Re: Movies for the blind

Nicole Massey <nyyki@...>

I've had great luck with AMC here in Texas. They set the headset the right
way all the time.
One note, though -- most of the time the headphones on these systems are not
the best. Many of the receiver boxes use a standard headphone jack, so you
can bring your own higher quality headphones. I've found this improves the
sound quality a lot.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On
Behalf Of Richard Holloway
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 9:43 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Movies for the blind

This site (below) tracks current releases of DVD's with Audio
Description as well as TV schedules for many described programs on TV
and helps to explain how to access the alternative audio on these

This site (also below) tracks movies in theaters showing with Audio
Description and various captioning options. As the name would imply,
their original focus was apparently for hearing impaired individuals,
so you will need to be certain to select the "Descriptive Video"
filter, or you'll get a mixture of results with both DVS and for the
hearing impaired (some movies have both at once). The hearing impaired
solutions vary from headphones that make things louder, to open
captions which all sighted guests can see, to rear displayed captions
where sighted moviegoers can put a mirror into a cup holder and read
the captions from the back wall (they are shown in reverse and the
mirror fixes that.) As a general rule, Regal theaters offers the vast
majority of their films with DVS- probably more than 90%:

The big shift at Regal happened when they went all-digital. Since
movies all come over the internet, there is no hassle with sending
along the DVS. AMC used (may still use) an older system where they have
to send a CD or DVD with the DVS and any captioning on it, and then
they have to load the right disk with the movie, and it was rarely
offered and then hardly ever worked correctly. This was back when most
theaters still showed actual films. I had assumed AMC would be the
first to use the digital DVS system, but so far, I am only aware of the
strong DVS offering by Regal and a few of their affiliated companies.

If you are new to this, briefly, for DVD's you select an alternative
language in the setup menu, just like selecting French, Spanish, etc.,
On television broadcasts, you do likewise, but the odd part is there is
place where DVS is listed in some systems, and that is not where the
audio description tends to run. You will most often find it under
"Spanish", though one network- I think it was TBS, tends to show only
actual Spanish under Spanish, and uses another language- I think it was
Portuguese (?) for English DVS.

What you get on DVD, and with Broadcast TV is description in quieter
parts of a show or over music (rarely over dialogue) and they tend to
"dip" (make quieter) the background audio as they speak when possible.
In a theater, they cannot dip the background audio, but you wear
headphones tied to a receiver that plays ONLY the description in the
same quieter places in the show and you listen to the movie (apart from
the description) along with everyone else in the theater.

One important note. The Regal theaters use the same headsets for
hearing impaired and blind patrons. The select a specific channel for
the theater where you will watch, and they have to select if it us for
hearing impaired or blind. Hearing impaired seems to be more common,
and often they set things incorrectly. The hearing impaired assistance,
in this case, it to let you play the sound louder- that's it. We have
found they do not run preview audio through the headset for DVS, so the
headphones won't do anything until the movie starts. If you're hearing
coming attraction audio over the headset, go to customer service and
have them fix the setting.

Do not assume that your white cane will clue them in at all. About 2/3
of the time, when they bring the headset to us (in three different
theaters where we have attended, in two different states) they
generally have the thing set wrong, so when they bring the headset,
your better off to just ask again- did you set this for AUDIO
get an embarrassed groan and an apology, with a quick adjustment, and
an "Enjoy the show!"

Sorry if that is TMI, but I hope that helps.

On Apr 4, 2014, at 5:31 PM, Sharon <mt281820@...> wrote:


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw []
On Behalf Of John Chan
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 3:06 PM
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Subject: Movies for the blind

Where cn i find movies fo the blind?Sent from my iPhone

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