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Short Circuit [Blu-ray]

Ally Sheedy , Steve Guttenberg , John Badham    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Something wonderful has happened--Number Five is alive! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg) are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.


John Badham's family-oriented adventure comedy, though obviously hatched in the wake of E.T. and Star Wars, manages to create its own identity through a sweet tone and an affectionate sense of fun. Military robot Number 5, a well-armed killing machine, is zapped by lightning during a test and emerges with a consciousness, curiosity, a wacky sense of humor, and a new peace-loving philosophy. Ally Sheedy (who debuted in Badham's hit WarGames) is the animal lover whose home is sanctuary for a zoo-full of strays and who adopts the adolescent robot. Steve Guttenberg is the goofy but reclusive robotics designer who goes off in search of his creation to save him from the gun-happy army. The mix of gentle slapstick and innocent romance makes for a harmless family comedy. It veers toward the terminally cute, what with 5's hyperactive antics and E.T.-ish voice, and the mangled grammar of Guttenberg's East Indian sidekick (Fisher Stevens) threatens to become offensive, but Badham's breezy direction keeps the film on track. Sheedy and Guttenberg deliver spirited and engaging performances, but most importantly the robot emerges as a real person. Give credit to designer Syd Mead, an army of puppeteers and robotics operators, and the cartoony voice of Tim Blaney: Number 5 is alive. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Number 5 - And Your Family Will Too! July 18 2002
Short Circuit is one of those movies that when it came out in 1985 I remembered walking out thinking what a fun film that was. Alley Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg were a great screen team. And fresh of Saturday Night Fever ad Wargames, director John Badham really showed the compassionate side of humanity. This is a warm and friendly family film for everyone.
The plot is simple - aren't they all? The military develops a device meant for war and 'first strike' and decides to take it to the officials of the government for funding. Five very unique and laser-powered robots are built. Something happens to one of them, "Number 5", during the demonstration where an electrical storm creates an electrical surge and super jolts Number 5. Guess what? He comes alive! Complete with a personality and a small amount charm. He escapes (accidentally) and befriends an animal activist Stephanie (Sheedy) while Newton (Guttenberg) is assigned to chase him down and get him back.
Now add the adversary of the military trying to destroy him and you've got a great chase movie. Filled with laughs, bits, gags and a few scene stealing lines, this movie makes you believe that Number 5 IS alive! Some great supporting character roles and a lot of technically puppetry that would make even George Lucas jealous - the energy in this movie is great.
The DVD extras include a commentary with the director and writers as well as the original 1985 interviews with cast and crew. This is definitely a fun family film and something everyone who likes science fiction and fantasy mixed together will enjoy this a lot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite now in widescreen Feb. 26 2002
Beautiful widescreen, better see! As a child I loved Short Circuit, and it's not so successful sequel. The expolits of the robot # 5 who thought that he was a living breathing thinking individual with feelings was a rather entertaining movie with a lot of the stuff that kids find cool in it. A crazy funny robot with some classic tag lines, lazers, and explosions, and a movie that's in general silly.
Until this DVD was released I never got to see this movie in widescreen, and now that I have I am shocked as to how much of the picture was actually missing. The more widescreen movies that I watch the less I can stand Pan & Scam. Short Circuit was a movie that really suffered when it was transfered to pan & Scam. The movie has a decent transfer, not the best, but this is certainly the best presentation of the movie I have ever seen, and it also features decent sound. It's a little lacking in the special features, but would be a good buy for those wanting to relive a childhood memory from the 80s. Unlike Bill & Ted, this movie actually holds up against the test of time, not as well as other 80s classics, but from a decade of [bad] movies, this one's still pretty funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No. 5 is the coolest robot ever Sept. 12 2001
By jao
Format:VHS Tape
A company called Nova has just made five military robots who can do some serious damage to bad people or anything that they need to get out of their way. However, something happens to No. 5 and he literally becomes intelligent and believe it or not, alive. No. 5 accidentally ends up at the home of a charismatic animal lover, Stephanie (Ally Sheedy). Luckily for No. 5, Stephanie grows attached to the unbelievably smart robot, and her friendship will come in handy after No. 5 finds out that a group of people want to 'disassemble' him.
"Short Circuit" is without a doubt one of the best movies of its type from the 80's, if not of all time. It's a great comedy movie and even a better family movie. "Short Circuit" is a GREAT movie for kids to watch, but anybody of any age can enjoy it.
"Short Circuit" is VERY original, parts of it such as when No. 5 (remember that he's a robot) watches "Saturday Night Fever" on TV and tries to dance, and several other parts, are funny. But best of all, No. 5 makes the movie more than interesting enough to watch over and over again.
If you like comedy movies and especially if you need a great family movie that the whole family can sit down, watch, and enjoy, I recommend getting "Short Circuit." If you like this movie, I also recommend getting the sequel that is humbly named "Short Circuit 2."
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Feel Good" Delight March 18 2001
By Jim Jr
"Short Circuit" has been one of my favorite comedies since I first saw it. Now there is a wondrful DVD version with great "bonus features". The "making of" and "behind the scenes" are a bit disappointing because they are so short, but the interviews with the stars, director and tech people are great. It is worth having the DVD just for the track with comments by the director and authors.
The film itself is a delightful modern day fantasy. Yes, the computers and such items do show the age of this 1986 film, but do not take away from the great story. Any film that can make you fall in love with a piece of machinery and care about what happens to it is a wonder. Number 5 is a real character with an endearing personality. This is true cinema magic. But, this could never have happened without truly wonderful performances by Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. Their belief in #5 draws the viewer into the story and makes you believe too. One false move from them and the film could have fallen apart. Fisher Stevens gives a comic gem of a performance as the Indian character who has trouble with the English language. On the "bonus track" John Badham, the director, states that many of the most humerous line were invented on the spot by Mr. Stevens.
Even the "villians" are not really evil, just over zealous in carrying out their jobs. Yes, you "hate" them because you've come to care so much for #5 and cheer when they are outsmarted, but that is part of the fun of this film.
To summon it up, get your popcorn, soft drink and other munchies, put this little gem in your DVD and have a really fun time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Seulement en anglais !!!
Published 3 days ago by Claire Duquette
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
i want the french version
Published 1 month ago by dolhats véronique
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Super cute. Heartfelt, funny and suspenseful. A true classic. Great family movie too.
Published 9 months ago by Movie Lover Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic to find
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Published on Oct. 2 2011 by cheryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Film
This movie is not new. If you are looking for one that has lots of special effects this one isn't for you but it is a wholesome little story about a robot with feelings. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2009 by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Well suited for UMD
While demonstrating the latest in automated warriors, one of them (number 5), gets arbitrarily struck by lightning, hence "Short Circuit. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Circuit,
I was verrrrrrrrrrrry pleased to recieve the DVD, sealed and in Excellent condition. Happy to have one of my classic favorites which I had accidently recorder over on one of my... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Number 5 Should Be Dead
I almost did not finish the film because Fisher Stevens' East Indian character Ben Jabituya was very annoying (It brings to mind such annoyances as Chris Tucker in THE FIFTH... Read more
Published on June 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
While demonstrating the latest in automated warriors, one of them (number 5), gets arbitrarily struck by lightning, hence "Short Circuit. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars Image should be ashamed of this edition
Not including extras is one thing but releasing this edition without the close captioning just shows contempt for the hard of hearing.
Published on March 26 2004
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