directed by Alan Parker
USA 1991

 

Alan Parker's "The Commitments" is a loud, rollicking, comic extravaganza about a rock band from the poorest precincts of North Dublin that decides to play soul music. The organizer of the band is the lean, ingenious Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), whose suggestion is greeted with puzzlement by his friends. They like soul music, yes, but they don't particularly identify with it. Rabbitte's logic is persuasive: "The Irish are the blacks of Europe. Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. North Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin."

Roger Ebert

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Theatrical Release: August 14, 1991

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Distribution

20th Century/Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century/Fox
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 117 117
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.3 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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20th Century/Fox (Collector's Edition)

Audio English 2.0

English DD 5.1, French 2.0, Spanish 2.0

Subtitles English, Spanish English, Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century/Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Making of Featurette 8:02
• Treat Her Right music video 3:34
• Theatrical Trailer in FF 2:23
• 4 songs from the Soundtrack CD

DVD Release Date: 8-19-2003
Plastic Keepcase

Chapters 35
 

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century/Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Disc 1 Commentary by Director Alan Parker
• All other bonus material is on Disc 2
• Making of Alan Parker's Film The Commitments 22:36
• The Commitments: Looking Back 47:08
• Dublin Soul: The Working Class 14:52
• Making of Featurette 8:03
• Treat Her Right music video with new intros by Parker and Arkins 5:47
• 2 Original Songs by Cast Members
• Theatrical Trailer in WS 2:18
• TV Spots
• 4 Radio Spots
• 19 still photo images in a Still Gallery
• Nice Animated Menus

 

DVD Release Date: 3-16-2004
Double Digipack

Chapters 40

Comments Better Sound & Image Quality, More Extras, what's not to love!
The only thing you will lose by giving up the full frame is more
of Imelda Quirke's legs.

All joking aside, of the 3 novels by Roddy Doyle in his Barrytown Trilogy;
The Commitments (91), The Snapper (93), and The Van (96)
Parker's goes down the smoothest, like a fine pint of bitters.
Now we have a fine DVD to enjoy a rousing movie.

 - Enrique B Chamorro

 





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