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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!!

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posted by Al on 12 Jun 2014 at 11:19:11

"Hi. I am sorry but this is not related entirely to DVDs but to downloadable content provided with Sky. I appreciate it might not apply to you but for the benefit of all would you mind to take a look at this link and sign to maybe help get sub-titles on all content that sky provide. http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/bskyb-enable-subtitles-for-ondemand"

posted by Sapphyr on 7 Jun 2014 at 22:48:57

"Why is it that they make the dimly lit, mumbling sound films with NO SUBTITLES? Embarrassment?"

posted by Julie on 31 May 2014 at 14:46:27

"I am so angry at having wasted my money yet again buying a DVD with no subtitles! The DVD in question this time is a fairly recent edition of Midsomer Murders. I KNOW it has subtitles; they were on the televised programme. Why aren't they on the DVD? ITV are appalling for this. I will avoid their programmes and DVDs in future."

posted by Lesley on 25 Mar 2014 at 12:50:52

" I have just bought yonderland a Sky 1 comedy on DVD No subtitles. When shown on TV had subtitles. My old DVR could record subtitles so why cant the people who mass produce the DVDS leave them on "

posted by Kerjem on 25 Mar 2014 at 04:19:18

"I have just tried to watch an English classic film "The Winslow Boy" (1948) with Robert Donat and Margaret Leighton. I remember watching this film in my youth on black and white television. Alas, there are no subtitles on this wonderful (DVD) film and, even if I turn the sound up, I am no clearer to understanding what they are saying. How do we bring pressure to bear on companies that are producing these films to subtitle them as a matter of course?!?!?! Grrrr. So frustrating!!!"

posted by Deprived on 14 Mar 2014 at 13:37:32

"Suits Seasons 1 to 3 do not have subtitles for the Deaf. Why? Technology these days makes it easier to supply subtitles. It is no excuse at all. I am being told it is too time consuming and expensive! What??!! I am sure the scripts are computerized so it should be easy to add the subtitles onto the DVD!!!"

posted by Ross on 12 Mar 2014 at 05:57:09

"Just bought Yonderland for my hearing impaired daughter from Amazon. No subtitles. So annoyed and she is very disappointed. No indication on site."

posted by Ronald Little on 10 Mar 2014 at 00:18:46

"I have been trying to get the DVD White Feather Region 2(Enhlish Version) but its not Subtitled,then i learnt that the same DVD White Feather Region 1(American version)was being Subtitled which does not work in the UK.I think this is unfair to Deaf people."

posted by Hatshepsut on 26 Feb 2014 at 17:50:50

"NCIS has lasted 11 seasons so far without caving to deaf and otherwise hearing impaired folk by supplying subtitles on dvds. They should be singled out, publicized, and honored as a 100% success at purposeful, legal discrimination against approximately 4 out of 10 children, men, and women in the USA alone. Cheer them on.Now all they need to to receive the top award is demand less lip movement from this cast members on camera, so that only hearing folk, those who deserve the entertainment, can know what the devil is going on. "

posted by anonymous on 30 Jan 2014 at 00:02:41

"funny how Murphy's law season 1 and 3 have subtitles, season 2 and 4&5 apparently don't ,BUT the complete box with all 5 seasons DOES Obviously to force you to buy the last item, which leaves you with double copies of 1 and 3. Not nice at all!"

posted by anonymous on 12 Jan 2014 at 12:20:00

"Suits is a very popular television series. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 have come out on DVDs BUT they will never have the subtitles for Deaf people. Why? Because it is too expensive and time consuming to bother! Either the rich money-grabbing manufacturers change their policy or the Law in UK needs to change. Or some kind and generous company needs to make the subtitles for us Deaf people and put this on the market for us!!"

