This Is Spinal Tap (Blu-ray)
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- R 199
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.
- Movies & TV
- 7 Sep 2009
- Region B
- Optimum Home Entertainment
- 83 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- This Is Spinal Tap
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 83 min
- Alternate Title
- Spinal Tap
- Comedies / Classic / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Rock And Roll / Satire / Spoof / Theatrical Release
- 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.
- Theatrical release: April 1984.
Theatrical rerelease: September 8, 2000 (Limited).
The three primary actors (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer) all play their own instruments.
The hat of Marty DiBergi (director Rob Reiner) reappears in THE PRINCESS BRIDE on the young boy's bedpost.
Guest also reappears in THE PRINCESS BRIDE as Count Ruben.
- Cast & Crew
- Rob Reiner
- Ed Begley / Dana Carvey / June Chadwick / Billy Crystal / Fran Drescher / Christopher Guest / Tony Hendra / Howard Hesseman / Anjelica Huston / Bruno Kirby / Patrick Macnee / Michael McKean / Rob Reiner / Paul Schaffer / Harry Shearer / Spinal Tap
- Karen Murphy
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...One of the funniest movies ever made....Reiner fills the frame with background information and subtle touches..."— Roger Ebert (21 Jan 2001, p.3)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer play fools as only wise men can..."— Entertainment Weekly Staff (23 May 2003, p.28)
- 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..."— Kenneth Turan (8 Sep 2000, p.C4)
- New York Times
- "...A witty, mischievous satire, and it's obviously a labor of love....Delightful..."— Janet Maslin (2 Mar 1984, p.C6)
- "Anytime a movie takes the piss out of a phenomenon, you've got England's loudest band to thank, dead drummers and all."— Premiere Staff (1 Dec 2003, p.13)
- Rolling Stone
- "...The greatest rock movie ever....It's not just a comedy -- it's a love story. And it goes to eleven..."— Rolling Stone Staff (27 Nov 2003, p.71)
- Total Film
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "TAP's legend still runs....Endlessly quotable gags fly fast and a whiff of plausibility pervades..."— Kevin Harley (1 Oct 2009, )
- USA Today
- "...[The movie is] required viewing in every musician's tour bus..."— Ken Barnes (2 Jun 2000, p.1E)