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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!!
posted by Pietjepat on 23 Feb 2008 at 17:08:00"Although my language is Dutch I can easily speak en read half a dozen European languages. But when I have to follow a movie with a dialogue in English, or even worse, in American, I only catch seventy to eighty percent of the meaning. And that's not enough to really enjoy the movie. With subtitles it goes up to almost 100 percent. A very big difference. For this reason I NEVER buy DVD's without subtitles, nor do I order them on sites that do not give information about subtitles (like Amazon!!!). Fortunately I discovered your website. I'm very, very grateful. Thanks for running this interesting website. And when possible, I'll give a helping hand. Because I'm sure all around the world there're many people like me. And we have to help each other!"
posted by Lizzie on 18 Feb 2008 at 20:58:09"I too am deaf and find it very frustrating that many current releases including a lot of interesting films made in Australia (I live in the UK) don't have subtitles. I even e-mailed Russell Brand's management team about the lack of subtitles on his dvd but have not had any response (typical!). "
posted by anonymous on 7 Feb 2008 at 18:51:30"I'm not deaf but I thoroughly agree that it's a shame dvds aren't subtitled. It's already bad enough that people can't hear the beautiful soundtracks (Lord of the Rings,Kingdom of Heaven, Out of Africa,Star Wars, Harry Potter, the old Hollywood musicals...). They should at least be allowed to follow the story. I'm Portuguese and though I read English much as my mother language, it's a bit difficult to follow the dialogues. With subtitles it's much easy and interesting. I usually buy dvds from Amazon, but lately they have no information about it and so I don't order them. It's a pity because sometimes they have very good prices, and I don't have to wait for them to be sold in my country. The same happens with TV serials.(Grey's Anatomy, Bones...)"
posted by Greg on 4 Feb 2008 at 22:02:32"I live in Australia and find that there are quite a few DVDs that I like that they just can't be bothered subtitling (e.g. Reservoir Dogs - even the "special edition" has all these extras but NO SUBTITLES). I think there is an unwritten assumption by these people that only "oldies" are hearing impaired, so if it's not an "oldies" movie, why bother? Thankfully, the situation is better in the U.K., so now I just order from overseas (which is often cheaper anyway). Thanks also for your great site."
posted by Nemesses on 23 Jan 2008 at 05:45:54"I am a hearing impaired and it angers me that some DVDs do not have subtitles. All DVDs should have subtitles!!!"
posted by Billy on 1 Jan 2008 at 13:52:30"I am so p*ss off with some dvd with no subtitles! When i was 15 years old I watch itv1 Baywatch every week with english subtitles I am watch enjoy!.. I will like to buy dvd for Baywatch Series 1! I am SHOCK!!.. no have english subtitles dvd WHY? beacuse I am deaf I need subtitles! I am really upest about it."
posted by JohnBB on 31 Dec 2007 at 08:13:34"I live in New Zealand, and my wife is profoundly deaf. We have always enjoyed English programms on TV with subtitles, and when they started to appear on DVD we were really happy. We are now really angry when, having purchased boxed sets which clearly state that subtitles are available, they are not!! Surely this is false advertising, and must be subject to some consumer protection legislation? I am going to raise this with the NZ Commerce Commission."
posted by anonymous on 26 Dec 2007 at 15:19:15"Yes I have several favorite movies "Ernest the movie" and other movie I don't remember, that I love to watch it when I was young. It used to show Closed Captioned on t.v. Until it updated into DvD and now there's no caption or subtitles in it. It was so fusturated for me. Since it my favorite movie. I know it is the law that it has to have all of the captioned, subtitles in any movie, t.v., and more. I have research some in internet about Law passed in Closed Captioned and subtitle for the deaf. Well please help get this new law pass to get more help provide for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and anyone who love to watch with subtitle/c.c. Thanks."
