GET SHORTY (A J!-ENT DVD Review)
September 27, 2003 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES
CAST: Starring John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Harvey Keitel, Penny Marshall and more.
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
PRODUCED BY: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
RATING: Rated R
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0113161
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action, Comedy, Drama
DURATION: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Drug smuggling, Racketeering, Loan Sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! Golden Globe winner John Travolta leads an all-star cast in “the most flat-out enjoyable movie of the year” (NY Newsday) – a hysterical comedy that insists it doesn’t take much to make it in the movies…just a background with the mob. Loanshark Chili Palmer (Travolta) has done his time as a gangster. So when “business” takes him to L.A. to collect a debt from a down-and-out filmmaker (Gene Hackman), Chili jumps headfirst into the Hollywood scene: he schmoozes film star (Danny DeVito), romances a “B” movie queen (Rene Russo) and even gets reservations at the hottest restaurants in town. In fact, all would be smooth for this cool new producer, if it weren’t for the drug smugglers and an angry mobster who won’t leave him alone. But hey, this Hollywood and no one said it would be easy!
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I could find.
A movie about a gangster who leaves the business to get into another business similar to his previous job….show business.
The movie is very interesting and entertaining. Also, very smart to see how the Loanshark Chili Palmer evolves in the movie business. Quite a few celebrities appear in this film which helps make this movie entertaining.
The video is colorful and the audio is strictly dialogue, so don’t expect much in terms of major explosions or audio effects in your living room. The only thing that this movie falls short is in the special features department. This movie’s release on DVD has audio commentary and much more. In the DVD version, it’s just the trailer and an 8-page booklet. So, either they will release a special edition of this movie, something that fans of this movie are awaiting for.
So, check out a cool movie, with a cool storyline featuring many of today’s top actors and actresses.
THE MOVIE: B+
THE DVD EXTRAS: D
THE DVD OVERALL: C-
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