- On June 4, 2018
If you haven’t visited the Kaleidescape online movie store lately, you likely haven’t experienced several new features that make it even easier for customers to browse and select movies, TV shows, and concerts they want to own. This “how to” will walk you through some of the key features so you can help your clients get the most out of their Kaleidescape Movie Store experience.
You can return to the store’s main screen (shown above) at any time by clicking on “kaleidescape” in the upper left corner.
Click on this tab to help focus a movie search. Select “Browse All” to see all of the films in the store, or choose from one of 18 genres, such as Children, Documentary, and Mystery.
Click here to help focus a TV series search. Select “Browse All” to see all of the TV series in the store, or choose from one of 12 genres such as Action, Comedy, and Sci-Fi.
You can use Collections to view titles grouped in a variety of ways, to help you find the films to create or expand your collection—great for new customers buying their first batch of movies. Options are included to quickly see 4K HDR movies, new releases, and titles available for pre-order. Curated collections are frequently updated by Kaleidescape’s movie experts, and currently include dozens of hand-selected sets like Family Movie Night, Great Musicals, Hollywood Classics, Spy Thrillers and more. Surround sound enthusiasts can also browse the Dolby Atmos titles, both HD and 4K UHD. The “Buy All” option allows customers to quickly purchase many or all titles in a collection with just a few clicks.
Here a customer can look at their account information, which includes their Kaleidescape systems, purchase history, and UltraViolet linking. They can also view a history of downloaded titles, including how long each download took, as well as see how much storage is left on their systems, look at disc-to-digital upgrade offers, view any films they have on a Wish List, and see all the movies they’ve purchased.
This link goes to a FAQ page divided into Basics, Purchasing, Accounts, Downloading, Fixing Problems, and UltraViolet. You can find answers here to questions like, “How do pre-orders works?” or “How do I create an account on the Kaleidescape Movie Store?”
If you’re looking for something specific, the Search bar is the best place to turn. Just type in a few words of a movie title or an actor or director’s name, and you’ll be shown a list of results that contain that text. For example, typing “Jennifer” displays movies featuring Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jennifer Ehle. It also shows any movies produced or directed by these Jennifers. Type in a studio, like Pixar, and you’ll be given the option to see the collection of those films, if one is available.
Filters can help you refine the movies shown on any page in the Movie Store. Say you only want to see a movie if it’s available in UHD, or you want to see movies recommended for children, or ones that are certified “Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. This section helps you to find just the content you want to see. The “Reset” button lets you remove any filters so you can return to seeing all of the content.
8) Default View
If you want to know the price, rating, or Rotten Tomatoes score at a glance, select those options here. Note that selecting Show Rating doesn’t display the MPAA letter rating (such as G, PG, or R) but rather shows the Common Sense Media rating for what age group the movie is considered appropriate. (See “Common Sense Media,” below.)
9) Cover Art
Each movie cover contains a lot of information. A checkmark in the lower-left corner indicates that you own a title, with a gold check equaling UHD quality, a blue check HD, and a grey check SD. The lower-right corner shows the highest quality available at the store for download. (“UHD” indicates the film is in 4K resolution without HDR, while “HDR” shows that the film is available in 4K resolution with HDR. If both badges are visible, then both 4K versions are available.) If you have Show Price and Show Rotten Tomatoes Score enabled, those are displayed as well. If you’ve already purchased a title from the Store, the cover will display the option to download it instead of showing the price.
When you click on a movie title, the movie’s details appear:
The top lists the film’s rating, duration, and synopsis, similar to what is displayed on the Kaleidescape onscreen interface. Below that are several noteworthy items.
10) Play Trailer
This is the latest and most exciting addition to the Movie Store, with almost every movie title offering the ability to view its theatrical trailer. This is a fast and easy way to learn more about a movie or reacquaint yourself with a classic. Trailers are displayed in a small window in the center of the screen, but can be enlarged to fill the entire display.
11) Common Sense Media
Not sure if a title is age-appropriate for everyone in your viewing party, or just want a little more information before you greenlight a new movie for your tween’s movie night? Common Sense Media ratings tell you everything you need to know about the movie in a mostly spoiler-free synopsis. Once you click on the Common Sense Media button, you’ll see a breakdown that looks like this:
Here you can view a quick “What Parents Need to Know” video summary of the film, and see why Common Sense feels the movie is or isn’t age-appropriate. Selecting one of the seven rating criteria opens a popup that displays more detail about the kinds of content in the film. If you’d like more information, the “See Full Review…” link takes you straight to that film at Common Sense Media.
12) Rotten Tomatoes
If you want to know what critics and audiences thought about a film, Rotten Tomatoes Scores are exactly what you’re looking for. Once you click on the Rotten Tomatoes button, you’ll see a list of reviews that looks like this:
Here you can scroll through snapshots of top critic reviews along with a Good (fresh tomato) or Bad (rotten splat) icon to see how the film was received. If you care more about what audiences thought of the film, you can see that score too. Clicking the “See All Reviews” link at the bottom takes you to a list of reviews for that film, where you can find your preferred critic and read their full review.
Interested in finding other movies in the same genre, or that feature a particular cast member, or that involve the same director, writer, or producer? All of the items in this section are clickable and will take you to other titles matching these criteria .
For people who want to add films to their collections that support next-generation, object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D, this section lets you see the best audio format available for each version of the film. (In the example here, Dolby TrueHD Atmos is included with both the HDR and HD versions.) Clicking on “Show All Audio Tracks” will reveal any additional audio tracks (foreign language, described video, etc.) available.