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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 13:22:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2009 13:50:23 GMT
Hello All,

- I m interested to know about English subtitles (HOH or otherwise is fine) for the following DVDs.
- "The Brief" (Alan Davies)
- "Silent Witness" (Amanda Burton)
- "Inspector Lynley" (Nathanile Parker)
- "Lewis" (Kevin Wately)
- "Bob & Jane" (Alan Davies)

Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 15:29:25 GMT
Anita says:
The Brief (if you mean the short series with Alan Davies) has English HOH subtitles.
Silent Witness has English HOH subtitles, but BEWARE: this is valid ONLY for UK edition of series 1 and 2. I do not know about the rest, as those are imports from Netherlands, perhaps they have only Dutch subtitles starting with series 3.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 15:55:57 GMT
jorgensen says:
Hello. It is the German thing to do - to do things properly.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 15:59:22 GMT
jorgensen says:
Being "a bloody foreigner" myself I quite agree with you. And then sometimes the sellers are so rude when you wish to return a dvd because of lack of subtitles promised in the product description.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2009 18:24:20 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2009 18:26:23 GMT
Anita says:
Inspector Lynley and Lewis both have English subtitles. I don't know about Bob & Jane.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 15:53:01 GMT
S. Pearson says:
By not supplying this information, are they not discriminating against HoH???

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2010 02:43:33 GMT
Thanks for mentioning Zavvi! I use films to learn languages and miss info. about audio and subtitles on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2010 19:00:38 GMT
RJL says:
Mr. K.L. Springthorpe: Yes, the 12 film Norman Wisdom set has HoH subtitles option.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2010 09:23:37 GMT
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Denise Jones says:
I agree! I would buy so much more from Amazon.......why don't they listen to us!!! What I was thinking....could'nt we do something.....a petition or something, make them listen to us! Any idea's?

Posted on 10 Feb 2010 20:26:21 GMT
Denise Jones says:
come on guys! Can't we do something about this?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 11:22:52 GMT
jorgensen says:
What if you buy dvds with subtitles according to product details, and then when you get them there are no subtitles anyway?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 11:24:31 GMT
jorgensen says:
Maybe you could tell me the e-mail address where you send there comments, I never seem to be able to find any? Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 11:25:24 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 11:34:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2010 12:51:56 GMT
jorgensen says:
Hello Michael S. Phillips.
Oh yes please. I'm considering The Miss Marple set of four discs, the ones with Margaret Rutherford. gives no hint of subtitles. In a review of the set someone wrote that it luckily has Dutch subtitles, but that's not my language. Anyway I always prefer English subtitles fot English speaking movies.
Thank uou

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 12:43:13 GMT
Denise Jones says:
Thanks for mentioning this, I would have never known otherwise, I bought these dvd's today. It just gets better and better, now they don't even mention anything anymore!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2010 17:00:09 BDT
hensel 3000 says:
Right you are! I'm German and need subtitles, too. It's a drag to have to search for information about subtitles in dozens of other sources. I really like Amazon, but this really is a drag.

Posted on 18 Oct 2010 18:45:05 BDT
C. G. M. says:
I wrote to Universal recently, concerning the absence of subtitles on the Dinnerladies set. Though I'm not hard of hearing, I found the very rapid speech, and frequent jokes referencing culturally-meaningful issues, difficult to understand; the nuances of American English and British English sometimes making understanding difficult. Subtitles would've been a big help. They were when I watched the wonderful 'On The Up' series.

Universal replied that while most of their feature films were subtitled, but that television series, especially series running more than 18 hours, were often not. The reason being the cost of creating subtitles, which is based on a per-minute cost. They said they often had to weigh the cost of creating subtitles against the expected sales of some titles, and often make a decision as to whether to provide subtitles, or simply not release the series.

I don't know the cost of creating subtitles from scratch, though I have had to edit a couple sets of English subtitles from some Mainland China films,whose grammer was pretty bad, and burn my own copy of the film with updated subtitles, and the simple re-writing of existing subtitles for a feature length film is very time consuming. I have no idea what professionals charge to do that kind of work. I'd charge plenty for it.

Nevertheless, for those who are HOH or Deaf, subtitles are pretty much essential. I guess, once again, publishers have to decide whether the sales lost to the HOH community exceed the costs of subtitles. I don't know what the profit margins are on the typical DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 20:01:44 BDT
Do you mean Bob and Rose with Alan Davies, because if you do it has English HOH Subtitles (I bought this from Amazon so it should be OK)

Posted on 21 Oct 2010 23:00:49 BDT
Welcome to the age of DVD and Blu-Ray. When will it finally dawn on that this medium is NOT the good old VHS any more but one that gives you the opportunity to select languages and subtitles!!! And why is the only decent dealer to whom it is self-evident that the relevent information must OF COURSE BE PART OF THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTON!!! - Get your DVDs from there, most often they feature - apart from the original track - a plethora of languges and subtitles. And as I said: You don't have to enquire first - this info is always on the net for any DVD!!!

Posted on 23 Oct 2010 02:09:19 BDT
Fleurbleue says:
I have the same problem of most of you as English is not my native language, I have tried to find the info from DVD subtitles, but
frequently they have not, but i have found info from the comments of the product .... i have made an important order to Amazon UK
and almost all dvd series have HOH subtitles, i am making a list to submit to DVD subtitles, so they will improve their knowledge and
help other customers as myself. Maybe everybody could make the same... it is only few minuts of our time andt his could help us each
other. What do you thing of this idea ??? My best regards to everybody.
spanish girl lost in translation

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 20:19:41 GMT
R. Visscher says:
Hello Mr. Phillips, I'm interested if the Jeeves & Wooster ITV box has dutch subtitles. It would be of great help if you have that information for me.
Kind Regards Rob Visscher

Posted on 4 Jan 2011 14:44:00 GMT
Fleurbleue says:
Thanks a lot Anita for your kind info about sub. I have also a great number of series and films from amazon, some of them
with HOH sub. and others unfortunately NONE. If you would like info tell us maybe Anita or myself can help you.
Good new year to everybody ..........

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2011 09:55:46 GMT
pantaghana says:
I'm interested if the following DVD's have english subtitles:
The Mayor of Casterbridge [2003] [DVD]
The Mayor of Casterbridge [DVD]
The Palace : Complete Series 1 [2007] [DVD]
Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2011 13:00:12 GMT
Cracker I just received and the complete set has sub titles
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