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- "The Making of The Commitments"
- "The Commitments: Looking Back"
- "Dublin Soul": the working class and changing face of Dublin
- Making-of featurette
- "Treat Her Right" music video with introduction by Alan Parker and Robert Arkins
- Original songs by cast members: "Before the Next Tear Drop Falls" by Andrew Strong and "Taking On the World" by Robert Arkins
- Still gallery
Top Customer Reviews
This film, masterfully directed by the great British musical/drama cinematic maestro, Alan Parker (e.g., Evita, Angela's Ashes, Fame, etc.), deserved better treatment, and finally, let's thank the good executives at Fox Video for listening! A double-disk widescreen presentation with plenty of bonus features! Hooray!
Keep in mind that this is one of the greatest films ever made in the 1990s, so influential and original to the extent that it made the British Film Institute's list of the best 100 films ever made in Ireland and the British Isles during the last century. Yet eerily, I can only count on two hands the number of people who've seen it! This has gotta change!
Now the film is issued on DVD as it was meant to be seen -- in full stereo and widescreen glory. I like the fact that Fox Video gave this "little" picture a chance, that it heard the complaints from rabid fans for years and finally did something about it!...
If you've never seen "The Commitments" because you cringe at the notion of white Dubliners singing American soul tunes, well, I hear ya. I fully expected watered-down music along the lines of Michael Bolton butchering Percy Sledge. However, I was wrong - the music, in the context of the movie, is pure and genuine, and performed by young actors who understand that you don't have to pretend to be anything you're not to get soul. Besides, Jimmy Rabbitte, the mastermind behind the band, gives them all a thoroughly convincing speech that assures the lads and lasses from Dublin that they, too, are qualified to sing soul.
The movie - well, it's wonderful. Hilarious, free, sometimes moving, life-affirming. I almost wish the movie let the characters develop a little more before the inevitable and mythical ending, but then Joey the Lips gently reminds me (and Rabbitte), "this way, it's poetry." He's right - this is the proper ending for these guys, and the movie.
The DVD offers some great extras, including a revealing making-of doc, where we learn that director Parker combed the nightclubs of Dublin nightly, looking for fresh talent. I also love the 10-years-later feature, where we get to revisit our old friends again. These are suitable extras for a movie that just plain makes you feel glad to be alive - how much more can you ask of a movie than that?
Yes, it's Irish, and you do have to listen closely in a few spots to understand the dialogue, but it's definitely worth the effort. The film is down-to-earth without being gritty or depressing, and accurately portrays the trials and tribulations of a band in the making. The music is superb, the dialogue is honest, funny and just wacko enough to be believable, and the plot (such as it is) doesn't really matter -- there's enough going on with the characters to keep things moving for the duration.
Recommended -- and when it comes out on DVD -- highly recommended.
As much as I like this film, I will not buy a DVD that has been degraded from the original theatrical release. Apparently the film companies don't yet understand what motivates buyers to pay extra for DVD quality and home theater systems. I hope that "The Commitments" will be available soon as a re-released DVD in its original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film was enjoyable, but not as much as I thought it would be.Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
One of the greatest movies ever... really. Hilarious, great versions of soul favorites, accurate depiction of most bands rise and fall. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sherman W. Clow
THE funniest movie classic and best music to ever come out of Dublin! This never gets old!Published 5 days ago by Emma J Nutt
This is one my favorite "obscure" movies from the 90s (others include Beautiful Girls - thankfully on BluRay now and owned - and Leap of Faith - still waiting for that). Read morePublished 7 days ago by Monkey Boy
Classic quirky movie made better with the insightful special features. Kinda weird that I can't get enough of the preponderance of Mustang Sally.Published 10 days ago by Indy
An EXCELLENT and well-deserved upgrade for this wonderful movie about "Dublin Soul" ----- and quite honestly (as a musician myself), rather correct about what can (and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by hndson
I just received and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Blu-Ray edition of this fabulous movie, which I had been waiting for the Blu-Ray edition a long time and pre-ordered a couple of... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
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