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‘A Christmas Story 2′ goes straight to DVD

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In case you're reeling from disbelief, the 1983 holiday classic "A Christmas Story" has, in fact, been made into a sequel.

"A Christmas Story 2" is going straight to DVD and Blu-ray October 30th. And it's available just days before the debut of the Broadway musical based on the original story of little '40s-era Ralphie and his Christmastime woes.

The film sequel follows Ralphie as a teenager. He no longer yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun, but now wants a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. There are a few things that haven't changed: Triple dog dares, and the fact that the old man -- Ralphie's dad -- is still obsessed with that fishnet-stocking-adorned leg lamp.

"A Christmas Story 2" stars Daniel Stern ("Home Alone," "City Slickers") as the crotchety, lighting fixture-fixated dad, and Ralphie is played by accomplished child actor Braeden Lemasters ("Men of a Certain Age," "Easy A").

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Braeden Lemasters (photo: Jay Brady/Everett Collection)

Like the original, the sequel is based on the writing of the late Jean Shepherd. Shepherd's stories about the Parker family have actually been used several times in much lesser-known movies: "A Christmas Story" was made into a sequel in 1994's "My Summer Story" (also known as "It Runs in the Family"), starring Kieran Culkin, Charles Grodin and Mary Steenburgen. PBS also aired a series of three television movies based on Shepherd's stories including "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss."

Fun fact: Shepherd provided the narration as the adult Ralphie in "A Christmas Story." Stern, who plays the dad in the upcoming sequel, is also a famous narrator of a young boy's tale: He was the voice of the adult Kevin Arnold in late '80s, early '90s hit television show "The Wonder Years."

Incidentally, it appears "A Christmas Story 2" will be among a final slate of direct-to-DVD offerings from Warner Bros. The powerhouse movie studio -- responsible for theatrical hits including "The Dark Knight Rises," which has earned nearly $835 million worldwide -- is shutting down its business responsible for direct-to-DVD productions, according to the Wrap. The company is citing "a decline in the direct-to-video film market."

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