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posted by Jillie on 4 Aug 2009 at 08:20:00

"I bought Anne of Green Gables Triology set from eBay. I didn't think to check for subtitles or closed captioning. Why? Because in previous past, I owned two VHS Tapes, "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Green Gables The Sequel", that were closed captioned. Why in the world aren't these DVD's subtitled? Did they think that the hearing impaired didn't want to watch it? I love these movies and desperately would like to see it subtitled. I have not seen the movie, "Anne of Green Gables - The Continuing story" and was looking forward to watching it!! VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! "

posted by Katt on 2 Aug 2009 at 23:39:16

"I'm so fed up at the lack of subtitles!!! My family all have a heredity hearing loss,affects myself, my mum,my sister ,my cousin and 2 of her kids ,the list goes on.I wanted to buy "last Of The Summer Wine" for my mum but can't because of lack of subtitles,yet when they are shown on the bbc there is subtitles,so why not on the dvds????I always have to ask websites if they are sure the dvds do have subtitles as they state they do and they dont! Amazon quite rudely told me I shouldve checked with you first before buying a dvd from them!I always check here first now! If the companies want our money why wont they give us subtitles?.I've had hearing loss since age eight,I cannot watch anything without subtitles as cannot follow what is being said.It is blatant discrimination against people with hearing loss and I've told a few companies that! If we all wrote to those concerned maybe it would persuade them to help us out!"

posted by anonymous on 23 Jul 2009 at 22:32:17

"many programmes that i enjoy watching dont have subtitles so it is hard to watch or i cant watch them, i recently purchesed omid djalil's dvd and had to return it as there was no subtitles and the background noise was too much, in todays age they need to make everything accesable to everyone"

posted by S. on 20 Jul 2009 at 21:42:19

"I cannot believe that top BBC Seies like 'COAST' have no sub-titles. I have had a bad change in the quality of my hearing and cannot listen to anything without subtitles now. PLease BOTHER to put subtitles on to DVDS. It makes all the difference to whether they can be bought or not now."

posted by jorgensen on 1 Jul 2009 at 17:13:01

"I nearly only buy dvds with subtitles in English. Quite frequently when English subtitles are stated in Amazon's product details, the dvd comes with subtitles in another language than English or none at all. Sometimes I get a refund, but often I'm asked to return the dvd I purchased, but that mostly cost more than the dvd in the first place. Amazon is unhelpful when asked about subtitles yet BBC and HMV always answer your requests. So if something can be done about amazons faulty product details I'd be very pleased."

posted by Jim Boucherat on 20 Jun 2009 at 19:37:00

"There are literally hundreds of foreign language DVDs which I would love to purchase if only they came with English subtitles. A major source of frustration to me!"

posted by anonymous on 17 Jun 2009 at 17:28:43

"Dvd's that are sometimes free with newspapers aren't always subtitled. Why is this?"

posted by Brian Sykes on 14 Jun 2009 at 12:11:48

"My wife suffers with severe hearing loss and subtitles are essential. Why is it TV series such as Midsomer Murders,Foyles War and Frost can be transmitted with subtitles yet the DVD's of the same are without? Is it down to cost or simply the indifference of the companies producing them? Recently an anniversary edition of The Long Good Friday was released with bundles of 'extras' but still without subtitles! My wife doesn't care about the director's life history or what the cast had for breakfast, she just wants to enjoy the main feature! Are these companies oblivious to the fact they're losing potential sales or are they simply too smug and arrogant to care? "

posted by Martin on 13 Jun 2009 at 17:26:22

"I would like to watch subtitles movies because i am learning English language."

posted by Howard Pearce on 12 Jun 2009 at 17:53:58

"As someone who has only just developed hearing problems I am disappointed at the number of films that don't have subtitles. Please Please can you help by producing more films with subtitles. It should be the norm rather than the exception."

posted by mpconolly on 9 Jun 2009 at 13:39:46

"As one of the many people who have hearing loss, I watch television and DVDs aided by subtitles. American English is particularly difficult. While I find that many modern productions are subtitled, I am surprised that subtitled TV programmes (often appalling spelt) are not so issued in the DVD format. This is sheer lunacy and economic nonsense given the number of hearing impaired people that exist in the English-speaking world. I have a special interest in older cinema releases and here we often run into trouble. I have just done a short survey of films that I have submitted to a DVD hire firm. Out of twelve classic films selected, six are not subtitled. One example would be Passport to Pimlico which not only is not subtitled but has a dreadful soundtrack. Need I say more? "

posted by Buffy on 2 Jun 2009 at 17:39:35

"I have oto schlerosis and can't enjoy a film without help from subtitles. I often hesitate to order dvds if they don't say whether they have subtitles. I complained to Amazon about their lack of product information regarding subtitles, and they sent me a link to your site. I rather hoped they'd actually go and look at the back of the dvd I wanted ('Summertime' with Katherine Hepburn-anyone know if it's got subtitles?), but what the heck, at least I found this site! Hooray, at last, it's so good to find other people who have similar trouble, and I'm no longer just ranting on my own!! I checked a couple of other dvds I wanted on your list, and have now ordered them from Amazon. Don't they know how many more they would sell if they gave better subtitle information?"

