The Commitments (Special Edition) [DVD]
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Alan Parker directs this cult musical comedy based on the novel by Roddy Doyle. Slick young Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) puts together a soul band made up of Dublin's out-of-work misfits. Starting from scratch, the group members rediscover a sense of pride as they master the discipline necessary to make music. An ageing trumpet player, who claims to have worked with all the greats, takes charge of their musical education but internal feuds and the realities of modern life threaten to overwhelm and destroy the band.
As enjoyable now as it was when it was originally released at the start of the 90s, Alan Parkers The Commitments is the tale of an Irish soul band, from start through to very messy finish.
There are several reasons why it works so well. The first is a corking script by Roddy Doyle (who wrote the book the film is based on) in conjunction with British sitcom legends Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Dads Army, among many other credits). Extremely witty and the rock-solid foundation for the film, the script is then enhanced by a selection of super performances from then-unknown actors (most of whom have never enjoyed the same success again).
And then theres the factor that the film is most fondly remembered for, the quite brilliant music. Not for nothing did The Commitments generate two top-selling soundtrack albums, and the inspired choice of classic numbers are as enjoyable to hear now as they were then. From "Mustang Sally" and "Chain of Fools" through to the quite sublime take on "Try A Little Tenderness", you wouldnt say the music makes the film, but it does significantly lift it. In short, The Commitments is a film that time has been kind to, and one that remains as downright entertaining and enjoyable as it always was. This Special Edition DVD is a great way to get into it all over again --Simon Brew --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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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).
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.
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 !
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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Watched it many times and never tire of the music performed brilliantlyPublished 1 month ago by J M Condon