This Is Spinal Tap-Special Edition V02

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Classic "rockumentary" of Spinal Tap, "England's loudest band". Hilarious showcase of the mishaps and fallings-out of an aging sensation, this movie has many layers of humor that are revealed through repeat viewings. From the outlandish to the subtle, with memorable quotes and scenes you will talk about with other fans, this is a comedy must-see. The songs are funny not only in their sexist, immature lyrics but also the music of the energetic, if not talented, members of the band. The DVD contains an hilarious audio commentary track, with the members of Tap nowadays discussing their view of the events portrayed.

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by Sean on 2/14/2002

Classic "rockumentary" of Spinal Tap, "England's loudest band". Hilarious showcase of the mishaps and fallings-out of an aging sensation, this movie has many layers of humor that are revealed through repeat viewings. From the outlandish to the subtle, with memorable quotes and scenes you will talk about with other fans, this is a comedy must-see. The songs are funny not only in their sexist, immature lyrics but also the music of the energetic, if not talented, members of the band. The DVD contains an hilarious audio commentary track, with the members of Tap nowadays discussing their view of the events portrayed. Read More

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so funny!

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I love Christopher Guest and this movie is great! LOVE the Stonehenge part! Read More

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Product Overview

In 1982 legendary british heavy metal band spinal tap attempt an american comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is 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.

Specifications

Studio MGM
SKU 40140863
UPC 027616852809
UPC 14 00027616852809
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Classic
Essential Cinema
Recommended
Rock And Roll
Satire
Spoof
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A brilliant and hilarious documentary-style satire of a has-been British heavy metal band who never really was on an absurd American comeback tour that never quite gets off the ground, THIS IS SPINAL TAP practically birthed the mockumentary style. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer are David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls, respectively--three clueless, self-absorbed men who form the nucleus of Spinal Tap, aging purveyors of overwrought songs with titles such as "Big Bottom," "Smell the Glove," and "Sex Farm." Shot in faux cinema verité-style with director Rob Reiner as fictional filmmaker Marty DiBergi, the film lampoons just about every rock & roll cliché (not to mention every rockumentary cliché) in the book as it follows these fallen rock idols from one disastrous gig to the next. Scenes of the tour's descent from desperation into total collapse are interspersed with interviews in which the band members delightfully prattle on inanely about the none-too-illustrious history and dubious vision of Spinal Tap. THIS IS SPINAL TAP is a striking and acutely hysterical directorial debut for Reiner and a deserved cult classic. Watch for an endless array of cameos by wonderful comic character actors along the way.
Plot Summary
Summary THIS IS SPINAL TAP is director Rob Reiner's hilariously deadpan mockumentary about a fictional heavy metal band hitting the skids during their U.S. tour. The film has inspired legions of dedicated, obsessive fans who know all of the lines by heart.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "There's such a fine line between stupid and..."--David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) |"...And clever."--Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer)
Quote "The numbers all go to eleven. Look...right across the board."--Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), explaining the volume controls on his amplifiers|"Ahh...oh, I see..."--Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner)|"Eleven...eleven...eleven..."--Nigel|"And most of these amps go up to ten."--Marty|"Exactly."--Nigel|"Does that mean it's...louder? Is it any louder?"--Marty|"Well, it's one louder, isn't it?"--Nigel|"Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?"--Marty|"[Pause]... These go to eleven."--Nigel
Quote "'How much more black could this be?' And the answer is: 'None...none more black.'"--Nigel
Quote "'On what day did God create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day also?'"--Marty, reading a review of Spinal Tap's latest album
Quote "'They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry."'--Marty, reading more from the review|"That's...that's nit-picking, isn't it?"--Nigel
Quote "The official cause of death is he died of choking on vomit. It wasn't his own vomit. He choked on somebody else's vomit."--Nigel | |"I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really, it's like a Mach piece, really."--Nigel|"What do you call this?"--Marty|"Well, this piece is called 'Lick My Love Pump.'"--Nigel
Quote "I think that the problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf."--David
Reviews
USA Today "...[The movie is] required viewing in every musician's tour bus..." 06/02/2000 p.1E
New York Times "...A witty, mischievous satire, and it's obviously a labor of love....Delightful..." 03/02/1984 p.C6,Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1984" 12/30/1984 p.II:15
Los Angeles Times "...Funny, devastatingly clever and original....As funny a film about the intersection of music and popular culture as has ever been made..." 09/08/2000 p.C4
Chicago Sun-Times "...One of the funniest movies ever made....Reiner fills the frame with background information and subtle touches..." 01/21/2001 p.3,"...The movie is brilliant at telling its story....There are a lot of great visual jokes..." 09/15/2000 p.24
Entertainment Weekly "...Stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer play fools as only wise men can..." 05/23/2003 p.28
Rolling Stone "...The greatest rock movie ever....It's not just a comedy -- it's a love story. And it goes to eleven..." 11/27/2003 p.71
Premiere "Anytime a movie takes the piss out of a phenomenon, you've got England's loudest band to thank, dead drummers and all." 12/01/2003 p.13
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "TAP's legend still runs....Endlessly quotable gags fly fast and a whiff of plausibility pervades..." 10/01/2009
Directors
Rob Reiner
Actors
Harry Shearer
Michael McKean
Christopher Guest
Cast & Crew
Christopher Guest - Actor
Harry Shearer - Actor
Michael McKean - Actor
Rob Reiner - Actor
Rob Reiner - Director
Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
Christopher Guest, et al. - Musical Score
Karen Murphy - Producer
Christopher Guest, et al. - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 1000973
UPC 00027616852809
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 83 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Guest,Christopher
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Newsweek The funniest movie ever made about rock and roll!

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