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THIS IS SPINAL TAP: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
The 1982 tour by Spinal Tap, the world's loudest heavy metal band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marti DeBergi (Christopher Guest) on what proves to be a fateful tour.

It’s really about time this was released on DVD (the VHS also contains the extras); this is the sort of film that deserves, needs . . . nay, demands, repeated viewing, for which a VHS tape is not as suitable as a DVD. Secondly, with the DVD you can jump around and see different bits of the film – and of the extras – much easier than on tape. And you will want to, believe me. If you know the film, you won’t need me to tell you it’s the ultimate doco on a metal band; you won’t believe the candour, the insights, the clothes, the vagueness . . . And now, many years later, there is an interview with Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), the maker of the documentary; this alone is priceless.

Remember, this is the band that wrote songs like The Sun Never Sweats, and lyrics like "the looser the waistband/the deeper the quicksand…" The jokes are visual, sociological and musical, and the story > is irresistibly fey.

Hell Hole, one of the four music video clips, is a perfect example of what the fuss isn’t all about; Big Bottom, another one, confirms your worst suspicions.

Best to order up big on pizzas and settle in for a long and crazy night in front of this one.
Andrew L. Urban

Publication date: October 19, 2000



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THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
(US)

CAST: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, David Kaff, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner

SCRIPT: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

DVD Distributor: Fox

DVD RELEASE: October 18, 2000

SPECIAL FEATURES: Catching up with Marty DiBergi; Original Theatrical Trailer; Cheese Rolling trailer; US TV spots; Heavy Metal Memories; Music video clips; Spinal Tap on The Joe Franklin Show; Flower People Press Conference; Rockn’ roll tvcs; Spinal Tap outtakes







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