by HELEN GEIB
Originally I intended to promote Eastern Promises as this week’s pick for DVD of the Week, a very powerful movie that I recommend and that is released today. But it just didn’t fit with my warm and fuzzy mood, so I decided instead to look back to last week’s releases and spotlight Once. Once is a lovely film and one much more in accord with the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t already seen it – get it now! I promise you’ll like it.
Reviewers described Once as a musical for people who don’t like musicals. I saw it in the theater with a friend who hates musicals and he loved the film, so I believe it. I love them so I can attest that it’s also a musical for people who love musicals.
The DVD has some good features, including a commentary track with director John Carney and the lead actors, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. I like the sound of the second commentary track, described as a “musical commentary,” also with Carney, Hansard, and Irglova. Other features include two features about the making of the film, an animated webisode, and a music download of one of the songs from the soundtrack.
Original Commentary Track review by Rishi Agrawal of Once.
Other new releases this week: The Brothers Solomon, Eastern Promises, The Kingdom, Rush Hour 3