This Is Spinal Tap: CC vs. MGM

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  1. Steve_Knutzen

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    I bought the MGM disc. I was curious what the differences between the two are.
     
  2. Nathan A

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    the criterion is non-anamorphic with the original stereo soundtrack. the aspect ratio is 1.70:1

    as for extras- it's got 2 separate commentaries. one by the band members (the actors, not in-character like the mgm one) and the other is with rob reiner, the producer and the editors. there's over an hour of deleted scenes (some of which is also on the mgm release, but there's plenty of exclusive footage). then there's a 20 minute demo reel ("spinal tap: the final tour") which is a 20 minute bit they put together after they'd shot a lot of film to try to sell it to one of the movie studios.

    that's pretty much it, except for the $100+ price difference. if you're a really, really big fan then it's worth it, but if not then you'd probably want to save your $$ (unless by chance you find a deal on it). as for myself, my sister made my christmas very, very merry. what an awesome sister.
     
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    The Criterion disc also features the film's original, burned-in subtitles which make it look like a real documentary.
    The MGM version's subtitles are player-generated, which are a bit distracting for a lot of people, including me. Detracts from the feel.
    Both versions feature worthwile extras, so true Tap fans will want to own both.
    And now for the required Tap quote:
    Janitor: . . .and then there's a little jog there, about thirty feet.
    Derek: A jog?
    Janitor: . . .jog to the left. . .
    David: A jog?
    Derek: We don't have time for that.
    [​IMG]
    -mwb-
     
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    I'm a pretty big fan of the film, and I'm VERY happy that I have both, as there isn't that much overlap on the extras.
     
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    Spinal Tap: Criterion's commentaries are worth the price of admission... they are very informative (the MGM disc's commentary is more funny than informative [​IMG] )
    This is Spinal Tap is one of my favorite films... so I had to get both editions. If suggest that if you really want the Criterion edition... do what I did... get the LaserDisc (its a bunch cheaper, has the same transfer, and uncompressed PCM sound) [​IMG]
     
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    Let me get this straight, the Criterion disc with all the extra's is NOT anamorphic? What?
     
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    I have the CC DVD (one of the first I ever bought) and still haven't gotten around to getting the MGM version.

    I love the movie, though, like most of you do. Should I buy the MGM version then, and treat it as a "second disc" extra, or not bother? I'd love to hear the in-character commentary, but is it something I'd want to hear more than once?
     
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    I found the in-character commentary nearly as funny as the film!!

    Definitely a must-have, IMO
     
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    I have them both editions, and each go to "11" (on a scale of 1-10)
    Seriously, I loan out my MGM copy when people want to see what it's all about...if they really want to explore the movie (after they've seen all the MGM stuff) then we will watch/listen to the rest at my house.
    I can't really reccommend the Criterion version (because of e-bay prices) unless you're a big fan.
    *I* picked up the Criterion dics to complete my collection of ALL their discs, and to enjoy the movie completely.
    .02 worth
    ~Rob
     
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    The 'in-character' commentary on the MGM version is hilarious! It's almost like watching a new movie.
     
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    Well, dissenting voice here....

    I LOVE This Is Spinal Tap. Always have, always will. But I honestly think the in-character commentary is pretty lame. It makes you realize why they needed to shoot hundreds of hours of footage to get enough good material for the film -- because they just aren't that good at improvising. Sure, there are moments, but most of the time the humor stumbles and fails.

    IMHO, of course.
     
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    Martin's somewhat right:
    There's a fine line between clever & stupid...right?
    ~Rob
     
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    I understand that you're just expressing your opinion, fine by me, but I'd just like to rebutt. If they weren't that good at improvising how do you explain the wonder that is This Is Spinal Tap. I watched most of it with the commentary, and the constant 'oh, (s)he's dead now' had me rolling over laughing. If you don't like the 'Tap' commentary that's fine. As long as we alll agree on one thing: "the cover is SO black, It's like, how much blacker could it be?"
     
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    Was I the only one who LOVED the audio commentary by 'The Tap' on the DVD menu itself?
     
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