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posted by steven on 17 Nov 2010 at 00:45:45

"i was born with a nerve deafness which makes it hard for me to hear, i get annoyed when i see a dvd that i want that has no subtitles. my wife bought me knight rider and the A-team series 1 and 2 on dvd which had subtitles , then she went and got me the rest of the series on both shows , and guess what? no subtitles, so they remain in the plastic.. wouldn`t these people make more money by putting subtitles on all movies? here in australia theres over a million people with a hearing problem that wont buy that certain movie because of no subtitles? thats a lot of money they miss out on because they continue to let us sufferers suffer."

posted by iain on 15 Nov 2010 at 16:36:55

"Under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act a disabled person shouldm Not be treated less favourably, then a normal person, because of his disability. Not having Subtitles is discriminating against those with hearing disabilities! "

posted by anonymous on 2 Nov 2010 at 17:40:52

"I have been trying to find Anne of Green Gables DVD with subtitles for so long, I am deaf and it was one of my favourite films from childhood and would love to watch it again but can't :( it is so frustrating, why is it so hard to do subtitles???"

posted by anonymous on 30 Oct 2010 at 16:19:46

"With many actors mumbling their words it is essential for the modern DVD to have imbedded subtitles. There is no issue with the older DVD as ALL the words are clearly pronounced and can be clearly heard. "

posted by Yvonne on 29 Oct 2010 at 16:41:12

"I find it insulting that so many DVD's are not subtitled, as though deaf people are second class citizens. I am even more annoyed when I buy a DVD that is marked subtitled and find that the words of songs have been omited. Films like White Christmas when the song words are part of the story."

posted by Honor on 25 Oct 2010 at 13:34:30

"I have written to Amazon to complain about the lack of subtitles information on their DVD listings. They told me to visit this site. I find it extrordinary that a company of Amazon's size and influence should be directing customers to an external site to try find information on subtitles. I agree with those who say that the industry is losing a sizable revenue stream by omitting subtitles, and I think the BBC is particularly bad in this respect."

posted by Tim on 20 Oct 2010 at 12:32:00

" There are many films in the German language, which I am studying , that I would really like to see, for example Goethe's " Faust" with Gustaf Gundregens and the the series "Die Manns", but it appears that these do not have English subtitles. It would be good to have the facility of subtitles in a number of languages, so that people worldwide could enjoy foreign fims."

posted by Con Loss on 20 Oct 2010 at 08:59:40

"I've lost a lot of my hearing over the last fourteen years.I find that if I watch a DVD with subtitles I can understand the spoken word also! It amazes me that old movies like "Bad Day at Black Rock" (Spencer Tracy-Lee Marvin) and "Picnic" (William Holden-Kim Novak) have very nice subtitles whereas a much more modern British movie like "The Go-between" (Alan Bates-Judie Christie) has not. The sound in the latter movie is pretty bad, which is a shame for such a lovely movie. ..Kind Regards..."

posted by Joanne on 19 Oct 2010 at 17:48:14

"I think it is disgusting about the lack of subtitles. "

posted by Chris on 15 Oct 2010 at 14:13:55

"I AM SOOO FRUSTRATED, BUT glad I have now found this website! So many times my wife and I have rented dvds that when they have arrived do not have subtitles!! We end up just sending them back unwatched. Several times I have emailed the distributors, but never had a response. The latest film we wanted to see was The Ghost (Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan). The synopsis read great, but when we got the film - NO subtitles!!! The email we sent to them read ... Dear Sirs We would love to be able to watch the film 'The Ghost' starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, as it looks like it could be a thoroughly enjoyable film. However, as there are no subtitles on the dvd and we require subtitles for the hard of hearing, we are unable to watch this film. We are very disappointed that some dvd's are still distributed without subtitles - it could possibly be classed as discriminative towards those with hearing disabilities. I am sure that we will have watched many subtitled dvd's released and distributed by Optimum Releasing in the past, but when we find one with such a strong cast and potentially great storyline, but no subtitles, we really do feel cheated. Please may we request that you review your policy on subtitling, and/or use your persuasion with production companies to ensure those who already suffer with hearing loss do not have to live a life without films. Yours faithfully ... Please feel free to copy our text and bombard these distributors with emails!! Maybe one day someone will listen!! Thank you for reading my rant! "

posted by Steve on 6 Oct 2010 at 04:07:25

"I was so excited to watch Hell's Kitchen Season 1 Raw and Uncensored and I find it extremely disappointing because there's no subtitles! I just wish there's a law saying that all DVD are required to have subtitles!"

