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on 5 March 2014
I wouldn't have minded so much but the Live Earth short film is still missing from the extras! The steel book does look great but they could've at least mentioned its exactly the same disc as the previous version.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 August 2015
The word ‘cult’ was pretty much invented for ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ It’s hard to say who the target audience is, but it’s fair to say that whoever it is, it’s a ‘niche’ group. ‘Mockumentaries’ are commonplace these days in both film and TV, but back in 1984, they were a lot rarer. Here, we have a (fake) fly-on-the-wall documentary about Britain’s loudest rock band ‘Spinal Tap’ as they release a new album and try to tour America at the same time.

The best thing about the film is that it never openly makes fun of its subject matter. The band may be made up of self-absorbed, egotistical, long-haired idiots, but, the strange thing is, you actually care about them. They’re hardly the brightest bunch and their lack of intelligence does mean that we – the audience – do feel superior (and even sorry on some occasions) for them when things go wrong. And they frequently go wrong.

Spinal Tap may be Britain’s ‘loudest’ group, but their star is fading and the tour is not as ‘sell out’ as they’d like it to be. Sometimes it’s actually quite sad watching them as they desperately try to hang onto the life they were once used to.

Like I said at the beginning, it’s hard to know who the ‘target audience’ for This Is Spinal Tap’ really is. The comedy is more subtle than your average ‘laugh-a-minute-fest’ and you need to have an appreciation for both mockumentaries and also darker, black humour. Plus a love of heavy metal and/or rock music should help.

Many films don’t age well. At least this one has bad haircuts that were as bad at the time of filming as they are today!

Also, special mention to Michael Mckean, who puts on a great British accent like he’s a native.
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on 15 April 2016
The tap runneth with hilarity

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Rob Jones

Spinal Tap-This is Spinal Tap: Up to 11 25th anniversary Edition (DVD)

As Spinal Tap returned in 2009 with the One Night Only World Tour and that led to a window for the release of an updated set of their seminal 1984 rockumentary (i.e. farce). This is Spinal Tap: Up to 11 25th anniversary Edition is a 3 disc DVD that does not leave any stone (henge) unturned in a mockery of heavy metal. The original film weds hilarious dialogue, rock n toll tomfoolery and visual comedy gold as Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman and Eddie Izzard offer their approval. The bonus material is perhaps one disc too many on the quality front-but, as mirthful, musical merchandise goes please make a visit to this font of fun. Far tastier than a Shark (or S**t) Sandwich turn this Tap up to One Louder!
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on 11 October 2015
Brilliant comedy! I am pretty sure that the creators of Flight of the Conchords TV series (HBO) got their inspiration from this. I would give it 11 stars out of 10 if I could!
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on 4 July 2014
The star rating system should go up to 11.
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on 16 November 2014
30 years on still as brilliant as ever. Genius. !
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on 1 April 2015
brill, very funny ever after 30 + years
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on 4 November 2014
Love this film, love this Blu Ray.
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on 22 January 2016
This DVD goes up to 11.
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on 12 January 2016
Timeless but very 80s.
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