This is Spinal Tap [Special Edition] [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 3979591
  • Release Date: 09/12/2000
  • Rating: R
Since its release in 1984, Rob Reiner's "mockumentary" about a failed rock group's comeback tour has become one of the most oft-referenced and oft-imitated comedies in history. Its release on DVD from MGM is a great reminder of why. Loaded with extras, including a hilarious commentary from stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as their screen incarnations, this is easily one of the best DVDs available. The picture is crystal clear, presented in a beautiful 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. The only drawback is the subtitles. Originally missing from the DVD, MGM hastily added them in, and they have a rushed, public access look that is rather distracting. Thankfully, they only show up occasionally. The sound is in Dolby 5.1, allowing the group's crunching guitar anthems ample space to roam. Extras abound here, and all are worth a look. As previously mentioned, the commentary track by Spinal Tap is a riot, peppered with in-jokes and odd asides, perfectly dovetailing with the film itself. There is also over an hour's worth of deleted scenes. While it's easy to see why most of them were excised, they still provide a laugh here and there and are great fun for the true Spinal Tap enthusiast. Director Rob Reiner shows up as Marty DeBergi, his character from the film, in a documentary about what he has been doing since the film. Also featured are a boatload of commercials and trailers, as well as Spinal Tap's appearance on the Joe Franklin Show, the long-running TV talk show. While missing some of the bonuses of the Criterion edition, this is still a fitting package for a comedy classic.
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (63 out of 64)

Special Features


  • New digital transfer
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio commentary by Spinal Tap
  • New interview with Rob Reiner
  • Over one hour of never-before-seen footage
  • Flower people press conference
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Six TV commercials
  • Heavy metal memories
  • Four music videos
  • Spinal Tap appearance on "The Joe Franklin Show"

Synopsis


This Is Spinal Tap
Largely improvised by director Rob Reiner and his cast, This is Spinal Tap looks and sounds like a "real" documentary, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of a going-nowhere British heavy metal band called Spinal Tap. The "group" started as an informal skiffle band, eventually maturing into an R&B act called the Thamesmen (their hit was "Gimme Some Money"). After going through a psychedelic period with "Listen to the Flower People," the band mutated into Spinal Tap, a hard rock outfit responsible for such albums as "Intravenous DeMilo," "The Sun Never Sweats," and "Bent for the Rent." This is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion. Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David's girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park, and the group teeters on the verge of breakup. After the film's initial release, McKean, Guest, and Shearer did a short club tour as Spinal Tap; the "band" reunited in 1992 for a new album, Break Like the Wind, followed by a full-fledged tour and TV special, The Return of Spinal Tap. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Rob Reiner
    Rob Reiner - Marty DiBergi
  • Michael McKean
    Michael McKean - David St. Hubbins
  • Christopher Guest
    Christopher Guest - Nigel Tufnel
  • Harry Shearer
    Harry Shearer - Derek Smalls
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    R.J. Parnell - Mick Shrimpton



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Cult Classic!

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    Chihuahuagirl
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    I remember watching this "mockumentary" when I was younger. My husband used to play in a heavy metal band in his twenties (we are now both 45 yrs. young) and he absolutely LOVED this film. He said he really wanted the DVD so I bought it for him. Upon recently watching it, there are some funny parts to it but most of it is sort of painful now. I think it's supposed to be that way as it is showcasing the trials and tribulations of a declining rock band. I laughed during many scenes (especially the "This one goes to 11" scene) but other scenes were hard to get through. My husband still loves it so it's definitely a win in my book. :-)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Minnesota

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    WillDu

    This movie is not the greatest movie ever made, but as far as fake documentaries about bands go I'd probably rate it number one. That itself doesn't say much, because if you get really specific in how you describe the genre of any movie you can probably say it's number one in some way (Ex: House of the Dead is the number one zombie movie, based on a videogame that used ridiculously placed clips from the source material as a gimmick) but that doesn't mean the movie itself is that great (Ex: House of the Dead is terrible) In this case however the movie actually stands outside of it's genre as a timeless and enjoyable piece of entertainment. Oh yeah, Minnesota doesn't have anything to do with this review, I just accidentally put my location into the headline spot and went with it. It felt right.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply the loudest band on earth.

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    TomWa

    Either you get it or you don't, but no one can argue that Spinal Tap is the best band to ever come out of England. Veteran film maker Marti DeBergi does a splendid job of capturing the sights, the sounds and yes, the smells of a hard-working and sometimes spontaneously combusting rock band. If you thought "The Last Waltz" was the end-all of rockumentaries, think again. "This is Spinal Tap" will make your ear drums bleed!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is Spinal Tap!

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    Chris
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    I saw this at Best Buy for $6.00 on blu ray, and I didn't hesitate for a second to pick it up! This is one of the great comedies of our time, and it's so realistic of a parody that for the longest time growing up I actually thought they were a real band. That's my review, short and sweet, so if you'll excuse me I'm going to go crank this movie up to 11.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The first spoof rockumentary

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    JRoto
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    What a classic film! A film that is styled as a documentary about a rock band late in their career, but everything about the movie is fake! That is the primary reason this movie is comedic gold. I only wish that MGM had invested more money in the transfer of this to blu ray. This film does not look much better than a DVD.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A hilarious 'rockumentary'

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    TheHouse
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    A great 'rockumentary' based on some true stories and filled with laughs. The airport screening scene and the Stonehenge on stage scenes are classics. Of course, the scene with the amplifiers that go up to '11' is hilarious and probably the most famous part of the movie. A must watch for rock fans everywhere!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 stars not enough. Try 11

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    sirram1
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    Rob Reiner's first directorial feature, before he went on to direct the classics "The Princess Bride", "Misery" and "A Few Good Men". The influence of this film can be seen in many of today's TV comedies such as "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation". A must-own for comedy film nerds.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best mock-umentary ever made

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    Gaspode
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    If you love the films of Christopher Guest and his troupe, you MUST see This is Spinal Tap, the mock-umentary that launched a genre. The performances are all letter-perfect, even when the actors provide a commentary track, still in character. This is a film you will watch over and over again.

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