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Short Circuit 2 [Blu-ray] (1988)

Fisher Stevens , Michael McKean , Kenneth Johnson  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney
  • Directors: Kenneth Johnson
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HY3BTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Short Circuit 2 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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High-voltage, fast-paced comedy for the entire family. Number Five, A.K.A. Johnny Five, that incredible lovable robot, is back and taking the big city by storm. More "human" than ever, upbeat Johnny's out for some "urban input", but some street hoods see his innocence as their high-tech ticket to easy street.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD! June 24, 2001
By A Customer
I just watched the DVD today, and I have to say it's EXCELLENT! The picture quality is EXCELLENT, and so is the sound. I'm really impressed with this DVD. Sure, it doesn't have many extras (just a few "bonus trailers" and very short featurette), but the quality of the DVD itself is astounding.
I'm glad I've finally been able to watch the movie again in widescreen. I've seen Short Circuit 2 recently on HBO (a few times), and I didn't notice that in the full screen version that I was missing so much going on in the movie.
If widescreen isn't your thing, you still have no worries. The DVD comes with the "full screen" version as well. The disc is a flipper, meaning one side is widescreen while the other is fullscreen, thus satisfying both crowds.
As for the movie itself, I love it. I've always loved this movie. I like it more than the first Short Circuit, and mainly because this one focuses more on "Number Five" (Johnny Five) than the first movie. It's funny at times, and there's even one part of the movie I get teary-eyed, no joke. I think this movie teaches many important things, such as building and strengthening friendships (through the interaction between Johnny Five and the other characters), and it shows how to break the boundaries and treat everyone as equals. It also shows you the delicacy of life.... (later in the movie--I won't SPOIL IT for you!).
I recommend this DVD for anyone that might need a good laugh here and there. There are a few "cuss words" in the movie, so I don't know if I would recommend this for children that are too young.... but I would hate for children to miss such a movie. I saw it when I was 8, and now I'm 21 and I still love it. That says a lot for a movie that's now "old."
If you decide to not buy it, then please at least rent it. I think you'll find it to be a charming movie that most people will get something out of.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Circuit fan is only slightly disappointed October 4, 2002
By J. Lee
I've been a long-time fan of Short Circuit and it's sequel, Short Circuit 2. When it comes to DVD's, I'm there! They're great in so many ways. The Short Circuit DVD is great in some ways, but definately could've been better.
First off, the film transfer is pretty good. For the first time ever, I was able to watch the film in widescreen, while before I was only able to view the "fitted to TV" 3:4 aspect ratio (for any fans of the 3:4 picture, this DVD IS double-sided and HAS the 3:4 picture size version as well). The colours are vibrant (but not too vibrant), the picture is sharp, and there are only a few blemishes and dirt marks on the film. The sound was great! Sure, it hadn't been remastered in Dolby 5.1, but it still was Dolby Surround. The music was MUCH clearer than what was heard on the VHS version. Many areas of the film's musical score which were barely audible before were very clear on the DVD.
Here's the bit of down-side to this DVD: there are hardly any extras. The making-of featurette is at most five minutes long, and though we do get to see that Fisher Stevens is very unlike his character Ben Jarhvi, it ends very abruptly. The movie trailer section doesn't even include the Short Circuit 2 trailer. It would have been nice if more extras had been inserted, like the Short Circuit Special Edition DVD.
If you're a fan of Short Circuit though, you should get this DVD. It's more worth it than getting the VHS version :)
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Phillip K Dick had done Pinochio as a kids film... August 18, 2006
It would probably be much like this; two everyman protagonists, themes of loneliness and isolation and yearning, a robot who is far more humane than his human counterparts...

Unlike the first Short Circuit Movie where there wasn't much time to explore the character of Jonhhy Five, or invest the machine with character, the second film does just that and it does it very well. The viewer's suspension of disbelief is fully engaged- even as an adult I find myself lulled into feeling a deep sesne of pathos and compassion for Number Johnny Five. This is in part due to an amazing pre-CGI special effects/machine team and also due to the exceptionally unselfconscious acting of the human cast: Fisher Stevens ((the bad guye from hackers)) is truly phenomenal as Ben Jharvi, an Indian ((I think)) computer programmer who is as inept at expressing his feelings as Johnny Five is as understanding his own); Michael McKean and Cynthia Gibb are also great (McKean is perfect as a petty conman who betrays and then saves Johnny Five). The actors did an amazing job interacting with the machine and their performances add subtly dazzling layers of humor and sentiment to whta could have been a really awful movie but instead becomes a marvelous thing to watch.

OK. The script is somewhat shoddy at times and the pacing is not so well-handled. There are some dead-end scenes, but for the most part everything really hangs together well- Johnny Five stumbles through several mishaps trying to understand why humans behave as they do and why he feels what he feels. Oh, there's a chase scene set to the godawful "I need a hero," song. The kitschy 80's pop score wears a tad thin afterawhile. But then, this is a kid film at heart, and a rather unique one at that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The often overlooked film of the century December 2, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film has everything - laughs, action, romance, beating up bad guys, chase sequences, robots, animals & more one-liners than you could ever want in a lifetime. It follows the adventures of the newly named Johnny 5, an experimental goverment robot who was struck by lightning and became alive (see Short Circuit). In this film he travels to New York to help his creator, Ben, to make it rich. Just when they think they're going to be overnight millionaires the bad guys come into play and try and ruin the fun. This film is the ultimate feel-good movie. It's quite long but you never really want it to end. You'll never again find yourself caring so much about a big pile of metal and wires. Much better than the first film, Short Circuit is a must see for everyone...I'm not joking!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel
This is even better than the first. Johnny Five finds lots of input in the city, but also danger as he tries to help his friends.
Published 15 hours ago by Gail
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Like short circuit 2 better but you have to watch this one before you move on to the next one, but very cute for my grandchildren
Published 9 days ago by Torri Nealeigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
This is the sequel to the original Short Circuit and lives up to the original in entertainment value. Fun for adults and kids.
Published 18 days ago by Dennis Allard
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of product
The movie arrived in good condition. It plays great. I am very satisfied with my purchase. I would recommend this others.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
I bought this movie for my grandchildren and their families and it was perfect for family movie night! Everyone enjoyed it and it was good clean wholesome fun.
Published 1 month ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-determining robot from way back when.
"Short Circuit" and "Short Circuit 2" robot, Number Five, aka Johnny looks exactly like today's robotic efforts; only Johnny developed total self-determination... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my many favorite movies to watch
One of my many favorite movies, I can sit and watch them over and over again and again, I just love it!
Published 2 months ago by BlueFoxRun
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearing Impaired
I bought this Anamorphic version of Short Circuit 2 because I am hearing impaired and this was the only one I could find with closed captioning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paws
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Original Story
This is a simple cute and funny video that I love to see over again. I believe this was produced before special affects were sophisticated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Art Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars warm hearted aliens save the day
An old favorite that doesn't get old. For kids and kids at heart alike. Warms heart. Makes us look at ourselves
Published 2 months ago by Janice Daughters
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