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Get Shorty (1995)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the February 2005 Get Shorty "Special Edition" DVD release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld Rating:8.3/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 16th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Sonnenfeld is pretty good on this track. Extremely scene-specific. It essentially gives you everything you wanted to know about the happenings of the stars' lives while filming "Get Shorty." Rene Russo had a premiere of "OutBreak" to get to, Travolta found out about his "Pulp Fiction" nomination this day, Devito just finished directing "Matilda" prior to this shot. That's the sort of insight you can expect. However, there are plenty of funny anecdotes about the other cast members (esp Gene Hackman), and an annotated guide behind all the various "Inside" jokes that pervade "Get Shorty." Note- although the DVD was released in 2005, this track must have been ported from an early LD track back in 1996 or so. "Men In Black" is Barry's next feature, and there are dated references to Hummers as the "IT" vehicle for the Hollywood Hoi-poloi
Reviewed by Bakersfield on October 25th, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Classic Barry Sonnenfeld - to the point, no BS, just straight-up info about the picture and the behind-the-scenes stuff. Like his other commentaries Sonnenfeld is very scene specific, doesn't shy away from pointing out the goofs and there's basically no dead air.

He focuses a lot on the actors and the characters (Travolta's "walk" is quite prominent on this track), shares his thoughts about the difficulties of shooting in LA, and gives a very good explanation of when the director of a movie actually has real control over what's happening. Not everything he says is covered in the behind-the-scenes videos, so the track is definitely worth it.

Camera moves, locations, editing, improv by the actors, sets, shooting schedule, inside jokes - Sonnenfeld talks about it all.

As a huge fan of "Get Shorty" I was happy with the information I got out of this commentary. Recommended.