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Are you ANGRY that your favourite DVD is not subtitled? Are you frustrated with the limited choice of subtitled DVDs? Are you impressed with this site? How do you feel right now about DVDs and subtitles? Click here to have your say!!

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posted by billyg on 1 Jul 2008 at 22:00:09

"I am really ANGRY - all baywatch series 1-9 not have english subtitles it's not fair for deaf people... why???? I cant believe all uk dvdv is LAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!........"

posted by Brian Sykes on 26 Jun 2008 at 19:56:24

"I find the absence of subtitles on modern issues totally inexcusable. I suspect the reason why many older titles aren't issued with subtitles is one of cost against projected sales returns. Many new modern releases contain plenty of 'extras' so the omission of subtitles on these cannot be justified on production costs/sales. Weirdly, some titles released in the USA on region 1 have subtitles but when they are released on region 2, they don't! Inexplicable and frankly, illogical. If the reason isn't simply one of the cost, then it can only be attributed to arrogance, ignorance, laziness, stupidity or a combination of all four but certainly the 'customer services' departments of some of these companies are failing to meet their remit to their paying customers big-time. Don't they realise they are losing sales? - Minder, Midsomer Murders, Foyles War are just three of the series boxsets I have refused to purchase because of it. Maybe they just don't care?"

posted by mark costigan on 19 Jun 2008 at 00:39:05

"hey I am deaf and theres one of my favourite film (in to the west) its is an irish movie and it is not subtitled, something really need to be done about this"

posted by anonymous on 18 Jun 2008 at 04:14:57

"What is up with false advertisments? One of the DVD's I bought had a 'CC' on the back, which is an old symbol for 'Closed Captions' so CC is encoded. and since it is on a DVD, my TV or Computer could not load the 'CC' by their defaults. I don't like false advertisements. I get my money back. CC is different from subtitles... DVD contributors need to understand the difference and do it right...."

posted by Ninny on 18 Jun 2008 at 03:45:37

"I wish there is subtitles for cult classics too, like Nowhere or Doom Generation by Gregg Anarki"

posted by bj on 14 Jun 2008 at 02:21:50

"Why have they quit putting English subtitles on dvds? The last movie I rented said that it was subtitled, but when I got it home it only had a Spanish subtitle. I can't hear! Don't movie producers care about us? We need this handicap access! Maybe we should petition Congress for a bill to provide closed caption on all TV programs and to provide English subtitles on English movies."

posted by Dan Davidson on 29 May 2008 at 23:32:52

"I think there should be a law on DVDs being subtitled. All DVDs should be subtitled, and have audio description (for those who are Blind and Partially Sighted). I am Partially Deaf, so I hate DVDs when they don't have subtitles. Isn't the absence of subtitles blatant discrimination against us? We can't enjoy the film without subtitles so it is indirect discrimination against the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Just my thoughts."

posted by steffan Carter on 17 May 2008 at 16:53:03

"lots of deaf people are disppiontment, lots of films they want also no subtitle"

posted by Tracey on 28 Apr 2008 at 10:53:25

"I am profound deaf, my favourite programme is Most Haunting and I'm really frustrating that there only have subtitles twice on new series 9 and most of them have no subtitles on VIRGIN 1 (freeview) then suddenly not have Most Haunting on VIRGIN 1 which they haven't finish rest of series 9 programmes - why? Before xmas, I heard that new DVD release on 28th April which I was really looking forward to buy new Most Haunting Series 9 but unfortunately that I found out the DVD don't have subtitles which it make me ever more ANGRY and I feel they don't have deaf awareness."

posted by Moon on 26 Apr 2008 at 22:33:08

"i am not too happy about having a Wolf Creek has no subtitles but i loved to watch it as which it was on TV, i was lucky enough to watched it, BUT all DVDs must have subtitles not one off or anything like it, i am very seriously mean it. because that is very important to all deaf/loss of hearing people from all the over world. Hearing people must to learn accepting for subtitles no matter what they are complain about as long as they are their RIGHTS, I am RANT over it!!!"

posted by anonymous on 16 Apr 2008 at 02:44:24

"Two films I wanted to watch the other day didn't have subtitles and they were both produced by Artisan! If someone were to get a real petition going requiring movie companies to put English subtitles on their DVDs, I would love to sign it!"

posted by anonymous on 28 Mar 2008 at 23:01:25

"I love to watched old Most Haunted with subtitles on Living (Sky)...its brilliants but now new Most Haunted have no subtitles so far, its bad now and also im going to buy Most Haunted DVD Series 1 to 9 but have NO SUBTITLES ON DVD....WTF??!??! Why not? im so annoyed."

