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Get Shorty

review by James S.

 

Rated R

Running Time: 105 minutes

Starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito

Studio: MGM

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Theatrical trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen, 4:3 Standard, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround French, Dolby Digital Surround Spanish, English, French, and Spanish Captions, Chapter Search

John Travolta stars as Chili Palmer, a loanshark who heads to LA on some "business." Once out West, Chili follows his dream to be in the Hollywood scene. Utilizing his gangster background, he forces his way into the movie business. He meets B-movie director Harry Zimm, who owes a princely sum for some gambling debts. Problem is, Harry doesn't have the money. He took cash from some seedy LA gangsters to produce a movie. Getting squeezed from two sides, Harry sees his only way out as a sure-fire script that hot actor Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) is interested in. Chili starts scheming and tries to balance a legitimate career with mob life. What results is a humorous look at East and West coast crime.

Get Shorts plays in either widescreen or standard format. In either case, the color was slightly amiss. The transfer seemed to have too much red tone included that forced me to adjust the picture settings. Once the blush was removed from the characters, the video quality was as good.

The audio was impressive. The true theater experience comes across with the DVD. The songs were right out in front of the dialogue. The music and dialogue struck a perfect balance.

The only included feature is the original theatrical trailer.

One of the better movies of the 1990's, Get Shorty is a funny movie but a DVD short on features. Despite the lack of features, the film itself carries the DVD. Its cast of memorable characters and excellent sound track makes Get Shorty a worthy addition to your collection.

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