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posted by Frustrated Consumer on 29 Dec 2008 at 09:04:21"I have stopped buying any DVDs in London because they never have greek subtitles. I do not understand why as a consumer I am expected to pay so much money for a DVD that costs so little to produce while at the same time the producers do not bother to do so fundamental as produce a complete product. Is it such a big deal to put all the European languages in all the DVDs? At least all the DVDs that are sold in the region for Europe. Why do I have to fly to greece and buy all my DVDs from there? Surely the greek subtitles exist and is trivial to include them in the DVD. What amazes me is that many DVDs sold in London have hebrew and arabic languages and they don't have the European ones... Apart from not buying DVDs with such a poor selection of subtitles in other languages I haven't managed to get my voice heard about this dispicable practise of DVD producers not bothering to do something so elemental as include the subtitles for all European languages at least."
posted by anonymous on 24 Dec 2008 at 14:21:21"I love watching classic films - it's my opportunity to familiarise myself with cinematic history and understand why consoisseurs come to revere certain films today, or why some become cult classics. So I am consistently frutstrated when titles like Withnail & I and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner turn up on DVD minus subtitles. We should do something to reverse the situation."
posted by Anita on 12 Dec 2008 at 15:41:00"Can anyone explain to me why from season to season the TV serials sometimes do and sometimes don't have subtitles? I love watching "Criminal Minds" and "NCIS" and it's difficult to buy them in my country. So I go to Amazon and I realize that I will be able to watch only part of the series (1st season in CM and 3rd in NCIS). And the other seasons? It should be mandatory to put subtitles in all the DVDs."
posted by Jenna Greenwood on 29 Oct 2008 at 14:17:12"I am really really annoyed that not all DVD's have subtitles and I'm not talking about the old ones, I'm talking about the ones they bring out today. I just want to know why this is? It frustrates me trying to watch a film without subtitles - it's just not possible with me being deaf even with a cochlear implant. Is anything being done about this?"
posted by Mrs. J.C. Joslin on 20 Oct 2008 at 21:25:08"I would like to see "Bless Me, Father" again but can't find it with sub-titles. When it was first televised years ago it DID have sub-titles, otherwise I would not have been able to follow it on the TV. Because of this there MUST be a tape some-where with the subtitles to be copied onto a Video/DVD. We are so fed-up with repeats of the same programmes shown time after time on TV and want to see some more oldies - which are not being shown. All our former favourites are no longer favourites because TV has ruined them for us by over-screening."
posted by gary HaTCH on 19 Oct 2008 at 19:19:04"For what possible reason are Region 1 DVDs sent out without a full ration of subtitles? DVDs are encoded with Asian subtitles for region 6 DVDs, so the work has been done. Subtitles require almost no space. Why do I have to buy a multiregion DVD player and watch bootlegs or official DVDs from other countries to get needed subtitles? IMHO priracy would be REDUCED if I didn't have to go to such lenghts to get subtitled DVDs!"
posted by Opal on 15 Oct 2008 at 01:53:44"I'm a hearing impaired Aussie. I am angry and perplexed that in this day and age of technology subtitling on DVDs is not always available. I purchased 2 DVDs which definately stated English subtitles for the hearing impaired but when I went to watch them guess what? No subtitles! I complained to the shop I bought them from only to be told they must have been faulty discs and I could not be refunded but was offered goods to the same value so I had to get 2 DVDs I didn't really want in place. I am in my 60s but am still working. My workplace can manage to have excellent equipment for people like me to continue working so why can't makers of DVDs do a simple thing like putting subtitles on their movies or at least telling the truth about it! I especially would like to be able to purchase and watch "Anne of Green Gables", "The Leaving of Liverpool", Upstairs, Downstairs", When the Boat comes in" Foyles war", "Til death us do part" and "Vicar of Dibley", the last 2 were wrongly marked as having subtitles. A bouquet however to my lovely local library. When I pointed out to them that their library stickers covered over the subtitles information and that their web-site did not include subtitling information they immediately corrected it and were happy someone brought it to their attention! I can now browse the library online and see which ones I will be able to put on hold to watch. Similarly the ABC on-line shop when I complained promised to include subtitling info on their website. EZYDVD has this info on their site so why can't all the sites? I am amazed such a huge site like Amazon does not! Yes, all of us HI people must keep on pushing, eventually surely we will achieve success in this area."
