My mom, my dad, and my brother all came into the room at least three times each, demanding to know what the hell had me laughing so hard, so loud, and for so long. Since then I have seen it countless times. Director Reiner also appears in the movie as documentarian Marty DiBergi.
Without question, I would say this is one of the three funniest movies I have ever seen. The total absurdity of the world of rock and roll is very fertile comic ground, and the three comedians in long wigs and ridiculous British accents reap it for all it's worth. I'm tempted to sit here and try to convey some of the humor by describing situations or quoting some of the quotes, but that would be a waste of time-- it wouldn't be as funny. Not even close. So rather than ruining it, let me just say that if you haven't seen this movie, don't wait until you find it on DVD-- get your hands on it in any form you can.
VHS, beta, reel-to-reel, whatever it takes. Although the video here isn't mindbogglingly awesome, it is far, far better than I have ever seen this movie look before.
You can actually see how small the halls Tap is playing really are, you can see those sores on their lips clearly, and you can see the ridiculous bulges in the band's stretch pants more clearly than ever before.
It's in a 1. The print used for the transfer is a bit scratched, particularly in the early scenes, but soon the majority of the movie takes place, is a lot darker, and the flaws are less noticeable. The image is slightly grainy as well, but again, I've never seen this movie look so good. Do you own a release not listed? Then please visit our forums and let us know! R0 America - Criterion Collection English Dolby Digital 5. U2 guitarist The Edge said, "I didn't laugh, I wept.
It was so close to the truth. During the metal detector scene, the background voices making announcements over the PA are the band members without their English accents. In his memoir "Father Joe", Tony Hendra admits that he attempted suicide the night before the first day of filming.
He credits the joy he experienced in making the film with bringing him back from his depression. Early home video versions of the film, which included the music video "Hell Hole" and other extras, had a disclaimer at the very end stating that the band did not actually exist. Rob Reiner was originally going to be one of the band members.
He ended up directing after Harry Shearer said he "didn't look good in spandex. The Board of Directors voted unanimously that the credits should stay as they were, including only the four of them. When Nigel rubs a violin against his guitar during his solo, it's a parody of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page , who used a violin bow to play his guitar during many concert performances.
The IMDb ranking for this movie shows a special scale from one to eleven, although users can still only choose a rating from one to ten. In , the Library of Congress deemed the movie "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," and selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Rowling , author of the Harry Potter book series, cited the movie as inspiration for the unfortunate events that cause all Defence against the Dark Arts teachers at Hogwarts to leave the job before completing a full school year.
When Derek gets Nigel and David to come hear a song from their past on the radio, the radio announcer's voice is Harry Shearer 's. When Nigel describes the sustain on his Les Paul guitar, he says he could "go out and get a bite" and "you'll still be hearing that one. In Norway, the film was released direct to video over two years later.
The title was changed to "Help! We are in the Pop Business! Vi er i popbransjen! We are Flying! Vi flyr! The poster showed a guitar with a knot in it, similar to the airplane on the "Airplane!
Spinal Tap is not that much worse than, not that much different from, some successful rock bands. Critics praised the film not only for its satire of the rollercoaster lifestyles of rock stars but also for its take on the non-fiction film genre.
David Ansen from Newsweek called the film "a satire of the documentary form itself, complete with perfectly faded clips from old TV shows of the band in its mod and flower-child incarnations". Even with cameos from Billy Crystal and Patrick Macnee , Spinal Tap still managed to trick many of its moviegoers into believing the band existed. Reiner observed that "when Spinal Tap initially came out, everybody thought it was a real band The film resonated with many musicians.
Jimmy Page , Robert Plant , Jerry Cantrell , Dee Snider and Ozzy Osbourne all reported that, like Spinal Tap, they had become lost in confusing arena backstage hallways trying to make their way to the stage.
How'd they make a movie about us? Shortly after the tour started, Metallica's James Hetfield suffered third degree burns on his arms after he stood too close to a pyrotechnic device. In a interview, Nirvana explains declining the offer to be a part of the film Singles.
Kurt Cobain goes on to say, "There's never really been a good documentary on rock and roll bands. According to a interview in Spin magazine with Aerosmith rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford , "The first time Steven [Tyler] saw it he didn't see any humor in it.
