This is Spinal Tap (1984) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

What a great DVD! The special edition may be the highlight of the DVD year. The original film is only about a third or a quarter of the complete package.

First of all, there is the original film, with additional full-length commentary by the three key Spinal Tap band members (in character, of course), viewing it now, after 16 years.

Then, there is something like 100 minutes of deleted footage, more than in the film. The full film would have been far richer in characterization and plot development, but they decided to nuke all that in favor of comic pacing. They made the right choice, but it's interesting to see all this additional back-story, and expanded performances by Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby.

Then there are all the original trailers and ads, which are themselves hilarious.

There is also an interview with the fictional director of the rockumentary (Marty DeBergi, played by Rob Reiner), as he is today.


Harry Shearer's butt is seen briefly in deleted scenes. No female nudity.

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Is it possible that some of you don't know what this is. The film is a "mockumentary" - a filmmaker's complete documentary of a non-existent American tour of a non-existent UK heavy metal band. It was written by and stars three of the greatest comic talents of our time - Michale McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest. It was also co-written and directed by Rob Reiner.

It is one funny movie. Probably one of the ten best comic films ever made, and sheer genius!

The Critics Vote

  • General consensus: three and a half stars. Ebert 4/4, Maltin 3/4, Apollo 85.

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 7.9 (top 200 of all time), Apollo users 88/100.

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