Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Civil War 25th Commemorative Edition DVD & Blu-ray Oct 13Aquarius: The Complete First Season DVD & Blu-ray Sep 15Justified: The Complete Series on Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Surface on DVD, VOD, and DIGITAL HD Sep 1Good Kill on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 1

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

What is lupus? Selena Gomez diagnosis prompts questions...
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Return to 'Dancing With The St...
'The Good Wife' Cush Jumbo Tackles Comparisons...
'Class': 'Doctor Who' Spinoff Series Coming to BBC Thre...
'The Revenant' Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio Seeks Revenge...
Will Trevor Noah Live Up To The Hype During Monday's 'D...
Watch Eddie Vedder, Beyonce Duet on Bob Marley's 'Redem...
'CSI' being laid to rest after 15 years ...
Big Brother Season 17 Finale Recap: Super Fan & Trombon...
Dancing With the Stars Recap: Bindi Irwin and Derek Hou...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Warner Home Video presents
Spinout (1966)

"Look, I'm not marrying you, I'm not marrying her, I'm not marrying anybody! I'm staying single! Single! SINGLE! SINGLE! SINGLE! SINGLE!"
- Mike McCoy (Elvis Presley)

Review By: Jeff Rosado  
Published: August 04, 2004

Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelly Fabres, Deborah Walley, Diane McBain, Jack Mullaney, Jimmy Hawkins
Other Stars: Carl Betz, Will Hutchins, Warren Berlinger, Dodie Marshall, Una Merkel, Cecil Kellaway
Director: Norman Taurog

Manufacturer: WAMO
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:32m:46s
Release Date: August 03, 2004
UPC: 012569517820
Genre: musical comedy

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
A- B+B+B C

DVD Review

Like the Calvary charging in to make a rescue, Spinout could not have come along at a better time for its star, Elvis Presley. After three consecutive films (Harum Scarum, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Frankie and Johnny) containing little or no rock and roll that ranked with the weakest of his oeuvre, along came a flick that didn't exactly break the King out of a stereotypical rut , but it was a step in the right direction back to the kind of flick his fans loved.

In "Elvis movie plot variation 2,678", Tupelo's favorite son plays Mike McCoy, a happily single racecar driver, and, dig this kiddies, he sings, too! Crisscrossing the countryside with bandmates Curly (Jack Mullaney), Larry (Jimmy Hawkins), and Les (Deborah Walley), life couldn't be better for this confirmed rock and roll bachelor—until the afternoon before the final gig of a weeklong stay in Santa Barbara.

Run off the road by an overzealous fan while taking his prized racing car out for an afternoon drive, it's a wonder Mike makes it to the local club in time, much less in one piece. Following the end of the show while his accompanying trio pack up to head to the next town, McCoy is approached by Howard Foxhugh (Carl Betz), millionaire businessman and owner of Foxhugh Motors, not to plug his cars, but to arrange a private performance for his daughter's birthday. Mike say thanks but no thanks, even after the magnate offers a $5,000 fee for his services. Not the kind of man to take no for an answer, Howard manages to cancel the quartet's tour with an offer to reschedule should they reconsider. With little choice but to proceed, they set up shop in Foxhugh's living room and prepare to meet the little brat, who turns out to be the same girl that ran McCoy off the road: Cynthia (Shelley Fabres), a gorgeous brunette who only has eyes for her favorite singer. But an angry Mike doesn't return her affection and she bursts into tears. Tenderhearted underneath his free-soul veneer, he comforts Cyn and before long, huggin' turns to kissin'.

Hightailing out the door, he has another A-HA(!) moment with renowned author Diana St. Clair (Diane McBain), yet another bachelorette looking to change her marital status. Having met Mike the night before at the combo's campsite and enlightening him on her forthcoming book "The Perfect American Male", Mike learns that he's the kind of man that embodies the title. With two women on his trail and a big race to concentrate on, Mike doesn't need any more distractions, but little does he know that rhythm-keeper, Les, is harboring more than a secret crush on her boss. How could he not see it? She snarls at every advance Diana and Cynthia make, always has warm cooked meals and desserts ready for partaking, knows how to pound those skins and is cuter than a ward full of babies.

