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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?"
posted by H Tait on 18 Sep 2009 at 12:14:38"Are the DVD companies not aware of the 9 million deaf people in this country to whom subtitles are essential? It is about time that they woke up to the fact that they are most certainly losing out on sales by discriminating against a vast number of potential buyers. Because of this gross discrimination, surely the government should intervene to make it compulsary for all DVDs to contain subtitles. For heavens sake WAKE UP ALL YOU GUILTY PARTIES and do yourselves a favour even if you do not care about us "forgotten" 9 million!"
posted by Mrs Penny on 16 Sep 2009 at 19:20:44"I am disappointed that the novel Buddy by Nigel Hinton which was made into a TV series in the 1980s and can be purchased on DVD does not have subtitles. As a teacher of profoundly deaf teenagers I am saddened that they cannot fully access this material. What a pity. There must be software available that can add subtitles, but where is it???"
posted by DEREK on 13 Sep 2009 at 23:58:39"People like myself who have hearing problems, and there are 9 million of us in the UK, rely a lot on subtitled DVD's. So many movies these days are strewn with "music" that obliterates most of the dialogue and when you add a lot of the mumbling of actors then even people with perfect hearing must lose the plot. Studios and industry spread the word. We want subtitles on every new release and importantly also on older movies."
posted by eric on 13 Sep 2009 at 21:15:00"No subtitles on blu-ray discs of Optimum: 'Angel heart'; 'Elephant' ... great movies; A real pity ..."
posted by patgardener on 13 Sep 2009 at 18:44:00"I just bought NCIS Season 6 and was dismayed to discover that there are no subttitles in any language. The box says it is Closed Captioned but my TV isn't picking that up. while I'm not hearing impaired sometimes I have trouble hearing low voices or conversation on noisy movies. CC and subtitles let me hear the entire conversation. Stop being cheap and bring subtitles and CC back. "
posted by Hunterbfh on 7 Sep 2009 at 19:44:03"I am very disappointed that Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders DVDs do not include the the subtitles. I am NOT buying these DVDs! WIll have to catch these serials with the subtitles on ITV channels anyway! Its their loss that they won't be getting part of my money! So there! "
posted by john martin on 6 Sep 2009 at 22:33:43"I'm realy fed up with companies who produce DVDs with no sub, you would think in this day& age that all DVDs would have them. The amount of time that I have emailed the film companies themselfs (paramount ect) not one has replied to me. Also getting a series that you want to start collecting like Columbo wich has subs in I think season 1,2,3 but non in 5,6. I ended up not bying the rest of the seasons, Ive even had DVDs with english subs on the case but the actual disc has no English sub content on them just German, Swiss etc. I think it's about time for local goverments to make it law for all DVDs to have subs or they wont be allowed in the country, I'm disabled so dont get out much but enjoy a good moviebut half the time i have to reject a film cos of lack of sub (that will meen the shop loses aswel because of lack of faith from deaf customers. I better not get started in games. Thanks for reading this. JM"
posted by Diana Martins on 4 Sep 2009 at 23:58:27"I am soo extremely pissed off at the world! My movies "Night Junkies" and "Keith" don't have subtitles. What should I do? I am sooooo extremely angry at people who don't understand me who is deaf!"
posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 1 Sep 2009 at 23:15:44"Mostly Bible dvds don't have subtitles so like revelation as we deaf need Bible dvd subtitles"
posted by Lorraine on 31 Aug 2009 at 07:57:58"I had the American Civil War by famed documentary director Ken Burns delivered and much to my amazement - there were no subtitles! And this series took five years to be put together!! Gosh, was I so disappointed! "
posted by Tricia on 29 Aug 2009 at 15:47:53"None of Billy Connolly's DVD's are subtitled. I emailed his website about this but received no reply."
posted by edna & brian on 26 Aug 2009 at 02:02:13"Keep up the good work!We try to rent dvds with subtitles-it's hard to find out which ones DO include that information.Although only slighlty hard of hearing we find many accents hard to follow without the sub titles."
posted by David on 24 Aug 2009 at 15:21:25"I bought Quantum Leap Series 1 when it first came out and they are my favourite series and then the others 4 boxsets came out they don't have any subtitles I just don't understand why they only put it on the first season boxset and the rest don't I mean don't they understand they going to make huge losses on the other four, same goes for Monk, the first two boxset got subtitle and the rest of the them hasn't got any. they playing with us. come on Film/DVD company if you want more profits, put the subtitles on every DVDS."
posted by Deepa on 22 Aug 2009 at 23:08:00"I want 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding to be subtitled...i have been checking for years if the film has subtitles! Very frustrating experience."
posted by anonymous on 13 Aug 2009 at 11:52:47"Why are there so few subtitles included with the majority of DVDs? I know the subtitles exist--the movies are released all over the world--but they simply are not included on DVDs. In Japan (where I live), it's even worse than the US. I can't get even English subtitles on major releases from China, France, Germany--for almost all non-English speaking movies. Even major Japanese films have not had English subtitles here! I know I'm a minority here, but is it really that much trouble to put the subtitles on?"
posted by Elaine on 5 Aug 2009 at 23:09:37"I was looking tonight to see if I could the box set of The Professionals to buy for a friend's birthday gift and oh I was so disappointed that it said no subtitles when currently at present on TV that it is showing The Professionals with subtitles! What on earth is going on - they've revamped the DVD box set and no subtitles!! So frustrating!"