Get Shorty, SPECIAL Edition, on DVD
You have to love a movie like this.
There isnt really a likeable character in this tale of a
Miami loan shark who comes to Hollywood and muscles his way into the movie
industry, yet on one level you can admire John Travoltas character. Chili
Palmer is supremely self confident, has a dream and works to make it a reality.
And hes honest about who he is and what he wants to accomplish.
Then there are the supporting characters, nasty pieces of work
like second rate movie director Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), vain movie star
Martin Weir (Danny DeVito), Miami thug Ray Bones Barboni (Dennis
Farina), and second rate starlet Karen Flores (Rene Russo). Theres nary a
redeeming quality among them, and they all become involved in Chilis life
and quest in one way or another.
As Chili assimilates Hollywood his first movie is actually the
story of the movie were watching. And Chili learns that being a producer
isnt much different from being a loan shark, but darnitall if he
doesnt get his movie made!
Its all a great send-up of Hollywood, wheeler dealing, all
the legends (or is it stereotypes) associated with tinsel town, and it combines
to make for a very enjoyable couple of hours.
The new high-definition sourced DVD is great. The anamorophic
widescreen picture (16x9 TV compatible) displays some grain, but overall is
very satisfying, with natural color and nice detail.
Audio is your chose of dts or Dolby Digital 5.1 and they sound
very good, realistic, with nice separation.
The two disc set includes a commentary by director-producer Barry
Sonnenfeld and you even get a ticket to see the sequel Be Cool if get there
before March 25, 2005.
But of course that isnt all. Featurettes abound:
"Get Shorty: Look at Me"
"Get Shorty: Wiseguys and Dolls"
"Deleted Graveyard Scene"
Theres also a selection of outtakes, a party reel, photo
gallery, trailer, a little booklet and more.
This flick was obviously re-released on DVD to cash in on and
promote the sequel Be Cool, but at least theyve given value for the
dollar with a good DVD set that offers a fine transfer of the feature and
enough extra stuff to keep fans happy.
Get Shorty, Collectors Edition, from MGM Home
105 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 16x9 TV compatible),
Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and
Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamburg, Stacy Sher
Written by Scott Frank, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
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