New this week on DVD and Blu-ray:
''A Christmas Story 2'' - Howland native Braeden Lemasters takes the role of Ralphie in this direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray sequel to the holiday favorite. Ralphie now is 15 and dreaming of a car instead of a BB gun, and Ralphie and his friends Flick and Schwartz get jobs as Santa's helpers at Higbee's. Daniel Stern and Stacey Travis play the parents, and yes, the leg lamp makes an appearance. (Warner Home Video, $27.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray/ DVD/digital copy combo)
''The Campaign'' - This political comedy is smarter than some might expect, but not as smart as they might like. It was marketed as a broad Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis comedy with the focus on the fight between them rather than the political campaign setting.
But the director is Jay Roach, whose credits include the excellent HBO films ''Recount'' and ''Game Change.'' The movie has a strong point of view and takes plenty of shots at the current state of government and what it takes to get elected, but it uses comedy as a bludgeon rather than as razor-sharp satire. No one will mistake it for "The Candidate,'' "Wag the Dog'' or "In the Loop,'' but it's a very funny movie that will make more than those arch satires combined.
If anything, "The Campaign'' is closer in tone to Eddie Murphy-Dan Aykroyd comedy "Trading Places,'' which had something to say about race and class in America but still was a movie that got laughs from a guy in a gorilla suit getting violated by an actual gorilla.
The Blu-ray edition features an extended cut of the film. Other extras include deleted scenes and a gag reel. (Warner Home Video, $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray)
''Safety Not Guaranteed'' - A man who believes he's solved the secret of time travel places a classified ad looking for an an assistant for his experiments, and three Seattle magazine employees decide to investigate his claims. Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson star in the film, which won the screenwriting award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Extras include a making-of featurette and a look at the real classified ad that inspired the movie. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30;99 DVD,$35.99 Blu-ray)
''Ruby Sparks'' - Paul Dano plays a struggling author who invents his dream girl on the page and wakes to find she's come to life. Zoe Kazan wrote the screenplay and plays the title character in a film that co-stars Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Chris Messina, Aasif Mandvi and Steve Coogan. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
''Americano'' - A man comes to Los Angeles from Paris to settle his mother's estate after her death and discovers many secrets from her past, including a relationship with a woman (Salma Hayek) who works at a Tijuana strip club that provides the title for the film. (MPI Home Video, $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray)
''Coma'' - Based on the same Michael Crichton novel that inspired the 1978 film starring Michael Douglas and Genevieve Bujold, this adaptation that aired over two nights on A&E stars Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellyn Burstyn in a tale of sinister things happening at Peachtree Memorial Hospital. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $39.99 DVD)