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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in its own right...
"The Commitment" is a exceptional and humourous story about real people in Dublin, Ireland. It is written by Roddy Doyle and centers around a young man and the band he is trying to put together to play soul music. His point is that "The Irish brothers wouldn't be shooting ...each other if they had soul". But keeping the band together turns out to be...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film but watch out for the edition you buy...
Not really a review more of a caveat emptor ....

Please note the the single disc edition of this film is only a 4:3 print.

If you want a 16:9 version you need to either get the two disc special edition or the dual pack with The Van (which is 1 more).
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Cy Berman


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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in its own right..., 6 Sep 2000
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This review is from: The Commitments [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
"The Commitment" is a exceptional and humourous story about real people in Dublin, Ireland. It is written by Roddy Doyle and centers around a young man and the band he is trying to put together to play soul music. His point is that "The Irish brothers wouldn't be shooting ...each other if they had soul". But keeping the band together turns out to be just as big a problem as it was putting it together in the first place...
The casting for the film took place in Dublin where virtually everybody showed up (says Sharon Corr), so the actors are real dubliners, and they do a fantastic job. They were all unknown when the film was made, but some has made it big on the music scene since (Andrew Strong, Andrea Corr).
Bit perhaps the biggest part in the film is played by the soundtrack. Old classics are given a makeover and are performed brilliantly by the band in the film.
This is a film and a soundtrack that belongs on everyones shelf.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film but watch out for the edition you buy..., 14 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Commitments [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
Not really a review more of a caveat emptor ....

Please note the the single disc edition of this film is only a 4:3 print.

If you want a 16:9 version you need to either get the two disc special edition or the dual pack with The Van (which is 1 more).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect and I feel good, 9 Jun 2000
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This review is from: The Commitments [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is close to being my favourite film of all time, whenever I feel a bit low I put it back on and cheer myself up. The characters are brilliant, the music is wonderful, and it's absolutely hilarious. Quite why Andrew Strong never made it as a successful singer I'll never know. Why is it when the Irish F and Blind you can't help but laugh.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it's got spanish writing on the front!, 22 Dec 2013
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i'm currently returning it as it has spanish writing on the front. it's sealed so i can't check whether it would actually be in english, but It's for my daughter and would just confuse her! it wasn't clear this would be the case from the details. thanks
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 4 Dec 2013
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despite being advertised as the English version, the film itself is a french language film, with english as an audio option. Not what i wanted
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real feelgood movie!, 9 Feb 2009
This review is from: The Commitments (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Everyone should watch this film at least once in their lifetime. Follow the progress of a "thrown together" band. Share their individual trials and tribulations and enjoy their ultimate emergence as a successful band.
The characters are gutsy,funny and true to life. Whether you're into the music style or not, makes no difference. These guys are good musicians and belt it out! Final result: a lively, poignant lesson on fighting to achieve your dream. Brilliant excuse for a night in, beer or not!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foreign Version- Be Warned, 31 Jan 2014
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This is very crafty ! The main picture of the DVD cover is in English,
which leads you to believe that this is the English version of the DVD- but it isn't !
This is a French DVD, and the cover you receive is in French- not the cover in the picture !
If you go back and look at the other pictures in the listing, you will see (if you look closely) that the second picture is a blurry shot of the back cover in French.
I think that this is designed to deliberately mislead you into thinking that you are ordering an English DVD.
Now, it does say that DVD is in French, English and Italian and that there are subtitles in French, English, Italian and Dutch.
But it comes with a sticker on the back that says "No Return if seal is broken" so you don't really know what you are getting.
Do you send it back, or open it and see what you get ?
Well, if you decide to open it up, you'll find that it defaults to French as the spoken language, and you have to change it to English through the menu. After that, it seems fine- original dialogue, in English.
So- just be warned, and make sure that you know what you are getting, or you might get a surprise when you open the envelope !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Commitments DVD - over prized and poor quality, 11 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Commitments [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
I was very disappointed as the picture quality of the film was poor and the DVD was extremely expensive in comparison to other DVDs and BluRay films I have bought
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a community!, 2 July 2006
This review is from: The Commitments [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
The film shows a grim looking landscape of high-rise flats, dismal areas of waste and squalor, high unemployment and few prospects for young people - but growing out of this unpromising soil, the most vibrant, colourful, fun community imaginable. The sense of neighbourhood, shared experience and follow-feeling alone, could make you wish you were an North Dubliner yourself. And that's even before the music's added to the mix. It shows a community of lively, intelligent, witty kids and young adults who are finding ways to keep themselves entertained and entertain the rest of the town - with the long-term aim of also making a good living and getting famous. It's fun while it lasts. The humour should keep you laughing and grinning between classic soul numbers, where you may feel constrained to adopt a more serious attitude and sing along. The group swing up through the learning curve pretty quickly, starting off out of tune and out of time and ending up belting out the numbers like pros. Just wonderful. I was surprised to learn the boy who plays Deco (Andrew Strong) was only 16 when this film was made. What an incredible voice! (Since then Joss Stone has also shown that young lungs and larynx can produce amazing sounds, but it's still a surprise.) In any case, the whole thing: the story, the music and the acting are just superb. The only faces I recognised were Colm Meaney (playing Jimmy Rabbitte senior) and Sean Hughes (playing Dave of "Eejit Records"), because most of the actors were found by auditioning locals. What a talented bunch of locals! Excellent film - the sort you'll want to watch again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not impressed!!!!, 17 Jan 2014
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I didn't realize it wasn't in English and it was very expensive for a DVD. Not a happy customer .
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