Accessible DVDs & Blu-Rays released in October

In Media Access Australia’s most recent search we have found that captioning and audio description across both DVD and Blu-Ray remains at their usual levels.

Of the 84 DVD titles searched, 54 per cent were captioned and 33 per cent were audio described. Of the same titles, 63 had a Blu-Ray version and accessibility rated at 67 per pent for captions and 44 per cent for audio description.

A few inconsistences were identified:

  • Distributors Madman, Pinnacle, Jigsaw, Paramount & Umbrella all had titles released internationally with either captions or subtitles that were not released in Region 4, which includes Australia
  • The Blu-Ray of Byzantium from Reel confusingly had “closed caption yes/no” on the cover but without “yes” or “no” being highlighted.
  • Chasing Mavericks from Hopscotch Entertainment had captions on the DVD but not the Blu-Ray edition.
  • Curse of Chucky from Universal Sony listed DVS (Descriptive Video Service, another name for audio description) on its Blu-Ray edition but not on DVD.
  • A Field in England from Madman included captions on Blu-Ray but not DVD.

Recently released DVD titles with audio description and captions

  • Adventures in Zambesia
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Bling Ring
  • The Call
  • Dead In Tombstone
  • Dead Man Down
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Details
  • Emperor
  • Epic
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Gatsby
  • GI Joe Retaliation
  • Iceman, The
  • Identity Thief
  • Internship, The
  • Iron Man 3
  • Killing Season
  • Kontiki
  • Mud
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Penthouse North
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • The Purge
  • Song for Marion
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • World War Z

These titles and more can be found in our audio described DVD database.

Find out how to identify a DVD that has access features.