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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 Deaf Tone on 14 May 2010 at 18:12:38

"You'd think that the people who would watch older, B/W etc, films are more likely to be losing their hearing and manufacturer of DVD's would have a bit of sympathy for them and make an effort to make older, and younger for that matter, peoples viewing a bit more comfortable by putting subtitles on them. Wrong! I complained to a DVD manufacturer about this and they said that it costs to much to put them on DVD's that will not have high sales figures and they would end up out of pocket. What baffles me is the fact that they pay to put subtitles on DVD's that are aimed at younger viewers who mostly wont use them. Teenage music DVD's is a good example. They spend money putting subtitles on them even though it highly likely that the money will be wasted. The money could be better spent by putting them on the DVD's that will be more likely to have the subtitles used. It's law that disabled people must be accommodated for in society. It should also be law that the option of viewing with subtitles for the deaf should be available whenever possible. If the government had the money to subsidise car sales in the recession to boost car manufacturing, they should also have the money to subsidise the subtitles on DVD's. And some TV stations for that matter. Will they? Don't hold your breath!"

posted by Josephine Dickinson on 4 May 2010 at 16:37:46

"All dvd's should be subtitled as standard. It is a little known fact that at any one time 30% of the population have hearing difficulties of various degrees, and that's a lot of customers! How many are being deterred from buying or renting dvd's because it's so difficult to find out the subtitle status of titles? Lovefilm and Amazon have both let me down in this respect. The BBC are culpable, too, because even when their programmes are subtitled on air, they may not be when transferred to dvd. In addition, even dvd's with subtitled features often have extras that are not subtitled. This is not acceptable. "

posted by Shirley and Jim Waller on 23 Apr 2010 at 22:04:59

"Each week we spend a half hour or more selecting dvds to rent. Today we found six that seemed to meet our tastes (we are 73 and 85 yrs) but were able to take home only three that had the subtitles which I find essential to viewing. These numbers are about our weekly average. Moreover, we find that many discs do not provide the subtitles which their labels claim. "

posted by anonymous on 16 Apr 2010 at 20:05:52

"Y Tu Mamá También is subtitled as are most of the extra features - except for the audio commentary I was so looking forward to! I've researched for a bit on the internet, and for some reason it seems like the UK version has subtitles on the commentary but the US version does not. Unfortunately, apparently DVDs are made with regional codes that restrict where you can play them."

posted by monica m on 16 Apr 2010 at 13:30:52

"Since I have not english as mother language I need to buy English DVD series with english subtitles. Moreover my friends and me buy these items to practise english language. I am fond of MIDSOMER MURDERS series but I will never buy the series until they will put ENGLISH SUBTITLES!!!!!"

posted by tarapedro on 13 Apr 2010 at 21:36:18

"I just bought a whole season of 30 Rock. On TV it is captioned. My dvds are not!"

posted by Kevin Paul Freeman on 8 Apr 2010 at 18:19:17

"I always love war films, I have just bought Passchendaele DVD and its not subtitled, why?!!!!!!!!!!!"

posted by Zak on 30 Mar 2010 at 04:07:10

"There are a few movie I really would like to have Closed Captioning or Subtitles: Prospero's Books and Gregg Araki's NoWhere. It is so frustrating not being able to share these movies with my friends."

posted by anonymous on 24 Mar 2010 at 20:27:45

"There is a huge market that you are missing by not providing Spanish subtitles in your Hallmark movies. My family loves these type of movies like Little House in the Praire,Sarah Plain and Tall etc, but we cannot rent them because they do not have subtitles!!!"

posted by Lol on 5 Mar 2010 at 05:51:33

"Just watching Series four of House on DVD. Was going to head down to the lounge to give my step father one of the DVDs to watch. But no subtitles. A lot of people don't have the greatest hearing especially as they get older. I also find with a lot of Movies and the mumbling I put on the subtitles. And I have great hearing, I know before someone rings the doorbell that someone is outside etc. Please can they put subtitles on all DVDs. My stepfather misses out on watching tv as he has a hearing problem"

posted by Colin on 25 Feb 2010 at 19:07:18

" Teaching Videos should by law have them as in my opion it is discrimination. E mail your MP and local councillors it may help. "

posted by anonymous on 21 Feb 2010 at 00:09:22

"No subtitles on midsomers"

posted by Antonio on 17 Feb 2010 at 17:06:09

"We deserve information about subtitles. DVD's sellers, including big sellers like Amazon should require this information from producers. Children, even those of english language, can benefict from subtitles: they learn to write correctly the words. Why this information is omitted? "

posted by jorgensen on 16 Feb 2010 at 16:56:15

"Yes I'm utterly frustrated by lack of info about subtitles. Very modestly I only ask for subtitles in English, since most movies are English spoken anyway. English is not my first language and it's mostly difficult to get the whole dialogue without subtitles. Mostly I wish that info about subtitles were correct, which it often is not."

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

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