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Get Shorty

Collector's Edition
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 94 (Mar 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini & David Paymer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Disc one of this two-disc Collector's Edition includes audio commentary with director Barry Sonnenfeld and upfront ads. Disc two features the following featurettes: "Get Shorty: Look At Me," a 27-minute in-depth look into the key characters in the film; the 20-minute "Get Shorty: Wiseguys and Dolls," which focuses on certain scenes involving the gangsters and babes starring in them; and Ben Stiller stars in the five-minute "The Graveyard Scene." Also included is the Deleted Graveyard Scene; Going Again: Outtakes; a six-minute out-of-focus Get Shorty Party Reel; a Sneak Peek at the movie "Be Cool;" Page To Screen of Get Shorty, which is a narrative on the story; a photo gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1007846
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for language and some violence.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 2/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Barry Sonnenfeld
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Get Shorty is based on the novel by Elmore Leonard and stars Travolta as Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark who is sent to Los Angeles to collect on a gambling debt from down-and-out filmmaker Harry Zimm (Hackman). Chili is an avid movie fan

DVD Picture:
There have been 70 Issues of Widescreen Review since Get Shorty was first reviewed on DVD. This new 1.82:1 DVD is also anamorphically enhanced, and looks pretty similar to the previous DVD, if a little bit cleaner. Colors are richly saturated and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. At times the picture is awash in a warm yellow hue. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with satisfying textures, though sometimes the picture can look a bit smeared, flat, or undefined. The same flecks of dirt are noticed on both DVDs. Minor halos of edge enhancement are noticed, but pixelization is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

Just in time for the upcoming sequel Be Cool, a new special edition has been released, with some new tricks up its case. The old 384 kbps Dolby