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Commitments [2 Discs]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 03/16/2004
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"The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland, and the North Siders are the blacks of Dublin ... so say it loud -- I'm black and I'm proud!" Or so Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) tells his slightly puzzled friends as he tries to assemble a rhythm & blues show band in a working class community in Dublin in Alan Parker's film The Commitments. Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with what he can find. However, after a long round of auditions, Jimmy makes two inspired discoveries: Deco (Andrew Strong), an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor who nevertheless has a voice like the risen ghost of Otis Redding, and Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy), a horn player who knows soul music backwards and forwards and claims to have played with everyone from Wilson Pickett to Elvis Presley. Before long, the band -- called the Commitments -- is packing them in at local clubs. But do they have what it takes to make the big time? Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, The Commitments is sparked by fine performances by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Length: 117 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround (4.0), dd1
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 2
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • UPC: 024543112990
  • Product ID: 2336837
  • Genre: Musical

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