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Kings (240 to rent HD, 160 to rent SD: per episode)
Poor Ian McShane. First Deadwood gets canceled, and then they stop the movie version. Then he stars in the extremely ambitious Kings on NBC and it gets canceled as well. This is television well ahead of its time and features McShane as King Silas ruling over an alternate universe version of the United States, which is now a monarchy called Gilboa. Nine of the first thirteen episodes are available on XBL, before it goes to DVD in September. Terrific cast and great drama.
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Baghead (PC or Xbox Live, subscription required: starts at $4.99 per month)
It was going to be all too easy to slot Pineapple Express in here, since it's newly available on Netflix Watch Instantly and features one of the best stoners in recent movie history. But, Baghead is a small indie film that really needs to be seen. It's run the festival circuit, and now comes to your home. It's funny, scary, features realistic characters, and has a unique premise. We'd compare it to The Blair Witch Project in a good way, but that's almost an insult these days. Give it a spin.
Knowing ($4.50 HD or $2.99 SD to rent, $9.99 to own in SD)
Knowing isn't a perfect sci-fi film, but they're so far and few between these days that when something comes along that's even halfway decent, it's on our radar. Despite the overexposed presence of Nick Cage, Alex Proyas' set pieces are very impressive, and it's nice to see a film that doesn't dumb down the concept to a first-grade level.
The Deep ($28.95 SRP)
Just in time for summer! Peter Benchley of Jaws fame wrote the book this is based on, and even though it came two years after Jaws, it features another iconic image of a woman (this time Jacqueline Bisset) swimming towards the surface on the poster. Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw, and a bikini-clad Bisset? Your summertime has arrived. Plus it's all about treasure hunters, and fans of Uncharted will enjoy it.
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