posted by Hakka on 8 Dec 2007 at 17:54:51"I am glad I found this site :-). At first I thought it was a site that would put subtitles on DVDs! (well, we can dream can't we!!). That's probably not legally allowed. I am utterly annoyed (to say the least) that it is legally allowed to discriminate deaf and HOH people. I am quite severely hard of hearing. The funny thing is that I am black and of Muslim background althought I don't consider myself Muslim. These are protected by law. Nobody could do anything to discriminate me on these 2 things. However, being deaf, some heartless boffins decided that we are nobodies and failed to implement laws to protect our right to equality. I wrote to Amazon the other day asking why their DVDs don't display subtitle information. I am not asking them to put subtitles on - just tell me if there is or isn't subtitles on a given product. For crying out loud how difficult is that? I am sick of returning unsubtitled DVDs. I have a work to do and a social life! I can't bring myself to say excatly how I feel. I'd need more swear words than our dictionary contains! To be honest nothing can explain how angry I am. The thought of going to my local HMV or Virgin and destroying any DVD without subtitles came to my mind many a time. Wish list - I'd give an arm (and throw a leg in too) to get these DVDs with subtitles - Glory - Friday - Any Battlefield Britain series - Any Billy Connelly comedy - Any Bear Grylls survival series - Any Ray Mears series There are gazzillions more but only these came to mind for now. Finally, I would like to thank those who came up with this site. Just the idea that it is here makes me feel better. I suggest we start a petition in whichever country we live to make sure this pathetic discrimination stops. I live in England and I plan to start one. Phew! What a relief to get this off my chest. Thank you."
posted by Bex on 30 Nov 2007 at 10:22:24"I am a relatively new DVD subtitler for the hard of hearing, and have no 'formal' training. I have noticed that subtitles vary hugely. As an example, Casino Royale gets a good rating on your website, but to me the subtitles look a bit of a mess on screen. I am used to setting them centred on the screen. These ones move their position according to who is talking, and sometimes block more of the picture than I would be happy with. [If you have questions please post on the forum - Webmaster]"
posted by Anita Rix on 28 Nov 2007 at 15:38:32"I am very annoyed that not enough dvds have subtitles, after all in this day and age you think it would not be a problem, obviously it is. I don't think enough thought is given to people who are hard of hearing or totally deaf, well the companies who put the films on the dvds should!"
posted by USguy on 18 Nov 2007 at 03:38:57"I live in the US and exercise on machines while watching DVDs. Subtitles are key. I assumed that the move towards the technology of DVDs was going to make it *easier to program subchannels of things. Come to find out, we were better off with VHS tapes and their close-captioning. I stick to VHS if its available: more subtitles. Of course they don't sell VHS anymore so its old movies only for now. EBay, here I come!"
posted by dazymay on 6 Nov 2007 at 22:35:47"My granddaughter has looked forward to 'Follyfoot' after her mum told her how much she loved it. But prior to buying found no subtitles!! so one profoundly deaf child not only is disappointed but also says why??"
posted by Rachel on 3 Nov 2007 at 16:01:39"I'm not hard of hearing, but my partner is French and while his standard of English is pretty good he finds that without English subtitles he misses things, especially in shows/films with regional accents. It's really sad that we can't watch my "dinnerladies" DVD together as he misses half the jokes and is constantly having to ask why I'm laughing. What's so hard about putting English subtitles on every DVD as standard anyway?"
posted by Georgia on 30 Oct 2007 at 23:23:12"There are a lot of dvds that I would like subtitled ie All the Elvis Presley music ones and the documentaries. Also would like Mario Lanza movies made with subtitles. So disappointed that The Catherine Cookson Collection isnt in subs. Its so important for us deaf people to have words to dvds."
