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Short Circuit [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson
  • Producers: Dana Satler Hankins, David Foster, Dennis E. Jones, Gary Foster, Gregg Champion
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: May 20 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0014YVC6W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,398 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

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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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Format: Blu-ray
SHORT CIRCUIT [1986/2014] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import] Number Five Is Alive! Not Since R2-D2 Has A Mechanical Matinee Idol Been So Positively Huggable!

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 is human. Because he is carrying destructive weapons, the Defence Department and his designer Newton Crosby [Steve Guttenberg] are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman Stephanie Speck [Ally Sheedy], who is teaching him a gentler way of life.

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, Tim Blaney (Number 5 voice), Brian McNamara, Marvin J. McIntyre, John Garberm, Penny Santon, Vernon Weddle, Barbara Tarbuck and John Badham (cameraman uncredited)

Director: John Badham

Producers: Dana Satler Hankins, David Foster, Dennis E. Jones, Gary Foster and Gregg Champion

Screenplay: Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson

Composer: David Shire

Cinematography: Nick McLean

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 [Panavision]

Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Music Track only: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Running Time: 99 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 2

Studio: IMAGE Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: `Short Circuit' was a modest hit upon its release in the summer of 1986. The picture grossed around $40 million in the U.S. and Canada alone on a budget of probably around one-quarter that amount.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2006
Format: UMD for PSP
While demonstrating the latest in automated warriors, one of them (number 5), gets arbitrarily struck by lightning, hence "Short Circuit." It (he) escapes the compound and is befriended by a ditzy mobile caterer (Ally Sheedy.)

Here is how it goes:

She mistakes the robot for an alien.

He learns what it is to be alive.

Security wants it dismantled before it takes their place.

However we know "it just runs programs" (yah right)

Will Ally discover her mistake?

Will the robot escape.

Can they recover it before it blows something up?

Careful you may find yourself rooting for Johnny Five.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19 2004
Format: DVD
While demonstrating the latest in automated warriors, one of them (number 5), gets arbitrarily struck by lightning, hence "Short Circuit." It (he) escapes the compound and is befriended by a ditzy mobile caterer (Ally Sheedy.)
Here is how it goes:
She mistakes the robot for an alien.
He learns what it is to be alive.
Security wants it dismantled before it takes their place.
However we know "it just runs programs" (yah right)
Will Ally discover her mistake?
Will the robot escape.
Can they recover it before it blows something up?
Careful you may find yourself rooting for Johnny Five.
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Format: DVD
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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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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