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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get 'Get Shorty'!
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones transfer of a good comedy
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.
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by John Chandler


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3.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones transfer of a good comedy, 27 Mar 2012
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Pressing, 14 April 2012
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Manufacturer Pressing - Seems every copy, 15 Aug 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Get 'Get Shorty'!, 13 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Get Shorty [VHS] [1996] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Moyles' favourite film, 2 Oct 2002
This review is from: Get Shorty [VHS] [1996] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Don't Puke On My Shoes Harry!" - Get Shorty on BLU RAY, 26 Jun 2014
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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. Lovejoy" but he needs $500,000 to buy it from a widow who knows what its worth. But there's also that murderous duo of thug Bo Cartlett (Delroy Lindo) and Drug Kingpin Mr. Escobar (Miguel Sandoval) to deal with. Will Chilli Palmer make it in the movies - will two-time academy award winner Martin Weir be in their film (a stunning show by Danny DeVito as a megalomaniacal film star who loves looking at his own billboards) - will Karen ever be fired again by a B-movie Director because she lacks the emotional commitment to the mutant grave scene - will Ray Bones avoid projectile vomit on his alligator shoes...

It would of course have been easy for Sonnenfeld to mercilessly slag off Hollywood - but this is a film peopled with characters who love the movies - the dream - even the art. As Chilli sits in a theatre watching Orson Wells' black and white masterpiece "A Touch Of Evil" - he knows all the words and its history. After Chilli's decked Bear by a car with a stomach punch - he hunkers down to him and by way of making up - discusses the 60 movies Bear's done stunts in. They both smile with the glee of a child in a chocolate factory.

Scott Frank's brilliant screenplay adaptation fills the dialogue with mountains of quotable and hilarious exchanges - and his scheming, lying, downright loony Producers and self-obsessed Actors are all right on the money. Travolta even sends up his own "Three Men And A Baby" in a very funny sketch with the lovely Rene Russo.

Special mention should also be made of the stunning music. Like David Holmes did with the three 'Oceans' movies - John Lurie's music in "Get Shorty" adds hugely to the 'cool' factor as dudes saunter in and out of sunny locations acting like their the new Cecil B. Demille.

The BLU RAY picture quality is stunning - very clean and defaulted to filling your entire picture space. The colours are lovely and the clarity really adds to your enjoyment. It's also an ABC 'ALL REGIONS' BLU RAY so no playback problems for anyone. AUDIO is English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with French, German and Italian 5.1 DTS. Subtitles include Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, English and German for the Hearing Impaired. It's a crime that there isn't any EXTRAS - bare bones - definitely docked a star for that.

Directed in 1995 by Barry Sonnenfeld and adapted from an Elmore Leonard book - "Get Shorty" is like "Out Of Sight" and "Ocean's Eleven" - effortlessly cool and hugely entertaining.

"It's a regular chilli fest!" - Ray Bones says in a funny exchange. I agree...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 May 2014
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We were very disappointed by this but the DVD arrived promptly and in good condition. The film itself was, we thought, extremely disappointing compared with Pulp Fiction etc. We found it hard to follow and very wooden. However others may disagree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars travolta at his best, 5 Jan 2014
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each and every actor/ actress is matched to thier character perfectly in this film, the story is brilliant and the twists and turns make you want to see more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of talented actors make this a really great movie, 2 Jan 2014
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This movie is a film adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story. Travolta is really good as a "nice guy" gangster with Hollywood aspirations. The other members of the cast all deliver excellent performances-well worth watching
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 22 Oct 2013
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It's a smart film although ageing just a little - some good comedic performances & a clever plot. If you've not seen it you should!
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