posted by Quomann on 22 Oct 2007 at 01:16:35"I agree with one of the other contributors to this forum. I am not hard of hearing but I like having subtitles on DVDs. They are particularly useful as they allow me to watch DVDs late at night when the rest of the family are in bed. As you can guess if you look at my contributions I buy a lot of Network DVDs and they really annoy me as none of them have subtitles. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and enjoy ITV comedies then you are not catered for. Network have the contract to put out ITV comedies and do not subtitle their discs. I have many of their series (On The Buses, Man About The House, George And Mildred, Robin's Nest, Scully, The Dustbinmen, Watching to name seven) and none of them have subtitles. Thankfully the classic BBC comedies (Last Of The Summer Wine, Bread, Citizen Smith, Brush Strokes, Just Good Friends etc) are subtitled. I can understand up to a point that the 60s and 70s comedies may not be subtitled as they were not subtitled when originally broadcast on TV but any shows from the 80s, 90s or 00s should be subtitled on DVD as they would have been subtitled when they were broadcast. I think the Government should pass a law which makes DVD manufacturers subtitle DVDs or face prosecution for discriminating against the deaf and hard of hearing."
posted by Diana on 11 Oct 2007 at 00:22:36"I am very upset because my favorite movie have spanish subtitles. I just bought it. WHat should I do? The movie companies should put english subtitles when the DVDs come out in stores. I mean every DVD!I want english subtitles on my DVD."
posted by Andrew on 10 Oct 2007 at 19:11:07"I am so p*ss off with some dvd with no subtitles! on 27th Sept brand new dvd out with no subtitles! i am deaf, i need subtitles! i am really upest about it"
posted by Rebecca on 30 Sep 2007 at 08:44:54"Would you make all DVDs around the world with bloody SUBtitles. We are really disppointed with this all the time. It is so unfair to all deafies people and we really want to learn the words and languages."
posted by JOANNA ALLAN on 15 Sep 2007 at 21:56:27"HAVE RECENTLY BOUGHT bbc2 DVDS ONLY TO FIND SUBTITLES HAVE NOT BEEN DUBBED THIS INCLUDES COAST WHICH WAS CO-HOSTED BY OPEN UNIVERSITY DO THESE ORGANISATIONS NOT HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICIES WHICH COULD BE ENFORCED? MY MOTHER IS 90 YEARS OLD ,VERY DEAF AND PRESENTLY IN HOSPITAL. HER ENJOYMENT WILL BE SPOILT BY BEING UNABLE TO HEAR THE COMMENTARY FRUSTRATED DAUGHTER"
posted by austin on 6 Sep 2007 at 22:53:56"There are lots of dvds that I would like to buy if only I could find them with english subtitles eg Randall and Hopkirk deceased, Catchweazle, To the manor born, To catch a killer, Tango and Cash and so many more."
posted by Jane on 6 Sep 2007 at 12:26:54"Message sent to livingtv.co.uk (email@example.com ) :- Dear Living TV, I've just been informed by Contender Entertainment that Kath and Kim boxed dvd set Series 1 and 2 is not subtitled for the deaf/hard of hearing. I already knew that Series 2 was lacking subtitles, as I'd discovered it myself. It's shocking in this day and age that the deaf or deafened (like me, not deaf from birth) are treated in this way. I'm not sure what your role is in this production, but your name is on the Series 2 dvd so you are partly responsible. Please get your act together! 1 in 7 people in the UK are estimated to have some degree of hearing loss."
posted by aussie on 27 Aug 2007 at 02:58:38"I am deaf and I found its discriminated to have DVD's not captions as sometimes when hire or buy DVD's here in Australia and most of our own made tv or movies arent captions on DVDs eg. Allsaints and Mcleod daughters... but Thank God you're here is captions ... I found its so which its frustrating to see some Uk tv series arent captions as well.. eg. Foyle's War and Forsythe saga. Also with some of American tv shows on DVD arent captions too.. eg.. 3rd rock from the sun... They are making it hard for the deaf communities to share with their family or friends watching and understanding the DVD they watching without the captions laughing or crying or scared... I think we all have to speak out to the distributors to put in the captions into DVD at all times no matter what as it to be included anyway. Its a must to put in Captions into DVD for the Deaf and HOH We are finding hard not to be frustrated anyway, but we do (cry- :)"
posted by John on 5 Aug 2007 at 23:20:15"Number one - DVD Network has no subtitles, even my favourite old Classic in 1960's, 1970's like Catweazle, Supercar,Danger Man, etc, so should write letter and tell Network should provide access for subtitles."
