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Mommie Die
     

Die Mommie Die

Director: Mark Rucker, Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley

Cast: Mark Rucker, Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley

 

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Mark Rucker's gender-bending intentionally campy farce Die Mommy Die! arrives on home video with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The extensive supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as actors Charles Busch

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Mark Rucker's gender-bending intentionally campy farce Die Mommy Die! arrives on home video with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The extensive supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as actors Charles Busch and Jason Priestley, Rucker's introduction to the film from the Sundance Film Festival, deleted scenes, a still-photo gallery, a featurette on the costumes, and a featurette on the film that aired on the Sundance channel. This is a first-rate release of a little-seen film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The line between melodrama and camp has always been especially fine. On the one side, there's Far from Heaven, Todd Haynes' reverent Douglas Sirk homage; on the other, there's the oeuvre of drag auteur Charles Busch. Those expecting Die Mommie Die to follow in the over-the-top tradition of Psycho Beach Party, the sole previous cinematic adaptation of Busch's stage work, may be in for a surprise. For all its florid production values, operatic emotions, and satiric jabs at Sirk and Sunset Boulevard, Die Mommie Die is only slightly more exaggerated than its inspirations. Sure, it's funny, full of deliciously bawdy verbal and visual gags. And sure, everyone from Natasha Lyonne to Jason Priestley and Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy pops in to send up the archetypes of '50s "women's pictures." But for all its satire, Die Mommie Die takes its source material no less seriously than Haynes did in his justly celebrated film. Channeling Joan Crawford, Jane Wyman, Susan Hayward, and other magnificent dames, Busch turns in a black comedy with as much to say about gender roles and social conventions as any ostensibly serious period piece. Busch may prefer to wink and laugh rather than wring his hands, but that doesn't make his film any less enjoyable -- or his artistry any less impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
UPC:
0829567020425
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Mark Rucker, writer/actor Charles Busch, and actor Jason Priestley; Director's introduction; Sundance channel "Anatomy of a Scene: Die Mommie Die!"; "Why Not Me?" music video and Charles Busch performance; Deleted scene: Angela Sees Herself; Trailers; Screen tests; Gallery of rejected Die Mommie Die! movie posters; The costumes of Die Mommie Die!; Photo gallery: On set and NY and LA premiere stills; Biographies and production notes in downloadable PDF format; Widescreen format and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Busch Angela Arden
Natasha Lyonne Edith Sussman
Jason Priestley Tony Parker
Frances Conroy Bootsie Carp
Philip Baker Hall Sol Sussman
Stark Sands Lance Sussman
Victor Raider-Wexler Sam Fishbein
Nora Dunn Shatzi Van Allen
Sara Gilbert Janice
Stanley de Santis Tuchman
Jason Segel Larry the Hippie
Paul Vinson Leather Daddy

Technical Credits
Mark Rucker Director
Robert "Sandy" Adams Set Decoration/Design
Jon Ailetcher Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Alexander Asst. Director
Michael Bottari Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Busch Screenwriter
Ronald Case Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Daniel Casting
Lony Dubrofsky Executive Producer
Anthony Edwards Producer
Neil Ellman Executive Producer
Kelly Evans Cinematographer
Jeff Greenberg Casting
Philip Harrison Editor
Bill Kenwright Producer
Courtney King Asst. Director
Dante di Loreto Producer
Thomas G. Marquez Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis McCarthy Score Composer
Frank Pavich Co-producer
Robert Hall Associate Producer
J.B. Tintfass Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. Daddy's Little Girl
3. Sol Comes Home
4. Bad Influence
5. Bootsie Offers Help
6. Family Dinner
7. The Suppository
8. Everything About Edie
9. Answers for Tony
10. Mourning Sol
11. Face the Truth
12. Sol's Will
13. True Colors
14. A Suicide?
15. The Trip
16. Back From the Grave
17. "I Have Me"
18. End Credits

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