This week, the BBC continues its assault on genre awesomeness with The Fades, ninjas finally get their chance to take on those pesky aliens, and Sherlock Holmes gets a sci-fi makeover.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Fades: Season One (DVD & Blu-ray)
The BBC is good at lots of things — making me feel smarter for watching, employing everyone with an accent — but one thing it’s perfected is low-budget/high-concept genre fiction. (Yes, those Doctor Who lessons weren’t lost.) So this story of a London teen who learns the ghostly secret of the world, and takes his place within it, crackles with invention and suspense. And, in grand BBC fashion, it’s only six episodes long. No excuses.
Young Justice, Season 1, Vol. 3 (DVD & Blu-ray)
Although the manner in which Warner Bros. is releasing this show is asinine — really, you’re selling me a disc with four episodes on it? — the show itself is a lot better than it has any right to be.
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete Series (DVD & Blu-ray)
Who wants to see a cloned Sherlock Holmes outwit a cloned Professor Moriarty with the aid of a robotic Watson? (You know you do.)
Alien Vs. Ninja (DVD & Blu-ray)
If Predators can’t get the job done, who else would you call? (This movie is, in no way, affiliated with Fox’s Alien franchise. But it should be.)
Retreat (DVD & Blu-ray)
If the world ended while you were on vacation, would you know? That’s the dilemma facing Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy’s couple, whose vacation on a remote island is interrupted by a battered soldier (Jamie Bell) who tells them that a disease has spread like wildfire in their absence.
Puss in Boots (DVD & Blu-ray)
Because Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek as sexy crime-fighting cats is some kind of science fiction, right?
Inkubus (DVD & Blu-ray)
He’ll always be Freddy Krueger in our hearts, but Robert Englund needs to get paid, y’all.