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Number 5 lives on in DVD format
on May 28, 2013
These films were by no means masterpieces, but they were fun and pleasant, and this set was well worth the price. All you get is one 2-sided disc, meaning the only label is near the center hole and almost needs a magnifying glass to read. Mine was mislabeled (the side with Short Circuit 1 was labeled Short Circuit 2, and vice versa) but that's a minor problem. I once bought a Cyndi Lauper 45 that was the same way. The movies themselves were as cute and funny as I remembered. Fisher Stevens (Early Edition) appears in both as Ben, the Indian scientist who carries on a hilarious, ongoing struggle with American slang. Steve Guttenberg was miscast as Number 5's inventor in the first film; he just didn't seem to need to even be there, and he was not missed at all in the sequel. In SC 2, Cynthia Gibb made a much more interesting female lead than Ally Sheedy did in the first. And I'm sure a lot of viewers will be relieved that Number 5 (later called Johnny) didn't spend nearly as much time watching TV in SC 2.