Accessible trailers help you decide

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:39pm

Many movies are available with captions and/or audio description at cinemas, on DVD and some video-on-demand (VOD) services. But how do you decide whether the movie is the right one for you? Websites that feature accessible movie trailers are a good starting point.

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Captioned trailers

British access website Your Local Cinema has both audio described and captioned trailers (although they are called by the British term ‘subtitled’ on the site) with most of the new releases. The trailers are listed in release date order and are open captioned (that is, they display automatically).

US website Caption Fish also has captioned trailers of new releases and an archive of older movies. In some cases these are YouTube clips and you may have to enable the closed captioning by clicking on the CC/subtitle icon on the menu bar.

Subtitled Trailers has older archive resources that are sorted by release date and are also open captioned.

Audio described trailers and samples

There is far less choice of up-to-date trailers and samples, with the only comprehensive range on the Your Local Cinema website. Please note that these are MP3 samples and have no visual content.

Finding accessible sessions

Once you have decided what you would like to see, you can search for cinemas and outlets near you to see if they are showing that movie with audio description or captioning.

If it is no longer being shown at the cinema but released on DVD or VOD, you can check the Media Access Australia VOD report for information on accessible services.

Most mainstream movies are released with captions on DVD or Blu-ray in Australia and the CC symbol appears on the back of the box or in movie information on a DVD kiosk. Not as many DVDs or Blu-ray discs are released with audio description. This information is also on the back of the box with the AD symbol and in DVD kiosk information. Media Access Australia also has a listing of older audio described DVDs.

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