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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 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. You can buy the DVD at Amazon or stream it there or at iTunes.


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. 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 and eBay.


Break Like the Wind The VideosBreak Like the Wind—The Videos
(UNI Distribution, 1992), 15 minutes
This video includes Bitch School (censored by MTV and uncensored, also available on the Special Edition VHS) and The Majesty of Rock (not available anywhere else), plus an interview. You can buy the video secondhand at Amazon. You can also download Bitch School and The Majesty of Rock on iTunes or purchase the audio CDs or vinyl of Bitch School at Amazon or The Majesty of Rock at Amazon.


The Return of Spinal Tap
(MPI Home Video, October 1992), 110 minutes
The Return of TapFootage of the final performance of Tap's 1992 tour, which took place 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's formation. You can buy the 2003 re-release on 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. The 1992 version is also available at Amazon.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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