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posted by audrey nicholson on 23 Aug 2012 at 08:37:14"Two foreign film(French) Le Concert and The Closet(Le Placard) are being sold as being subtitled in English. The subtitles are so few and so far between that it entirely spoilt my enjoyment of two very good films. Subtitling,in the past, used to be of excellent quality(viz Jean de Florette, etc.) I fear,like everyting else,the standard has dropped. However,I think it is dishonest to state that they are "subtitled"."
posted by James on 23 Jun 2012 at 02:09:33"I need subtitles as my wife is not a native English speaker and struggles without them. Due to lack of subtitles I have not been able to buy several of our favourite shows such as Midsomer Murders, Hetty Wainthropp & Dalziel & Pascoe (after series 2). I'm still pondering as to whether or not I should take a risk on Chef (no information anywhere for neither love nor money). Absolutely infuriating."
posted by Sue on 17 Jun 2012 at 12:40:26"I have Kojak Season 1, which has subtitles, but according to comments I have read on Amazon, the subsequent Seasons 2,3,4 and 5 don't have subtitles...why is it too much trouble for them to do this? Kojak was one of my favourite programmes when I was a teenager, and now, because I'm HOH it seems I can't relive my youth....bah!!!!"
posted by craig on 9 Jun 2012 at 19:40:11"im so sick of lack of sbtitles on most movies and programmes do the hearing ppl of the world not care about deaf ppl i recently bought iron sky and no subtittles apart from german speaking ppl and also bought a few dvds with no subtitles they should make it LAW that subtitles be included in programmes dvds games etc for deaf ppl its unfair "
posted by Hugo on 17 May 2012 at 22:26:53"The Dallas seasons 6th to 14th DVDs (Region 1) don?t have Spanish subtitles. Warner stopped to put Spanish subtitles at the 5th season DVD. I have information that Region 2 (Spain) DVDs stopped Spanish dubbing at the same season; and Region 4 DVDs for Dallas don?t even exist."
posted by chrissie on 21 Mar 2012 at 16:46:46"I am really annoyed with lovefilm too. I have asked on many occasions for subtitled information but no joy as yet. I have just rented the resistance film and it has no subtitles so will have to sent it back. What a waste of money."
posted by marc on 9 Mar 2012 at 16:33:47"The subtitles for DVDs and foreign films are printed on white onto the film. Very often the film itself has a white background such as snow ,clothes,buildings,whch makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to read.The BBC televison prints on a black background and so makes it legible although there is sometimes problems with the synchronisation.The only DVD which I have ever seen that prints on a black background is Les enfants du paradis which was made in 1945."
posted by Chris Shaw on 2 Mar 2012 at 11:06:36"I cannot imagine that putting subtitles on a film is a trivial matter. Of course if an English speaking film is to be distributed world wide then I imagine that it is in the manufacturer's interest to provide as many foreign subtitles as would be cost-effective. Not so with English speaking films for the English speaking market. The main problem that my wife and I find is with American films that often exacerbate the problem of the unfamiliar accent with dialogue that is well back in the sound mix, whether it be sound effects or music. "
posted by Chris Shaw on 2 Mar 2012 at 11:01:01"Hi, just begining to appreciate this problem. Until recently we thought all you had to do was go to the DVD menu and check the English subtitles box. Recently we've been finding films that don't have this option. We've been talking to LoveFilm about this but they can only give the information provided by the manufacturer, unless they are willing to trawl through to the menu for each title. It would at least be helpful if the manufacturers provided the information."
posted by Donna on 19 Feb 2012 at 12:30:48"I have always buy Anne of Green Gables and Daneille Steel sets DVD with subtitles. I am very disappointed they don't have subtitles which is unfair for deaf people like me want to have it own. Come one Australia. "
posted by anonymous on 17 Feb 2012 at 13:02:11"The cost of putting subtitles on to a DVD I would imagine is minimal. Why then are so many new DVDs coming out without them? Surely many more people would be buying and any cost would be recouped and added to the extensive profit already being made by distributors."
