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posted by Jan Rot on 17 Feb 2009 at 20:32:17

"English is not my first language, but when I read what I see and hear, only a fastspeaking Shakespearean will remain a problem. Of course, in Holland all English-spoken films are subtitled, but often in Dutch only. And I think it a pity if De Niro says "good morning" and I read "goede morgen", that's why I buy my movies mostly in UK of USA. But information about subtitles is spare, so let's all contribute to this site to give the blank titles the right information and help each other."

posted by D. Stuer on 16 Feb 2009 at 18:17:29

"English subtitling is not only an must for the hearing impaired, it also allows many millions of people abroad, who have at least a basic knowledge of English, to watch a movie or series in its original version!"

posted by M.Smith on 12 Feb 2009 at 00:40:08

"I am angry that my favorite comedy programme called 'Not Going Out' 1st and 2nd series dvd are not subtitled! It was subtitled when it was broadcasted on TV. I don't understand why it is not got subtitled on dvds? Come on BBC! I think that is really unfair and irresponsible. Are the BBC going to make sure that 'Not Going Out' new dvds will have subtitles on them? I feel that they need to be told and try to sort it out."

posted by Lizzie Thomson on 9 Feb 2009 at 10:55:07

"I watch lot of DVDs with subtitles. At the moment I've taken special interest in war time films especially the Holocaust films - I've searched for those films with subtitles but none of them have subtitles which is so frustrating. This also surprises me what with the improvement in technology I would have thought most films would include subtitles. It would have make selling more profitable if more film have subtitles. "

posted by alan on 7 Feb 2009 at 15:18:14

"My son lives in the USA. He rented Allo'Allo series 1&2 from netflix and copied them for me with the subtitles. How come a brittish sit-com is titled in USA and not here where it was made. May have been closed captions.In any event I was able to enjoy the first 2 series "

posted by peter mortenson on 7 Feb 2009 at 13:32:38

"Fact: Over 1/3 of Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Fact: All young children and recent immigrants benefit from subs. Fact: DVD sales have been falling for the last 2 yrs. Duh!! Are the DVD producers brain-dead??? Apparently so."

posted by julie clark on 6 Feb 2009 at 17:06:26

"My family love watching Sue thomas FBI (eye) on Hallmark Channel, and would love to get the set of DVDs, why are they not subtitled? it really annoys me when there are programmes for the deaf to watch and they bring out dvds, which are not subtitled. Where is the sense in that?"

posted by alan on 6 Feb 2009 at 15:54:34

"I see that an old favourite of mine George Formby, Has had all his films digitally remastered. Guess What? No subtitles.Why do these companys not cater for the hard of hearing. I am totally dependent on subtitles."

posted by JF on 6 Feb 2009 at 14:23:20

"Why don't yoga DVDs have subtitles? It is actually dangerous to do many yoga moves without knowing when to breathe in/out at the right moment so why haven't fitness dvd makers cottoned on to this???"

posted by ScramingLittleMouse on 6 Feb 2009 at 10:39:30

"WOLF CREEK. Argh, No Subtitles what going on? even on Blu-Ray NOTHING! stupid(!) "Funny Game" the film is another one that doesn't do it(!) Really annoying some people are not aware of DEAF PEOPLE who need to follow a film/storyline of what's to expect out of it..."

posted by Sarah on 4 Feb 2009 at 10:08:08

"Grrr...the McLeod's Daughters DVDs (Series 1-8) have no subtitles! Argh! Because it has been my favourite TV show for six years now since the finale of the third series! In 2005, I bought the third series dvds and I was soo excited was really looking forwards to watch them but when I put on a DVD on my laptop, it turned out there's NO SUBTITLES!! WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY FOR ME TO BUY THEM!!! *shrieks* I sent them back and got my money back. Not fair and not respecting to a deaf person who is a loyal McLeods Daughters fan for six years like me! If the McLeods dvds were subtitled, I should have buy them to remember memories of the TV show I dearly loved and would miss so much in my life!"

posted by elsa on 21 Jan 2009 at 14:33:38

"bbc dvd Coast has no subtitles, what a disgrace!"

posted by Nicola on 19 Jan 2009 at 17:36:02

"god, a dvd with no subtitles is really frustrating! i was really looking forward to watching this film on DVD, i waited ages for it.. then it turns out it had no subtitles. So i couldn't watch it. i've got to wait for it to come on TV which is gonna take forever. :("

posted by Jess on 15 Jan 2009 at 12:26:15

"WHY do not all films have subtitles? I'm deaf and rely on subtitles to understand stuff..! It isn't equal..! Fitness DVDs especially! Have only found three that do subs!"

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


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."
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