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USA comedy 1984 color 82 min.
Director: Rob Reiner
CLV: $49.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1471L

CAV/CLV: $99.95 - available
2 discs, catalog # CC1390L

DVD: $39.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1529D

Rob Reiner is one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood. Actor, writer, director, and consummate collaborator, Reiner works like a magician, pulling off large-scale illusions with everyday objects. Exclusively for Criterion's laserdisc, Reiner warily opens his bag of tricks, digging out nearly two hours of rare additional footage, and tells the story of his seven-year effort to get This Is Spinal Tap made.

Long considered a cult classic, This Is Spinal Tap has taken on new significance in the decade of the aging rocker, and dead-on satire secured it a place in history as one of the funniest films ever made. Tracing the steady demise of an aging English heavymetal band whose hits include "Sex Farm Woman" and "Big Bottom" -- This Is Spinal Tap records the group's in-fighting, humiliations, and bombastic creative sessions. Rob Reiner's directorial debut, the film was shot without a working script and largely improvised. This Is Spinal Tap never falters, even when walking the fine line between clever and stupid. Starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Reiner, the film includes classic cameo appearances.

Both Criterion editions include the original theatrical trailer.

Criterion's CAV/CLV Special Edition also includes:

  • Two tracks of commentaries by Spinal Tap: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer and by director, Rob Reiner, producer Karen Murphy, and editors Robert Leighton and Kent Beyda
  • The original industry trailer
  • The twenty-minute demo reel, Spinal Tap: The Final Tour
  • Promotional shorts: Heavy Metal Memories ad and "(You Know Where You Stand in a) Hell Hole" video
  • Over one hour of deleted scenes
  • Treatment, screenplay, and tons of promotional stuff

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