Re: Fw: DVDs claiming closed captioning

Brigid Duffy (
Wed, 7 Mar 2001 13:02:01 -0800 (PST)

Could you query Beverly Owen for some specific examples? Among the DVD's
we have received often find English-language subtitles (which
should substitute for CC) - and even DVD's with subtitles and CC ("The
Birdcage", "Michael Collins", "Love & Basketball" and "Gladiator" to list
a few).

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Randy Pitman wrote:

> Hello all,
> I just received a message from a librarian (see below) regarding an increasing number of DVDs which claim to be closed captioned but are not. Has anyone else run into this or heard anything about it? I'm going to start checking DVDs here to see if I can find examples. With the vast majority of studio releases on VHS closed-captioned, I can't understand why studios would be releasing the much more versatile DVDs without cc.
> Randy Pitman
> Publisher/Editor
> Video Librarian
> 8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
> Seabeck, WA 98380
> Tel: (800) 692-2270; Fax: (360) 830-9346
> Email:
> Web:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Bev Owen
> To: Pitman Randy
> Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 9:57 AM
> Subject: DVDs claiming closed captioning
> Good morning, Randy,
> The video/DVD cataloger here has been noticing a growing number of DVD titles coming in from the studios claiming to be closed captioned that do not turn out to be closed captioned. We, of course, have checked our equipment thinking the problem must be ours, but equipment is OK--all truly CC'd titles display properly. We have asked our vendor to check into this and responses back from the studio reps is "dissing" this as possible. Have you heard anything about this or seen this happening yourself? Don't quite know where to go with this next... Really don't think we're missing something here, but want to be sure; AND, of course, the larger issue is the hearing impaired community that will not be served if this trend continues to grow as the studios "crank" out the DVDs as fast as they can.
> Thanks,
> Beverly Owen
> Manager, Selection and Order
> King County Library System
> 960 Newport Way NW
> Issaquah, WA 98027