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DVD Review: 'This is Spinal Tap: Special Edition'

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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:
3274, 8342, 9754, 5201
genre:
Comedy, musical

We gave it an A

The line between clever and stupid has never been clearer than on the stupendous rerelease This is Spinal Tap: Special Edition. Incorporating some of the best supplementary stuff from the now-out-of-print Criterion DVD (director Rob Reiner’s trailer/presentation reel of cheese-rolling — you have to see it — is a priceless holdover), and adding some newly unearthed footage (the deleted scene where the Tapsters pontificate on the bread-eating origins of primates is a giggle grenade), this edition adds what may well be the best commentary track ever. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer reprise their Brit-rocker roles as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, guitarist-singer David St. Hubbins, and bassist/produce smuggler Derek Smalls for a dissertation on why Marty DiBergi’s rockumentary is a slanderous attempt at portraying them as inept losers. Whether the commentary was written beforehand or totally improvised on the spot, it’s a hysterical reminder of just how funny truly funny people can be. A

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