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The Return of Spinal Tap (1992)

Christopher Guest , Michael McKean , Jim Di Bergi  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, June Chadwick, Bob Geldof
  • Directors: Jim Di Bergi
  • Writers: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
  • Producers: Christopher Guest, Anthony Eaton, Danny Harris, Harriet Sternberg
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Spinal Tap
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02WD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of Spinal Tap" on IMDb

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Death Pony Tosses its Bloody Mane! January 27, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While nothing, absolutely nothing, can compete with the original "This is Spinal Tap" for comedic genius, this DVD is a brilliant work in it's own right. While it is true that the majority (maybe 75 percent or so) of the film is a live show shot in the Royal Albert Hall in 1992, there are numerous interludes and links to keep the satire quotient pegged.
All in all the music is performed well, but some of the newer materiel falls a bit flat compared to the "Smell the Glove" set. Songs like "Cash on Delivery" and "Clam Caravan", while vaguely amusing are not up to the normal Tap standards (although Nigel playing the clarinet is quite a sight), and the Rap version of "Sex Farm" was just plain annoying. Having said that, there are moments of inspired brilliance here. During "Stonehenge" they have the opposite problem they had in the original...the monument is too huge to get in the theatre. During "Big Bottom" all three play basses, which is not only funny to think about, but very funny to actually hear. The guitar pyrotechnics and way over the top soloing of Nigel Tufnel continue in "Diva Fever", a forgettable song without the solo. During this particular solo (during which Derek takes a cab and gets a huge meal at a restaurant, while David has a cucumber facial and pedicure) Nigel plays his guitars by throwing horseshoes at them, juggling while playing with his feet, etc.
Interspersed with the concert footage are numerous links, most of which are utterly brilliant. We learn that Nigel has invented a folding wine glass (he still needs the rubber hinges), and has founded 'Travel for Animals', an organization that allows animals (in this case his ferret, Trevor) to travel with their own passport.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know what to expect July 10, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Those who loved This Is Spinal Tap generally divide into two categories: those who love heavy metal and those who hate it. If you fall into the latter, The Return of Spinal Tap is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you watched the movie and then went out and bought the soundtrack... it's definitely worth your time. You should know, though, what to expect beforehand.
The Return of Spinal Tap is not a satire or a mockumentary like This Is Spinal Tap. It's nothing more and nothing less than Spinal Tap Live. Don't get me wrong: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are still funny as hell; but the brilliant commentaries carry less weight in favor of the music. And why not? The joke could never have been as funny the second time around, so instead, the three just decided to have some fun, returning to their beloved characters and living out the dream of doing a big rock concert in front of a huge crowd. Frankly, the concert segments are much funnier this time around, with the on-stage antics of the three brilliant comedians, as well as winks back to the first movie in segments like `Rock N' Roll Creation' and `Stonehenge'. Plus, you get to sing along to all the beloved, cheesy, brilliantly idiotic songs from the first movie, like `Big Bottom', `Sex Farm', `Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight', `(Listen To The) Flower People', `Hell Hole' and `All The Way Home'. Also you get a bunch of great new songs like `Bitch School', `Break Like The Wind', `Clam Caravan' and `Cash On Delivery' with a rare lead vocal performance by Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer - by now, keep in mind, a Simpsons veteran).
Before you watch The Return Of Spinal Tap, you should ask yourself two questions. The first is - do I really love Spinal Tap, or did I like it just for the satire?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I now own three different commercially distributed versions of "The Return Of Spinal Tap" and this "Region free NTSC" version is clearly the worst.

I can tell that it is only a MONO transfer to DVD from the NTSC LaserDisc - which is crazy, because I own the LaserDisc and it's in superb digital stereo (one the best live stereo recordings I've ever heard).

When I transferred my own LaserDisc to DVD-R I had to use my brother's PAL output player which does a dodgy inbuilt conversion of NTSC for PAL TV's. Using the right setting on the DVR for that type of input gives acceptable results, but the process does noticeably compromise the video quality - making it look slightly washed out.

So the "Region free NTSC" DVD does have a more appealing look about the video - the colour and contrast are more natural. The major flaw (aside from being mono) is that the soundtrack is very slightly, but very annoyingly, out of synch all the way through - even though it is perfect on my LaserDisc.

As others have pointed out there are several blatant or wildly wrong song titles on this DVD (eight wrong titles in all), and this fact combined with "The Folksmen" being called "The Folkman", indicates that whoever authored this DVD knows as little about the English language as they do about Spinal Tap - and they didn't look for the correct titles elsewhere.

The other available version of "The Return Of Spinal Tap" is on the "bonus" DVD in the 4 disc French made (Studio Canal) boxed set, which comes in a Marshall Stack display box.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie
Published 1 month ago by Niki Delgado
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Good movie, sadly it wasn't as good as the original. Still if you loved the original, you must see it.
Published 12 months ago by Jason Mayo
4.0 out of 5 stars More music than This Is Spinal Tap
The most amazing thing is the musical skill of these guys.

The songs are crazy and played without interruption. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hankster
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so
As soon as I became aware of its existence I had to view it! Even if i had realized it's really a concert film i wouldve anyway, hoping for many funny antics. Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by kaoskitty
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
this is a poor excuse of a dvd. this is in mono. poor production value. if you have all the spinal tap cds this is one for your library. Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by S. D. HUBB
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad bootleg copy
First of all, this is NOT an official release. As another reviewer stated, it is a bootleg pirated DVD made by somebody on a home computer.

How to start. Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Mushroom
5.0 out of 5 stars good service
received the movie quickly, was a gift for my boyfriend and he's happy with it.
Published on June 21, 2009 by Heather Jannusch
4.0 out of 5 stars The Majesty of Rock!
Despite the sometimes-spotty sound mix (thus only four stars), this is, of course, essential for the Spinal Tap completist. Read more
Published on March 5, 2009 by K. Crothers
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and lacks coherence.
Basically a filmed concert. Interrupted by a few sketches. The whole idea of Spinal Tap is to paraphrase the rock-industry. Gently dressed as irony and general retardedness. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by Mikael Kjellstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love rock, you'll love this spoof
I bought this for my husband as a Xmas gift. He absolutely loved it! It's funny, it's a great spoof on the world of rock, and believe it or not, the music is pretty darn good. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by Val
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