posted by anonymous on 28 Dec 2013 at 21:04:21

"Why are the needs of hard of hearing so routinely ignored??? I am sat in a wonderful chalet , after enjoying a fantastic day with my family on my own, as the film they are watching doesn't have subtitles !!! We have a hot tub on the deck , wi if in the chalet but no subtitles!!! It is insane in an era of technology that we cannot even provide subtitles routinely for films!!!!!! "

posted by anonymous on 11 Dec 2013 at 23:35:22

"Why is it there are less and less DVDs with subtitles? Why is nobody doing anything about it? Are deaf people no longer entitled to watch DVDs? "

posted by Rosie on 14 Nov 2013 at 21:59:18

"Why does Amazon not include the very important information as to whether or not the DVDs they sell have subtitles in the original version for the hard of hearing .. or subtitles in other languages and which languages??"

posted by Sue W on 29 Oct 2013 at 10:14:12

"Just sat down to watch Roman Polanski's "The Ghost" - only to find there are no subtitles!!!! It sounded such a great film, but now I'll never know. Deaf people like to watch films too. Shame on you (whoever is responsible)."

posted by Steffen on 27 Oct 2013 at 06:21:26

"I am not deaf - but I really don't understand why so many English (especially American) DVDs don't have subtitles - don't the production companies care about people with hearing disabilities? Even though there's nothing wrong with my hearing, it can still be hard to hear or understand the dialogue in (foreign) movies. I live in Denmark, where all DVDs have subtitles, no matter the language. If we can do it, why can't they do it in the US, for example? I really don't get it."

posted by Sue on 13 Oct 2013 at 20:01:00

"My husband (totally deaf in one ear and 1/2 deaf in the other) and I (a tinnitus sufferer) are unable to hear much of the dialog on DVD's we have purchased. To date, we have been unable to get closed captioning or subtitles to work over any type of connection between our HDTV and our DVD player. It is very frustrating. I wish as a minimum DVD manufacturers would offer English subtitles. We have found that most soundtracks contain dialog that is garbled either due to mumbled speech or to background noise or music drowning-out it out. A simple solution would be to offer the choice of English subtitling on every DVD."

posted by anonymous on 2 Oct 2013 at 08:28:26

"My beautiful wife is deaf and I have so much difficulty finding out if a DVD movie that looks interesting to us has or has not English subtitles. If it has no subtitles or doesn't state in such sale sites as Amazon whether or not it has subtitles I just have to skip it. How many persons in the U.S. are deaf and are constantly trying to find DVD movies with subtitles. All other DVDs are virtually useless for this great sector of North America. So many other features are listed (length, rating, etc.), why not subtitles? Parking places for handicapped drivers are (rightly) compulsory, as are walking and wheelchair ramps. Subtitle information should also be obligatory on all websites that sell or rent DVD movies."

posted by JJ on 2 Sep 2013 at 11:14:52

"Yes , very frustrated. Just now I checked for subtitles on "The house of the spirits". But there are none, which I well knew actually. But why aren't there? One should think more dvds were sold if there were plenty of subtitles, so I don't quite understand the lack of them."

posted by Alex on 27 Aug 2013 at 16:25:05

"I really want to watch the Stargate film from 1994 but none of the DVDs seem to have subtitles on which is really annoying."

posted by Max on 17 Aug 2013 at 13:43:57

"I live in the Netherlands and most foreign DVD movies only have Dutch or French subtitles. How expensive can it really be to add other languages as subtitles on the DVD? This kind of nonsense only encourages piracy, where I can get every subtitle is available."

posted by Steve Prekker on 5 Aug 2013 at 17:22:55

"I'm a HOH senior American male who very much appreciates the aid of CCing when following a story line. I find it most helpful to follow the story, in written form, as voice intonations, loudness or whispers, background noise or poor audio production qualities can interfere with MY success in hearing those little clues on which film makers so often rely. I find this site to be very helpful when trying to chose which disc to spend my $$ on. I hope I can contribute more than just this small note to help ALL HOH individuals. Thanx for running this website! "

