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"You're going to hate that movie." - subtitles/captions


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#1 of 9 Chuck Bogie

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Posted May 07 2007 - 03:03 PM

I got that from the mangler... er... manager at my local Big Chain Video Place. I was renting Babel.

Why did she say it?

"Nothing's in English - you have to read everything!"

(and I'm not even gonna state the obvious about the theme of the flick...)

Welp, my girlfriend's kinda sorta really deaf (but she still loves the 4 15" subs and the transducers under the sofa in Bogie's Bunker!), and captioning is pretty much a necessity.

So... Is there a database of flicks that are captioned? It's a downer for her if I bring something home, and it isn't...

That, and it'd be really nice if they got a bit more intelligent with HOW they caption them...

#2 of 9 JeremyErwin

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Posted May 08 2007 - 12:27 AM

You might try dvd-subtitles.com. Oh wait, they're British, so pay attention to the Region coding.

#3 of 9 Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 08 2007 - 03:26 AM

You may also want to steer clear of any early Anchor Bay titles, as almost none of them have subtitles in any language.
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#4 of 9 Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 08 2007 - 08:46 AM

Sony still doesn't subtitle most extra features, although pretty much every film has them.

Some Sony Pictures Classics titles lack subtitles as well. No idea why. (They may have closed captions, though.)
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#5 of 9 Tory

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Posted May 09 2007 - 01:30 AM

About captioning and subtitles, I have noticed on a lot of subtitle tracks music lyrics do not appear but on a number of captioning tracks they do, even on some that have both available. I guess this may be part of the music rights/clearance issue of putting the lyrics out there but when it is missing I keep thinking this is hurting the film for someone that is suppose to benefit from this addition that should be required.
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#6 of 9 JeremyErwin

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Posted May 09 2007 - 01:59 AM

I think this thread could use a new title.

#7 of 9 Mike Frezon

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Posted May 09 2007 - 03:50 AM

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I think this thread could use a new title.

Agreed.

There are a lot of people at this forum who are in the same boat as the OP: captions/subtitles are important.

But the number of responses will clearly be limited because those in-the-know may never peek into this thread due to its title.

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#8 of 9 Aaron Silverman

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Posted May 09 2007 - 06:57 AM

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About captioning and subtitles, I have noticed on a lot of subtitle tracks music lyrics do not appear but on a number of captioning tracks they do, even on some that have both available. I guess this may be part of the music rights/clearance issue of putting the lyrics out there but when it is missing I keep thinking this is hurting the film for someone that is suppose to benefit from this addition that should be required.

I absolutely HATE that. Sometimes the lyrics are important to the story, and I wonder how people who rely entirely on the subtitles are supposed to follow it.
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#9 of 9 Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 09 2007 - 07:04 AM

As someone who appreciates captions for a different reason entirely i.e. trying to follow the storyline in a noisy household, I think that studios should really pay more attention to how they add subtitle streams to titles. Hearing loss is not going to go away anytime soon.
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