Commitments

Commitments

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Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Alan Parker, Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball

     
 

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Drenched in soul and big on laughs, The Commitments finally gets Collector's Edition treatment in this stunning two-disc release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. With restored and remastered picture and sound, the film has never had a better presentation than the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen image and wailing 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track. By theSee more details below

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Drenched in soul and big on laughs, The Commitments finally gets Collector's Edition treatment in this stunning two-disc release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. With restored and remastered picture and sound, the film has never had a better presentation than the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen image and wailing 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track. By the time "Try a Little Tenderness" kicks in at the very end, you'll have tears in your eyes from the glorious mix and crystal picture quality. Bonus features are a dream as well, with a dry, but lengthy, Alan Parker commentary starting things off. While he may not be the most engaging sort to listen to, the stories he has to tell are -- especially when it comes down to the lengthy casting process during which he literally saw almost every single musician in Dublin at the time. Sure, what he has to say is often repeated in a few of the featurettes on disc two, but so be it -- there's still a whole lot of other hot stuff to jump into, starting with the all-new "Commitments: Looking Back" documentary. Clocking in at a hearty 45 minutes, "Looking Back" catches up with most (though sadly, not all) of the Commitments crew as they reminisce mainly about the shoot and what they've been up to lately. This is really the heart and soul of the disc, since all of the cast members have virtually vanished from the public's radar, making each reveal of who they've caught up to next that much more exciting. While most are still connected to the music scene, they're all still very much Dubliners at their core and all seem to like it that way. (Needless to say, they look good enough for a sequel, if that forever-rumored project ever got off the ground.) Moving on, the "Dublin Soul" featurette centers on the working-class and changing face of Dublin, introducing a deep reality full of poverty and over-population that the film was only able to touch upon. Two behind-the-scenes featurettes are also included, though both are basically vintage making-of clips where you get most of the overlapping material. For more instant satisfaction, skip to the premiere of the "Treat Her Right" music video, a virtual gold mine for fans of the group. Filmed by Parker for the end credits (it was eventually cut before release), the clip is a virtual time capsule, where you can check out none other than the group's manager, Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), singing lead on the track! For more Arkins goodness, you can listen to a new track from both him and the husky-voiced Commitments crooner Andrew Strong (who, if you can believe it, was only 16 years old when filming began) in the Original Songs by Cast Members section. Rounding out the extras is the original theatrical trailer, along with six TV commercials and four radio spots in addition to a stills gallery. For presentation alone, the disc is worth every penny, but the fact that so much time has been taken to include the extras just makes the package that much more sweet. This is the home-run Commitments release that most fans out there have been waiting for and with which none should be disappointed.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This unassuming little import from the United Kingdom exploded on U.S. movie screens in 1991, gleaning surprisingly enthusiastic reviews and -- despite an unknown cast with nearly impenetrable Irish brogues -- delighting American audiences. Director Alan Parker, whose films tend toward being overwrought, hit all the right notes in Roddy Doyle's engaging story about working-class youths who form a band to bring '60s-style soul music to their native Dublin. The group's ambitious manager (Robert Arkins) has to contend with an insufferably egotistical lead singer (Andrew Strong) and a bed-hopping trumpet player (Johnny Murphy) while fending off the amorous advances of a backup singer (Maria Doyle), but he manages to get "the world's hardest-working band" into a trendy nightclub nonetheless. The cast members -- many of whom made their film debuts in this movie -- still register appealingly in sharply defined roles, and their musical performances still impress as not only accomplished but exhilarating. Not yielding to his normal melodramatic predilections, Parker depicted the milieu with near-documentary fidelity, and he made the characters vivid and engaging. Still beguiling, The Commitments is every bit as entertaining today as it was when it premiered.
All Movie Guide
With perhaps more four-letter words than any other film ever made, The Commitments oozes authenticity. The relentless profanity is part of a rich, hilarious, musically satisfying portrait of a fictional working-class Irish band whose mission is to bring American soul music to Dublin. Avoiding the customary romantic view of Ireland and most clichés about the music industry, rebellious director Alan Parker presents a gritty, alcohol-soaked, often inspired portrait of an Emerald Isle most tourists never see: the alleys and bars of decidely unpicturesque urban ghettoes. The band, fronted by a Joe Cocker-like husky-voiced lead singer, is fabulous, and the music is as powerful as the rhythm-and-blues greats whose songs the band covers -- so good, in fact, that the band released two excellent CDs. This Is Spinal Tap introduced the genre of the rock mockumentary, but The Commitments is a stronger, more genuine, and musically superior film. In fact, it's among the best music films ever made, including those fashioned by "real" bands.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
UPC:
0024543112990
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Alan Parker; "The Commitments: Looking Back" documentary; All-new "Dublin Soul" featurette; Two behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes; Music video "Treat Her Right" with introduction by Alan Parker and Robert Arkins; Two new songs "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Taking on the World"; Still photo gallery; Theatrical trailer; TV/radio spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Arkins Jimmy Rabbitte
Michael Aherne Steven Clifford
Angeline Ball Imelda Quirke
Maria Doyle Kennedy Natalie Murphy
Dave Finnegan Mickah Wallace
Johnny Murphy Joey "The Lips" Fagan
Andrew Strong Deco Cuffe
Bronagh Gallagher Bernie McGloughlin
Felim Gormley Dean Fay
Glen Hansard Outspan Foster
Kenneth McCluskey Derek Scully
Colm Meaney Mr. Rabbitte
Sheila Flitton Church Cleaner
John Hubbard Actor
Ros Hubbard Actor
Colm Mac Con Iomaire Fiddler Auditioner
Dick Massey Billy Mooney
Anne Kent Mrs. Rabbitte
Andrea Corr Sharon Rabbitte
Gerard Cassoni Darren Rabbitte
Ruth Fairclough Linda Rabbitte
Lindsay Fairclough Tracey Rabbitte
Michael O'Reilly Greg
Liam Carney Duffy
Ger Ryan Pawnbroker
Mark O'Regan Father Molloy
Phelim Drew Roddy the Reporter
Sean Hughes Dave from Eejit Records
Philip Bredin Ray
Aoife Lawless Imelda's Sister
Lance Daly Kid with Harmonica
Conor Malone Protest Song Singer
Jezz Bell Heavy Metal Singer
Emily Dawson Punk Girl Singer
Dave Kane Coconuts Trio Member
Kristel Harris Coconuts Trio Member
Maria Place Coconuts Trio Member
Brian Mac Aodha Uileann Pipe Player
Tricia Smith Les Miserables Singer
Canice William Smiths' Song Singer
Patrick Foy Cajun Trio Member
Alan Murray Cajun Trio Member
Jody Campbell Cajun Trio Member
Eanna Mac Liam Failed Drug Buyer
Philomena Kavanagh Rabbitte's Neighbor
Peter Rowen Shy Skateboard Auditioner
Eamon O'Connor Only De Lonely Singer
Maura O'Malley Joey's Mother
Blaise Smith Pool Hall Manager
Derek Herbert Duffy's Sidekick
Owen O'Gorman Duffy's Sidekick
Pat Leavy Unemployment Official
John Cronin Kid with Horse
Rynagh O'Grady Bernie's Mother
Michael Bolger Community Center Kid
Mick Nolan Imelda's Father
Eileen Reid Imelda's Mother
Bob Navan Regency Pub Barman
Derek Duggan Photographer
Paddy O'Connor Rock Salmon Man
Paul Bushnell Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member
Jim Corr Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member
Larry Hogan Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member
Bernard Keelan Avante-Garde-A-Clue Band Member
Ronan Hardiman Dance Hall Manager
Mikel Murfi Music Journalist
Josylen Lyons Deco's Fan
Winston Dennis Man in Limousine
Alan Parker Eejit Record Producer

