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This Is Spinal Tap [DVD]

Rob Reiner , Michael McKean , Peter Smokler    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, June Chadwick
  • Directors: Peter Smokler
  • Producers: Dryan Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The comedic genius of This Is Spinal Tap is confirmed by the fact that a majority of studio executives were utterly clueless about its brilliance. As a first-time director and cowriter, Rob Reiner must have felt simultaneously frustrated and elated, knowing that the obtuseness of movie executives was a clue to his debut project's potential greatness. Now, of course, the clarity of hindsight and the rarity of superior satire have turned This Is Spinal Tap into one of the funniest documentary spoofs of all time. Reiner and the members of "Tap" (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer) couldn't have picked a better target for their satire, because heavy metal music in the early 1980s was already a borderline case of self-parody. From the bizarre, premature deaths of the band's drummers to the backstage squabbles over sexist cover art and meddling groupies, this movie scores about a hundred comedic bull's-eyes for lampooning every possible aspect of rock pomposity in the age of Kiss. It's a virtual bible of rock & roll irreverence, so accurate in its observations that it's become a tour-bus classic for real bands around the world. On the one-to-ten scale of satirical inspiration, This Is Spinal Tap is like the modified amplifiers that Christopher Guest so hilariously demonstrates: this one goes to 11. --Jeff Shannon

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Ageing Brit-rockers Spinal Tap embark on a tour of the United States, hampered by the usual tour hassles - banned albums, technical problems, a diminutive Stonehenge, spontaneously combusting drummers... Rob Reiner's 'rockumentary' spoofs the genre and is reliably reported to be popular viewing in genuine rock tour buses.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious!! 23 Jan 2005
Well, what can I say! This has got to be the funniest film I have ever seen and their are just soo many classic moments and quotes that it is impossible to list them all here.
The 'Stonehenge' scene alone makes it my favourite comedy EVER, but that is not all it has to offer. Who could forget the famous amp scene (these go to eleven) or the pod prop diaster!

And this DVD has so much to offer as well, the deleted scenes is basically another film as well (I think there is an extra hour and a bit!)It's hard to beleive they left so much out. The best 'outtakes' have got to be the album signing scene and the zoo scene! There is also trailers, music videos, promotional stuff and loads more.
So if you fancy a film that never gets boring, never loses its comedy then watch this.

So to finish this review on the greatest film EVER, on a scale of 1 to 10, I give it.... 11!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and drugs and mock and roll... 5 Sep 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Did Elton John watch this before making Tantrums and Tiaras? Did Madonna see it before making 'In Bed with Madonna'? Have Metallica watched this before releasing `Metallica' (the black album)? Did U2 see this before visiting Graceland in Rattle and Hum? Have Velvet Revolver watched it before forming a band?

The humour throughout Spinal Tap is dry and observed rather than slapstick in your face and that is fine by me. Hissy fits about food, on stage pompous prop failure, the tuning of a violin used during a guitar solo, radio interference on stage, the constant replacement of drummers, getting lost on the way to the stage, the revival of the career in Japan, amplifiers that go to eleven, all the jokes and clichés are there, in fact I think this film may have invented a few.

In much the same way that the British TV series `Drop the Dead donkey' character Damien Day successfully lampooned cliché overly self important `on the spot' news reporters, to the point where I struggle to take these `news hounds' seriously, I find it hard to take most TV `Rockumentary' programmes seriously as a result of Spinal Tap. Musicians and producers talking to camera about their `work' just isn't the same.

