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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0097A2LRY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Number 5 is alive in the classic 80s comedy sci-fi adventure Short Circuit.

An experimental military robot escapes after being struck by lightening and given human intelligence. He finds a home with madcap Stephanie Speck who believes he's an alien but hot on the trail are scientists Newton Crosby and his assistant who must get to their creation before the army who plan to put Number 5 out of service permanently.

Commentary by Director John Badham and Writers S.S.Wilson and Brent Maddock
Original Theatrical Trailer
'The Creation of Number 5'
Cast and Crew Interviews
Behind the Scenes Featurette

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John Badham's family-orientated adventure comedy Short Circuit, 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 wacky sense of humour 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 Number 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Short Circuit is directed by John Badham and written by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. It stars Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey and Brian MacNamara. Tim Blaney voices the robot, and the design is by Syd Mead.

Number 5, a prototype military robot, is hit by a power surge that causes a malfunction in its programming. When an accident sees it leave the Nova Laboratories grounds, Number 5 finds his way to the home of Stephanie Speck (Sheedy). Here it displays signs of being alive, but the new found respect for life could soon be curtailed as the Nova security staff are seeking him out for disassembly.

On release it was met with mostly positive reviews, debuting at No.1 at the box office, film was undoubtedly a family winner. Also spawning a sequel due to its popularity, Short Circuit is by definition an enjoyable fantasy flick. Yet today there are film critics who give it a good kicking, lamenting how safe it is and decrying the sentimental aspects that come to the fore in the latter stages. That to me is like shooting Bambi! A refusal to let the child in all of us come out once in a while. Yeah it's schmaltzy at times, I'd personally be disappointed if a film about a robot finding a will to live wasn't! While in Sheedy and Guttenberg you couldn't ask for two more amiable bastions of Americana to star in such a movie. But the feel good factor is high and it's also full of funny sequences. Saturday Night Fever and The Three Stooges play a part, as does Fisher Stevens, who sends the PC brigade scurrying for their complaint pens. Lighten up folks, the World has moved on you'll be pleased to know.

Sometimes safe and amiable is all you need. I suggest it's all these grumpy modern day critics who need a good kicking, not Short Circuit. 7/10
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By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2007
Format: Blu-ray
It could be said for a hat-load of films around this era, but the chances are that if you've never heard of 'Short Circuit' outside the world of broken car stereos, then you're not an 80's kid. I somewhat find a loophole in this theory however, since the mum bought an ex-rental VHS (remember them?) of this film in the early 90's.

Never the less, I'm not alone in having fond memories of this creative and wickedly entertaining film that, like others of its time, uses the advances of technology to provide an inventive story.

Whilst I'd be the last person to rain over the somewhat naive attitudes that many older films display, 'Short Circuit' does appear some what dated in my grown up frame of mind. Disregarding the idea that a literal 'bolt of lightening' could literally make a computer circuit come alive, the film encounters more cheese than Wallace and Gromit's little home. To top things off, we have the typical 80's finale, which Tom Cat will now present to you in Layman's terms.

- The Resolution Stage (Protagonists realise that Johnny 5 IS alive. The theory behind this decision, however, is muffled over quickly as "Spontaneous emotional response!!")

Oh yeah.... 'course.

- The Conflict Stage (Bring everything back down a notch and put Johnny 5 in danger. Destroy Johnny 5. Follow up with tears and guilt).

- The Resolution Stage Part 2 (Johnny 5 IS safe and sound, because he created a counterpart of himself in less than one and a half minutes).

Of course, you really can't take such a film as 'Short Circuit' too literally, otherwise you'd feel like tearing apart every cuddly toy in the house and suffer a meltdown over the lunacy of it all.
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Format: DVD
I must have been eleven years old when I first saw this film, and right from its oddly quirky (and gorgeous) opening music I was hooked.

The idea is not new, nor original. An experimental military robot goes wrong and escapes the institute at which it was built. The institute must then send personell to capture it before it causes any harm. Except that it's not going to cause any harm.

Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport (SAINT) No. 5 is inquisitive, thoughtful and totally unaware that it is a weapon. It thirsts desperately for knowledge, or 'input', and has a penchant for television re-runs, soon befriending Stephanie, a struggling young woman with a rampant habit of taking in stray animals.

The simple turning on its head of the 'rogue robot' storyline in which the escaped mechanism is the hero, rather than the villain, is what makes Short Circuit such compulsive viewing. The film raises, with comedic subtlety a variety of difficult questions. Bringing into focus how we define life, how we define free will and meeting with the reality of death.

This is a film that kids love for its broad, exciting adventure and which adults will adore for its depth. Unfortunatley Tim Blaney's portrayal of No. 5 is often irritating and over the top. Far better would have been the use of the text-to-speech system that voices every other robot.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2004
Format: DVD
While demonstrating the latest in automated warriors, one of them (number 5), gets arbitrarily struck by lightning, hence "Short Circuit."

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 survive or be disassembled?
Can they recover it before it blows something up?

Careful you may find yourself rooting for Johnny Five.
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