posted by anonymous on 2 Sep 2008 at 20:11:54"I am really annoyed with subtitles at the moment. I have been trying to watch X-files, and the subtitles have been 20 seconds in front of the film. no help at all. I have often tried to watch a series and some of them are subtitled but others aren't. again - no help at all. Sometimes the words are not spelt properly, which is stupid. Alot of the adverts may as well be written in algebra for all the sense they make. I have noticed a decrease in subtitles for adverts, which isn't that important, but if something interesting comes on its, why should deaf people not be able to understand it? I feel that it is wrong that subtitles are so inexpertly devised. why should a deaf or hard of hearing person recieve different information to a hearing person? I think it is time somebody did something about it. Subtitles are important for people who cannot hear the words which are spoken. It is time to tackle the problem."
posted by Nils H on 25 Aug 2008 at 23:08:56"I think every DVD that is released should have subtitles in English, French and Spanish. That's the 3 major languages that peolple learn in school and speak. (if you count countries, not population)."
posted by Kay C on 18 Aug 2008 at 14:29:00"Every DVD on sale or for rent should be subtitled. Those of us who are deaf are discriminated against when we cannot hear a film, TV programme or watch a DVD without subtitles. In fact I will not watch such progammes without subtitles.So I am being excluded because of my deafness. Surely that can't be right!!!!"
posted by Kris Klabunde on 12 Aug 2008 at 21:09:28"I love watching movies. But many smaller studios never put subtitles on their DVDs. I find it very annoying. I think the box of the DVD cover should say whether they're are subtitles on it or not. I have purchased or rented movies that did not specify that they did not have subtitles until after I began to watch the film. I also hate the subtitle that jump around all over the screen. The ones that are on the bottom are by far the best and easiest to read. They should make it a law to have subtitles on all DVDs."
posted by anonymous on 7 Aug 2008 at 21:29:02"it reaLLY ANOYING AS I LOVE FILMS BUT HALF OF THE GOOD ONES HAVE NO SUBTITLES AND IS Anoying"
posted by marion on 30 Jul 2008 at 11:24:02"Hiring 10 dvds a month is a very important entertainment for my nearly ninety year old mother-in -law but it is very disappointing to find that hardly any in the massive library have subtitles. This means she has a lot of trouble understanding them and is losing the enjoyment and stimulation. It is not possible to sort to find them, and it is quite time consuming to look through the detail to see if they do. I am really surprised that these DVD hire companies do not want the business of the millions of people who would benefit from subtitles. Surely now that they are digital, it is not that hard or expensive to do."
posted by Anita on 22 Jul 2008 at 16:41:18"I am not deaf. But neither am I English (and even less American). So I do agree with everybody who say, that English subtitles should be a must on any DVD. I mean, English, I am NOT asking for Lithuanian subtitles, am I? Is there ANY possible way to do something about this? You might be willing to put all the Taggart box sets, ditto Rebus (with Ken Stott) to the hall of shame. Nothing changed to the better also with Wire in the Blood or Midsomer Murders."
posted by anonymous on 9 Jul 2008 at 12:59:46"i would like to know why you cannot get fred dibnah dvds with subtitles as my husband loves these but is very hard of hearing as i am sure a there are lot of older people whom these would appeal to."
posted by Jesai Iesus on 6 Jul 2008 at 22:49:15"It's absolutely unnecessary - and therefor a deficit - NOT subtitling dvd's. It is, in my mind, as a normal hearing man, idiotic to sell dvds without proper subtitles. For deaf people yes, but also to serve as an aid for difficult/impossible to hear lines. When buying an international dvd I, at the very least, want to have subtitles in the original language and English. Not including subtitles is bringing to the market a faulty product. There is never an excuse for that. btw: I am Dutch myself."
posted by billyg on 1 Jul 2008 at 22:00:09"I am really ANGRY - all baywatch series 1-9 not have english subtitles it's not fair for deaf people... why???? I cant believe all uk dvdv is LAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!........"
posted by Brian Sykes on 26 Jun 2008 at 19:56:24"I find the absence of subtitles on modern issues totally inexcusable. I suspect the reason why many older titles aren't issued with subtitles is one of cost against projected sales returns. Many new modern releases contain plenty of 'extras' so the omission of subtitles on these cannot be justified on production costs/sales. Weirdly, some titles released in the USA on region 1 have subtitles but when they are released on region 2, they don't! Inexplicable and frankly, illogical. If the reason isn't simply one of the cost, then it can only be attributed to arrogance, ignorance, laziness, stupidity or a combination of all four but certainly the 'customer services' departments of some of these companies are failing to meet their remit to their paying customers big-time. Don't they realise they are losing sales? - Minder, Midsomer Murders, Foyles War are just three of the series boxsets I have refused to purchase because of it. Maybe they just don't care?"
