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Editorial Reviews

Five friends, a love of film and a suicide pact. In Tolkein lore, Astron-6 is the day of the Elvish New Year, and a new year is upon us indeed....
From their first meeting at The Winnipeg Short Film Massacre, the five men instantly found themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Rather than destroy each other, the sworn enemies decided to unite - and then destroy themselves (once famous). Astron-6 is the brainchild of these five iconoclastic, multi-media artists who share a fascination with the mechanics of fear and laughter. They subvert the expectations of the seasoned viewer with the nightmarish and absurd. Their imagery and recurring themes are often torn from the childhood of the irony-craving, internet savvy Generations X and Y. That is, they often lampoon genre films of the 1980s.
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Photo Galleries
  • Trailers

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Product Details

  • Actors: Astron-6
  • Directors: Astron-6
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Troma Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZJ9W4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William O'Donnell on December 13, 2011
To do this DVD justice, I'd have to write an essay on each short film. If you're like me, and are completely enamored by this sort of 80s-loving, gore-heavy, gut-busting (and ghost-busting?) comedy/horror/action/softcore porn(?), then you'll hardly have the patience to sit through anything longer than a 300 word review.
That being said, thank goodness for these clinically unbalanced Canucks. For being homemade films, these fellas are already demonstrating the skills to play in the big leagues (said leagues have only just gotten ready now as they're releasing their first two feature films "Father's Day" and "Manborg" in the festival circuit).
You'll just have to trust me on this one and BUY THIS DVD compilation. It is the best Troma release since...ever...and if you're the least bit a fan of sci-fi, raunchy comedies, straight-to-VHS 80s films, animation or just anything with lasers and/or swords, you'll find something to love amongst these films.
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Astron-6 can do what others seemingly cannot - these guys can make an entertaining and enjoyable movie with no budget. There is something for everyone here in this collection of 18 horror shorts but the stand-outs by far are the eerie HEART OF KARL, INFERNO OF THE DEAD and INSANOPHENIA. Only a couple of them were "eh" and for the most part this collection is pretty solid with great bad acting, good effects at times and a fun stories. I really loved the 80's feel to it and the music throughout was perfect. You get gore, nudity, violence, humor, 80's synth music - look, it's worth the money and it's a great movie to toss in at a party or watch with a group.

Here are the shorts included:
Goreblade
Heart Of Karl
Insanophenia
Siam I Am
Inferno of The Dead
Sebastian and Alan
Street Racer
Lazer Ghosts
Ghost Killers
Fat Adam
Kris Miss
You're Dead
Ena Lake Blues
H.I.Z.
Nobodies
Cool Guys
Fireman
Punch Out

Audio Commentaries
Trailers
Behind the Scenes
Photo Galleries
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I came to this Astron-6 collection by way of "Manborg", an Astron-6 feature film that I found extremely creative and well-executed, particularly given the budget constraints in play. This collection from the young Canadian comedy collective calling themselves Astron-6 shares the zero-budget ethos of "Manborg", but is not nearly as polished, even, or funny. Don't get me wrong, there are funny moments in this collection, but on the whole I found much of the material to be extremely juvenile and frequently boring. The group clearly loves shock value, and they do everything in their power to surprise and occasionally revolt the audience, and while I genuinely believe it's all done in fun, shock for shock's sake wears thin quickly.

The collection opens with a pointless and painfully unfunny introduction from Lloyd Kaufman (Troma distributed it), and proceeds to a terrible menu that is patience-trying at best. This collection is an assembly of short films (some of which are very short indeed) made by people who clearly love spoofs of 1980s themes (particularly when they can be combined with horror genre tropes). This is definitely an ensemble piece, so prepare yourself to see the same faces repeatedly. First up is "Cool Guys", in which two nerds go to the beach to become cool. This had a strong opening, with great credits (something Astron-6 deserves praise for almost universally) like "And introducing Falcon Van Der Baek as The Mayor's Son". The mayor's son, it turns out, is a bully; don't even ask how it turns into a murder mystery. I was so bored at one point that all I could think of was how the murdered girl had really nice teeth.
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I. LOVE. ASTRON-6. Sorry bout all them caps, but these guys are doing some of the most amazing stuff I've ever seen for virtually no money and a whole lotta love. They clearly love movies and you can tell they're having fun. I own DVD's of Father's Day and Manborg, but gave away my copy of Astron-6 collection to a friend, just to spread the gospel. Guess I need to order another copy!

Also, yes Troma distributed this, but it's all Astron-6 baby! After the Father's Day debacle with Troma, I kind of don't like them anymore, I think? Lloyd's always been, let's say, a cheap-skate, and that's part of Troma's charm, but you shouldn't rip off talented, dedicated ARTISTS. I always thought that's what Troma stood for. Also, the products are themselves cheap. The Troma produced DVD of Father's Day has no subtitles. The Manborg DVD made by Astron-6 has subs. BTW, need that full-length making of Father's Day ASAP!
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A great jumping on point for those unfamiliar with the inspired lunacy and creative genius that is Astron-6! Herein are early works of some of the most inventive folks in film today.............just be warned, this ain't your run of the mill short film collection, it's a buffet of twisted delights. Followers of A6 have seen them grow into two sublime horror films, Father's Day and the most recent The Editor (which is one of my all time favorite shockers!) realizing these guys are certainly talented and know how to deliver the goods. Do yourself a favor and pick this up----------NOW1
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