posted by anonymous on 1 Oct 2010 at 22:00:45

"I watched Dungeons & Dragons (animated series) in the 1980s when subtitles were not invented and now the series has been re-released onto DVDs. I was so excited about the re-release as I thought I could access the story now but unfortunately the stupid distributors decided not to put subtitles on even though that it's really cheap to do. Shame on you distributors! You have let down the 1980s' Deaf generation. Come on get your bums into gear and sort this out!"

posted by John Schiltz on 29 Sep 2010 at 11:34:51

" Wow ! Now if only these pages could be forwarded to all DVD producers and outlets. I am not deaf -- at the moment -- but my mother is, and I'm continually trying to find DVDs in series that she likes, with readable subtitling or subtitling at all. The answer I get from companies is the old, " we have to pay by the minute to get the titling done " line. When the DVDs are titled, many of the type styles they use are unsuitable and even bold type can disappear because unlike the TV titles the black or coloured strip is absent. What's needed is the backing of some bods in the film/tv/writing industry to get the DVD manufacturers to take notice. Surely they must realise besides the moral reprehensibility of their behaviour, that it also hits them in their pockets because it loses them a sizable chunk of income because of lost customers!"

posted by baldbilluk on 23 Sep 2010 at 22:05:34

"I love old films, from the 30s and 40s and my favourites are mostly Ealing studios, Went the Day Well, Hue and Cry and I am frustrated to see that these DVD and others from Ealing studio, do not carry subtitles, I have alot of these movies on DVD recorded from TV but I would still have bought them if the quality was a bit better, but like most deaf people will not touch them with a bargepole if there is no subtitles, feel that some studios are losing a lot of money by not having subtitles."

posted by None on 20 Sep 2010 at 19:10:47

"I am deaf and i am very piss off now! almost everytime I rent movies it doesn't have captions and doesn't have subtitules. I am very pissed off because world doesn't care about deaf needs. I am real angry at people who make the movies without captions or subtitles because without them i have no way to understand what happen in the movie. i can't read the people lips."

posted by collegegirl on 14 Sep 2010 at 13:00:46

"Thank heavens I have found this site and can now check whether a DVD has captions before I buy it. Why dont they add this fact on the info section - even on amazon it doesnt always tell you it's captioned. We have had the Disability Discrimination Act for years now but deaf people still cannot access many DVDs. The technology is there so there is no excuse. It should be illegal to put out a DVD which excludes us. How can we make this a law? It is very low priority isnt it."

posted by Zoe on 8 Sep 2010 at 07:26:24

"Just watched "Girl with the Dragon Tatto" -the subtitles could hardly be read as were mainly on white background ( and white print)- had read the book but if hadn't I would not have been able to follow the movie (in Swedish).... why cant subtitles have a bblack background strip to sit on? Makes for very frustrating viewing ... don't think I will be able to sit through series 2 and 3 if its the same difficulty to read. "

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posted by t smith on 25 Aug 2010 at 19:46:49

"i now have german relations due to my daughters marriage. they do not speak english and have not travelled outwith germany or austria in their lifetime.i live in scotland and would like to send them some of the fine travel/history dvds such as coast so they could learn about my daughters birthplace.despite searching german language/subtitles appear unobtainable.Media companies eg bbc are losing sales if they ignore this market opportunity."

