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This Is Spinal Tap (MGM)
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Spinal Tap: Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest)
Rating:8.4/10 (45 votes) [
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Reviewed by JMClaymore on June 30th, 2004
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If you couldn't get enough of David, Nigel, and Derek, then you're in luck. The main actors perform this commentary in character. The film is improvised, and those skills carry over into the hilarious commentary. Many moments are funnier than what's happening on-screen. If you're looking for details on the making of the film, you won't get any. This is, however, almost like having twice as much movie.
Reviewed by Callista on March 26th, 2006
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This one goes to Eleven!
This commentary is NOT informational-- it won't give you any insight to the making of the film, the creation of the characters, or the unusual unscripted process that makes this film work so well as a mockumentary. (Try the criterion release for that information.)
That being said... this commentary is fabulous. If you enjoy the original film This is Spinal Tap, then you will enjoy the commentary as well. In many spots, the commentary track is much funnier than the actual film-- which is pretty impressive, considering.
The "commentary" is done by Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls-- the stars of the film. They chat about the scenes, argue with one another, and accuse "filmmaker" Marti DiBergi of all sorts of things, ultimately deciding that Marti's unflattering "rockumentary" mainly proves that what he really wanted was to be a "Tap" himself.
In essence, this commentary is very nearly a sequel to the original film-- it just happens to use the same video track as the original film. For fans of Spinal Tap, the commentary is definitely on the correct side of that fine line between stupid and clever.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on September 11th, 2008
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Whoever likes the film will love this track. This track is so refreshing in its enthusiasm and comedy. The three guys obviously try to make eachother laugh when improvising this track in character. Sometimes they do laugh at the complete brilliance of the comments, as do you as a listener. The three are great together, and while you may not get any hard facts from this track you will get your moneys worth. Pure comedy brilliance. 10/10
Reviewed by Station51 on January 22nd, 2017
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This is indeed as previously stated, like another mockumentary on a mockumentary. If these guys were a real band and they were commentating on a real documentary this is what it would be, provided the musicians were actually hilarious masters of improv comedy. I was really pleased with the end result. Sometimes it seems like a bad idea when someone does commentary in character, ( Robert Downey jr in 'Tropic Thunder' comes to mind ). Not in this case. It's like visiting some old friends that are in many ways funnier than you remembered. Great commentary or maybe great comedy.
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