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Brought by executive producer Steven Spielberg, Smash revolves around the creation of a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. As the production takes shape, everyone involved in it must balance his or her often chaotic personal life with the all-consuming demands of a life in the theatre.

Starring:
Debra Messing, Christian Borle
Rental Formats:
DVD

Smash Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Smash - Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Smash - Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Smash - Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Smash - Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 11 hours 10 minutes
Starring Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Eisa Davis, Condola Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston, Maddie Corman, Raza Jaffrey, Megan Hilty, Steven Weisz, Hale Appleman
Director Michael Mayer
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 28 November 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Liam86 on 25 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Smash is without doubt one of the freshest and most ambitious new shows to come from The US in years.

The creation of a new Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe offers an exhilarating and dramatic backdrop to the complicated lives of the shows stars and creators. Particular mention must go to Wicked star Megan Hilty as Broadway star Ivy, Debra Messing as lyricist Julia and Anjelica Houston as tough Broadway producer Eileen.

A class act!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Miss Samantha A. French on 2 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Love. love, LOVE this show, it's been eviscerated by the critics, mostly I imagine because some guy called Steven Spielberg is attached to the project, it made it pretty high profile.
I waited to watch this until I knew it had been renewed, I hate getting into a show & then see it cancelled, luckily it has been. Now I'm not saying Smash is perfect, some of the story lines have gone a bit off course & I would agree that the whole show can feel a little un-even at times. That said; I forget all that when they do a musical number, the show has such high production values & plenty of talent, I happily do the horses to the '20th century mambo' - then try to get it in out of my head for days, so catchy...
As I said the casting is brilliant, there seems to be some dislike of Katharine Mcphee across the pond, as she was an 'idol' runner up, maybe she was super obnoxious on there, I don't know, I never saw it. Personally I think she plays the naivety of Karen Cartwright extremely well & think the US critics should perhaps give her a break, if nothing else she can certainly sing, the season finale was, well I wont spoil but amazing!
I love Debra Messing & Christian Borle's chacters, the collaborative writing team is very believable & arguably the most solid relationship in the whole show.
My favourite character though has to be Derek Wills, the Simon Cowell esque director/choreographer, played to perfection by fellow England native- Jack Davenport, I just can't get enough of Derek's snark & ultimately his dedication to the project.
I'm so pleased it's been re-newed for a second season & cannot wait to get my season 1 dvd, as I said there are weaknesses but the foundation is solid & I have confidence it will be made even better then it is now.
A fun show with great songs, extremely watchable & likable characters.... what's not to love?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hunt on 2 July 2012
Format: DVD
This is a great show that is still being shown by the Wonderful sky atlantic. Kind of an adult Glee. The music and lyrics displayed so far make me want to queue for tickets to a fictitious show! c'mon we all would if this transferred to the stage!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Macdonald on 6 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
SMASH is an interesting show to try and review because of its polarising effect on the critics. It has been NBC's highest rated Drama series in recent years, had one of the most acclaimed pilot episodes.

And then things went a bit wrong.

I will say that I love SMASH, it is an exciting show with great new music, a wonderful premise and some brilliant acting. The first season is ultimately flawed however, with some unnecessary characters, some character decisions put in just to drive the drama, and some episodes which were not as high a standard as the pilot suggested. This is not to say it is not good, or enjoyable, because it definitely is. It's just flawed.

I still rate SMASH highly though. The reason for this? It, at times (not always), manages to capture that feeling of working in a live theatre production. That sense of ensemble, rivalry, camaraderie, last minute changes of direction, the struggle to rewrite, the inability to see flaws because they are so close to the production. That is what live theatre is about, and for large parts of the series, SMASH manages to bring this across, to capture that adrenaline-fuelled feeling of being in the theatre. Of creating for the stage. Of performing for large audiences and trying to make sure that the theatrical statement is realised. Bring in the fact that the music was written by the incredible Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman (Shaiman responsible for the Broadway hit musical Hairspray, based on the John Waters film, which was later turned back into a hit movie based on the musical) shows that the calibre of talent involved in this production is remarkably high.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By peekayinhk on 27 Nov 2012
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A TV show about a stage musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe was never going to be a darling of the purist critic circles, so there's no surprise that the reviews of Smash have been a bit savage. And if you're one of those people who really hates the theatre and musical numbers and theatrical types being grandiose and flamboyant, this show will be like taking a cheese grater to your eyelids. So all ye, abandon hope here...

BUT... if you have even a single theatrical cell in your genetic make-up, there's a huge amount to adore in this lavish, big-hearted, bitchy, smart and often quite tender version of Glee For Grown Ups. For starters, there are some fantastic original musical tracks, starting in the first episode when Megan Hilty bursts into "The National Pasttime", moving straight on to "Let Me be Your Star", and then carrying on through the rest of the series. It's a true testament to the writers that the original songs work a lot better than the covers which are loosely (sometimes very loosely) peppered throughout.

But it's the cast that makes Smash: the non-singing cast is excellent - Debra Messing, leaving 'Will and Grace' far behind, is a complete stand-out as the show's warm, kind-hearted but emotionally confused writer Julia, and she's strongly supported by Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport as the driven, ruthless producer and director (respectively). On the musical front, Christian Borle showcases his brilliant Broadway pedigree as the composer Tom - he plays it natural and low-key on the acting front but delivers a true show-stopper when called to in a later episode.
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