Published On: October 7, 2008

The Blu-ray Debut Of This Is Spinal Tap

Published On: October 7, 2008
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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The Blu-ray Debut Of This Is Spinal Tap

When Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer got together to send up heavy metal as the band Spinal Tap, and Rob Reiner directed them in the fake documentary This Is Spinal Tap, they probably didn't know they were making film parody history.

The Blu-ray Debut Of This Is Spinal Tap

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MGM Home Entertainment Releases Rob Reiner's Rockumentary Starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer Debuts on Blu-ray Disc January 20th

Brand New BD Exclusive Game, "Create Your Own Band", Also Debuts


This is Spinal Tap comes to Blu-ray Disc January 20th from MGM Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award nominee* Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men), This is Spinal Tap is Reiner's directorial debut and is an "...absolutely inspired film" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times). Director Christopher Guest (Best in Show), Academy Award nominee** Michael McKean (A Mighty Wind) and Emmy Award nominee *** Harry Shearer ("Saturday Night Live") star as the three members of the fictional heavy-metal/hard rock band Spinal Tap. Satirizing the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal bands, This is Spinal Tap presents a second-rate band made up of aging band members who are desperately trying to cling onto what little fame they used to have. This is Spinal Tap also includes cameo appearances by actors such as Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally), Anjelica Houston (The Addams Family) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Pineapple Express). Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002, This is Spinal Tap holds the number one spot atop Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Movies of All Time."

For the first time fans can own all of the special features included on the previous standard-def as well as Laserdisc versions with a brand new BD-exclusive game, "Create Your Own Band."

This is Spinal Tap Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada.

*1993: Best Picture (A Few Good Men)
**2004: Best Music, Original Score (A Mighty Wind)
***1980: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program ("Saturday Night Live")


In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, combined with performances of Spinal Tap, follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop surrounded by dancing midgets.

Special Features:

The This is Spinal Tap BD release will be authored in BD-Java presented in widescreen format (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Audio.

Bonus features include:

NEW Create Your Own Band Game - Create and customize your very own rock star avatars
• Commentary by Spinal Tap
• Commentary by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer
• Commentary by Director Rob Reiner, Producer Karen Murphy and Editors Robert Leighton
and Kent Beyda
• Deleted Scenes
• Flower People Press Conference
• Spinal Tap appearance on "The Joe Franklin Show"
• Music Videos
o Gimme Some Money
o (Listed to the) Flower People
o Hell Hole
o Big Bottom
• Theatrical Trailer
• Cheese Rolling Trailer
• Rock and Rolls Commercials

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