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This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition) (1984)

Fran Drescher , Christopher Guest , Rob Reiner  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fran Drescher, Christopher Guest, Bruno Kirby, Patrick Macnee, Michael McKean
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305922756
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Over One Hour of Extra Footage
  • New Audio Commentary by Spinal Tap in Character
  • New Interview with Rob Reiner
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Music Videos
  • Rare TV Appearances

Editorial Reviews

You're about to get personal with one of music history's greatest and loudest heavy metal bands, Spinal Tap! Whether or not you're a die-hard fan of the group, you'll love this detailed "rockumentary" of Engand's legendary Spinal Tap. Acclaimed commercial director Marty DiBergi takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at a band whose time has come and gone and come again and.... Through interviews, rare footage and lots of musicincluding classic Tap tunes like "Big Bottom" and "Hell Hole"you'll get acquainted with David St. Hubbins (lead guitar), Nigel Tufnel (lead guitar), Derek Smalls (lead bass) and every drummer who ever livedand diedfor this renowned rock band. Be a part of the sights, sounds and smells of this celebrated heavy metal phenomenon. It's an experience you'll never forget.

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307 of 333 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Criterion does it again. January 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Just about anybody reading this review has probably seen "This is Spinal Tap" as many times as the band has changed drummers. What you really want to know is whether the DVD extras are worth the price. YES. Theatrical trailers about cheese rolling festivals, David St. Hubbins with strait hair in an early short that eventually evolved into the film, Rob Reiner begging people to show the movie in their theaters, deleted scenes that develop and explain the cold sores the band keeps ending up with, and the bloody demise of Janine (well, we can dream can't we?) all this and more can be yours for the low low price of...whatever. Anyway, if you're a Tap fan and you've got a DVD player, get this disc. If you're a Tap fan and you've got this disc, get a DVD player. If you're a Tap fan without the disc or a DVD player, talk your rich buddy with all the cool home theater equipment into buying this disc, then watch it at his place and eat all the potato chips in the house. If you're not a Tap fan, you can get a copy of "The Sound of Music" around here somewhere, I'm pretty sure. I've always thought of Derrick Smalls as kind of a short hairy version of Julie Andrews anyway.
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105 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mime is money! February 4, 2001
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Superb (m/r)ockumentary of the semi-fictitious band "Spinal Tap", made up of Michael McKean ("Lenny", soul mate of Squigy, on the TV series "Laverne & Shirley"), Christopher Guest (actor/director of "Waiting for Guffman"), Harry Shearer (performs voices of 22 different characters on "The Simpsons"), and a random selection of ever-changing drummers. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek parody of washed-up hard rock bands that still think they are God's gift to the universe. The inspired idiocy borders on genius at times, lending weight to Michael's observation that there is a "fine line between stupid and clever".
The DVD is simply amazing. For starters, everything is in character. From the style of the main menu title screen, to the menu voice-overs by the band, and extending through all of the extra material included on the DVD, the personas of the band (and the fictitious director as well) are maintained with perfect consistency.
What makes this all the more amazing is the shear quantity of extras on the disk. For starters, there is about an hour of "deleted" scenes provided. In addition, there are numerous music videos, TV commercials (fake I presume???), and trailers. And as if that weren't enough, there is also a commentary track throughout the entire film with the band members, completely in character, being as hilariously idiotic as they are in the film. The Spinal Tap commentary track is easily the most entertaining commentary in my extensive DVD library.
The DVD medium is put to splendid use as well. Menu transitions are computer animations inspired by some of the film's funniest moments. Each menu plays a different "Tap" song, giving you access to a decent percentage of the sound track.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smell The Glove March 6, 2003
By Barry
Format:DVD
It amazes me that to this day, nearly 20 years later, there are still some people who thought this was real. That Spinal Tap actually existed. It's hilarious. This film is truly one of a kind. It perfectly lampoons the life, success, and downfall of a rock group. The film is shot as a documentary, or as this kind of film is, a 'mockumentary'. It's being done by director Marty DiBergi(Rob Reiner, who also directed and co-wrote the film), who is best known for commercials. He chronicles the life of legendary british band, Spinal Tap. The members of this band include David St. Hubbins(the always great Michael McKean), who is the vocalist of the group. Nigel Tufnel(the brilliant Christopher Guest), is the lead guitarist. Big mustached Derek Smalls(the great Harry Shearer), is the bass player. They started out in the mid 1960's as a mellower hippy/pop type band with songs like "Listen(To What The Flower People Say)". The documentary chronicles that to where they are today. They turned into a long haired, heavy metal group with songs like "Big Bottom", "Sex Farm", and others. The entire film shows their struggles to maintain their career as it appears to be falling down the tubes. Producers won't release their album, concerts are cancelled, no one comes to autograph signings. The inner turmoil within the band is showcased as well. They suffered from we could call, 'the Yoko syndrome', where St. Hubbins' girlfriend, Janine Pettibone(June Chadwick), comes into the picture and causes friction within the group. Throughout the film and interviews, there are concert clips showing the band in glorious action. The film was written by our three stars, and they must have spent time in this world because many musicians have stated the authenticity of it all. Read more ›
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have watched many DVD's, but this one takes the cake. October 27, 1999
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Format:DVD
Not only one of the funniest films ever, but the best "mockumentary" about rock'n roll ever made. Every rock band in the world, whether famous or not, will have at one time or another, quoted a line out of "Tap" & got a giggle during rehearsals. The DVD is another story. A dream for all Spinal Tap freaks. Not just commentary by the band AND the director AND hillarious trailers AND the Hell Hole video AND the famous 20 minute "demo" of the movie BUT ALSO over an hour of unbelievable outtakes!!!!! Never has there been a DVD of such quantity & quality. ALL DVD's should be put together like this. Mrs Presley!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still goes to 11
Haven't seen it in a while and I decide to watch it again and it still goes to 11. The music and the tongue in cheek humour really captured the stupidity of rock in the 60s and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars As classic as a classic can be. You wil be hurting from laughing this...
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Published 1 day ago by Jeff Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly funny
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As a musician I've been asked countless times, "Have you seen Spinal Tap?" I've always said I hadn't. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John R. Sturgis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this. Holds up over time.
Published 6 days ago by Pookie Beawr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story tho'
A little redundant at times..Good story tho'..
Published 6 days ago by macc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
get it watch it (scratch your head) and luv it ........hilarious!
Published 6 days ago by snake
3.0 out of 5 stars seems real
Its funny how real everyone seems . Great acting. Kinda s ull in the middle
Published 6 days ago by epeiswerth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatest movie ever. I give it 11 stars.
Published 9 days ago by Emily Estella
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good and very funny!
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blu-ray features on this is spinal tap?
This is all I've seen - I just ordered and can't wait to get it.

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