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This Is Spinal Tap [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer
  • Producers: Karen Murphy
  • Format: PAL
  • Rated:
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (989 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK27
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempted an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who was also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop.
  • Actors: Rob Reiner, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall, R.J. Parnell
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating:
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • DVD Features:
    • Available Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • 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
  • Size: 7 1/2" x 5 1/4"

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By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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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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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Comedies in general are a strange lot; they rarely if ever retain their comedic value over time as they age poorly being mostly a sendup or a reflection of the times they were made. There are countless comedies that literally made me roll on the floor with laughter but after subsequent viewings years later barely raised a chuckle out of me. Thankfully there are a few truly classic films from the genre that still retain or even exceed their comedic value over time but these are few and far between. "This Is Spinal Tap" though especially for those who are musicians or who follow the 80s rock scene closely never fails to amuse and this is mostly due to the excellent performances of Guest, McKean, Shearer and even director Reiner who is an excellent comedic actor in his own right. It was also nice to see Fran Drescher putting in a great performance before she achieved worldwide fame as "The Nanny".

Too bad this blu ray release doesn't live up to the quality of its content; the picture quality can be described as only slightly better than standard dvd in too many frames and I have many standard DVDs that look better. There are two discs but the content on the second disc barely reaches 15 minutes in length suggesting they could have just put everything on one disc or they could have added more and better Special Feature documentaries on the second disc. Sadly we get neither here. The sound quality on DTS HD MA 5.1 surround sound is good except for the very irritating fact that when the band plays, the sound level goes up so high but it goes back down again when the dialogue resumes which is very bothersome when you find you have to quickly adjust the volume whenever this transition is made.

Many fans already have this film in various guises i.e.
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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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