show! Wish It Was Still On But I Guess That Is What Made It So Good-They Could Go Big Since It Was A Short Run.
Published 4 days ago by Sarah McNeely
2.0 out of 5 stars Not family friendly
It might have been fun to watch if there wasn't so much sexual content. Three of the 3 episodes I watched had some sort of sexual content. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute hit!
My daughter has been watching and she was instantly addicted. It was so engrossing that when I suggested that she give it up for Lent, she instantly gave up other favored items!
Published 6 days ago by Longing for Serenity
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK ...
The actors sing beautifully and most of the songs are fabulous, however the storyline leaves a little to be desired. It's more like a soap than a drama ... Read more
Published 7 days ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Amazing cast, fantastic music, couldn't ask for more as a Broadway fan! It's like getting a behind-the-scenes look at a musical as it is born.
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer Barry
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Blu ray?????
I don't know about the US, but season 1 is available on blu-ray in France (you can buy on french Amazon). They say there are forced french subtitles on the songs, though, even if you choose english audio.
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