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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DWNUC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Brace yourself for a crash course in destruction instruction! Smash Labs' team of maverick engineers breaks down and examines existing technology and then applies what they discover in new, insane ways. You won't believe the fireballs, collapses and collisions that crash through each explosive episode of this popular series!

Episodes: Crash-Absorbing Concrete, Blast-Proof Building, Hurricane-Proof House, Bomb-Proof Plane, Earthquake-Proof House, Train Crash, High-Rise Escape, Fireproof House, Runaway Trailer, Fluidized Sand, Long-Range Lifeboat, CO2 Cop Car, Boat Ejector Seat

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Don't waste an hour watching it, you will not get that hour of your life back.
Martin J. Engler
Instead, we see a bunch of clueless morons spending a lot of money on something that was destined to fail -- sorta like the way Government works.
Infinite Loop
It is hard to appreciate a show purportedly about "science" when it extols the virtues of a specific companies product.
R.M.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iteachscience on October 7, 2012
I show this to my students when we study earthquakes. It's a good demonstration for a base isolation system and fun competition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Infinite Loop on May 3, 2013
Let me begin my rant with an interesting statistic: In 2012, U.S. children grades K-12 ranked 25th place in mathematics and 17th place in science when compared to other countries. Some stats looked marginally better when broken down by age group, but overall, we're a bunch of dolts! This show is living proof of the failure of America's education system.

My review is based on the first episode, I couldn't handle any more! Is this what passes for science these days? What a bunch of dumb shmucks! So they think they're going to stop a car traveling at 60 mph by using the same methodology used by airports to arrest an aircraft overshooting the runway?

We begin by watching a video of a large jet liner making an emergency stop using a material known as aerated concrete. Without any follow-on research, it was concluded this would be a good way to stop cars. Did anyone bother to ask the company that installed the arrestor strip at the airport the composition of the concrete? Did anyone bother to determine the weight and speed of the plane? Did anyone bother to determine the total force on the nose wheel as it sunk into the aerated concrete? In fact, did you see ANYONE do ANYTHING remotely resembling mathematics or physics?

Did anyone bother to consult highway engineers? Had these people done their homework, they would have learned that such barriers are, in fact, already in use on many highways cut through mountainous and extremely hilly terrains. Why this obsession with aerated concrete when there's a simpler and cheaper solution already in use -- SAND! Try driving your car through three foot of loose sand!

All of their "tests" were failures that could have been predicted in advance with pencil, paper and a calculator.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter O'Brien on October 2, 2011
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The cast wants to be a mythbuster but they continuously make silly and stupid mistakes. The create a small house to see what happens when a tornado/hurricane hits. (They fail to secure the building to the ground and the house gets blown away. They are testing the strength of a 2x4 versus a 2x4 wrapped with carbon fiber... their testing is conducted by the four of them standing on the board... the regular 2x4 snaps with the three guys and the girl standing on the guys feet. The carbon fiber covered 2x4 doesn't snap but the 4 of them are lined up and the weight is distributed differently.

How do you make a house wild fire proof? You wrap it in a fire retardent material like the stuff worn by nascar drivers... the stuff works... except when you leave the frayed edges exposed to heat... they light up... duh... stupid bad science spelled the doom for this show.
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By smiles4100 on March 7, 2014
No two shows are the same. I get that. But when a television show is advertised like another show, I expect the shows to be similar. Granted, I only saw this episode, but I couldn't watch more. This is the pilot, the one that is supposed to draw me in. And it failed. The chick is on there to be a chick, I can see no other purpose for her. The experiments seem half done at best. The team gets so excited over so little in the beginning, it's hard for me to get excited with them later. This is not my type of show.
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Only the second episode and they are already selling out to advertise. It is hard to appreciate a show purportedly about "science" when it extols the virtues of a specific companies product.
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