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Posted on March 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

There’s been some kinda-sorta negative stuff going around on the Interwebs lately about Kaleidescape and their awesome media server. They were handed down a pretty negative judgment at the first of the month which may or may not impact them from being able to continue selling their product in its current, DVD-importing form. (Kaleidescape is hopeful that the verdict will be stayed pending their appeal, which has already been filed. You can read all about the verdict and CEO Michael Malcolm’s responses and letters to dealers here.)


As a long-time dealer/reviewer/user/lover of Kaleidescape’s movie server system, I’ve written extensively about the experience that it provides. The ability to load ALL of your movies and music into a device where they are then automatically catalogued, sorted, safely backed-up and made available for instant playback at any location in your home, is pretty stunning. And Kaleidescape makes it so easy to find and enjoy – “consume” in meta-speak – your digital collection, that the average Kaleidescape family owns 506 movies on Blu-ray and DVD. (I am woefully behind these curve, being somewhere in the low 200s...) If you had this many movies -- or however many that you DO have -- wouldn't it be nice to be able to see them instantly with the push of a single button? With no more hunting around for discs or wondering if something got misplaced or scrated or having to wait through trailers and warnings?


I’ve even shared what other Kaleidescape owner’s have to say and why they love their systems.


The biggest drawback to a Kaleidescape system is the price. And you could argue that it is a system geared towards the 1%. But have you ever wondered what the 1% like to watch and listen to? Ever wonder if perhaps they perhaps hire Michael J Nelson and crew to come over and offer personalized Rifftrax commentary versions of their favorite films while they bathe in Cristal and give themselves Beluga facials? Perhaps grabbing the Vertu to phone up some other 1%-er to share some concern or outrage. (“They say gas is going up to $5 a gallon! And do any of these people complaining have any idea how much this is going to affect us? I mean, really! They have absolutely NO IDEA the prices I'm paying for jet fuel! I mean, my G-V doesn’t fuel itself! Harumpf! Oh, pooh! I spilled another bottle of that 50-year Livet.") 


But it turns out that the 1% are a lot like the rest of it when it comes to movie watching. Sure, they do it in a better house, on a better screen, with better sound and better snacks and a better car in the garage and finer horses in the stables, but, at the end of the day, people are pretty much alike all over when it comes to their entertainment.


So I thought I’d share some interesting metadata stats with you on the viewing and listening tastes/habits of Kaleidescape owners; a list that is a pretty accurate representation of movies/CDs you have probably watched/listened to  or – more likely – own.


“Imported” means movies that have been loaded onto a customer’s system. “Watched” means watched. I know that one's a bit confusing...




Most Imported Movies of All Time


Gladiator


Finding Nemo


Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


The Lord of the Rings I: The Fellowship of the Ring


The Incredibles


Shrek


The Lord of the Rings II: The Two Towers


The Godfather


The Lord of the Rings III: The Return of the King


The Bourne Identity


The Matrix


Casino Royal


Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark


The Godfather, Part II


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope


The Bourne Supremacy


Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi


Spider-Man


Dear, George Lucas. On behalf of Kaleidescape owners everywhere, I'd like to say thank you for your first 3 movies -- aka "the original trilogy," aka "the actual Star Wars movies" aka "the good ones" -- by showing you that we have all dutifully added them to our collections. Also, I'd like to point out that none of your "prequel trilogies" -- aka "those other Star Wars movies" aka "the ones where George raped my childhood" -- made the list. With love and thanks, John.


Most watched movies in the last 90 days


Cars 2


Rio


Cars


Finding Nemo


Elf


Despicable Me


Tangled


The Help


Avatar


Monsters, Inc.

 

Most watched "kid's" films in the last 90 days


Cars 2


Rio


Cars


Finding Nemo


Despicable Me


Tangled


Monsters, Inc.