U2 guitarist The Edge said in the documentary It Might Get Loud that when he first saw Spinal Tap , "I didn't laugh, I wept," because it summed up what a brainless swamp big-label rock music had become. It became a common insult for a pretentious band to be told they were funnier than Spinal Tap.
As George Lynch put it, the more seriously a band took themselves, the more they resembled Spinal Tap. Considine in Musician magazine. Judas Priest , the heavy metal band that Rob Reiner saw in preparation for the film, has had many drummers in its career eight in total , which the website Ultimate Classic Rock described as "positively Spinal Tap-worthy".
They describe this as "very Spinal Tap of us". In the documentary, a mock silent film called The Drummer Story is shown explaining what happened to their previous drummers. In it, one of them is almost eaten by a sea monster, only to be rescued by Eddie Vedder , playing a lifeguard.
The Canadian heavy metal band Anvil , whose drummer is named Robb Reiner, have been called "the real Spinal Tap" based on the misadventures depicted in their documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in this list:. Shearer's lawsuit was specifically directed at StudioCanal by ordering the studio to terminate the copyright to This Is Spinal Tap. The case was settled out of court by November , with UMG retaining the distribution rights but with the music rights eventually returning to Shearer, Guest, and McKean in the future.
It has also been released twice on DVD. The first DVD release was a Criterion edition in letterbox format which used supplemental material from the Criterion LaserDisc release.
It is their only double sided DVD in their catalogue. Sales of this edition were discontinued after only two years and the DVD has become a valuable collector's item. In , MGM Home Entertainment released a special edition with more or less the same extras from the Criterion edition, plus a new audio commentary track with Guest, McKean and Shearer performing in character throughout, commenting on the film entirely in their fictional alter-egos, and often disapproving of how the film presents them; 70 minutes of deleted scenes some of which were not on the Criterion DVD ; a new short , Catching Up with Marty Di Bergi where it is revealed that the members of Spinal Tap were very disappointed in Di Bergi for making a "hatchet job" of their film ; the Heavy Metal Memories promo and six additional TV promos; music videos for "Gimme Some Money", "Listen to the Flower People" and "Big Bottom"; and segments of Spinal Tap appearing on The Joe Franklin Show.
The special features were produced by Automat Pictures. However, this version of the film was missing the subtitles that appear throughout the film for example, introducing band members, other personnel, and location names and did not include the commentaries from the Criterion edition. It does not include the commentaries from the Criterion Collection DVD, even though MGM had stated that they would be included in the earliest press release for the Blu-ray version most likely due to legal issues , and does not feature a "create your own avatars" element teased in publicity.
The alternative, Region B, UK edition of this version additionally features a new hour-long documentary featuring famous fans, the "Bitch School" promo, the EPK for the "Back From The Dead" album, an interview with the late Reg Presley discussing the influence of the Troggs tapes on the film, and the first hour ending with an abrupt edit of The Return Of Spinal Tap. Monday 3 February Tuesday 4 February Wednesday 5 February Thursday 6 February Friday 7 February Saturday 8 February Sunday 9 February Monday 10 February Tuesday 11 February Wednesday 12 February Thursday 13 February Friday 14 February Saturday 15 February Sunday 16 February Monday 17 February Tuesday 18 February Wednesday 19 February Thursday 20 February Friday 21 February Saturday 22 February Sunday 23 February Monday 24 February Tuesday 25 February Wednesday 26 February Thursday 27 February Friday 28 February Saturday 29 February Sunday 1 March Monday 2 March Tuesday 3 March Wednesday 4 March Thursday 5 March Friday 6 March Saturday 7 March Sunday 8 March Monday 9 March Tuesday 10 March Wednesday 11 March Thursday 12 March Friday 13 March Saturday 14 March Sunday 15 March Monday 16 March- On the Air with Spinal Tap - Son of St. Hubbins - Roma '79 - Recording Studio Meltdown - Nigel's Replacement - Tap at the Zoo Vintage Tap Materials - Flower People Press Conference () - Spinal Tap on "The Joe Franklin Show" () Music Videos - "Gimme Some Money" - "(Listen To The) Flower People" - "Hell Hole" - "Big Bottom".