This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Miracles, Misfits and Manservants

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This week, Captain Jack Harkness returns for another go ‘round the crazy train, Roddy Piper punches aliens in the nards (presumably), and a couple of import discs bring Miyazaki and Misfits home.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Torchwood: Miracle Day (Blu-ray & DVD)
While I’ll be the first to admit that this eagerly awaited sequel to the exemplary Torchwood: Children of Earth didn’t quite hit that high a mark, it earns points for having a wonderful kernel of an idea — what if, one day, people just stopped dying? — and exploring the ramifications of such an event. As a Torchwood story, it was something of a letdown, but any excuse to see Gwen (Eve Myles) haul off with a big-ass gun while holding her infant child is a good one.

Black Butler II: Complete Collection (Blu-ray & DVD)
It turns out that I’m completely in favor of demonic manservants — less of their proclivity for devouring the souls of their masters when their term of service is up — but this anime series makes it sound like a pretty decent deal.

3rd Rock From the Sun: Seasons Three and Four (DVD)
Once upon a time, this show was big. Bigger than John Lithgow’s head. Huge, even. Now, it just exists so we can see where Joseph Gordon-Levitt came from.

Alien Opponent (DVD)
It’s got “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in it. And although he’s probably not gonna make with They Live’s immortal line — “I’ve got to kick ass and chew bubble gum … and I’m all out of bubble gum” — there’s still the promise that he’ll encounter some aliens. So there’s that.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake (Blu-ray & DVD)
Oddly, this perfect-for-Syfy title refers to a documentary about the long-extinct 2,500-pound beast, fossils of which were recently discovered.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Blu-ray)
It’s Miyazaki, dammit. It’s also an import, so it’s gonna run you some cash (and not be a Region 1 release, American and Canadian friends). But if you absolutely, positively need it on Blu-ray, this is your shot.

Misfits: Series Three (Blu-ray)
I have not seen this British sci-fi show (yes, I know) about punk kids with superpowers, but I’ve been told by reliable sources that it’s fantastic. This one’s also an import, so shop at your own discretion.