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posted by Anthony Bird on 15 Feb 2010 at 10:34:06"Given the fact that there are so many deaf and hard of hearing customers it is a disgrace that so many DVDs are still being produced without Subtitles. The producers of such DVDs should be aware that the Deaf population is likely to grow."
posted by anonymous on 14 Feb 2010 at 15:56:18"I am ANNOYED because the whole season of House is not subtitled and this is my favourite program!!"
posted by Caz on 9 Feb 2010 at 13:21:37"Who can I complain to? I wanted to buy the DVD Pandorum and A Perfect Getaway and the new boxed collection of Sherlock Holmes - considering these 3 DVDs are 2009/2010 releases, NONE OF THEM HAVE SUBTITLES English or otherwise!! - I think its absolutely outrageous in this day and age and I would go as far as to say that its discriminatory towards people who are hearing impaired. I just don't understand the logic behind this. Is there anybody out there who can explain why some DVDs are not subtitled, is it a money thing or do the film industry in general just not appreciate that some people find it difficult to watch their DVDs? "
posted by Carol on 6 Feb 2010 at 14:24:19"It is constantly advertised on national TV that millions of people in the UK suffer with some form of mild to extreme hearing impairment. Subtitling for me helps to improve my quality of life greatly. We are living in the 21st century - I can not understand the logic behind not subtitling DVDs and/or some tv programmes. I fancied watching the new DVD, Day of the Triffids, but guess what NO SUBTITLES! Some stand up comedy DVDs such as Michael McIntyre, Billy Connolly and Alan Carr also don't carry subtitles - such a shame. In the UK, protocol dictates that we all make allowances for people with impairments and who speak different languages, why then are DVDs/tv channels allowed to ignore this? Is it really too much to be hoped for that one day filmakers/producers of DVDs etc will one day wake up and give us some consideration. Thanks for a brilliant website - I always "check with you first" before buying any DVD these days "
posted by palmina on 1 Feb 2010 at 16:29:50"I was looking for the series of Midsomer Murders, but I find they are not subtitled. That is really a pity: I will not be able to appreciate them and to understand dialogues and so the stories."
posted by anonymous on 27 Jan 2010 at 19:14:07"i am aware some movie dvd have no subtitles where they should for rights of access. however, what annoys me the most is actually watching a movie with subtitles then the subtitles disappear when a song or music with lyrics is playing, it may seem trivial but i get angry when i miss out on the whole complete film experience because of this. i do enjoy music with lyrics even though i am profoundly deaf. i remember the old VHS tapes that you had to have a closed caption reader for the subtitles to appear, the irony is that those VHS movies the songs were subtitled!! it seems to me that the dvd producers presumes that deaf people are unable to enjoy music!!"
posted by tiggy on 18 Jan 2010 at 18:15:11"I am a fan of Monk with Tony Shalhoub and found out these dvds have no subtitles I am a bit surprised because Monk is American TV and not that old. Many old British made dvds have no subtitles like "Coming Home" with Emily Mortimer. I 'll do anything to see them again! "
posted by Jonathan L on 14 Jan 2010 at 21:07:01"My pet gripe is the number of DVDs produced by the company Playback which rarely puts subs on. Great shows like "Third Rock from the Sun", "Dinnerladies" don't have them. Weirdly they did put subtitles on "Battlestar Galactica". I can't fathom them at all!"
posted by Jeff Coteman on 8 Jan 2010 at 12:25:36"I am continually frustrated will the lack of subtitles on DVD's and in particular the DVD's given free with Newspapers. I have written to a number of newspapers on this matter pointing out that this is a form of disrimination against its readers who have a hearing loss. No promises are ever made regarding future promotions."
posted by Opal on 7 Jan 2010 at 23:25:34"I am so angry! I am hearing impaired and missed the first 3 episodes of "Lilies" due to illness. I just loved the rest of the series though and was dying to find out how it all began. After contacting the ABC shop for subtitling info I was amazed at their answer which was basically "we don't know so buy it and try it" I asked if there would be a refund if there were no subtitles but the answer was "no but you could exchange it for other DVDs at the same price"! I then contacted EZYDVD, always very helpful (they actually show subtitle info on their website) and they found out for me that No, there is no subtitling on Lilies!! Grrrr! Why not?? The sound tracks on DVDs are often so faint anyway that my partner who is NOT hearing impaired has to use them when watching HIS stuff. Not Happy!!"
