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The Commitments (1991)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the the "Collector's Edition" DVD release of The Commitments.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Alan Parker Rating:7.2/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 27th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I found this to be a really enjoyable track from Alan Parker. Informative, honest, candid and insightful.
Parker has a lot to say, the vast majority of it is positive and honest. It's especially enjoyable to hear how much he looked forward to going into work every day while working on this film and how he got on well with all the cast and how this was the opposite to his experiences on Fame.

An intelligent commentary with no gaps. Highly recommended to fans of the film and fans of Parker' work.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 28th, 2023:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Parker delivers a very fine commentary. He starts in with some thoughts about the source material and how the film varied from the book, then moves on to casting, and locations in Ireland. He points out how certain members of the cast were better actors than musicians, and vice versa. Unlike in most musical films, they recorded all of the vocals while shooting, rather than having the actors lip sync. They worked to show a progression of quality for the performances of the band, accompanying that by improved camera work to demonstrate how the elements were evolving. Parker mentions actors who appeared in his other films and has some thoughts about the historical perspective of Ireland at the time. He comments on modifications for television, i.e. cropping the widescreen and censoring the language. He recalls that, following the release of the film, Wilson Pickett did actually perform with the band. Parker remarks that Miramax bought the film rights to make a sequel, which he felt would be unnecessary.
Reviewed by musíl65 on October 17th, 2023:Find all reviews by musíl65
Parker is a very good speaker. He talks about the novel, the actors, the locations, the music, musicians as actors vice versa, the casting and the f-word. Shooting this movie was a joy for him. Your get a lot of interesting information about the film. The are no gaps. 10 out of 10