If last week’s news of a direct-to-DVD A Christmas Story sequel had you wondering for the millionth time just who in the hell watches this crap, the answer, it turns out, is no one. (Well, Germain’s confession that he’d totally veg out to A Christmas Story 2 if it were in reruns on TBS notwithstanding.) And as such, Warner Bros.’ direct-to-video arm Warner Premiere is shutting down. In a statement announcing the shutdown, the studio cited the decline of the DVD market as the cause. More details after the jump.

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What do you get for the kid who has everything, including a Red Ryder BB Gun? Either a car, or a copy of A Christmas Story 2 on Blu-ray. Yes, whether you like it or not, a sequel to the seminal 1983 film about a young boy named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) who pines for the aforementioned piece of hardware during the holiday season is coming to a store near you.

Directed by Brian Levant,  this movie follows Ralphie years later as he once again decides he has a big ticket item for the Christmas list: a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. Braeden Lemasters plays the lead, Daniel Stern is the dad, Stacey Travis is mom and Valin Shinyei is the brother, Randie. The direct to Blu-ray and DVD film hits on October 30. Read more about the possibly unfortunate release after the jump. Read More »

When some moviegoers think of Universal, they think Universal Monsters. The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature and more all featured in classic movies at the studio, and have since become Universal trademarks. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the studio. To celebrate, they’re attempting to reinvent the Monsters brand in the home market, beginning with a reinvention of the Wolfman.

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is directed by Louis Morneau (Joy Ride II) and stars Stephen ReaSteven Bauer,and Nia Peeples. It hits stores right in time for Halloween, October 9, and you can read more about it and check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

The fact that the first Expendables was an R-rated affair didn’t stop it from underwhelming some, so Sly’s confirmation that Expendables 2 will be R, not PG-13, after all still isn’t a guarantee of quality — but it probably helps. Also after the jump:

  • Watch a trailer for the Starship Troopers: Invasion, the animated sequel
  • Men in Black 3 drops a new promo image.
  • TRON: Legacy orchestrator Joe Trapanese will return for TRON: Uprising

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WTF: ‘Puss In Boots: A Furry Tail,’ Now on DVD

No, the Puss in Boots you’re thinking of is not yet on DVD. That film, which is actually pretty fun, feature the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis and is a spin off of DreamWorks Animation’s massively successful Shrek series. It’s in 3D and was made with beautiful, expensive, computer-generated animation. No. That Puss in Boots is not yet on DVD.

The film in question, Puss in Boots: A Furry Tail, is a cheap, hand-drawn knockoff put on the market so that unassuming, uneducated parents will buy it thinking it’s the high quality version. Which, most certainly, it is not. But it’s still pretty funny to see what passes for family entertainment these days. Check out a clip and some more after the jump. [UPDATE - We've also been alerted to another awful, hilarious, Puss money grab. It's below.] Read More »

Most Scream fans would admit Scream 4 was a disappointment. It had its moments, the seeds of some great ideas, but it didn’t come close to living up to the promise of the 1997 original. Thankfully, fans can now look back fondly at the first three films in the series with Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, a new documentary by Ryan Turek, the managing editor of ShockTillYouDrop.com.

It’s your basic, talking-head documentary, not unlike what you’d expect to find as an extra on any Blu-ray worth its retail price. But, unlike a studio produced piece, Still Screaming contains some real honesty about what the franchise did right and what it did wrong while providing a slew of new information. The film falls short of being truly “ultimate” due to some noticeable interviewee absences and a few other odd moments, but the core of the film will delight not only Scream fans, but horror fans as well.

Still Screaming will be available as part of the new Scream Five-Film Set that comes out on Blu-ray September 6. After the jump, read the rest of the review, watch a clip and more Read More »

Hellraiser: Revelations is the ninth film in the Clive Barker franchise. Yes, you read that right. Ninth. Since the 1987 original, which Barker directed, films with subtitles like Inferno, Hellseeker, Deader and Hellworld have all followed leading up to Revelations. This latest installment takes the story of an ancient box that unlocks the sadistic, other-worldly Cenobites and gives it a reality TV twist as a group of friends film what happens when they open the Lament Configuration, only to later have their parents discover the tape. Revelations is also the first Hellraiser to not feature Doug Bradley as Pinhead and that gives a great idea about what to expect when you watch this trailer below. Read More »

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