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‘Smash: Season 1’ DVD Review

Includes 15 episodes plus behind-the-scenes documentaries

DVD ($59.98)

This Emmy-winning NBC series, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Angelica Houston, became a big hit last spring with its show-stopping musical numbers, juicy storyline about dueling Broadway divas and various backstage drama around the central production based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Fans can now re-live all the behind-the-curtain back-stabbing with all 15 episodes on four discs, which also include deleted scenes, a gag reel, an in-depth look at the cast and a behind-the-scenes documentary show’s music and choreography.

 

HistorysGreatestImages‘History’s Greatest Images’ Book Review

100 iconic photos reveal the evolution of photography

Hardcover, 154 pages ($29.95)

A cover-to-cover browse through this oversize collection of 100 iconic images is a fascinating reminder of how photography evolved from a novel invention to a vital documentary tool, and also of the world’s march of progress since the 19th century when the camera first came to be. In chronological arrangement, each accompanied with a brief bit of information and insight, the photos include Civil War calotypes from the horse-drawn, covered-wagon darkrooms of Mathew Brady; Dorothea Lange’s evocative Depression Era “Migrant Mother”; the crash of the Hindenburg; Robert Capa’s American soldier reaching shore on D-Day; astronaut Buzz Aldrin becoming the first man to walk on the moon; New Orleans floodwaters from the summer of 2005; and many other significant moments from both the distant and recent past, all captured for eternity by a camera.

 

IceAgeContDriftcov‘Ice Age Continental Drift’ Blu-ray Review

All-star cast provides voices for more prehistoric shenanigans

Blu-ray ($39.99)

The fourth in the popular family-friendly animated-film franchise about the continuing adventures of a group of Paleolithic animal pals, this installment (released theatrically last year) finds Manny the mammoth, Diego the tiger and Sid the sloth adrift on the high seas after a plate shift breaks their land mass breaks off from the mainland. Setting sail on an iceberg, they encounter pirates and a menagerie of other colorful creatures as they try to make their way back home. Listen closely and you’ll hear some cool all-star voices behind the prehistoric shenanigans, including the vocal talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari, Peter Dinklage and hip-hoppers Nicki Minaj and Drake.

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