I know that the box doesn't state the subtitle information as I saw it in the shops and had a look. However, that definitely doesn't mean it doesn't have them...as it wouldn't be the first DVD packaging to omit such info. You're in luck though, I am due to receive this new set as a Christmas present tomorrow (Christmas day), I shall pop the discs in my player to check for you and will post back here to let you know. Just bear with me, as it is Christmas, but I shall not forget.
In the meantime, I know the previous set, that came with 8 discs instead of 4, had English HoH, so I'd be very surprised had they been omitted. This is just the usual ITV budget release where they cram the episodes on fewer discs than the original set and sell them far cheaper. I've got the Sharpe one (8 discs instead of 15) and they had the original English HoH subs. But I appreciate that you need to know for sure so I shall personally check for you. Watch this space.
I've not forgot about you...bad weather meant no post for 23rd and 24th December, so my brother never got it to give me on Christmas. It will be coming between now and new year's eve, I reckon, and he's going to bring it on New Years day....all being well. Will post again as soon as I have it and have checked.
I'm away from home right now, so the barcode is impossible...but I can tell you that, unfortunately, there are no special features or commentary tracks whatsoever. There is a 'Collector's Edition' released in the region 1 territory (North America and Canada) that has a wealth of special features and a couple of commentaries by the makers. However, like this release, the previous region 2 releases have all been devoid of such niceties - which is a jolly bad show. You can get the aforementioned 'Collector's Edition' on eBay, though, for about £30. Of course you need a region free DVD player.
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I too need subtitles. Don't know what is wrong with these companies. If you will note, this set, "Hornblower - Complete Collection [DVD]", does state in the "product description", that there are English subtitles. The ASIN is B002EAKWF2. Very happy for subtitles, but boo for no extras on this set!!!!