“Die Mommie Die!”, the comedic revision of the 60s melodrama starring theater veteran Charles Busch, is coming to DVD on June 29. The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was released as part of the 2004 Sundance Film Series.
Written by and starring Charles Busch, “Die Mommie Die!” was directed by Mark Rucker and also stars Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”), Philip Baker Hall (“Magnolia”), Natasha Lyonne (“Slums Of Beverly Hills”), Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), and Stark Sands (“Six Feet Under”). In a performance that earned him the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Busch stars as fallen pop diva Angela Arden, a heroine in the grand tradition of Hollywood’s formidable females: tough yet tender, ruthless yet seductive, extremely warped yet oddly sympathetic.
Special features on the DVD include commentary with director Mark Rucker, writer/actor Charles Busch and actor Jason Priestley; a director’s Introduction; Sundance Channel’s original program “Anatomy of a Scene” featuring a scene from “Die Mommie Die!”; “Why Not Me?”, “Die Mommie Die”’s own music video as well as Charles Busch’s performance in full color; a deleted scene; the theatrical and sales trailer; Charles Busch’s screen tests; footage of the film’s celebrate costumes; a gallery of rejected “Die Mommie Die!” movie posters; a photo gallery from the set and from the New York and Los Angeles premieres; biographies & production notes in downloadable PDF format; video remix by Dan-o-Rama Productions, Inc. and audio remix by HiNRG/E&C Remix Factory; and highlights from the 2003 Sundance Film Series.
“Die Mommie Die!” is the fourth and final of the Sundance Film Series titles to be released by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment. The others are: “In This World”, directed by Michael Winterbottom and released on March 2nd, “The Other Side of the Bed”, directed by Emilio Martinez-Lazaro and released on March 2nd, and “Dopamine”, directed by Mark Decena and released on April 13th.