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5.0 out of 5 stars Mime is money!, February 4, 2001
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This review is from: This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition) (DVD)
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. And, just as importantly, the animations are not overdone; the menus are still easy to use, and the transitions only take a few seconds.
Overall, this DVD is a great value, and provides a vast amount of material not available in the VHS version. If you are a Tap fan, or would like to be, you NEED this DVD!
Movie
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Originality: A
Creativity: A
Complexity/Depth: B-
Relevance/Message: B
Artistic Merit: A
Overall Entertainment Value: A

DVD
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Transfer Quality: A
Extras: A+
Use of Medium: A
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 6:45:38 PM PDT
Jim LaRegina says:
The THIS IS SPINAL TAP mimes are Dana Carvey and Billy Crystal.

Besides THE SIMPSONS, Harry Shearer had some television success as part of the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast in the late 1970s and a second time in the '80s.

Christopher Guest and Michael McKean also were among SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE casts.

Guest, along with Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray (to name two more first famous because of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) was in a comedy group called the Prime Time Players that was a regular act on the short-lived television variety show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH HOWARD COSELL.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 5:00:29 AM PDT
That's fascinating; now I know why the first SNL troupe was called The Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Here are the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_with_Howard_Cosell
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