Both influenced and influencing Spinal Tap is a work of comedy genius. Not many films have dialogue that enter the language, the phrase `its all a bit spinal tap' I have heard used in the media on countless occasions, and will be for years to come. There is little funnier in film or television when life imitates art, and art then imitates life to this degree. If we can see it, why can't they? All you need to enjoy this is a sense of humour.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a fine line between being clever and stupid 21 Feb 2005
But it is not a line that Spinal Tap needs to worry about. Spinal Tap is a razor sharp spoof/satire.
Spinal Tap is a great comic movie - hilarious from start to finish. It takes the (much copied but never bettered) form of a mock documentary (or rockumentary, if you will) following the spoof band as they go on tour of the USA to promote their new album.
Heavy Metal may seem to be beyond parody but Spinal Tap manages. The band is a glorious, grotesque caricature of a heavy metal band: misogynist & sexist, vain, split by internal dissent and artistic differences and hopelessly lacking is self-awareness.
The boys in the band all excellent and totally convincing and there are a lots of great cameos. The songs are glorious parodies of heavy metal songs; listen to the lyrics, they are often hilarious (and of course deeply offensive). The film is full of laugh out loud moments and memorable lines that have entered the lexicon (the airport metal detector, turn it up to 11).
To cap it all off the extras (listed in the product description above) are fantastic and hilarious.
Buy it, watch it, enjoy it
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film Goes to 11, Blu-Ray goes to 6 24 Feb 2010
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Given Amazon are lumping all versions of Spinal Tap together for review purposes: just to be clear, this is about the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray only.

There's little point reviewing the film "This Is Spinal Tap": it's enough to say it's both a cinema and rock'n'roll classic that's spawned hundreds of catch-phrases ("Hello Cleveland", "It's one louder", "This much talent", "Lukewarm water" etc) and inspired any number of later comedy films and TV shows (notably the most famous fake-documentary style TV show, The Office).

The Blu-ray is the best looking version of the film it's possible to get although hardly a showcase for the Blu-ray format given the use of hand-held camera and 16mm film stock (used to create the documentary feel of the film). There's still plenty more visible detail than any previous DVD version, not to mention an incredible quality upgrade from old VHS versions which will be how most Tap fans saw the film in the first place, so the upgrade is worthwhile for devoted Tap-heads.

The Blu-Ray, like the 25th anniversay DVD version, is packed with extra features which are both a blessing and a curse. The trouble is that while the quantity of material is good, some of the features are simply incomplete, frustratingly so. "The Return of Spinal Tap" is only the first 50 minutes of the 110 minute feature (available in full on DVD) which isn't even an edited highlights version, it simply ends mid-scene and doesn't even include the end credits. Likewise the "Live Earth short film and performance" doesn't actually include the short film Tap made for Live Earth and is just the first 6 minutes of their live set, again ending abruptly in a fairly bad edit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... has they said smack on time has all ways great thank u top draw
what can you say they done has they said smack on time has all ways great thank u top draw ...
Published 9 days ago by spam
4.0 out of 5 stars never goes out of date
absolutely hilarious, love these to be my mates.
all the family like this now, gonna start showing the grandkids when they are older,
Published 24 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars This hilarious
Arguably one of the funniest cult films depending on your opinion of what defines a cult film but even so it is a hilarious film with a very very dry sense of humour.
Published 1 month ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!!!!!!
As an ageing rocker from the 1960s it was great fun recognising many musicians of the era from the performances by the cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D C Austin
2.0 out of 5 stars Need hydration
Should be watch only at the end of a boozy evening - sadly advice I never had before watching with company!
Published 1 month ago by I. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Hilarious
Tounge in cheek look back at old fashioned Rock Stars. Corny but a great laugh, story got lost in one or two places, but well worth a watch.
Published 3 months ago by Graham Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars If there's a funnier film, I'd like to know about it.
I lent this to a friend for three months and he watched it every day and almost got into a fight when I asked for it back. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grendel
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a cliche but....11 out of 10
Having been involved in the music business for many years I can truly say that, although a comedy "rockumentary", this film isn't all that far from the truth: a bit of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars 11/10
I just had to.

One of the funniest and most enduring films ever made. The commentary is funny, and the extras are all really good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lady Concussion
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It took me a little while to really `get' this film. I've heard people praising it for years, but upon my first few viewings I wasn't blown away. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Just Alice
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