So, will Mike give up the road in exchange for the hand of one of these comely cuties? You'll have to wait for our singing racer to cross the finish line to find out.

With favorite director Norman Taurog behind the camera, the best set of songs to surround a Presley musical in quite a while (including the rollicking Stop, Look and Listen, which boasts perhaps the wildest guitar lick on any Elvis song, the Bo Diddley-flavored Never Say Yes and the flirty Smorgasboard) and the best supporting cast the King ever had full of familiar faces from past films (Hawkins and Fabres from Girl Happy, Mullaney from Tickle Me), eventual returnees in future movies like Will Hutchins from Clambake, Dodie Marshall in Easy Come, Easy Go) and popular television/movie performers from the '60s (Betz of Donna Reed Show reuniting with TV daughter Fabres, Diane McBain from Surfside 6, and my personal favorite of all of Elvis' female co-stars, beach movie mainstay and one time Gidget Deborah Walley, who could not be more adorable as Les.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B+


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: At first glance, I must admit I was a little disappointed with this transfer, wanting it to be miles ahead of the muted colors I became used to via many television broadcasts. But after reviewing parts of it a second time, I think I was expecting too much. Save for the odd pinkish skin tones here and there, this is a very good presentation, with nice, but not overblown, unnatural colors. Very nice print quality, too that aids in a extremely film-like presence.

Image Transfer Grade: B+


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglish, Frenchyes

Audio Transfer Review: Not as robust as I would have preferred, but a very listenable 1.0 mono track. Dialogue comes off well and the musical numbers sound impressive considering the limitations of its vintage.

Audio Transfer Grade: B


Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 27 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Double Trouble, Speedway, The Trouble with Girls
Packaging: Keep Case
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: A collection of trailers from other Elvis movies is the only extra. With a few of the film's co-stars still around, I don't see why Warner couldn't have ponied up a little dough and provided a featurette on the making of the film. But at least fans are no longer All Shook Up about this 1966 film being unavailable on DVD.

Now, what about Girl Happy?

Extras Grade: C


Final Comments

An absolute favorite among Elvis fans and an incredibly appealing '60s kind-of-movie in its own right, with good tunes, cool racing footage and a grade "A" cast, Spinout lives up to its poster's tag line: No brakes on the fun.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


music, selena gomez, lupus, chemotherapy, estrogen, lupus foundation of america, television, dancing with the stars, maksim chmerkovskiy, carrie ann inaba, bruno tonioli, julianne hough, the good wife, cush jumbo, archie panjabi, julianna margulies, bbc3, class, doctor who, buffy the vampire slayer, hunger games, steven moffat, brian minchin, movie, the revenant, leonardo dicaprio, tom hardy, alejandro g. inarritu, christmas day release, comedy channel, trevor noah, daily show, jon stewart, global citizen festival, pearl jam, byonce, ed sheeran, eddie vedder, cbs, csi, ted danson, elisabeth shue, elisabeth harnois, william petersen, marg helgenberger, big brother, abc, liz, steve, vanessa, julia chen, dr. will, bindi irwin, derek, hough, chaka khan, emmys 2015, laurence fishburne, tracee ellis ross, anthony anderson, will forte, jeffrey tambor, kym johnson, shark tank, robert herjavec, jungle book, cgi, scarlet johansson, bill murray, ben kingsley, idris elba, christopher walken, drama, celebrity apprentice, arnold schwarzenegger, donald trump, nbc, taylor swift, bad blood, emmy award, original interactive program, the late show, stephen colbert, ashley madison, horror, silent, epcot international food & wine festival, walt disney world, the chew, october, celebrity, jimmy fallon, tonight show, dj khaled, all i do is win, country music awards, eric church, little big town, miranda lambert, kenny chesney, sam hunt, maddie & tae, kacey musgraves, chris stapleton, late night, jeb bush, george clooney, war room, straight outta compton, faith-based drama, a walk in the woods, robert redford, september 8, documentary, history, movies, steven spielberg, the bfg, dreamworks, walt disney company, fashion police, melissa rivers, kelly osbourne, giuliana rancic, zendaya

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store