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Short Circuit (1986)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the "Special Edition" release of Short Circuit.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Badham, and writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock Rating:8.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by closedface on February 8th, 2005:Find all reviews by closedface
first part is pretty interesting, but before long it degenerates into all robot technical talk after they have nothing to talk about. "We used just a robot arm for this shot, for this shot a special spinning robot, for this shot . . . " and so on.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 26th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This track, IMHO, is underrated. If you're a fan of "Short Circuit," this commentary really delivers all the "nitty-gritty" you could hope for. The origin of Fisher Stevens' infamous accent and performance? Check. The writers' background with stop-motion animation, and John Badham's desire to go with real "on-camera" effects is delved into at great length. In fact, Wilson and Maddock provide a ton of insight to proper screenwriting, both in terms of story, character, and the real benefit of collaboration. Giving "Johnny-5" eyelids was at the suggestion of one producer, while another punchline was provided by Tom Mankiewicz. Seeing as robotics has really become popular in today's generation (evident in high schools across the country), this commentary really shows how they were able to give life to "Johnny 5" over 30 years ago. 8.5/10