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Brainwrap City Media and IWC Films are proud to announce the 10th anniversary re-release of Die and Let Live the 2006 horror-comedy film from director Justin Channell (Winners Tape All: The Henderson Brothers Story, Faces of Schlock). Remastered from the original master elements, featuring never-before-seen bonus content and short films, Channell says this is the definitive release of the film.
Produced when Channell was just 18-years-old, Die and Let Live tells the tale of hopeless romantic teenager Benny Rodriguez (Joshua Lively) whose attempts to woo the girl of his dreams are interrupted by horde of zombies that escaped from a nearby medical testing facility. Along with his best friend Scotty Smalls (Zane Crosby – who also created the films gory special effects), they have to fight for their lives against the flesh-eating undead – all while trying to make sense of their teenage social lives.
Mixing elements of Return of the Living Dead, Can’t Hardly Wait and The Sandlot, Die and Let Live is an absurdist blend of horror and comedy that features appearances from Lloyd Kaufman (president of Troma Studios and the creator of The Toxic Avenger), Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer and writer of Deadgirl) and the voice of scream queen Debbie Rochon. The soundtrack features music from punk and ska legends such as Catch 22, The Planet Smashers and Big D and the Kids Table.
Upon its initial release, Film Threat called Die and Let Live “the funniest zombie teen-romance movie ever made” and it has grown to become a minor cult classic among fans of microbudget horror films.
For the 10th anniversary, Channell’s label Brainwrap City Media has partnered with VHX to re-release Die and Let Live through a digitally remastered video-on-demand package. The film itself was mastered from the original 24p MiniDV master files and all of the original bonus content – such as a 40-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, commentary tracks and more – from the films 2008 DVD release from Heretic Films will be included.
Exclusive to the 10th anniversary digital package, Channell also went back to the camera master tapes and found over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes that provide fans an even closer look at the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the making of the film. Plus, footage from alternate takes scenes that were later reshot or scrapped have been reconstructed and included.
In addition to the 10th anniversary package, there is also a deluxe edition available for sale with bonus two hours of rare IWC Films short films including Channell’s high-school era ghost movie Killing Gregory, the Troma-esque zombie-baby comedy A Fetal Mistake and the haunted movie theater satire Mike Wuz Here. Two experimental 8mm films, The Best Saturday Ever and Monorail, have both been remastered in HD with scans from the original film elements.
The 10th anniversary package is available exclusively at http://dieandletlive10.vhx.tv and costs just $6.99, while the deluxe package is $8.99. A movie-only package is also available for $3.99 and fans that just want to see the exclusive 10th anniversary content can buy it for $1.99. All editions allow for unlimited streaming and DRM-free downloads.
The full list of extras is included below:
10th Anniversary Basic Edition:
- Feature film remastered in 16×9 24p from the original digital master files
- Over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes and alternate scenes exclusive to the VOD release
- Cast and crew party commentary from 2007 and a 2010 commentary with director Justin Channell and actor/co-writers Joshua Lively and Zane Crosby (included as MP3 downloads)
- Deleted scenes
- A 40-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
- Footage from the world premiere screening at the Warner Theatre in Morgantown, WV
- Original outtakes reel from the DVD release
- “IWC Films: The Early Years” featurette about the lost early short films of Justin Channell, Zane Crosby and Joshua Lively
- 2 episodes of “2 Dudes and a Sweet Prince” webseries
10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition:
- All extras from the basic edition
- 5 bonus short films:
- “Killing Gregory” (2004, 5 mins)
A freak dishwashing accident leaves Gregory dead and his friends trying to figure out how to take care of the situation. But they weren’t expecting him to come back as a ghost. Includes a bonus outtakes reel.
- “A Fetal Mistake” (2005, 19 mins)
An infant accidentally killed by two inept babysitters is resurrected by a necromancer and goes on a killing spree before being dispatched by an eccentric animal-control officer.
- “Mike Wuz Here” (2009, 22 mins)
Workers at an old movie theater are terrorized by the ghost of a former employee who committed suicide in the building.
- “The Best Saturday Ever” (2009, 2 mins)
Joshua Lively and Zane Crosby have the best Saturday imaginable in this music video short shot on 8mm film. Newly remastered in HD!
- “Monorail” (2010, 3 mins)
A trip on a monorail ends unexpectedly in this disturbing experimental short shot on 8mm and Super8 film. Newly remastered in HD
- “Killing Gregory” (2004, 5 mins)