posted by Blue Lady on 11 Feb 2012 at 15:33:46"This site is a gift to those of us who are hearing impared but love to watch movies. Thanks a million!!!!"
posted by Paul on 9 Feb 2012 at 22:17:57"I'm an independent film maker. After visiting this site and seeing the poor state of affairs in terms of accommodating for the deaf and hard of hearing we decided to subtitle all the extras on our DVD as well as the film. It's a low budget production so was a lot of extra work (I did all the subtitling!) but after coming back to this site I'm really glad we did. The film is called 'Big Font. Large Spacing' - not sure if that's ok to mention it - we're not big enough to come up in your list of DVD films, but we're fighting the good fight anyway!"
posted by Jim on 28 Jan 2012 at 18:39:20"As a life-long hearing impaired person, I am happy to see improvement in subtitling for people like me. It has a long, long way to go, but is much better than it used to be. Still, it makes me angry to buy a DVD that is not subtitled. Many of the covers do not mark it clearly. Why Should I have to hunt and hunt on the back of the cover to find the information? I think it should be clearly marked on all DVDs!"
posted by JOHN on 16 Jan 2012 at 16:37:24"I'm a member of LoveFilm and Blockbuster and have told them that the next time I receive a film with no subtitles I will cancel my subscription. Maybe its not viable for all DVD (and Blu-rays) to have subtitles, I don't know, but SURELY LoveFilm and Blockbuster can put the info on! They manage to tell you the running time, as well as a load of other details, yet not if a film has subtitles or not. They have both replied to me saying that there is nothing they can do, like it or lump it. "
posted by Isabelle on 28 Dec 2011 at 01:35:58"I am p*ssed off that I just received a xmas gift of my beloved McLeod's daughters from my husband. He was so devastated that he bought $160 box sets of it had NO SUBTITLES. What more sad was i have to returned it to JBHIFI to get my money back cos its useless to me as i am hearing impaired. My husband thoughtfully bought it knowing it was my favourite. As this series is Australian, dont you think its should be subtitled. I have tried everywhere to see if this series do have subtitled but doesnt look like it. :("
posted by ruth on 12 Dec 2011 at 23:03:52"My husband has a hearing disability, it is so disappointing,when we receive films from Love Film with no subtitling and it seems impossible to find out beforehand which films are captioned."
posted by jaypea on 9 Dec 2011 at 03:13:26"I am so frustrated and very annoyed that I can not purchase many DVDs that have subtitles. I like to buy my 80 yr old Mother, who is audibly challenged,DVDs for presents.Surely in today's technical age, DVDs should all have the subtitle facility? I am tired of finding DVDs that are suitable for her only to find that she would not be able to watch and enjoy the film/TV series. Will anything be done about this annoying problem?"
posted by Julie on 1 Dec 2011 at 13:49:57"I lost some hearing when I was 8 years old due to measles.My family have gradual hearing loss as well, my hearing gets worse as I get older, so we need subtitles.I think it's disgraceful that dvd companies dont choose to add subtitles, citing cost,the amount they charge for dvds should cover it! Plus they would get more sales as more deaf and hard of hearing would buy them!It's not rocket science!It makes me so angry that these dvd companies do not value deaf or hard of hearing viewers at all!I would love to buy more region 1 dvds but the multi players are so hard to buy!My mum would love to watch a lot of series that were on in 60s 70s etc and she can't because of no subtitles.Does anyone know who we have to write to so we can make it law for dvd companies to include subtitles for us who need them?"
posted by Tony on 26 Nov 2011 at 00:29:23"Shocked that some or more than some! blu-ray do'nt have subtitles.. I mean blu-ray is high tech? what the hell!"
