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This week, the X-Men remain astonishing, Logan runs on home, aliens invade Moscow, more Doctor Who classics for your shelf, and Rod Serling makes you his bitch.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Night Gallery: Season Three (DVD)
Rod Serling was smarter than all of us put together. And what’s more, he worked harder than anyone else in the history of Hollywood (probably) — he wrote a full half of the original Twilight Zone episodes. By himself. And they were good. And had no recurring characters. A Herculean task if ever there was one. So you’ll forgive him if he was a little weary by the time it came to a third season of this anthology series, which ultimately remains an inferior work. But it had its share of charms, as well as such guest stars as Leonard Nimoy, Burgess Meredith, Vincent Price and Bill Bixby.
The Darkest Hour (Blu-ray & DVD)
Alien energy clouds invade Earth and hunt Americans stuck in Russia. In other words, don’t go to Russia. (I kid, I kid … I hear it’s lovely when aliens aren’t attacking. Or in the summer.)
Logan’s Run: The Complete Series (DVD)
This TV spin-off from the Michael York sci-fi classic only ran for one season, from 1977 to 1978, but if you’ve been waiting three decades for 14 episodes worth of retro-cheesy, dystopian palm-blinking … the wait is over.
Doctor Who: The Daemons and Doctor Who: The Carnival of Monsters Special Edition (DVD)
Two more classic Who movies for the Jon Pertwee completists out there.
Sekirei: The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
You know how, when you’re just a guy wanting to live a normal life, and you stumble into a raging conflict between hot, superpowered, alien chicks … and you keep finding yourself in awkward situations featuring their giant breasts? Yeah. Anime.
A Trip to the Moon: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
Georges Melies’ landmark science fiction film — you know, the one that played so prominently in last year’s Hugo — is coming to Blu-ray in a restored edition.
Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous (DVD)
If this is anything like Marvel’s Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers, it’s a relatively well-done motion comic that adds limited animation and voices to this arc in Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men run.
P.S.: Important tip: The Iron Lady is not a spin-off of Iron Man. And that’s one to grow on.