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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT Spinal Tap 2, but a live Tap gig on 'home soil'.
This film is extremely misleadingly packaged and marketed. According to the blurb, it is essentially This is Spinal Tap II. However, this film is actually a live gig recorded in Britain in the early ninties (on the tour for Break like the Wind) coupled with some where-are-they-now cut scenes. No mention is given of the fact that it is a live gig, and this deception has...
Published on 18 Oct 2000 by jamesr@yestelevision.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's boogie.
After their disastrous tour of America back in 1983 Spinal tap eventually went their separate ways embarking on a slew of solo pursuits, including such things as: football coaching, property development (still developing), phone sanitisation, inventing, and religion. Failing to reap any major success, in 1992 they decided to reform and embark on a world tour.
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Published on 31 July 2002 by Paul


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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT Spinal Tap 2, but a live Tap gig on 'home soil'., 18 Oct 2000
This review is from: The Return Of Spinal Tap [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film is extremely misleadingly packaged and marketed. According to the blurb, it is essentially This is Spinal Tap II. However, this film is actually a live gig recorded in Britain in the early ninties (on the tour for Break like the Wind) coupled with some where-are-they-now cut scenes. No mention is given of the fact that it is a live gig, and this deception has led to several bad reviews, but if you are aware of what the product actually is, then it is a pretty good music video. The cut scenes are pretty funny, and the gig is very well performed, although the sound quality in the second half is poor - the recording levels are way too high.
The main factor against this film is that it lacks the rewatchability of This Is Spinal Tap, being in-your-face music without the subtly. All in all, it is a film for established Tap fans who enjoy the music, and it's on that basis that I give it the 4 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's boogie., 31 July 2002
After their disastrous tour of America back in 1983 Spinal tap eventually went their separate ways embarking on a slew of solo pursuits, including such things as: football coaching, property development (still developing), phone sanitisation, inventing, and religion. Failing to reap any major success, in 1992 they decided to reform and embark on a world tour.
This is a live recording of their concert at the Royal Albert Hall, interspersed with interviews from the band and other figures from, This is Spinal Tap. This DVD features no real extras, but offers far superior sound and picture quality than the VHS release. You can now listen to, the Tap, live and loud in Dobly Stereo. Fans will be able to appreciate the absurd performances and relish the excellent music.
Although lacking the rewatchability of, This is Spinal Tap, this is a worthwhile accompaniment for any fan - if just to see Nigel Tufnell in a Spiderman jump-suit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no! Not the moose!!, 1 Aug 2013
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It goes without saying that This Is Spinal Tap is top of the shop and that it couldn't be bettered.

The Return works for me because it doesn't try to improve on perfection but gives me a bit more of the same but with the emphasis more on the music which is heavily layered in pomposity, is over-wrought and is exactly what Spinal Tap is all about.

Each time I view This Is Spinal Tap I follow on with The Return within a day or so to fill my Tap tank to the brim.

If you've ever been in or been involved with a band Spinal Tap has it in spades.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real let down!, 21 Nov 2001
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Being a huge fan of the original 'This Is Spinal Tap' there is very little in this to keep the fans happy, mainly based on the live concert with a few funny clips inbetween. Couple of good visual gags but little else. Fans of the original would be better off investing in the DVD version of 'This Is Spinal Tap' as it features 2 discs 1 with the original film and 1 with loads of missing scenes - much better than this I'm afraid!
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Let's boogie., 31 July 2002
This review is from: The Return Of Spinal Tap [VHS] (VHS Tape)
After their disastrous tour of America back in 1983 Spinal tap eventually went their separate ways embarking on a slew of solo pursuits, including such things as: football coaching, property development (still developing), phone sanitisation, inventing, and religion. Failing to reap any major success, in 1992 they decided to reform and embark on a world tour.
This is a live recording of their concert at the Royal Albert Hall, interspersed with interviews from the band and other figures from, This is Spinal Tap. This VHS suffers from awful sound and picture quality, that substantially affects the viewing experience. Fans should stick to the DVD instead.
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