posted by Clare on 21 Mar 2008 at 15:19:03

"I am deaf. I was too disppointed that Loving Annabelle DVD had no subtitles as I feel angry because I enjoyed the film so much but I know the story about with subtitles on. Where is our deaf rights to have subtitles on all DVDs???? Please put subtitles on Loving Annabelle and some lesbian/gay DVDS!!! Hope it will make one!!!"

posted by Jason D - AB Canada on 18 Mar 2008 at 20:43:26

"I get really annoyed with the people who add subtitles, the majority of the movies would have censorship, or no subtitles for the lyrics when music is playing. Do they think we don't appreciate music as well ? Other times, when I do a comparison between actual closed captioning (black bars with white text) The closed captioning would have done a better job than subtitles (SDH) format. Censorship, missing swear words, not subtitling extactly as the dialog. Missing lyrics for the music, or other sound effects. Need to start complaining to the movie studios about this ... This is my rant."

posted by Pietjepat on 23 Feb 2008 at 17:08:00

"Although my language is Dutch I can easily speak en read half a dozen European languages. But when I have to follow a movie with a dialogue in English, or even worse, in American, I only catch seventy to eighty percent of the meaning. And that's not enough to really enjoy the movie. With subtitles it goes up to almost 100 percent. A very big difference. For this reason I NEVER buy DVD's without subtitles, nor do I order them on sites that do not give information about subtitles (like Amazon!!!). Fortunately I discovered your website. I'm very, very grateful. Thanks for running this interesting website. And when possible, I'll give a helping hand. Because I'm sure all around the world there're many people like me. And we have to help each other!"

posted by Lizzie on 18 Feb 2008 at 20:58:09

"I too am deaf and find it very frustrating that many current releases including a lot of interesting films made in Australia (I live in the UK) don't have subtitles. I even e-mailed Russell Brand's management team about the lack of subtitles on his dvd but have not had any response (typical!). "

posted by anonymous on 7 Feb 2008 at 18:51:30

"I'm not deaf but I thoroughly agree that it's a shame dvds aren't subtitled. It's already bad enough that people can't hear the beautiful soundtracks (Lord of the Rings,Kingdom of Heaven, Out of Africa,Star Wars, Harry Potter, the old Hollywood musicals...). They should at least be allowed to follow the story. I'm Portuguese and though I read English much as my mother language, it's a bit difficult to follow the dialogues. With subtitles it's much easy and interesting. I usually buy dvds from Amazon, but lately they have no information about it and so I don't order them. It's a pity because sometimes they have very good prices, and I don't have to wait for them to be sold in my country. The same happens with TV serials.(Grey's Anatomy, Bones...)"

posted by Greg on 4 Feb 2008 at 22:02:32

"I live in Australia and find that there are quite a few DVDs that I like that they just can't be bothered subtitling (e.g. Reservoir Dogs - even the "special edition" has all these extras but NO SUBTITLES). I think there is an unwritten assumption by these people that only "oldies" are hearing impaired, so if it's not an "oldies" movie, why bother? Thankfully, the situation is better in the U.K., so now I just order from overseas (which is often cheaper anyway). Thanks also for your great site."

posted by Nemesses on 23 Jan 2008 at 05:45:54

"I am a hearing impaired and it angers me that some DVDs do not have subtitles. All DVDs should have subtitles!!!"

posted by Billy on 1 Jan 2008 at 13:52:30

"I am so p*ss off with some dvd with no subtitles! When i was 15 years old I watch itv1 Baywatch every week with english subtitles I am watch enjoy!.. I will like to buy dvd for Baywatch Series 1! I am SHOCK!!.. no have english subtitles dvd WHY? beacuse I am deaf I need subtitles! I am really upest about it."

posted by JohnBB on 31 Dec 2007 at 08:13:34

"I live in New Zealand, and my wife is profoundly deaf. We have always enjoyed English programms on TV with subtitles, and when they started to appear on DVD we were really happy. We are now really angry when, having purchased boxed sets which clearly state that subtitles are available, they are not!! Surely this is false advertising, and must be subject to some consumer protection legislation? I am going to raise this with the NZ Commerce Commission."

posted by anonymous on 26 Dec 2007 at 15:19:15

"Yes I have several favorite movies "Ernest the movie" and other movie I don't remember, that I love to watch it when I was young. It used to show Closed Captioned on t.v. Until it updated into DvD and now there's no caption or subtitles in it. It was so fusturated for me. Since it my favorite movie. I know it is the law that it has to have all of the captioned, subtitles in any movie, t.v., and more. I have research some in internet about Law passed in Closed Captioned and subtitle for the deaf. Well please help get this new law pass to get more help provide for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and anyone who love to watch with subtitle/c.c. Thanks."