posted by Averil Paroli on 1 Jun 2009 at 09:59:37

"Wow - what a great website - at last I can moan! I am a New Zealander and find that the DVDs we get here in NZ (Zone 4) are not always subtitled. I am a cochlear implantee and I love the British Comedies and the good ole give you an example I can't buy A Touch Of Frost DVDs because they are not subtitled - I have complained to Time Life and still they say yes we undestand, etc but NO they do not! I wanted to get the full set of A Touch of Frost, Miss Marple but I can't get them here unless I buy them separately even Miss Marple DVDs - there's about 6 that are subtitled and the rest are not. Same thing with Hercles Piorot - only a couple are subtitled. So frustraring!!"

posted by anonymous on 20 May 2009 at 22:49:48

"My mum is profoundly deaf and a number of her favourite TV shows and movies don't come with subtitles, especially the older films. It's infuriating. It's even more annoying that some TV series have subtitles when you buy individual series but don't have any when you want to buy boxsets!! So your options are: either buy them singly and pay an absolute fortune for the whole collection; or buy the boxsets but she can't enjoy them fully and/or has to have me or another family member tell her what's going on. It drives me mad. It's like they're punishing deaf and hard of hearing people for having an impairment. There really should be some law to deal with it, because its basically just discrimination."

posted by DAISAN on 11 May 2009 at 12:47:48

"Why is Earth Final Conflict : Season 1 (Box Set) not subtitled in Region 2 when it is in Region 1. Why are GB deaf or hard of hearing penalized when Americans are not. Its bad enough when the original wasn't subtitled on TV. Its 2009 now how hard would it be to subtitle every DVD. Thought the idea of this format was that they hold a great deal of information."

posted by GB on 8 May 2009 at 13:12:05

"I would be very happy if Peter Greenaway's remarkable film PROSPERO'S BOOKS (based on "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare) could be issued with English subtitles. The video exists as such, but not the DVD."

posted by PJ on 3 May 2009 at 15:01:07

"I am disappointed that I've Loved You So Long DVD is only partially subtitled."

posted by anonymous on 1 May 2009 at 13:01:57

"I have been disappointed that the last few DVDs I have watched do not have English subtitles. Instead it is just commentary from the director, etc. What about people who are hearing impaired? (I am not, but sometimes don't quite catch all the dialog and I like to watch with subtitles so that I don't miss anything.)"

posted by Linda Rudroff on 28 Apr 2009 at 16:07:52

"I loved the series the Tudors, 1st season, when it was shown on TV. I got the the DVD it said it was closed captioned. But no it does not have subtitles and the captioning does not work on a DVD player.I contacted Showtime and they told me it was Paramounts problem. I would hope that the company would rerelease the show so I can read what is being said. The second season is great. No problems. It is sad that companies are still releasing products that can not be used. "

posted by bill on 26 Apr 2009 at 12:41:39

"The Great War. BBC boxed set. Having been given the first two episodes of this excellent series (given away free with the Daily Mail) I bought the boxed set directly from the BBC shop. However, whereas the free copy was fully subtitled, the boxed set, costing nearly £50, has no subtitles at all! I contacted the BBC, asking if they would send me a subtitled version instead, but they say they don't have any, nor do they have no plans to do a subtitled version - but clearly one exists - so I'm at a loss to understand what is going on."

posted by anonymous on 24 Apr 2009 at 09:53:57

"I live for subtitles. So does my wife who has no hearing impairment. With loud noisy sound effects, music, and actors mumbling their lines it is often difficult to make out what they are saying. In this time and age there is no excuse for not having subtitles! Also I find that many deeper movies are more enjoyable this way. There are many people who complain about a movie being too complicated. I think that many of them would be much more content if they had subs. The dense concepts or multi stranded plot would be much easier to grasp when read rather than heard. There is no: "What did he say?" You know what he said. I do wish that children's cartoons would have subtitles as well. Many seem ignored. I would pay extra for this feature. I always prefer subs, but I am willing to do with caps. Having neither is inexcusable. Video games should all have subtitles too and while I'm at it, in many video games the subs are tiny. They're too small to read! In games everything else is adjustable, they ought to give the player the chance to enlarge the subs."

