DVD, VOD Release: Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

DVD & VOD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Music Box

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers movie scene

Diamonds are the Pink Panthers' best friend in Smash & Grab.

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers is a 2012 documentary on the formidable Balkan crime organization dubbed “The Pink Panthers” that has stolen nearly a billion dollars of jewels from boutiques in the world’s most opulent cities, including Paris, London, Geneva, and Tokyo.

Director Havana Marking first read of the Pink Panthers in 2003 when they pulled off a wildly ambitious $30 million jewelry raid of the Graff store on London’s Bond Street. It was the British press that labeled them “The Pink Panthers” after the police recovered a huge diamond in a tub of face cream in a scene reminiscent of a classic Blake Edwards’ Pink Panther movie starring Peter Sellers. Although nothing was known of them at that time, the name stuck—and Marking’s fascination and curiosity inspired her to make the film.

Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with interviews with key gang members, cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage (which led to the Panthers’ capture following a London robbery), Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers delves into the gang’s history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, the film also exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.

Released to a limited number of theaters in the U.S.’s top markets earlier this year, the movie as seen on DVD includes the following bonus features:

  • Director’s Interview
  • Animation FX Featurette
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Original CCTV Robbery Footage
  • Dubai Police Film
  • Exclusive Pink Panther Phone Call

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.