This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner
 Cast: Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
, Michael McKean
Michael McKean
, Christopher Guest
Christopher Guest
, Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

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: 4,599

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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