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DVD Review: 'This is Spinal Tap: Special Edition' (2000)


Details Release Date: Sep 12, 2000; DVD Release Date: Sep 12, 2000; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Musical; With: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer and Spinal Tap; Distributor: Embassy Pictures Corporation

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

Originally posted Sep 15, 2000 Published in issue #559 Sep 15, 2000 Order article reprints

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