posted by Laban on 3 Nov 2011 at 15:50:49"I love the DVD "Shakespeare Retold" - expecially The Taming of the Shrew. I have bought the DVD in UK and there are no sub-titles but if you buy it in USA - Pal 1 - there are Enlish subtitles but they are captioned. I have a worldwide video-player but I can not see the captioned subtitles. As I am not so good in English I am so sorry that there are no sub-titles i the Englis version. I really hope they will make a new version with English sub-titles. "
posted by dompo on 1 Nov 2011 at 04:58:16"it is so important for us to get dvd entirely subtitled that we don't buy any without them ; and it is very difficult to know before buying if there are or not subtitles.. However when DVD went on the market instead of video k7 the advertising to get us buy dvd was all the choices in audio language and subtitles ! but now thas every one buy dvd, there is not subtitles at all ! What can all the customers who complained about that do to be heard by the producers ?"
posted by Peter Hughes on 23 Oct 2011 at 11:44:59"When will those responsible for DVD marketing realize a vast majority of those who use the product suffer from hearing difficulties CONSEQUENTLY sub-titles are absolutely necessary. The latest figure is over 40% ! IT'S TIME THIS NONSENSE IS RECTIFIED "
posted by Fiona Jenner on 15 Sep 2011 at 21:45:21"I am a fan of Michael McIntyre and really enjoy his humour. I am hard of hearing but usually cope well with my hearing aids. My daughter gave me Michael McIntyre's dvd 'LIVE AND LAUGHING'. Unfortunately, the delivery was too quick so I turned to the subtitles - there are'nt any! I cannot believe that in this day and age dvds are made without subtitles. I am sure Michael McIntyre would be horrified to know that some of his fans are being discriminated against. I am very upset as this is the first time my poor hearing has been an issue. I have complained to the British Video Association but would love to send a letter to Michael McIntyre expressing my disappointment."
posted by jeffaudi on 11 Sep 2011 at 13:36:19"Has anyone out there wanted to view Menace starring Stephen Moyer again,I cannot believe this brilliant mini series has never been transmitted again it was such a thrilling and entertaining story I find it unbelievable that so much old rubbish is being dragged out and aired repeatedly while this super Moyer series is on a shelf somewhere gathering dust I'm sure it could be put out with subtitles for all to enjoy."
posted by Ronald Little on 10 Sep 2011 at 08:30:50"I am profoundly Deaf and all DVD's should have Subtitles and when i bought my favourite film White Feather i found it had no Subtitles,so i had to send it back as i think it all DVD's should say if they have Subtitles or not."
posted by Wolfy on 7 Sep 2011 at 17:25:41"All DVDs must have subtitles (many different languages as much as it can...) No matter if it's low budget movies(!) if we made british 'deaf' films without subtitles, then deaf people from other countries will want it subtitles in thier own languages, it's same for us want those 'hearing' DVDs to have subtitles(!)"
posted by gary on 7 Sep 2011 at 10:57:08"The DVD maker DRIVEN me NUTS!!! Every time I went to Tesco. Saw the front cover, mmmm, look good, start read at the back, sound good then start read information. AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH! no subtitles!! EVERY TIME I SEE GREAT FILM AND ENDUP NONE!!! So unfair!"
posted by Katt on 10 Aug 2011 at 00:36:37"Dvds should have subtitles on , on every copy! People who can hear could opt not to have them and the people who do including me can enjoy watching what everybody else is! There is deafness in my family which gets worse as you get older ,mine was also complicated by german measles at age 7.I'm not completely deaf but cannot hear what people say most of time unless they face me. I usually go to the source to complain.Like if a series is bbc,write to them and write to the makers of the dvds.It can only help? We need these subtitles .We pay our money just the same as hearing people do so why such blatant discrimination?"
posted by sally on 9 Aug 2011 at 13:26:15"A film I really wanted to watch was Ghost - the political thriller from the book by robert harris - the book is brilliant and imagine my disappoitment when lo and behold no subtitles . I also rented Special Relationship this week and same problem - is it Michael Sheen do you think? Another major gripe is no subtitles on Tlk Talk cable TV disgraceful and discriminatory"