Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 15th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2006
Director: Justin Channell
Cast: Josh Lively, Zane Crosby, Sarah Bauer, Ashley Goddard, Jordan Hess, Jonas Dixon, Henrique Couto, Matt Coffmann, Zack Boyce, Trent Haaga, Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman, Justin Channell
DVD released: January 29th, 2008
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Heretic Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A virus which turns those infected with it into zombies is accidentally unleashed upon an unsuspecting public.
Die and Let Live takes many of the clichés we have come to know and love from the Zombie genre. Despite recycling often used ideas the end result is still very entertaining and most of this is undeniably due to the films cast who all stretch their acting chops way beyond their lack of experience. Gore hounds will be happy to hear that the film jumps right into flesh ripping and eating and that the film has its ample amount of blood and carnage. In some ways Die and Let Live is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde just when the film has you thinking that it is a living dead film its switches over into more comedic situations most of which have to do with sleeping with girls.
Die and Let Live is equals parts zombie and comedy as they both complement each other really well. Visually the film doesn’t feature any jaw dropping camera techniques and its simple approach to style and framing of scenes actually helps enhance the film instead of going the flashier route. Ultimately when you get past Die and Let Lives influences “Shaun of the Living Dead”, “Kevin Smith” and “Quentin Tarantino” what you have is quirky film about zombies, love and friendship that never lets up at any time during its breakneck pace to the films finale.
Die and Let live is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that perverse the film’s original aspect ratio. Overall the image looks very good considering its shot on video origins.
There is only one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English which is free of any audio defects. Dialog is clear and music and effects sound robust.
This release is loaded with extra content which is headline by an informative and humorous audio commentary track. Other extras include a behind the scenes featurette (41 minutes), deleted Scenes with audio comments (3 1/2 minutes), outtakes with audio comments (13 minutes), trailers for other Heretic releases on DVD and footage from the movie Premiere (5 minutes). Heretic Films gives this undiscovered gem a fully loaded special that perfectly complements the solid audio/video presentation.