This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap

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This Is Spinal Tap

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
UPC: 0027616852809
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 838

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"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rob Reiner Marty DiBergi
Michael McKean David St. Hubbins
Christopher Guest Nigel Tufnel
Harry Shearer Derek Smalls
Tony Hendra Ian Faith
R.J. Parnell Mick Shrimpton
David Kaff Ian Faith,Viv Savage
Bruno Kirby Tommy Pischedda
June Chadwick Jeanine Pettibone
Fran Drescher Bobbi Flekman
Joyce Hyser Belinda
Vicki Blue Cindy
Paul Benedict Tucker "Smithy" Brown
Patrick MacNee Sir Denis Eton-Hogg
Billy Crystal Morty the Mime
Fred Willard Lt. Hookstratten
Ed Begley John "Stumpy" Pepys
Howard Hesseman Terry Ladd
Gloria E. Gifford Airport Security Official
Russ Kunkel Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs
Paul Shaffer Artie Fufkin
Daniel Rodgers Little Druid
Jean Cromie Ethereal Fan
Patrick Maher New York M.C.
Danny Kortchmar Ronnie Pudding
Julie Payne Mime Waitress
Dana Carvey Mime Waitress
Sandy Helberg Angelo DiMentibello
Robin Menken Angelo's Associate
Zane Buzby Rolling Stone Reporter
J.J. Barry Rack Jobber
George McDaniel Southern Rock Promoter
Lara Cody Fame Groupy
Andrew J. Lederer Student Promoter
Archie Hahn Room Service Guy
Charles Levin Disc & Dat Manager
Wonderful Smith Janitor
Anjelica Huston Polly Deutsch
Fred Asparagus Joe "Mama" Besser
Robert Bauer Moke
Brinke Stevens Girlfriend (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Kent Beyda Editor
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Guest Songwriter,Screenwriter
Renee Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Jones Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Michael McKean Songwriter,Screenwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
Kim Secrist Editor
Harry Shearer Songwriter,Screenwriter
Peter Smokler Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Marty Dibergi [1:52]
2. "Spinal Pap" [2:15]
3. Dust for Vomit? [2:18]
4. Bobbi Flekman [1:52]
5. "Yes I Can!" [1:42]
6. "Big Bottom" [2:00]
7. "Shit Sandwich" [:48]
8. Sexist or Sexy? [3:59]
9. Young Tappers [1:52]
10. Little Sandwiches [1:41]
11. "It's One Louder, Isn't It?" [3:26]
12. Clever or Stupid? [3:01]
13. Ian Faith, Manager [:59]
14. "Where Are They Now?" [2:08]
15. "Since My Baby Left Me?" [1:19]
16. "Listen to the Flower People" [2:01]
17. "None More Black" [6:10]
18. Jeanine is Brutally Frank [1:57]
19. "Lick My Love Pump" [1:06]
20. Airport Security [2:43]
21. "I'm Your Promo Man!" [2:15]
22. "Hello, Cleveland!" [2:09]
23. Heavy Metal in Dolby? [3:03]
24. Trademark Solos [:59]
25. 18" High [3:43]
26. "Gonna Do Stonehenge?" [4:33]
27. Fire & Ice [1:52]
28. Tap Into the Military [4:27]
29. "Puppet Show and Spinal Tap" [1:48]
30. "Saucy Jack" [1:52]
31. Together Again! [5:24]
32. End Interviews/Credits [5:13]

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This Is Spinal Tap 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Heard of this but never saw it till now. This was interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good when origianally released many viewers thought this was a metal band they had never heard of. The jokes aren't jokey, but they are funny and if you have ever watched a "behind the music" style biography, you will find this even funnier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those under the false impression that Christopher Guest is some recent phenomenon with his comic "documentaries" like "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind", you've mightily missed the grand-daddy of them all, "This is Spinal Tap". The "documentary", or if you will rockumentary, from over twenty years ago, gets to probably the funniest subject of them all, Rock N' Roll. With its jabs at the pretensiousness and pompacity of Rock N' Roll, and the over-the-top theatrics of arena rock in the 1970's, "This is Spinal Tap" has been so influential that it has inspired the likes of Beavis and Butthead, Bill and Ted, Tenacious D, and others--not to mention that its been endlessly quoted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rob Reiner really brings out the laughter with this "rockumentary". The unintellectual conversations the lead singer has through out the movie captures your humorous side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this film (1980s) I hated it because it was just a little too convincing (I don't care for heavy metal music). I just didn't get it then. Now, after seeing ''Waiting for Guffman'' and ''Best in Show'' (over and over and over!), I finally get it! ''This is Spinal Tap'' is a hilarious inside view of the life of a fading heavy metal group. The music is exquisite -- wonderfully crafted. I have a hard time convincing my 12-year-old son not to sing ''Big Bottom'' in public. Thank you, Christopher Guest, et al, for a great bit of film making.
Eleven More than 1 year ago
Eleven! One louder than 10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will die laughing watching this movie. I am being completely serious about that--I died watching it. OK, not really, but you know what I mean. Two words: Little Stonehenge.
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