posted by Roger on 7 Jan 2010 at 15:41:50"I have experienced many problems with DVDs that i have borrowed from the public library over the past few years. Not only are there many released without any subtitles at all but when they are described as being subtitled this often only refers to the parts that are in a foreign language and not when it is in English. The manufacturers do not seem to realise this and therefore the information on the DVD is not helpful to people with hearing problems. They need to state whether subtitles are available for hard of hearing people as well as those who do not read the foreign languages. The other problem is that the library is unable to tell me whether a film they have at another library is subtitled without having to look at it. All these problems lead to a lot of frustration and anger and i consider it discrimination. "
posted by Lorraine on 30 Dec 2009 at 18:49:18"Me and my partner who is hearing (I am deaf) enjoy watching the comedy stand ups like Lee Evans, Chris Rock etc etc. However we can't just buy the DVD because there are no subtitles... the most ridiculous one was Hebrew on Lee Evans!!! Not everyone knows Hebrew... even so, have English as well as Hebrew! This makes me feel down because I would like to join in on the jokes and laughs without having to ask what "he" said which can annoy others who are trying to listen. We need to fight to get subtitles on every major DVD that comes out or provide us with the right to have subtitles put on it if necessary. Don't stop us from buying the DVD's - producers only lose profit because they haven't catered for mine and other Hard of Hearing people's needs. Sort it out!!!"
posted by jo payne on 29 Dec 2009 at 17:57:56"I was really looking forward to taking a trip back in time and to buy the Upstairs Downstairs complete series. Thanks to this site I now realise the DVDs are NOT subtilted! I would have been so annoyed to have order them and then found out. Surely all DVDs could be subtitled, what exactly is the problem? People with good hearing need not switch the subtitles on, and for the rest of us who require them, it gives us a chance to follow the films/TVs series easily by switching them on. Come on company's who make them, use your common sense and realise there are many people with all levels of deafness who require subtitles just as there are people with good hearing. I am so greatful to your site, as I now check to find out if the DVDs do have subtitles before I order and buy... many thanks...."
posted by anonymous on 28 Nov 2009 at 14:25:35"Fortunately I don't suffer with hearing impairment but my wife does. Like many of the contributors to this page I'm completely baffled as to why some DVD's carry subtitles and others not. Logically one would think it's the older, less commercial titles that suffer lack of subtitling but this isn't always the case. It is extrememly frustrating to find modern popular TV dramas that are subtitled on broadcast don't have subtitles when the DVD is released - Midsomer Murders, Minder, Foyles War to name but a few. Similarly, The Long Good Friday, which was recently re-released as an 'anniversary edition' with an additional DVD of extras,still failed to include subtitles for the main film. So, we get a load of irrelevant detail about locations, research, behind-the-scenes, what the director had for lunch - which must have cost money to produce - but those with hearing problems STILL cannot enjoy the actual film. Are subtitles MORE expensive to put on than producing a whole new DVD? I've contacted companies several times about this problem and even when I've had a reply, it's usually some half apologetic drivel. Perhaps an organisation with a bit of clout should take these companies to the Court Of Human Rights - it's the only way I can see the ignorant,arrogant and inconsiderate companies being made to see the light and alter their ways."
posted by Nicky on 25 Nov 2009 at 12:16:46"Yet again another christmas where I wont be able to have a good laugh at the comedy dvds that are out at this time of year... really really irritates me they cant be bothered to put subs on them."
posted by GRB on 24 Nov 2009 at 19:16:53"ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOWS OF ALL TIMES IS "I, CLAUDIUS" WITH SUPERB ACTING AND STAGING BUT "NO CLOSED CAPTIONING" WHY NOT?!"
posted by Chrissie on 17 Nov 2009 at 19:37:43"I love watching DANCING ON ICE on tv programmes that include subtitles but when I ordered DVDs they do not have subtitles on any of them. Why why?"
posted by charlene91 on 14 Nov 2009 at 19:13:43"I have just turned 18 and I have been deaf my whole life due to ventilation as a baby. I love watching dvds but when I buy them I have to check the box to make sure they have subtitles or else I can't buy them. My favourite especially is comedians such as Peter Kay, Frankie Boyle etc. but i can't buy any of their dvds because they have no subtitles. I have to hope they come on to tv and have subtitles on the tv. Is there no law which requires all dvds to be subtitled as surely this must be discrimination?"
