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Commitments, the

Robert Arkins , Michael Aherne , Alan Parker    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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An irresistible, comic drama from director Alan Parker (Evita, Mississippi Burning), overflowing and alive with passion, humor, and music, The Commitments showcases some old R&B standards in a new light. A headstrong, fast-talking, ambitious young Dubliner (Robert Arkins) fancies himself a promoter of talent, and sets about assembling and packaging a local Irish R&B band. His group of self-absorbed, backbiting, but stunningly talented individuals begin to succeed beyond his wildest dreams, until petty jealousies and recrimination threaten to scuttle the whole deal. A moody, vivid, and soulful exploration of the Dublin club scene as well as a showcase for some wonderful unknown actors, the film (and its wonderful soundtrack) also features the actual band covering classic soul tunes from the likes of Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. It's that combination of soul and soul music that makes The Commitments a special little film. --Robert Lane

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul of the City May 26 2004
Alan Parker once again put together a previously unknown cast and has produced a fantastic movie with some stellar individual performances.
"The Commitments" is the story of the struggle to escape unemployment and poverty, set in Dublin but equally relevant in any major city this movie chronicles the efforts of a new band to achieve fame and glory. The band choose soul music as their vehicle out of the ghetto at a time when James Brown is just a memory adding spice to an already engaging tale. After a faltering start the band start to pull it together only for their lack of discipline and focus to abort their chances at the very moment when real opportunity is at their door.
The music is the star of the show with fantastic numbers such as "At the Midnight Hour", "Mustang Sally" and "Try a Little Tenderness" littered through the movie. The musical performances of Mary Doyle Kennedy (Natalie)and Andrew Strong (Deco)and the acting of Robert Arkins (Jimmy) are really superb.
This movie is enhanced by this new format on widescreen DVD, but what makes it work is the screenplay, great acting and wonderfull music regardless of format.
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Although this DVD did play beautifully on my laptop - it would not play at all on our home TV! All other DVD's have always played - whether the quility was bad or good - not sure why this happened really???! However, it was a gift, and as a gift, was a dissappointment unfortunately. I have never encountered this issue before and hope it doesn't happen in the future - still willing to purchase from this site - or at least until such time as the same problem is revisited :0(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commitments DVD Feb. 12 2014
By jules
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Movie great once I got the right format. Original one came from Italy??? Why would a DVD ordered in Canada, come from Italy where the format is totally different?
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1.0 out of 5 stars doesnt play on my machine.... Jan. 20 2014
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This is a movie I have seen and absolutely loved, but this particular cd does not play on my machine... very disappointing!!
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DVD arrived 2 days later than promised. Cover was in Italian only. I opened it anyway, hoping that there were language selection choices , The DVD would not even play on my Canadian machine. The AMAZON listing showed no indication that this DVD was only playable on European DVD format, nor that it was in Italian only. Now I have the inconvenience of returning it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Commitments Dec 31 2013
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Shipped from Italy. Is not compatible with out DVD machines. Will not play. Bought for my
daughter. She will be returning it for credit and ordering something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies ! Nov. 21 2013
By trupar
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ordered 0ct 18th, 2013 and just received it today, nov 21st , 2013. it had to come from Italy, so what could I expect ?! didn't know that when I ordered it ! then I find out it's a region 2 dvd, which I had no idea what that meant even though I read it in the amazon write up! however, upon receiving it , I tried to play it on my computer through windows media player, and that's when I found out that it couldn't play a region 2 format ! I then remembered another player name and downloaded it. it's called VLC media player and it played my movie with no problemo! (cause the dvd came from Italy :-)) very happy with this purchase and vecosell was very prompt in processing my order. bravo vecosell ! if you have purchased this dvd and you can't play it on your dvd player, then download VLC media player on your computer, hook up to your tv via hdmi and enjoy the movie. I did ! thanks for listening; and by the way, happy Thursday!
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Bought the DVD as a result of the follow-up novel by Roddy Doyle, "The Guts". The Commitments brought back a lot of memories of my youth growing up in Dublin. We didn't have a lot to shout about in those days but we did have soul, all be it an Irish version.

Alan Parker did a wonderful job directing and I would have no hesitation in recommending this movie.
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