posted by Hakka on 8 Dec 2007 at 17:54:51

"I am glad I found this site :-). At first I thought it was a site that would put subtitles on DVDs! (well, we can dream can't we!!). That's probably not legally allowed. I am utterly annoyed (to say the least) that it is legally allowed to discriminate deaf and HOH people. I am quite severely hard of hearing. The funny thing is that I am black and of Muslim background althought I don't consider myself Muslim. These are protected by law. Nobody could do anything to discriminate me on these 2 things. However, being deaf, some heartless boffins decided that we are nobodies and failed to implement laws to protect our right to equality. I wrote to Amazon the other day asking why their DVDs don't display subtitle information. I am not asking them to put subtitles on - just tell me if there is or isn't subtitles on a given product. For crying out loud how difficult is that? I am sick of returning unsubtitled DVDs. I have a work to do and a social life! I can't bring myself to say excatly how I feel. I'd need more swear words than our dictionary contains! To be honest nothing can explain how angry I am. The thought of going to my local HMV or Virgin and destroying any DVD without subtitles came to my mind many a time. Wish list - I'd give an arm (and throw a leg in too) to get these DVDs with subtitles - Glory - Friday - Any Battlefield Britain series - Any Billy Connelly comedy - Any Bear Grylls survival series - Any Ray Mears series There are gazzillions more but only these came to mind for now. Finally, I would like to thank those who came up with this site. Just the idea that it is here makes me feel better. I suggest we start a petition in whichever country we live to make sure this pathetic discrimination stops. I live in England and I plan to start one. Phew! What a relief to get this off my chest. Thank you."

posted by Bex on 30 Nov 2007 at 10:22:24

"I am a relatively new DVD subtitler for the hard of hearing, and have no 'formal' training. I have noticed that subtitles vary hugely. As an example, Casino Royale gets a good rating on your website, but to me the subtitles look a bit of a mess on screen. I am used to setting them centred on the screen. These ones move their position according to who is talking, and sometimes block more of the picture than I would be happy with. [If you have questions please post on the forum - Webmaster]"

posted by Anita Rix on 28 Nov 2007 at 15:38:32

"I am very annoyed that not enough dvds have subtitles, after all in this day and age you think it would not be a problem, obviously it is. I don't think enough thought is given to people who are hard of hearing or totally deaf, well the companies who put the films on the dvds should!"

posted by USguy on 18 Nov 2007 at 03:38:57

"I live in the US and exercise on machines while watching DVDs. Subtitles are key. I assumed that the move towards the technology of DVDs was going to make it *easier to program subchannels of things. Come to find out, we were better off with VHS tapes and their close-captioning. I stick to VHS if its available: more subtitles. Of course they don't sell VHS anymore so its old movies only for now. EBay, here I come!"

posted by dazymay on 6 Nov 2007 at 22:35:47

"My granddaughter has looked forward to 'Follyfoot' after her mum told her how much she loved it. But prior to buying found no subtitles!! so one profoundly deaf child not only is disappointed but also says why??"

posted by Rachel on 3 Nov 2007 at 16:01:39

"I'm not hard of hearing, but my partner is French and while his standard of English is pretty good he finds that without English subtitles he misses things, especially in shows/films with regional accents. It's really sad that we can't watch my "dinnerladies" DVD together as he misses half the jokes and is constantly having to ask why I'm laughing. What's so hard about putting English subtitles on every DVD as standard anyway?"

posted by Georgia on 30 Oct 2007 at 23:23:12

"There are a lot of dvds that I would like subtitled ie All the Elvis Presley music ones and the documentaries. Also would like Mario Lanza movies made with subtitles. So disappointed that The Catherine Cookson Collection isnt in subs. Its so important for us deaf people to have words to dvds."

posted by Quomann on 22 Oct 2007 at 01:16:35

"I agree with one of the other contributors to this forum. I am not hard of hearing but I like having subtitles on DVDs. They are particularly useful as they allow me to watch DVDs late at night when the rest of the family are in bed. As you can guess if you look at my contributions I buy a lot of Network DVDs and they really annoy me as none of them have subtitles. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and enjoy ITV comedies then you are not catered for. Network have the contract to put out ITV comedies and do not subtitle their discs. I have many of their series (On The Buses, Man About The House, George And Mildred, Robin's Nest, Scully, The Dustbinmen, Watching to name seven) and none of them have subtitles. Thankfully the classic BBC comedies (Last Of The Summer Wine, Bread, Citizen Smith, Brush Strokes, Just Good Friends etc) are subtitled. I can understand up to a point that the 60s and 70s comedies may not be subtitled as they were not subtitled when originally broadcast on TV but any shows from the 80s, 90s or 00s should be subtitled on DVD as they would have been subtitled when they were broadcast. I think the Government should pass a law which makes DVD manufacturers subtitle DVDs or face prosecution for discriminating against the deaf and hard of hearing."
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