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This Is Spinal Tap

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This is Spinal Tap

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
82 minutes
performer:
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Ed Begley Jr., Fran Drescher, Paul Shaffer
guest performer:
Billy Crystal
director:
Rob Reiner
Producers:
Spinal Tap Productions
distributor:
Embassy Pictures Corporation
author:
Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer
genre:
Comedy, musical

We gave it an A-

Less, the sages say, is often more, but that may not be the case with this new version of This is Spinal Tap, the funniest rock film ever. Here, along with picture and sound quality far superior to any previous Tap video incarnation, we also get two running commentaries (director Rob Reiner on one audio channel, the principals on the other), a 20-minute demo reel, and more than an hour of outtakes (including Bruno Kirby singing Sinatra songs in his underwear). Much of this is amusing, but whether we really need these extras is arguable; in fact, as Reiner himself notes at the outset, they’re a bit like a magician telling you how he did a trick. A-

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