posted by Tatjana on 30 Jul 2010 at 17:21:14

"I am very sad to read here that such a classics as "Yes Minister" is without subtitles! Im enjoying the book currently and Id love to have DVDs too, what a dissapointment. At least I found "Jeeves and Wooster" subtitled, a little relief. Subtitles are relevant not only for UK people with hearing problems, but I believe for many other Europeans as well, who are not English native speakers, but who would like anyway to watch English movies in original language. Like me, for example. Unfortunately, I do not catch all the nuances of Britich speech, specific expressions etc. only by hearing, so I need subtitles to help me better to understand the movie and as well to polish my English. So, I believe the number of potential clients lost by DVD studios is much higher that the one highlighted on the front page of!"

posted by bettiola on 22 Jul 2010 at 00:10:45

"I am hearing-impaired and a great devotee of BBC productions, and I cannot understand why BBC & many UK productions do not provide subtitles for the hearing-impaired - consistently! Whereas most US movies that I get on Netflix DO, thank goodness! I have many friends who have no trouble hearing, but would also appreciate BBC English subtitles because the broader UK accents are often hard to understand, and for some reason, British productions tend to have louder musical sound tracks and background noise. I was also surprised to find that the CBC series "Slings & Arrows" which I would otherwise have enjoyed very much, does not include English captions. Film companies are missing out on much $$$ that could be made from the large segment of the population who have hearing loss. When are they going to catch on and what can we do to make sure they do, sooner rather than later?!"

posted by Renji on 10 Jul 2010 at 10:27:07

"I am frustrated that the Sweeney box set is not subtitled. It would make a huge difference to its sales and the sales of any DVD if they were subtitled. what's wrong with the distibutors?"

posted by Mat on 1 Jul 2010 at 14:20:31

"Absolutely infuriating... The Day of the Triffids (2009) has been released without subtitles!! ARRRRGGH!! I saw the first half of this on TV but missed the second half... was so looking forward to the DVD, so so disappointed now :("

posted by Iva on 29 Jun 2010 at 18:31:05

"I'm a fan of House m.d. and can not understand why there are no subtitles on UK edition, when american edition has it? Isn't it the same company and the same language?"

posted by Julie on 5 Jun 2010 at 15:53:26

"All dvds should have subtitles! As people who dont need them dont have to choose this option, like us who do need them could choose to do so, theres many films I have not seen and tv series I would love to buy on dvd but cant because of no subtitles.We pay enough for dvds so why arent they on them? It should be made law to include subtitles on every dvd sold.I always check here before buying a dvd as its atotal waste of money to buy a dvd you cannot enjoy as you cannot hear or understand what is going on!"

posted by Gösta Knochenhauer on 29 May 2010 at 22:28:11

"I just bought DVDs from Amazon: The "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" series have no subtitles at all. Three nature films, also from BBC, have only English for hearing impaired. The Monty Python DVDs, thank heaven, seem to have a good selection. I never thought to check the details before ordering, I just assumed that professional quality films were properly subtitled. Shame on BBC!"

posted by Elaine Henson on 19 May 2010 at 10:42:28

"I settled down to enjoy the German film "The Lives of Others" (rented from Lovefilm), on my daughter's recommendation. My schooldays German is good enough to reveal within a few minutes that the English subtitles were hopelessly inadequate and incomplete--in fact it made the film unwatchable, as the translation was ungrammatical and incomprehensible. Such a shame--I had to give up within 10 minutes!"

posted by shilyte on 19 May 2010 at 04:45:21

"i love anime and I've spent a lot of time watching it on the internet. Now, I'm starting my anime collection but a lot of the titles I want haven't been released in the US yet, the only way i can get them is if I order them from overseas. But the subtitles are horrible on imported anime. You can tell it was subbed by someone whose first language isn't English. I need decently subbed DVDs. I dont even need the extras subbed, just the series itself. Come on, you'd have a lot more business from me if this situation is improved."

posted by lily mitchell on 15 May 2010 at 12:15:07

"I am hard of hearing and the lack of subtitles is very frustrating and annoying. Especially when one rents a video and find it hasn't got subtitles. This happens very often. Surely in an age when men can get to the moon it cannot be so difficult to prominently mark each title that has subtitles. Also to get subtitles onto films that haven't got them. "
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