DVD Review “Astron-6 Collection”

Created by: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
Includes: 18 Short Films
Studio: Troma Entertainment
Run Time: 80 minutes

Overall Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

If you are fans of Grindhouse style films and Troma Entertainment, then you should be aware of Astron-6. The DVD contains Astron-6’s best known short films. So of the films range from thirty minutes to barely two minutes. Some are good but most of bad. There is a mix of comedy and horror blended through all of these shorts. Overall if you are fan of 80’s exploitation films and Grindhouse send-ups then you would love these, otherwise steer clear and go rent “Hobo With a Shotgun”.

One of the films, I enjoyed the most was “Cool Guys”, which is a real tribute to 80’s and is very funny. Some of the short but still goodies were “Fireman” and “Inferno of the Dead”. “Laser Ghosts” is also pretty decent, especially FX-wise. The films span over two DVDs and in fact I feel that the entire second disc ranks better than the second disc as a whole.  The amount of watchable shorts is outweighed by the not watchable ones unfortunately.

The extras are quite decent since each short film includes a commentary track and most of them also include a behind the scenes. I have always love the “fake” Grindhouse trailers, so the trailers on the disc are my favorite part. Easily though, the best part of this disc entirely is the extended preview for the upcoming film “Father’s Day”. It reminds me a lot of “Hobo With a Shotgun” but more intense.

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