Fw: Fw: DVDs claiming closed captioning

Randy Pitman (vidlib@videolibrarian.com)
Mon, 12 Mar 2001 11:37:05 -0800 (PST)

I'm resending this since I didn't see it post...
> Hi Brigid, all:
>
> I was the sent the list of titles below. I had a copy of "Dr. T & the
Women"
> which checked out fine on my TV, but it would be nice if someone could
check
> a couple of others to help determine what is going on--I also think I can
> get my hands on "Catherine the Great".
>
> Randy Pitman
> Publisher/Editor
> Video Librarian
> 8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
> Seabeck, WA 98380
> Tel: (800) 692-2270; Fax: (360) 830-9346
> Email: vidlib@videolibrarian.com
> Web: www.videolibrarian.com
>
> Bev Owen's message:
>
> A few recent examples are Passion of Ayn Rand, Rated X, Brotherhood of
> Murder (all are Showtime releases and video cassette versions have been
CC;
> DVDs are not CC nor contain English subtitles). Yes, we agree that
English
> subtitles can substitute for captioning. Dr. T and the Women
> (Artisan)--cover claims CC but there is none nor English subtitles; Mouse
on
> the Moon (MGM) claims CC and has subtitling options but no
English...Today's
> example is a new variation--Catherine the Great (A&E, Zeta-Jones
> version)--DVD menu states "This DVD features closed captioning. It can be
> activated from your TV." Our TV captioning function is "ON" and still
does
> not display despite their directions. Our TV displays all other titles
that
> are truly captioned or subtitled.
>
>
>
>
> > Could you query Beverly Owen for some specific examples? Among the DVD's
> > Brigid Duffy
> > Audio Visual/ITV Center
> > San Francisco State University
> > San Francisco CA 94132-4200
> > E-mail: bduffy@sfsu.edu.
> >
> > 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: vidlib@videolibrarian.com
> > > Web: www.videolibrarian.com
> > > ----- 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
> > >
>