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[BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Clive Lever (16 Dec 2012 10:22 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Neela (16 Dec 2012 10:37 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Sandra Gayer (16 Dec 2012 10:59 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Neela (16 Dec 2012 11:02 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Clive Lever (16 Dec 2012 13:00 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Chris (16 Dec 2012 13:39 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Yusuf (16 Dec 2012 15:36 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies David Reynolds (16 Dec 2012 13:41 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Clive Lever (16 Dec 2012 12:53 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Sunil Peck (17 Dec 2012 10:29 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies LĂ©onie Watson (17 Dec 2012 13:50 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Wendy Sharpe (16 Dec 2012 13:44 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Sue & Ian (16 Dec 2012 12:08 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Clive Lever (16 Dec 2012 13:54 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Chris H (16 Dec 2012 14:12 GMT)

Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies Chris H 16 Dec 2012 14:12 GMT

You know guys this is one reason I have few if any Dvds. Frankly I can't
be bothered to find out if a Dvd has audio description and then to find
out how to enable it. If I receive a Dvd as a gift or as an item for
myself, I just put up with it even if audio description is missing.
Otherwise it's audio description on the tv all the way for me.

Christopher Hallsworth

On 16/12/2012 13:54, Clive Lever wrote:
> i Susan and all,
>
> here are my points:
>
> 1. RNIB butted out of the Audio-description movie issue when they
> disbanded the broadcast support team.
> 2. Many of the audio-description tracks available on RNIB videos were
> not ported through to the mainstream DVD when the new format replaced
> the old.
> 3. You often have to read the very small print on a cover of a
> commercially-available DVD of a film to find out whether it has
> audio-description. This is not an ideal situation, because it
> unwittingly works to the Les Barker-style principle: "If you can read
> it, you don't need it."
> 4. It is still often the case that a title, either film or TV series,
> for which AD has been done for the broadcast, has no A D available when
> you buy the commercially-available item. There are relativly few DVD's
> with audio suitable for children available to buy, which could exclude
> blind  kids from the shared experience of watching a home video together.
> 5. Some blind people have tried to get a compromise by putting up sites
> for sharing audio soundtracks of films/tv series plus a D, and run into
> difficulties with copyright. Whatever happened to the Blidn Mice Movie
> Vault, and who in their right minds could possibly consider it to be a
> real threat to the level of sales of the actual movie with pictures to
> have sound-only for people who cannot follow the bought item?
> 6. As has been pointed out already, you need sighted help every time you
> want to hear an audio-described track on a purchased DVD, which must be
> soul-destroying for any blind person into TV and movies who lives in a
> household where there is no-one with reading vision.
>
> Perhaps we need to raise awareness of the industry that we hare having
> to put up with a level of service that the Deaf community would never
> have tolerated, so, loads of subtitles, considerably less audio
> description.
>
> I am tempted to write to any actor and any agency still in my address
> when I was compiling Guide Cats, asking them if they would press
> film-makers and TV to do all they can to ensure DVDs of their work
> are issued with Audio description.  I don't know how we would crack the
> problem of DVD players with spoken menues unless we could get a company
> interested in making them. Would COBOLT be too 'special' and clunky and
> expensive? The ideal is to have speech menus incorporated into
> mainstream sets.
>
> Best,
> Clive
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sue & Ian"
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> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies
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>
>> Hi, Clive, I would be interestedin the answer to your question as
>> well. I am totally frustrated with Audio Description on dVd's. Regards
>> Susan Jones
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Clive Lever"
>> <clive.lever@btinternet.com>
>> To: "BCAB Discussion List" <bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>;
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>> Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 10:22 AM
>> Subject: [BCAB] Audio-description on DVD movies
>>
>>
>>> Hello all,
>>>
>>> I want to open discussion about issues arising from the way
>>> audio-description is or isn't available on commercially-produced DVD
>>> movies. Please can someone tell me which is the best list for the topic.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Clive
>>>
>>>
>>>
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