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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Ready for the latest Blu-ray round-up? I sure hope so, because it’s here, right in front of your eyes. This week, one of the best and most over-looked films of 2017 comes to Blu-ray. And that’s not the only overlooked film hitting shelves! An unjustly ignored 1993 comedy from the director of Gremlins receives a special collector’s edition from Shout! Factory! In addition to that, there’s a star-studded Agatha Christie adaptation (no, not that one), and a John Ford classic from the Criterion Collection. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Pottersville trailer

The time has come for Michael Shannon to star in a Christmas-themed comedy. You probably never thought you’d live to see this day, but it’s here at last, in all its glory. In the new film Pottersville, Shannon leads a surprisingly strong cast in a film that seems like it’s some sort of elaborate leg-pull, but is in fact a real movie. There’s even a trailer! You can watch it below and everything!

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The Strangers 2

Remember The Strangers? The 2008 home invasion movie that pitted Liv Tyler against a trio of masked creeps and did so with style? The horror film is finally getting a sequel, and that sequel now has an official title. So put your plastic mask on and read on for all The Strangers 2 info you can stand.

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Tin Star trailer

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks are on the opposite sides of the law in a new upcoming Amazon series, Tin Star. The 10-part series was written and created by Rowan Joffe, the writer behind The American and co-writer of 28 Weeks Later. Joffe, who made his feature directorial debut with Brighton Rock, directs Roth and Hendricks in the pilot, which is about a British detective (Roth) who becomes a police chief in Canada.

Below, watch the Tin Star trailer.

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The Strangers 2 cast

The Strangers grossed $82 million worldwide on a budget of $9 million. It’s an effective horror movie that benefits greatly from Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman‘s performances. After its huge success at the box-office, it only took nine years for the sequel to happen, which was a delay caused by problems at Relativity.

One of the stars of Mad MenLost River, and the next Brian De Palma filmChristina Hendricks, is the sequel’s lead. Below, learn more about The Strangers 2 cast.

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Brian De Palma

If Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach’s candid and surprisingly intimate doc De Palma left you even more hungry for another Brian De Palma film, then you should be happy to hear the filmmaker will shoot Domino in the coming months. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) are currently in talks to star in the crime thriller. The project, which Petter Skavland (Kon-Tiki) wrote, will hit the market at the Cannes Film Festival in search for buyers this month.

Below, learn more about the next Brian De Palma movie.

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‘Fist Fight’ Trailer: It’s Charlie Day vs. Ice Cube

Fist Fight trailer: Ice Cube and Charlie Day

Why should teenagers get to be the only ones embroiled in high school drama? In Fist Fight, the battle is between two teachers. Mr. Campbell is your typical Charlie Day character, which is to say (as Kumail Nanjiani puts it in the trailer) he is “probably a nice guy, but a bit of a worm and a sneak.” And Mr. Strickland is your typical Ice Cube character, which is to say he’s got a “scary but effective” reputation as a hothead. When a conflict between them escalates to the point of physical violence, everyone in school — from the teachers to the students — gets invested.

Fist Fight is the feature directing debut of Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and features a top-notch comedic cast including Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan. And unlike a lot of comedy trailers we’ve seen lately, this one looks like it might actually live up to the potential of the talent involved. Watch the Fist Fight trailer below. Read More »

Bad Santa 2 Trailer

Just earlier this week a new red band trailer for the long-anticipated Bad Santa 2 arrived, and before that another raunchy trailer showed us the vulgarity in store for us from Billy Bob Thornton‘s return to the red suit. But for those who can’t watch those kind of trailers at work, or will be waiting for this movie to his basic cable, a new Bad Santa 2 green band trailer teases the comedy without any of the fun, naughty language or sexual content. But believe it or not, even without the R-rated details, it’s still a pretty funny trailer.

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Bad Santa 2 trailer

The original Bad Santa did such a great job of balancing salty, sour, bitter, and sweet that it almost looked easy. But with the arrival of Bad Santa 2 this fall, we may get a better look at just how difficult it can be to pull off that trick.

There’s some key talent returning in front of the camera. Billy Bob Thornton returns to star as safecracker / mall Santa Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as Willie’s partner in crime Marcus and Brett Kelly as Willie’s young friend Thurman Merman. Behind the camera, though, there are some major changes. Mark Waters steps up to the plate as director this time around, replacing Terry Zwigoff who helmed the first film, while Shauna Cross and Johnny Rosenthal step in for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa as screenwriters.

Can they replicate the foul-mouthed hilarity and surprising tenderness of the first film? Watch the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below and judge for yourself.  Read More »

Bad Santa 2

Since 2003, Bad Santa has become a sort of holiday classic for people who don’t like holiday classics. This pitch-black comedy is everything Christmas movies aren’t supposed to be — crass and mean and completely twisted — which makes it all the more admirable that it manages to be kinda sweet as well. It’s a tricky balance, but one director Terry Zwigoff and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa pull off with aplomb.

So what happens when someone tries to recapture that magic 13 years later, without the writers or director who made it work the first time? Well, we’ll find out in just a few months. This fall’s Bad Santa 2 brings back Billy Bob Thornton as self-loathing screwup Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as his erstwhile partner and Brett Kelly as his young friend. But the director this time is Mark Waters, of Mean Girls fame, and the script comes from Shauna CrossDoug EllinJohnny Rosenthal, and John Phillips. Take a peek at the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below.

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