posted by david on 12 Nov 2009 at 23:13:56"hi i have complaned to virgin about not subtitling there programs on liveing tv they for sum reason will not put subtitles on i think that they should be taken to court as its total unfair for the hard of hearing i have 20% hearing so realy on subtitles to understand tv "
posted by Chris Queen on 8 Nov 2009 at 12:24:06"As a 7-year old, my hearing was impaired when I was treated with a "wonder" drug for a childhood illness. I am lucky. My hearing loss is only 30% in both ears - across in the same range of sounds. It is difficult to understand whispered or muffled speech or voices against a high background of ambient sounds. I am furious at the lack of consideration given to the 10% of people with various hearing difficulties. Subtext is a godsend. It is used on everything I watch. With the advent of DVDs, I could now follow everything without strain - until I began to discover an amazing quantity of BBC output actually had no subtext on the released DVD - 'Allo 'Allo & Spooks to name but two I am sure Spooks Series One would have been aired with subtitles - so why has the BBC Corporation failed its viewers? Money of course - ignoring the fact that many people who buy and watch DVDs are the very people who are likely to affected with hearing difficulties Production teams use "Reality" sound and High levels of Music which drown out dialogue. Without subtext, I would find most US imports nearly impossible to watch. I have seen dozens of complaints aimed the BBC Corporation about its lack of understanding. I dread the switch to digital where the Teletext subtext "888" is discarded for the new digital approach (text coming 10 seconds after the dialogue is spoken). The BBC should be held accountable for the way it makes money on its merchandising with disregard to the market sector it is failing in the process "
posted by Sarah on 6 Nov 2009 at 11:55:30"My mother is getting on a bit and one of her great pleasures is True Life Documentaries. I would love to buy her some but finding any with subtitles is a nightmare. It seems daft that so few DVD's have subtitles - even I have trouble making out what is being said in films sometimes and would like the option to pop subtitles on."
posted by anonymous on 2 Nov 2009 at 20:21:23"It is bad enough that a great deal of films and shows on the tv are not subtitled but to add insult to injury we are so restricted by what we can watch on DVD. I find it really annoying when I can't order a new release because it is devoid of subtitles.Back to the TV, we are expected to pay the full price for the license but blind people get it free even though they can listen to all the programmes the same as radio. surely we should get a discount for that or a new law to make subtitles compulsary for all programmes and DVDS. "
posted by anonymous on 24 Oct 2009 at 09:50:56"One would think that since most of the countries in the world do not speak english as mother language but have only learned it in school etc., the dvd distributors would have the common sense to at least add the english subtitles (if only even for the hard of hearing ones) to such big hit boxes like Farscape, Northern Exposure, Seaquest etc., and there are loads of others, especially movies, that simply are not bought by customers like me because of the lack of subtitles. I understand written english very well but the hearing is a lot more difficult. I would probably buy at least three times the amount of dvds I'm currently if there simply would be the subtitles to support the heard english."
posted by George from Athens, Greece on 17 Oct 2009 at 15:34:05"I have purchased many great British comedy set boxes but had to spend days searching on the web about subtitle availability. DVD-Subtitles.com is a good source of information but its database is incomplete and information on many DVD series doesn't exist. Amazon don't care to include information in the description. BBC always have replied to my queries assuring me that all series prefixed with BBCDVD are subtitled. I have bought some based on their information, only to find out that this is not always the case. When I went back to BBC with details of the wrong information, they just ignored my email. It's becoming very frustrating, not only for people with hearing problems, but from international buyers too. If an English cannot easily follow Scottish or Irish idioms, how easy would that be for a foreigner? I believe that a "sour lemon" award should be given annually to studios who don't want to spend a few dollars or pounds and produce something decent. Name and shame them, that might be our only satisfaction."
posted by Narayana Moorthy on 8 Oct 2009 at 09:27:03"Sub-titling must be made mandatory to DVDs. If Governments can ask Tobacco Companies to print anti-tobacco messages in their products, surely DVD publishers can be asked to add sub-tiles to their products."
posted by anonymous on 4 Oct 2009 at 20:15:05"Why don't BBC DVD's have subtitles in foreign languages? The BBC is renowned for the quality of its period pieces but not everyone speaks English as well as the English! Many of the subtlties of the plots are lost for foreign speakers."
posted by D.L. on 4 Oct 2009 at 14:44:54"I wonder why those Christian film-making products never subtitle and/or close captioning some Christian DVDs for deaf and hard of hearing believers. The believers read their own bibles as well as they watch Christian DVDs and movies, but my question is “Do we the deaf and hard of hearing Christians and other believers have the rights to receive information in thoughts, ideas, readings, and others through movie and tv boarding products?”"
posted by moufawadpaul on 28 Sep 2009 at 00:28:06"I'm getting used to discovering DVDs without subtitles or close-captions. Recently, however, it really pissed me off when I purchased Chris Marker's A Grin Without A Cat which was finally released on DVD and discovered, after such a long wait, that it was not subtitled. Yet another great movie ruined because of studio able-ism. "
posted by luca esposito on 24 Sep 2009 at 21:50:26"I want every DVD subtitled for hearing impaired. This is positive progress! I only buy subtitled DVD!"
posted by Slavomir on 22 Sep 2009 at 09:02:10"There is no dvd subtitled for great British movie "Fallen Idol"! I can't find dvd with subtitles for "Odd Man Out". Why?! I'm almost-deaf person, where I can find classic movies with subtitles for peaple such as myself?"