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The Commitments

(DVD - 2003)
Average Rating: 1 stars out of 5.
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Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin's gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom! Includes 4 hours of extras.
Statement of Responsibility: Beacon presents ; a First Film Company/Dirty Hands production ; an Alan Parker film ; screenplay by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Roddy Doyle ; produced by Roger Randall-Cutler & Lynda Myles ; directed by Alan Parker
Title: The Commitments
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Collector's ed., widescreen ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: From the novel by Roddy Doyle
Originally released as a motion picture in 1991
DVD dated 2003; released 2004
Special features: Disc one: full-length audio commentary by director. Disc 2, Making of Alan Parker's film The Commitments; The Commitments: looking back; Dublin Soul: The working class & 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; theatrical trailer, TV spots; Radio spots; still gallery
Contents: Disc one. The feature
disc two. Supplemental
Credits: Cinematographer, Gale Tattersall ; art directors, Arden Gantley, Mark Geraghty ; editor, Gerry Hambling ; music, James Campbell Connelly ; costume designer, Penny Rose ; production designer, Brian Morris.
Performers: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Félim Gormley, Glen Hansard, Andrew Strong, Johnny Murphy, Kenneth McCluskey, Colm Meaney, Anne Kent.
Summary: Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin's gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom! Includes 4 hours of extras.
Audience: MPAA rating R
System Details: DVD, NTSC; region 1, widescreen presentation, Dolby Digital
Other Language: English (5.1 dolby surround), Spanish (dolby surround) or French (dolby surround) dialogue, optional English SDH or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Doyle, Roddy, 1958- Film and video adaptations Bands (Music) Ireland Dublin Drama Soul music Ireland Dublin Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Bands (Music)
Soul music
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE C
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Jun 15, 2014
  • hey44 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great story, believable characters well acted, infused with good music. And laugh out loud funny to boot - there is something about the comic timing that is especially good in this film. I don't think you can ask for much in a movie, and I enjoyed it immensely. You won't get lush Irish landscapes, as the movie is shot in a gritty, urban setting (Dublin) that remains true to the original story, but that's partly what makes the movie so appealing. The extra features are worth a look, too, as there you will learn about how the actors were chosen from the local populace, many of whom had never acted before. All in all, a very well done film!

Before American Idol, there was "The Commitments". This film is "feckin'" funny!

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