posted by Pam on 30 Jul 2013 at 12:56:48

"My son has a coclear implant, we go to the cinema with subtitles but they are only on Sunday at one time and maybe twice in the week - very strange times of the day. DVDs are not always subtitled it depends on which ones, old films do not normally have them on. Some to the tv programmes are too slow and it frustrates my son so he does not watch them I feel strongly that more should be done for the deaf/hard of hearing community"

posted by anonymous on 22 Jul 2013 at 23:22:51

"I am really disappointed and frustrated, that the dvd shows of kojack, from season 2 onwards, are not in english subtitles. I purchased the season 1 and really got into the series. imagine my dismay when I realised, the shout factory which took over in releasing the remaining seasons of kojack refused to put any kind of closed caption or subtitles on the dvds. it is just so annoying"

posted by tony langford on 1 Jul 2013 at 14:07:26

"Acorn will not put subtitles on Foyle's War except for Australia, Region4 which is not available here. I have sent them numerous e mails and they have admitted the cost is the reason. Subtitles should be compulsory."

posted by Chris on 8 Jun 2013 at 21:11:07

"Another DVD hired that I was looking forward to watching,but no subtitles again grr. I keep telling love film to please check the films menu before sending but no luck so I will have to cancel my membership. Film was zombies v cockneys. Love film says put subtitles on from the DVDs menu??? Or try putting it on from my remote control button ??? Or look at the listing see if it says English subtitles which I do a lot but when DVD comes the actors are foreign and when a English actor appears in the film to talk the subtitles stop usually at a important bit so I've spent many a weekend in frustration. Please please think of us deaf that need subtitling"

posted by Buckshot on 7 May 2013 at 15:46:20

"Referring to Craig's comment below that there should be a law requiring subtitling on all videos. I sympathize with the HOH community in the need for subs. I often need them myself on British programs where the British pronunciation makes understanding difficult for American ears, and I have no hearing problem. However, I would also bring up the notion of the Law of Unintended Consequences. While it's true there is a vast community of HOH viewers, it doesn't follow that all of that vast community with buy any given DVD title. DVD producers are businesses, not charities; and decisions are made on a Return on Investment basis. If their marketing departments feel the increased sales of a particular title by the HOH community will offset the cost of producing those subtitles, they will. If not, they don't. Popular titles will often get those subs; less popular titles -- which will sell fewer copies overall anyway -- will probably not. There is a comparable issue with English language dubbing of Japanese anime right now. With sales being somewhat down, there are fewer and fewer more expensive dubs than less expensive subs. Which brings me to the Law of Unintended Consequences. I've written to some producers who've declined to include subs, and received similar responses regarding costs; and that if forced to include subs on all products, including low volume sellers, they'd be forced to not release those low volume titles at all. So, while a law mandating subtitles might get everything released subbed, the overall effect might be fewer titles released at all. Especially niche, cult and older titles with smaller followings among collectors, overall. The dictum "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it" applies here as well."

posted by anonymous on 27 Mar 2013 at 22:33:27

"There s so many low budget films being released, there s no subtitles, they are missing out on a huge potential market because there s like 9 millions of hard of hearing and deaf in Uk and Ireland!! its so frustrated for me being not able to watch it. Oh come on, its 21st century!"

posted by anonymous on 25 Mar 2013 at 18:51:44

"I can confirm that The Whistleblower doesn't have subtitles (having just sent it back to Lovefilm, unwatched. Also it appears that neither Lincoln nor Silver Linings Playbook , both award winning recent films, have no subtitles on the DVDs as far as I know. "

posted by Tsubasu on 19 Mar 2013 at 15:48:33

"I would like have a new subtitles law or add on top existing law. All retail or rental must have subtitle data on any media to support HOH or Deaf viewers. If any media don't have subtitles on it and sell to the mass lead to punishive fine and force remove and destroy it. Applies to video on demand services as well. No loopholes on it too. Any media without subtitles before the new law came in force can given a exempt from it. But any reproduce new media on based on old dvd or blu-ray after new law in force must be put subtitles data on it. . No escape from this!!!. "
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