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director
Marc Abraham Co-producer
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Laurie Borg Production Manager
Karen Brookes Set Decoration/Design
Paul Bushnell Score Composer
Dick Clement Co-producer,Screenwriter
Roddy Doyle Screenwriter
Arden Gantly Art Director
Mark Geraghty Art Director
Gerry Hambling Editor
Souter Harris Executive Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Ian La Frenais Co-producer,Screenwriter
Brian Morris Production Designer
Lynda Myles Producer
Roger Randall-Cutler Producer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Rosenberg Executive Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Gale Tattersall Cinematographer
David Wimbury Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Feature
1. Main Titles [1:27]
2. How it All Began [4:57]
3. Dublin Soul [1:19]
4. The Ad [1:03]
5. Potential Stars [2:17]
6. Getting Some Singers [1:05]
7. Studying the Master [5:01]
8. A Godsend [2:08]
9. The Commitment-ettes [:41]
10. The Society of Soul [1:26]
11. Black and Proud [4:17]
12. Rehearsals [:34]
13. An Unemployed Musician [2:03]
14. The Go-Ahead [3:50]
15. Too Many Fish in the Sea [1:15]
16. Natalie's Older Man [1:06]
17. Preparations [4:01]
18. Ladies and Gentlemen...The Commitments [2:52]
19. Bye Bye Baby [3:51]
20. Show Me [:18]
21. A Shocking Experience [1:22]
22. It's Alive! [1:14]
23. A Prior Commitment [1:54]
24. Talkin' Elvis [:47]
25. Commited [2:30]
26. Take Me to the River [2:31]
27. The Dark End of the Street [1:16]
28. Billy Quits [:26]
29. The Mister Chippy Van [1:15]
30. Hard to Handle [:23]
31. Chain of Fools [3:59]
32. Jimmy's Savior [:41]
33. A Celebrity Jam? [2:20]
34. Mustang Sally [1:41]
35. I Never Loved a Man [:58]
36. Try a Little Tenderness [:49]
37. In the Midnight Hour [1:50]
38. No Problems With the Band [4:05]
39. Where Are They Now? [:32]
40. End Titles [2:41]

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