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Short Circuit/Flight Of The Navigator [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Fisher Stevens
  • Directors: John Badham, Randal Kleiser
  • Writers: Brent Maddock, Mark H. Baker, Matt MacManus, Michael Burton, S.S. Wilson
  • Producers: Dana Satler Hankins
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A double bill of family adventures. In 'Short Circuit', a reclusive inventor (Steve Guttenberg) has developed a range of robots with the ability to destroy entire cities, but at a military demonstration, robot number 5 is struck by lighting and is given a life of its own. When the Authorities want it terminated, Number Five goes into hiding with a fanatical animal lover, (Ally Sheedy), and eventually becomes a pacifist. Whilst in 'Flight of the Navigator', a 12-year-old boy, David Freeman is abducted by aliens. Eight years later he returns to Earth, still as a 12-year-old but with astounding navigational powers and the ability to fly his spacecraft wherever he wants. This soon attracts the interests of top-secret government departments who view him as a security risk since his mind has become the key to travelling through time and space.

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Abu269 on 7 Aug. 2010
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Classic films, must have movie for retro film lovers out there.
Just though you might want to know that this DVD set has officially been discontinued and not sure when it will be re-releases.

If you are a Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator lover, get the last of the stock while you can... I guarantee once its unavailable, it will become valuable.

Just to let you know that this particular product advertised is not UK (PAL), it's from the Netherlands but still is in English. It just has optional Dutch subtitles. I have a playstation 3 and an ordinary DVD player and both discs work perfectly fine on both formats.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2004
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This twin DVD is an absolute bargain! containing two classic movies from 1986. This DVD has been brought as a gift for my 7 year old Son for Christmas as he thinks both films are fabulous! What more can I say - loved by young and old alike and totally timeless. Buy it you won't be dissapointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Scott on 24 Sept. 2009
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Films are good fun but be aware:

- These are Dutch imports. They have removable dutch subtitles but no English subtitles
- They are not the 'Double Feature' DVD advertised in the image but two seperately-boxed Dutch DVDs

Still good value though.
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By James on 1 Feb. 2015
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FotN is a great children's film.
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