posted by anonymous on 21 Jul 2007 at 21:34:19"Why can you buy cheap subtitled dvds from China and the same ones in the UK have no subs? Surely the makers must realise if all dvds had subs they would make more money."
posted by Chris Tolmie on 11 Jul 2007 at 09:46:03"Many people are deaf or very severely hearing impaired. No subtitles means no film to these people. It should be compulsory in the Disability Acts for all new DVDs produced to have the main feature subtitled and for all broadcast materials to be subtitled (including YouTube!). Chris"
posted by anonymous on 9 Jul 2007 at 15:39:46"How cool! I live in Australia and I find it very hard to know if a DVD is subtitled or not. Finally a website that occupies of subtitled DVD!! I am an enthusiast of DVD movies, especially for TV series. I am gay too, and long time ago I decided to collect all possible gay-related movies (not porn!) and I was very disappointed to find out that only the 0.01% of the movies are subtitled!!! Many times I wonder.. what is the point of having a DVD technology if it is not subtitled? For a better movie quality and better sound quality??? DVD movies with subtitles not only help deaf people to see and enjoy movies, but also help foreign people to learn english! It is very disappointing that a so powerful technology can't be accessible by 100% by deaf people... I am learning web design and the w3c (the commission of web standards) stated that ALL websites, to be standard they must be accessible by blind people... It would be good that for equality issues, the government should put a law that makes subtitles for DVD compulsory. But the reality is harder unfortunately... Sorry for the grammar, but I am not english speaking, I am italian."
posted by Mandy on 8 Jul 2007 at 18:49:43"Thank God I found your forum! I am 32 years old and 80% deaf and I have been BITTERLY disappointed and angered by the lack of subtitles available on DVD's. Fortunately I haven't yet made the mistake of purchasing any that don't have subtitles...if I ever did I would take it back and demand an immediate refund and write a letter of complaint about it. Only yesterday I emailed a website who put out dvd's without subtitles and complained about it, and actually got a reply back saying that they were contacting their manufacturers about the issue, let's hope they take it seriously. It does pay to complain, the more people who stand up and shout about this, the more that companies will have to take notice. I totally agree that it should be the law that all DVD's must carry the option of subtitles for the deaf including the free ones that come with the papers. I also believe that all cinemas should by law have to provide the option of subtitles for deaf viewers, they do in the States so why not in the UK? It's totally wrong. I will be emailing my local MP about this and encourage everyone to do to the same. I also emailed the director of ITV about the lack of subtitles on digital channels...I have just cancelled my cable subscription as I got sick of paying for a service I cannot use (the vast majority of programmes on digital channels do not carry subtitles, even if they did when they were first put out on terrestrial television) and it is extremely irritating. The freeview channels are just as bad and it has to change! Ooooh....what a long rant but God did I need to get that off my chest! Thank you so much for this brilliant website, it has my FULL support!!"
posted by Andrew on 19 May 2007 at 06:42:14"I love the following message and find it very useful. Never before had I known that Windows Media Player can read Closed Captions on Region 1 DVDs. Thanks a lot, Aydin: I too like my DVDs subtitled. But this is not always the case especially with Region 1 DVDs. Most of them are closed captioned but unfortunately our European TVs, DVD-Players etc.. do not have the magic "cc" button like their american counterparts to decode cc's on the line 21 of the NTSC signal. However I found out that Windows Media Player can read Closed Captions! So you can play the movie on a PC and or as I did connect your PC to your TV and watch it there using the PC's DVD-Player and Windows Media Player. Hope this info is useful."
posted by Kiegsy on 7 May 2007 at 02:55:06"I would love to watch some Billy Connolly, the funniest comedian out there, but ALL his DVD's do not have subtitles :o( shocking ?!"