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Spinal Tap DVDThis is Spinal Tap, Special Edition
(MGM, 2000; list $29.98), 5.1 Dolby digital stereo, encoded, letterboxed, DVD, English / Spanish / French
This enhanced version of TIST includes fresh commentary by the band (Criterion owns the commentary that appears on its 1994 edition and wouldn't share) and a new digital transfer, plus 100 minutes of features such as more than one hour of deleted scenes taken from 30 hours of original negative, a new interview called "Catching Up with Marty DiBergi," the band's February 1984 appearance on the Joe Franklin Show, the original theatrical trailer, four music videos (Hell Hole, Listen to the Flower People, Big Bottom and Gimme Some Money) and six TV spots. How is this different from the rare Criterion edition going for $150+ on eBay? Primarily, that edition includes a few different outtakes, a commentary track by DiBergi and the 20-minute demo called "Spinal Tap: The Final Tour." You can buy the DVD at Amazon, Amazon Canada or Amazon UK. Or rent it online; see DVD Rental Guide. The DVD is also available for Blu-ray.


Criterion DVDThis is Spinal Tap, Criterion Edition
(Criterion Collection, 1994), digital stereo, encoded, letterboxed, DVD and laserdisc
The Criterion edition DVD and laserdisc includes 80 minutes of outtakes (the original documentary runs 82 minutes) consisting of 32 cutting room floor tracks, as well as the original 20-minute demo reel that DiBergi used to pitch the film to Embassy Pictures. The original film also is here, with commentary from DiBergi, producer Karen Murphy, two film editors and the principal band members. There also are assorted theater and industry trailers, promos and videos and photos. The laserdisc includes rare footage of Tap's appearance on the 1978 American television program, "The TV Show," in which they are introduced by Wolfman Jack and perform Rock and Roll Nightmare. It also has a second Cheese Rolling trailer. For more info, read an interview with the editorial coordinator and producer. Both the laserdisc and DVD are out of print, but you can find copies at Amazon, eBay, eBay Canada or eBay UK.


The Return of Spinal Tap
(MSI Music Corp. 2003 U.S. / Disc Distribution Ltd. 2001 U.K., DVD, list $24.98 / £15.99)
The Return of TapFootage of the final performance of Tap's 1992 tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London on July 7, 1992. The footage is interspersed with interviews in which celebrities discuss the influence of Tap on their lives. There also are visits to spots in England that played a role in the Return of Spinal Tap DVDband member's formation. The feature is an expanded version of "A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary Sell-Out," an NBC-TV special that aired December 31, 1992. You can buy the DVD at Amazon, but be forewarned that some fans have reported the songs are in mono, some of the song titles are listed incorrectly and there is no studio or catalog number listed. An older, out-of-print version of the DVD is also available at Amazon. Copies also are available via eBay, eBay Canada or eBay UK. You may be able to rent it online; see DVD Rental Guide.


Spinal Tap French DVDThis is Spinal Tap, Ultimate Edition (France)
(Studio Canal, 2003; E52.57), Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Cinescope, encoded for Zone 2, DVD, English / French)
The good news: Studio Canal has released a two-DVD edition of This is Spinal Tap. (Click here to see the box set close up; and here's the back. Here's another version.) The bad news: It was only sold in France, it's a Region 2, which means it doesn't play in Region 1 DVD players sold in the U.S. and Canada (you will need a universal DVD that plays all regions to view it, or this site lists hacks that may or may not work to make players region-free), and it's no longer available. You can select to watch the film in English, French or English with French subtitles.The bonus materials include an exclusive documentary called "The Infants of Hard Rock—Spinal Tap," by rock journalist Philippe Manoeuvre, as well as an interview with Manoeuvre about the film, The Return Of Spinal Tap, 14 cut scenes, six trailers, three ads, five video clips, the Flower People press conference, the MTV: Where They Now? special and a clip called Hard Top. It also contains two CDs—the soundtrack of the movie and Break Like the Wind.


This Is Spinal Tap, Standard Edition
(Image Laser, 1984; Polygram Video 1998, laserdisc and PAL version DVD)
This version of the film doesn't include any supplemental material. You may be able to find a copy on eBay, eBay Canada or eBay UK.


The Return of Spinal Tap
(Image Laser, 1992, laserdisc)
Footage of the final performance of Tap's 1992 tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London on July 7, 1992. The footage is interspersed with interviews in which celebrities discuss the influence of Tap on their lives. There also are visits to spots in England that played a role in the band member's formation. The feature is an expanded version of "A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary Sell-Out," an NBC-TV special that aired December 31, 1992. You may be able to find a copy on eBay, eBay Canada or eBay UK.


Break Like the Wind—The Videos
(UNI Distribution, 1992, laserdisc)
Bitch School (censored by MTV and uncensored) and The Majesty of Rock, plus interview footage. You may be able to find a copy on eBay, eBay Canada or eBay UK.


Stonehenge Tis a Magical Place box coverStonehenge: 'Tis a Magical Place
(Shorts by iTunes, 2009, seven minutes)
In this short film, offered on iTunes when Back From the Dead was released, the boys visit the inspirational monument in England. Unfortunately it is no longer available.


Unwigged and Unplugged DVD box coverUnwigged and Unplugged: The Concert Tour
(Courgette Records, 2009, 130 minutes)
The actors and performers Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer cover many of Tap's best songs in this acoustic set. Available at Amazon, Amazon Canada or Amazon UK.

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