John Travolta as Chili Palmer
Gene Hackman as Harry Zimm
Rene Russo as Karen Flores
The one thing about this film that will leave no one indifferent is the quality of the performances. Travolta is true to himself which pretty much means that if you like him already, you’ll like him in GET SHORTY and if you don’t, this won’t turn the tables for you. The big hits came courtesy of Hackman, Lindo and most especially Dennis Farina, who dishes out one of his best performances (and that’s saying a lot) as Ray “Bones” Barboni, a bungling, short-tempered and hilarious gangster from Miami who can’t stand Chili Palmer and who really, really wants his money. Hackman and Lindo were just as spectacular as respectively, an inept movie producer and a local thug who wishes he was one too. I’m quite sure this film will do a lot more for others than it did for me, especially those with a special interest in the 12,000 Elmore Leonard novels that have been turned into screenplays. It’s a good movie that could have used just a bit more heart to be great but a worthwhile way to spend an evening nonetheless.
“Get Shorty: Look at Me” (27 mins): The whole cast of actors and filmmakers – including author Elmore Leonard – get together and discuss the story and its characters in what is a fun but superficial making of featurette. Each one of the main characters is talked about, as is the process behind casting him.
“Get Shorty: Wiseguys and Dolls” (20 mins): The same type of feature as the above with a focus on some other characters such as Karen Flores, played by the delicious Rene Russo and the other mobsters in the film like Delroy Lindo’s and Dennis Farina’s. There’s also a segment on Barry Sonnenfeld.
The Graveyard Scene (4 mins): A brief discussion of a scene featuring Ben Stiller which was eventually deleted from the movie. Sonnenfeld explains why and we’re treated to some footage of the scene being filmed.
Deleted Graveyard Scene (3 mins): This is the actual deleted scene from the previous feature. It stars Stiller as a young director working for Harry Zimm. Unlike most deleted scenes, this one is actually good!
Going Again: Outtakes (5 mins): A really funny set of outtakes obtained by letting the cameras roll between takes. There are a lot of lines being repeated over and over and rather than ending up with the usual flubbed lines and goofs, you get a real good look at actors at work by seeing tons of deliveries for the same pieces of dialogue. It’s a nice touch to have on a DVD.
Get Shorty Party Reel (5 mins): This is a rough reel of takes and outtakes from the movie edited as a musical montage at first. It later reverts to the more standard format of outtake reel.
Sneak Peek at Be Cool (8 mins): A look into GET SHORTY’s sequel via cast interviews.
Page to Screen of Get Shorty (30 mins): Hosted by Peter Gallagher (yeah… me too), a look into the way Leonard’s novel made it from the bookshelf to the big screen. It goes through the acquisition of the rights by Danny DeVito through the screenplay adaptation, the casting, etc. It’s an interesting feature but probably much more enjoyable to the hardcore fans.
The rest consists of a Photo Gallery and the Theatrical Trailer.