posted by M4RC1N on 14 Apr 2009 at 01:58:32

"As a foreigner I have to say that watching subtitled films and series was and still is a real help in learning English language. I don't need to watch anything with subtitles in my mother tongue, I simply want to learn English by watching good British tv drama and comedy series, with subtitles. That's the way I've enriched my vocabulary so far and that's the way I recommend my students. However, it really pisses me off when some pretty good comedies like 'Coupling' or 'Not going out' or others are sold unsubtitled. American English is a bit more understandable for foreigners than British English - pronunciationwise of course. So, I may watch US series without subtitles, and, as I would like to familiarise myself with the British cinema and absorb British accent as well as this quite sarcastic sense of humour - I NEED SUBTITLES!. Otherwise I may need to choose simple American wit over more complex English sarcasm."

posted by RaVen Sequoia on 1 Apr 2009 at 08:35:29

"After years of patronizing various video stores and then subscribing to their on-line rental service by mail - it frustrates me that I am unable to enjoy so many independent films that are 50 times better than Hollywood washed out movies due to lacking English subtitles. I complained against Block Busters for a few years and they constantly evaded my requests for subtitles or closed captions. Then, would you believe, they have the gall to put subtitles for Spanish, French or other foreign languages but not in English. What is up with that glaring discrepancy? What irritates me also is that a lot of on-line websites of video stores hide the subtitle information thus forcing us to waste our precious time wading through stacks of windows in order to check if it's properly subtitled in English. PLEASE IMPROVE YOUR SERVICE IN PROVIDING ALL MOVIES WITH SUBTITLES AND WE WILL CONTINUE SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESSES. We, as the Deaf and hard of community community contribute greatly to support your entertainment industry. You all can afford to include more subtitles "

posted by H Guillermety on 31 Mar 2009 at 17:28:56

"It is very sad that many DVD are not closed captioned. Please remeber that many persons have impaired hearing(Including myself) so I am limited by what I can see on TV or DVD rental. Remember us who need that help when providing closed caption. Thank You."

posted by Chris Adlard on 28 Mar 2009 at 06:10:33

"Very disappointed that the UK series 'Til Death Us Do Part' is not subtitled. Think of all the episodes, think of all the laughter which deaf people cannot enjoy. Please subtitle this DVD series. Chris."

posted by Sarah on 26 Mar 2009 at 14:39:09

"I am frustrated too! ►ALL◄ DVDs must have ►SUBTITLES◄ so it is ►EQUAL◄ for everyone to watch films including foreigners and deaf people like me!!! It is very unfair for me to watch unsubtitled DVDs... Same as in school lots of DVDs teachers bring in don't have subtitles and me and my deaf friend get frustrated and leave the classroom to find something to do because we don't want to waste our fortunate time watching DVDs that we won't even understand what one word they are saying! ►SUBTITLES ARE NEEDED ON ALL FILMS NOW◄"

posted by M P Townshend on 10 Mar 2009 at 11:22:57

"How I would love to see progammes like The Irish R.M. on DVD with subtitles. It was subtitled when shown on TV I think. Now that the marvellous technology exists for subtitles to be included on VHS and DVD, the hundred and thousands of deaf and hard of hearing people with high frequency hearing loss with it's loss of clarity are being denied the pleasure of being able to enjoy what people with normal hearing can take for granted. It is really a case of discrimination. The extra cost of incorporating subtitles is surely a drop in the bucket compared to the overall cost of producing most DVDs. Having subtitles should result in increased sales in any case. If the BBC and ITV can be made to provide subtitles for their broadcasted programmes, then surely more can be done to have subtitles included on DVDs for productions shown on TV in the past. "

posted by S&L on 9 Mar 2009 at 12:14:47

"When DVD Players first came out, more DVDs has subtitles than on VHS, which it has made popular for deaf and HOH people. But years came and goes, around the time Blu Ray player firstly came out, then sudden, DVDs became getting less and less subtitles available. The productors actully to spent to produce DVDs AND Blu Rays, didnt want to spend fortune on subtitles, to save money. Yes DVDs & Blu Rays are hardly popular for us, as most films we wanted to see but as usually it doesn't have the subtitles. We has to wait for it comes out on TV, which it will be free and more likely to have subtitles. Well, it is productors' fault, and their loss. We usually rent out or buy foriegn films, as they always have subtitles, its wonder they made more money than in UK and USA?!?!? Now foriegn films became grows and grows more popular, well, yes its coz of us the deaf and HOH people and as well, foriegn people lives in UK & USA to rent out or buy these foriegn films!!"

posted by Ralph on 4 Mar 2009 at 14:12:23

"Just taken delivery of 8 Wartime dvds purchased on line. Only one has subtitles. Really annoying and frustrating"

posted by aukje on 1 Mar 2009 at 10:35:29

"Just as all the other people on this site I am very frustrated about the non-subtiteling of DVD's, specially on Amazon as they sell worldwide and never seem to take in account that Englisch people as well as other nationalities have hearing problems! We, in Holland, are very advanced because we use subtiteling a lot! If a small country like Holland can do it why not UK and USA??????"
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