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Unwigged and Unplugged Live Concert DVD

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED: An Evening with Christopher Guest,Michael McKean and Harry Shearer has the legendary musical and comedic trio performing music from heavy metal's loudest band Spinal Tap along with the folk music from A Mighty Wind, and more. The UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED DVD features two plus hours of songs from the original soundtrack This Is Spinal Tap (1984), the studio album Break Like The Wind (1992), and A Mighty Wind (2003) along with some special surprises and rarities thrown in. UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED is not about funny costumes and characters, but rather three long time friends and collaborators who make each other laugh and love nothing better than to find some excuse to get together and play music. The trio commented, "With this being the 25th Anniversary of the film This is Spinal Tap, we thought this would be a fun and at the same time, a little challenging, as we have never performed as ourselves. Think of the evening as three old friends jamming in your living room. As opposed to OUR living rooms; we won't be home."

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If you've been dying to hear acoustic versions of such timeless Spinal Tap classics as "Big Bottom," "Bitch School," and "Sex Farm"--and let's face it, what serious music fan hasn't?--then you've come to the right place, as Unwigged and Unplugged offers that and more. With the 25th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap at hand in 2009, principals Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer decided to hit the road as themselves, performing material they wrote for both that film and A Mighty Wind, the Guest-directed folk music spoof, as well as assorted other odds and ends. With Guest and McKean on guitars, Shearer playing bass, and all three singing (a keyboardist joins in on several tunes, as do singers Judith Owen and Annette O'Toole, wives of Shearer and McKean, respectively), this is Tap and the Kingston Trio-esque Folksmen sans frills, other than a few film clips and the occasional audience participation number. That means the music must stand on its own, and it does so admirably, not to mention hilariously. The Spinal Tap numbers are all the more ridiculous in the acoustic format ("Big Bottom" is delivered like a swingin' hipster finger-snapper, while "Stonehenge" is accompanied by a filmed version of the infamous miniature monument from the original movie). But it's the material from A Mighty Wind that really stands out. Like all great satire (as opposed to broad parody), tunes like "Never Did No Wandering," "Blood on the Coal," and "Old Joe's Place" deftly straddle the line between earnest and absurd; the same is true of the songs written for the Thamesmen, Spinal Tap's psychedelic '60s incarnation, especially "Rainy Day Sun" and "Gimme Some Money," which brilliantly invoke British Invasion bands like the Kinks and the Animals. Add to that a Folksmen cover of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up," with the Milwaukee audience heartily joining in on the lewd "You make a dead man ----" chorus, and really, who could ask for more? --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Guest, Michael Mckean, Harry Shearer
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Courgette Records
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002G1X2WE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Richardson VINE VOICE on September 1, 2009
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Just finished this..and its a good size meal, over 2 hours!! So many "concert" DVDs end up being truncated highlight affairs so this is a breath of fresh air. It was a pretty magical night and the boys traced much of their "Tap" history as well as "Mighty Wind" era in good voice and instrumentation but more than that in good spirit and a bassfull of humor! Over the course of 35 chapters they cover every quality tune from their catalog and rarely falter and the film itself is sharp , well directed and the sound is jumping out at me. The venue is beautiful and there is just enough audience interaction to give the feeling of being part of this wonderful event.

I can not recommend this strongly enough...the mix of music, humor and good cheer is such a pleasure. The BEST thing I can ever say about a concert film/DVD is that it makes me kick myself for passing on the show when it came through town and I certainly do. I've seen both Spinal Tap and the full Mighty Wind concerts (one of the few benefits of being near Los Angeles) and figured this wouldn't measure up....well I was wrong ...this DVD will be enjoyed for years!!
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I've always been a fan of Tap and Mighty Wind. As a singer/songwriter myself, I admire a good song no matter what the genre. And I admire showmanship. The effortless ease and good humor with which McKean, Shearer and Guest present their songs (with worthy additions from others) make for a rich listening and viewing experience. They may have skimped on the costumes and wigs, but they are plugged in in a big way! I highly recommend this DVD to anyone. It's fun for the whole family!
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This was a really fun concert, and very similar to the Oakland show we attended at the Paramount Theater.

I echo all the wonderful comments about this show. Just wanted to mention for the hearing impaired viewers (like me), there's no closed captioning on this DVD.

Not a complaint; for some of us, this is important. Too many years of the amps turned up to 11, I guess.
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I'm a big fan of all things Spinal Tap and Christopher Guest so it is great to hear the guys in this type of setting doing all of their songs unplugged. What I didn't expect was how good they sound both vocally and instrumentally. They've grown some serious chops over the years.
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Hubby and I were lucky enough to see the boys perform live a few years back in Rhode Island, and this is a great souvenir of the experience as cameras weren't allowed at our venue. These three have definite comic chemistry,and are fabulous musicians, to boot. Their heydey may be over, but the band rocks on -- long may their twisted flag wave!
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By Louie on October 12, 2010
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Hearing the old classics, some of wholich in a new light, mixed with comedy and crowd interaction makes this a great purchase for any fan of the Christopher Guest movies.
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Any fan of Spinal Tap, The Folksmen, or honestly Christopher Guest and all of his work, needs to get this DVD 😄
My husband and I were able to catch their show live so I am tickled pink to have the DVD to remember everything :D
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I am a big fan of these guys. I have really enjoyed their videos, "This is Spinal Tap", "Waiting on Guffman", "A Mighty Wind", and "Best in Show". These are some truly amazing talented individuals. You can see in this video, which is recorded at one of their Unwigged and Unplugged concerts, what a cult following they have. I felt like I had the best seat in the audience as they did all the favorite songs for everyone. The acappella song done at the beginning and end of the DVD showcases some of their great talent. I highly recommend this DVD. If you were not a fan before, you will become one after watching this.
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