Kaleidescape Offers ‘Leonard Maltin’ Movie Recommendations on Disc6 Sep, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Movie server platform Kaleidescape Sept. 6 said it has partnered with venerable film critic Leonard Maltin to offer users a compilation of historically significant films and modern movies on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The Leonard Maltin Recommends collection consists of 26 movies on DVD and 17 titles on Blu-ray priced at $545 and $445, respectively. The collection is part of an effort to introduce consumers to lesser-known titles as well as offer viewer recommendations based on the critic’s extensive knowledge of film.
In addition to the movies, which are updated quarterly, Kaleidescape is producing video commentary in which Maltin shares his thoughts, personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes tidbits about each title. Additional commentary will be added weekly, and the videos can be viewed on the Kaleidescape website.
Titles featuring Maltin’s commentary include The Tillman Story (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), Mid-August Lunch (Zeitgeist Films), Nora’s Will (Menemsha Films), Queen to Play (Zeitgeist), Solitary Man (Anchor Bay) and OSS 117: Lost in Rio (Music Box Films), among others. Lost in Rio is the French language espionage spoof starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist).
“Living in a Big Way was one of Gene Kelly’s rare commercial flops, but I selected it because it contains two of the most entertaining musical numbers he ever put on film,” Maltin said. “These pearly gems are rescued by Kaleidescape’s video bookmarks because you can simply select ‘Fido and Me’ or ‘Playground Medley’ to skip directly to the beginning of these innovative dances.”
Earlier this year, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Kaleidescape was granted a temporary stay from a state appeals court while it decides whether or not the company’s proprietary movie disc storage system violates copyright laws. With ongoing market changes in movie consumption, Kaleidescape says its system encourages content ownership and sellthrough. The company says its users purchase on average 51 titles a year.
“We're thrilled to be working with Maltin; his insightful commentary will help our customers discover and appreciate these lesser-known films,” Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.