Dublin Soul: The Working Class & Changing Face of Dublin is a 15 minute featurette which delves into the real Dublin, particularly the North side vs. the South side, which is mentioned during the movie. It's interesting enough but not worth more than a passing view, as it really adds nothing to the film. “Treat Her Right” is the video for the song from the movie, with an anecdotal story at the beginning, but other than that it's very much par for the course. “Original Songs by Cast Members” features two videos, one from Andrew Strong, the other from Robert Arkins and again are standard music videos, nothing more. “Making of Featurette” is another making of the Commitments and runs for a shade under 9 minutes. Part of me wonders how many times they can rehash the same material in different forms, but I guess it completes the package. Rounding off the extras are the theatrical trailer, TV & Radio spots and a stills gallery.
Well, as stated, I'd never seen this movie and was pleasantly surprised with it; however I don't think it's a classic in any sense of the word. Even though it is effectively denied during the featurettes, it does have a “vehicle” type feel to it, which makes things feel a little forced, but other than that it is an entertaining enough two hours. Musically it fares better than more recent movies, such as Spiceworld or 8 Mile (both of which I have no desire to see at all and haven't yet). In fact musically, it has more obvious roots with the Blues Brothers than the two aforementioned movies, so if you like the music from that, soul music in general or just want to be reasonably entertained for a few hours, this is well worth checking out.
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