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Scully goes to the UK, again

Gillian Anderson.

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Gillian Anderson.

It’s been a while since “The X-Files,” but Gillian Anderson could be returning to prime time soon, as she follows up her recurring role on “Hannibal” with the pilot for the NBC political thriller “Crisis.” Still, as X-Philes can readily tell you, she’s been doing quite a bit of work in the interim – largely in the United Kingdom, where she also spent part of her youth. Anderson has slipped into a British accent in everything from BBC Dickens adaptations to “The Last King of Scotland” to “Johnny English Reborn” (as the M to Rowan Atkinson’s goofball Bond). Most recently, she starred in the serial-killer yarn “The Fall: Series 1” (2013) as Stella Gibson, a London detective summoned to Belfast to assist baffled local police. Viewers learn at the outset that the killer (Jamie Dornan) is a family man living a depraved double life. (It’s an intriguing gathering of talent working on both sides of the pond: you know Dornan from “Once Upon a Time,” and Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife” plays a doctor aiding Gibson’s investigation.) Dornan’s role is juicy, yet Anderson commands equal attention for the hardness she projects as a cop who makes subordinates squirm – or even do her boy-toy bidding, when she’s in the mood. And you thought Dana Scully could be a little prickly. Here’s hoping Anderson gets back to do a Series 2, even if her new gig does catch on. Extras: quick featurette. (Acorn Media, $39.99)

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”The Heat.”

COMEDY

THE HEAT (2013)

Maybe it was the uninspired title. Maybe it was the prospect of seeing Sandra Bullock do action comedy again after “Miss Congeniality 2.” Whatever, we wouldn’t have figured her buddy-cops pairing with Melissa McCarthy would be nearly as watchable as it is, even with all the Boston location color. But grabbing this disc might be the only way to keep the good times rolling. While director Paul Feig reportedly wants to do a follow-up, MSN just quoted Bullock as saying she’s sworn off sequels thanks to “Speed 2” and, yep, “Congeniality.”
Extras: unrated footage; commentary by McCarthy and Feig. (Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)

SCIENCE FICTION

PACIFIC RIM (2013)

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It’s tough to figure: Megatron rakes in megabucks with each new “Transformers” mess, but audiences turn up their noses at fantasy auteur Guillermo del Toro’s narratively smarter monsters-versus-robots spectacle. (Love the drama-enhancing concept that each robot needs a pair of mind-melded pilots controlling it.) If there’s a movie that deserves second-chance consideration on DVD this week, this is it. With Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”) as overmatched pilots, Idris Elba as their stoic commander, and Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) as a monster-geek scientist.
Extras:
commentary by del Toro; extensive effects and design featurettes. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99; 3-D, $44.95)

Tom Russo can be reached at trusso2222@gmail.com.
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