Smash DVD Review
Here's an interesting idea for a new
television series: make something that focuses on a group of producers,
directors, actors, writers, and composers as they attempt to put
together a Broadway
musical show. Oh wait... that's been done? It has been now.
That is the main element
to the Universal
and NBC television series Smash. It's
a show about making a musical and it is all about the people who are
together to pull it together as they attempt to make it into something
a smash hit.
series follows the making of a
Broadway musical based upon Marilyn Monroe's life. The cast of Smash consists
of some superb musical and acting talents: Debra Messing, Angelica
McPhee, Megan Hilty, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, and more. Each
something special and unique to contribute to this series and the
while two performers, Karen (McPhee) and Ivy (Hilty) compete over the
Marilyn. Derek Wills (Davenport) is the director of the musical, and we
his work along with that of music composers Julia (Messing) and Tom
Everyone must learn to keep a pace with the producer fighting for a
on the dramatic elements of the process and on the main characters that
the theatrical world of wonderment. This series can sometimes be an
or overly dramatic creation but it can (and usually is) an edge of your
ride in making a Broadway musical. Yes, that's Smash in
a nutshell. Smash is
all of that and so much more too. It's
the fun and glamour of the cha-cha-cha and the frustration and crisis
going amuck during the production. The series focuses on the positive
also centering upon the negative of a big theatrical creation and it
show all the more fascinating as a result.
week is a creatively thrilling
adventure as the series develops its storylines and characters. You are
constantly wondering as a viewer what direction the series might take
how it might affect the Broadway production. Spielberg always said he
direct a musical. It hasn't happened yet. However, he can now say that
he is an
executive producer of one of the most creative series on television.
It's a bit
surprising to realize that there wasn't a television series like Smash before but it's also thrilling to realize
that musicals are alive and well (and even on television, where you can
the characters and storylines on a weekly basis too).
series is unique and inspired
(even with other series like Glee
offering musical elements). Creativity thrives on Smash.
The choreography by Joshua Bergasee is fantastic, and it
really delivers. The actors in Smash
also work well with the varied song and dance numbers and perform
seems to flow so much better as a result. Combine
all of Smash's dance numbers with the beautiful
cinematography by M. David
Mullen and it's undeniably unique as a visually wondrous creation.
of the best things about the
show is the music. This isn't such a bad thing to say when considering
that this is a musical television series.
The original songs are all from grammy and Tony award winning composers
Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Singing remains a key element to the series
actors/musicians bring these uniquely crafted compositions to life in a
that is completely compelling.
can all thank Steven Spielberg
for this show (at least on some level) because he was the individual
idea of making a television show focused on the behind-the-scenes work
in making a musical, and with an emphasis on the creative side of
series was then created and developed by Theresa
Rebeck and was also further developed by Robert Greenblatt.
becoming one of the best television series of the 2012 season. It's one
television's most ambitious projects at the moment and one can only
the series continues to be as exciting, original, and unique as it was
season one. Smash eventually might
become one of the most beloved series in TV history if it can keep this
momentum going strong. It's going to be interesting to see where the
things going forward.
presented in the original
television broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with anamorphic widescreen
enhancement for 16x9 televisions. Smash is
a lush series with many beautiful and impressive scenes featuring
design and use of color for all song and dance numbers. This is an absolutely visual show when it comes to
any sequences highlighting dance and the theatrical. It's too bad the
hasn't received a Blu-ray release (which would have been a perfect fit
musical series), but the DVD's present the series in a serviceable way
with a good
quality presentation that is standard for a modern television
Dolby Digital audio sounds pretty impressive as a whole and really
highlight some of the songs throughout the season. There is adequate
the surrounds are often utilized engagingly. This series and DVD
features a clean, clear, and impressive sound design that makes the
SDH subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing) are included.
and Extended Scenes (including some extended musical numbers), a gag
two brief behind the scenes featurettes (one exploring the season as a
and the other exploring the series music). This is a rather slim amount
supplements for a season set release but these supplements should still
interest to Smash fans.
one of the best television series of
2012. It will be fascinating to see where the series takes audiences
the second season, premiering in February 2013. This first season will
experiencing prior to the new season for any series newbies and current
viewers will want
to add Smash: Season One to their DVD
collection because it's an excellent show well worth owning. The only
downside to this release is the lack of a Blu-ray option for those with
High Definition televisions as the musical aspect is well suited to the
higher-resolution and sound clarity of Blu-ray. Regardless, this is a
wonderful series with
memorable and impressive performances, music, and artistry. It's well
worth adding to a collection for any and all musical fans.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.