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  • Actors: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, English, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DD0GBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! Golden Globe® winner John Travolta leads an all-star cast in the comedy that insists it doesn’t take much to make it in the movies... just a background with the Mob. Loan shark Chili Palmer (Travolta) is bored with the business. So when he arrives in LA to collect a debt from down-and-out filmmaker Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), Chili talks tough... and then pitches Harry a script idea. Immediately, Chili is swept into the Hollywood scene: He schmoozes film star Martin Weir (Danny DeVito), romances B-movie queen Karen Flores (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 the angry mobster who won’t leave him alone.

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True story: hot off the back of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty was one of the films that John Travolta was offered, and one he also intended to turn down. A quick phone call with Quentin Tarantino later, and Travolta decided to ultimately sign up to the role of Chili Palmer. It was to prove one of his wiser decisions.

Get Shorty, based on the terrific book by Elmore Leonard, tells the story of Palmer, a loan shark, who goes to collect a debt from Gene Hackman’s Harry Zimm. Turns out that Zimm is a filmmaker, which puts into a motion a chain of events that sees Palmer trying to get Zimm to make his movie. This, in turns, allows for some subtle Hollywood digs, with some snappy, sparkling dialogue, and a host of interesting characters as well. Travolta, too, is in exceptional form.

The Blu-ray has lots of fun with the movie, too, exploring in some detail the genesis of the film, with input from the key people, both in front of and behind the camera. Interestingly, you also some quite raw, unused footage from the film, as well as a smattering of a smaller features. It’s a really good cocktail of supplements. The film itself makes good use of the added potential of the Blu-ray format, and the picture quality in particular is noticeably upgraded.

Get Shorty is a fun, very good blend of action, comedy, and punchy writing, played by a cast who pretty much uniformly came to the project at just the right time. Its follow-up, Be Cool, never quite captures what Get Shorty has. And the Blu-ray release is a welcome upgrade. --Jon Foster

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 27 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Better than the DVD but not by a lot. This is a bare bones transfer no extras other than a commentary. My disc also has a problem playing chapters 19/20 where it freezes and stop starts. Same on two different players both of which have latest firmware updates. I hope this is not generally the case but best be alert.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 14 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Although purchased from a competitor, two copies of this disc had exactly the same fault as the other reviewer described. At around 1:05, Ch18 to Ch19 it freezes up and stutters and does not recover.

Avoid until/if the publisher reissues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on 15 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Just read the other two reviews. I can add I have rented this blu-ray three timees from Blockbuster online rental. It is definitely not the same disk as on complaining for a faulty disk they have sent out another one while I still have the other. And all three the movie crashes about the 1hr 5min mark. And it keeps crashing after that so I have been unable to watch the movie after this. I was coming here to buy it for £7 as I really was enjoying the film up until then. But seeing those other two reviews saying theirs crashes too. It seems to be a manufacturer pressing problem. By the way I have tried it on three Blu-Ray players too. Including A standalone premium Oppo player and an LG PC Blu-Ray drive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
When I head John Travolta was heading the cast of a film based on an Elmore Leonard novel, I thought 'Tarantino!'. But Get Shorty isn't a Tarantino film, literally or stylistically. Travolta's character, Chili Palmer, is a crook with a heart of gold - he realises quite early on in this film that what he wants to do is 'make movies', and the ensuing cocktail of filmmaking and crime is very entertaining, flirting vaguely with the same ground as 'The Player'. JT is easily as good in this film as he is in Pulp Fiction. And one of the greatest things about this film is that, for once, Gene Hackman isn't being forced to play a ruthless baddie (as he is in 99% of his films) - his character here, Harry Zimm, is a likeable loser.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Travolta: "His best part was when he played the crippled gay guy who climbed Mount Whitney..." Hackman: "Ride The Clouds. Good picture..."

You forget just how funny "Get Shorty" is - never mind how cool the cast and music were too.

Super-slick Chilli Palmer (John Travolta) works as an enforcer/money collector for podgy gang boss Momo in New York. But Momo comes home one night to a surprise 65th birthday party - and so surprised is Momo - that he gets a heart attack and dies. Chilli learns all of this in Miami where he's gotten on the nerves of yet another hood in a suit - Ray 'Bones' Barboni (a fabulously funny turn by Dennis Farina). Chilli breaks Ray's nose for stealing his jacket from a restaurant and soon the two on course for a not-so-sunny showdown in Tinseltown...

Meanwhile degenerate gambler Leo Devoe (the great David Paymer) has faked his own death and run off to Vegas with the $300,000 insurance pay-off (his wife is none too pleased - neither is Ray Bones who is owed money by the useless Leo). Chilli now goes to Vegas to find Devoe - but whilst there he's asked by a casino boss to look in on Harry Zimm - a small-time Producer in Hollywood who's into the Hotel for $150,000 and is avoiding paying.

Harry Zimm (another genius role by Gene Hackman) makes Slime Creature schlock horror movies and is shacked up with a talented and beautiful actress Karen Flores (Rene Russo) in a Hollywood home when Chilli comes calling in the middle of the night. But Chilli is bored with hustling and is more interested in making movies that beating up this man or his girl for money. Soon they're talking - driving around Hollywood - even getting along. And it turns out that Harry Zimm has a quality script in his possession called "Mr.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "b_m_whitley" on 2 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The plot of this film sounds a bit like tarantino, but its not. Shylock Chilli Palmer (Travolta) goes to hollywood, ostensibly to collect a debt but, like everyone else in the film, wants to make movies. The cast is brilliant including the much underated Delroy Lindo, a not-used enough Dennis Farina and a beardy James Gandolfini. Travolta and Lindo both play gangster-types who want to break into production, this leads to some scenes of unbridled comedy. Travolta's character is not a million miles away from Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega, less prone to violence and a hundred times as clever, but still retaining that greased hard-man image. It is a light-hearted film, brilliant characters, a good plot, an ending that will either have you laughing uncontrollably or holding your hands out saying "Thats not an ending". All in all, Genious.
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Format: DVD
Still hot after his career reviving turn in Pulp Fiction [DVD] John Travolta stars as ice-cool Miami loan shark Chili Palmer. The movie is a black comedy and also features great turns from the likes of Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman, with an early appearance from James Gandolfini and a brief cameo from Harvey Keitel.
The film is great fun and an easy watch, mixing moments of violence with sharp one-liners and subtle humour. Still stands up after fifteen years and remains a Travolta high-point and the best film adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel to date.
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