Kung Fu Panda 2


The Lion King


The Incredibles

 

Most watch "grown-up" films in the last 90 days


The Help


Avatar


Bridesmaids


The Hangover Part II


Horrible Bosses


Transformers: Dark of the Moon


Captain America: The First Avenger


Crazy, Stupid Love.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes


Friends with Benefits


Kaleidescape does this wonderful thing with TV series that makes it so terrific for people that like to collect their favorite shows. Instead of just presenting you with "Season 1, Episode 14," which, unless you are a Trekkie or something, will probably mean absolutely zilch, they catalog each episode by name so you can easily find your favorite one. This is especially helpful for shows that have hundreds of episodes like The Twilight Zone -- which is shockingly not on the top imported list.


Top 25 imported television seasons


Planet Earth (Complete Series)


Band of Brothers


The Blue Planet: Seas of Life


The Sopranos (Season 1)


Seinfeld (Season 2)


24 (Season 1)


Mad Men (Season 1)


Seinfeld (Season 1)


24 (Season 2)


Seinfeld (Season 3)


Entourage (Season 1)


Sex and the City (Season 1)


A Charlie Brown Christmas


24 (Season 3)


The Sopranos (Season 2)


The Sopranos (Season 3)


Sex and the City (Season 2)


24 (Season 4)


Seinfeld (Season 4)


Lost (Season 1) (How could you watch season 1 of Lost and then not keep up with the rest?!?! Seriously, people! The Dharma Initiative?! The hatch?! You're gonna watch season one and NOT load up season 2?! It's like I don't understand you at all...)


Entourage (Season 2)


Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 1)


The Office (Series 1)


Sex and the City (Season 3)

 

 

One of the things that really impressed me from the "Unforgettable Home Theater Experience” at CES this past year was the that they selected a bit of a concert to demo. (The more impressive thing was Empire Strikes back and the snowspeeder simulation sitting so close to the huge Stewart Filmscreen and the D-Box chairs. But, I digress.) Concerts on Blu-ray are becoming a huge part of the home viewing experience, and are a way for you to enjoy your favorite artist over and over, with the best seat in the house every time.


Most Imported Blu-ray Concerts of All Time


The Last Waltz


Concert for George


Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (My personal favorite. I used to go and watch this in Berkeley at midnight where they would dance in front of the screen. It was EPIC!)


Roy Orbison: Black & White Night


U2: Rattle & Hum


Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert


Andrea Bocelli: Vivere Live in Tuscany


Michael Buble: Caught in the Act


Chris Botti: In Boston


Cream: Royal Albert Hall

 

Most Watched Blu-ray Concerts last 30 days


Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall


Hit Man: David Foster & Friends


Andrea Bocelli: Vivere Live in Tuscany


Chris Botti: In Boston


Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden


Michael Buble: Caught in the Act


Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour


U2: 360


Beyonce: I Am World Tour


AC/DC: Live at River Plate


Music owners aren't left out either, but it seems the 1% prefer a more gentle, mainstream, vanilla, white-toast selection of music for their collections. This is about the most "adult easy listening" cross-sampling of 30 albums I think that you could handpick! And, I'd have bet -- and lost -- a good bit that Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" would have been on this list. Come on! We all know White People like to pour a glass of Shiraz and put some jazz on the Bose...


Top 30 Imported Albums


1    Come Away with Me - Norah Jones


2    Supernatural - Santana


3    1 - The Beatles


4    Immaculate Collection - Madonna


5    Greatest Hits - James Taylor


6    Unplugged - Eric Clapton


7    Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits


8    Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette


9    Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles


10    Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA


11    Abbey Road - The Beatles


12    Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides - U2


13    Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay


14    Brand New Day - Sting


15    Feels Like Home - Norah Jones


16    Rumours - Fleetwood Mac


17    Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles


18    X&Y - Coldplay


19    Hell Freezes Over -Eagles


20    Legend - Bob Marley


21    Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting


22    Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish


23    Unforgettable: With Love - Natalie Cole


24    Beatles [White Album] - The Beatles


25    Ray of Light - Madonna


26    Surfacing - Sarah McLachlan


27    Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s) - Jimmy Buffett


28    Best of Van Morrison - Van Morrison


29    Greatest Hits - Bruce Springsteen


30    Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

Categories: March 2012, Movies, Music

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