posted by mark costigan on 19 Jun 2008 at 00:39:05"hey I am deaf and theres one of my favourite film (in to the west) its is an irish movie and it is not subtitled, something really need to be done about this"
posted by anonymous on 18 Jun 2008 at 04:14:57"What is up with false advertisments? One of the DVD's I bought had a 'CC' on the back, which is an old symbol for 'Closed Captions' so CC is encoded. and since it is on a DVD, my TV or Computer could not load the 'CC' by their defaults. I don't like false advertisements. I get my money back. CC is different from subtitles... DVD contributors need to understand the difference and do it right...."
posted by Ninny on 18 Jun 2008 at 03:45:37"I wish there is subtitles for cult classics too, like Nowhere or Doom Generation by Gregg Anarki"
posted by bj on 14 Jun 2008 at 02:21:50"Why have they quit putting English subtitles on dvds? The last movie I rented said that it was subtitled, but when I got it home it only had a Spanish subtitle. I can't hear! Don't movie producers care about us? We need this handicap access! Maybe we should petition Congress for a bill to provide closed caption on all TV programs and to provide English subtitles on English movies."
posted by Dan Davidson on 29 May 2008 at 23:32:52"I think there should be a law on DVDs being subtitled. All DVDs should be subtitled, and have audio description (for those who are Blind and Partially Sighted). I am Partially Deaf, so I hate DVDs when they don't have subtitles. Isn't the absence of subtitles blatant discrimination against us? We can't enjoy the film without subtitles so it is indirect discrimination against the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Just my thoughts."
posted by steffan Carter on 17 May 2008 at 16:53:03"lots of deaf people are disppiontment, lots of films they want also no subtitle"
posted by Tracey on 28 Apr 2008 at 10:53:25"I am profound deaf, my favourite programme is Most Haunting and I'm really frustrating that there only have subtitles twice on new series 9 and most of them have no subtitles on VIRGIN 1 (freeview) then suddenly not have Most Haunting on VIRGIN 1 which they haven't finish rest of series 9 programmes - why? Before xmas, I heard that new DVD release on 28th April which I was really looking forward to buy new Most Haunting Series 9 but unfortunately that I found out the DVD don't have subtitles which it make me ever more ANGRY and I feel they don't have deaf awareness."
posted by Moon on 26 Apr 2008 at 22:33:08"i am not too happy about having a Wolf Creek has no subtitles but i loved to watch it as which it was on TV, i was lucky enough to watched it, BUT all DVDs must have subtitles not one off or anything like it, i am very seriously mean it. because that is very important to all deaf/loss of hearing people from all the over world. Hearing people must to learn accepting for subtitles no matter what they are complain about as long as they are their RIGHTS, I am RANT over it!!!"
posted by anonymous on 16 Apr 2008 at 02:44:24"Two films I wanted to watch the other day didn't have subtitles and they were both produced by Artisan! If someone were to get a real petition going requiring movie companies to put English subtitles on their DVDs, I would love to sign it!"
posted by anonymous on 28 Mar 2008 at 23:01:25"I love to watched old Most Haunted with subtitles on Living (Sky)...its brilliants but now new Most Haunted have no subtitles so far, its bad now and also im going to buy Most Haunted DVD Series 1 to 9 but have NO SUBTITLES ON DVD....WTF??!??! Why not? im so annoyed."
posted by Clare on 21 Mar 2008 at 15:19:03"I am deaf. I was too disppointed that Loving Annabelle DVD had no subtitles as I feel angry because I enjoyed the film so much but I know the story about with subtitles on. Where is our deaf rights to have subtitles on all DVDs???? Please put subtitles on Loving Annabelle and some lesbian/gay DVDS!!! Hope it will make one!!!"
posted by Jason D - AB Canada on 18 Mar 2008 at 20:43:26"I get really annoyed with the people who add subtitles, the majority of the movies would have censorship, or no subtitles for the lyrics when music is playing. Do they think we don't appreciate music as well ? Other times, when I do a comparison between actual closed captioning (black bars with white text) The closed captioning would have done a better job than subtitles (SDH) format. Censorship, missing swear words, not subtitling extactly as the dialog. Missing lyrics for the music, or other sound effects. Need to start complaining to the movie studios about this ... This is my rant."