On this page we list details about or pointers to all the first-run movies in the USA that have been released with audio description tracks on DVDs and Blu-ray discs along with links to purchase them via Amazon. Purchasing them via our links helps pay for this website! You can follow the announcements as they occur via our Facebook page. This page is generally updated on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week in which a newly described DVD is released.
Audio description on a disc is listed under Languages on the back cover as English Audio Description, English Descriptive Audio, or English DVS. Director's Cuts or Unrated versions sometimes do not have description. Special Features rarely contain description. Your best bet is to order/watch the theatrical version when available and order via Amazon, not their Marketplace sellers. While we typically link to the DVD disc on Amazon, generally the Blu-ray versions of DVDs listed here since the fall of 2009 also have description. Simply follow the link provided within Amazon to the Blu-ray version, if you prefer that format. NOTE: Amazon almost never lists the availability of audio description on their videos (though Barnes and Noble does under each DVD's Menu listing, not Language), but our links should take you to described copies!
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|Which Movie Studios Include Description Tracks on Their Videos?|
|Generally Include Description||Never Include Description|
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|Occasional: Dreamworks, Focus Features, Lionsgate, MGM, Screen Gems, Summit Entertainment, eOne|
|Year||#||Summary of USA DVDs and/or Blu-ray Discs
with Audio Description Tracks
Listed in order of release date, most recent first
(See further down for descriptions and ordering links)
|17||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, Thor: The Dark World, Diana, The Best Man Holiday, Ender's Game, The Counselor, About Time, Baggage Claim, Rush, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Fifth Estate, Riddick, Carrie, Enough Said, Runner Runner|
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,
The Lone Ranger,
Battle of the Year,
Fast and Furious 6,
Despicable Me 2,
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,
The Smurfs 2,
Grown Ups 2,
The Way Way Back,
This is the End,
Iron Man 3,
World War Z,
Star Trek Into Darkness,
Now You See Me,
Pain & Gain,
Olympus Has Fallen,
GI Joe: Retaliation,
Dead Man Down,
The Power of Few,
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,
Oz the Great and Powerful,
A Good Day to Die Hard,
Covert Affairs: Season 3,
When Billy Broke His Head,
The Guilt Trip,
Adventures in Zambezia,
This is 40,
Zero Dark Thirty,
Life of Pi,
Rise of the Guardians,
Playing for Keeps,
Wreck It Ralph,
Monsters Inc (Ultimate Collector's Edition),
The Man With the Iron Fists,
As Goes Janesville,
Paranormal Activity 4,
To Rome With Love,
Won't Back Down,
|86||Looper, Resident Evil: Retribution, Premium Rush, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Total Recall, Pitch Perfect, The Bourne Legacy, Ted, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hope Springs, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Finding Nemo Collector's Edition, Men in Black 3, Sparkle, Brave, Savages, Pixar Short Film Collection 2, The Watch, The Amazing Spider-Man, Arthur Christmas, Ruby Sparks, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Madagascar 3, Moonrise Kingdom, That's My Boy, Prometheus, People Like Us, Marvel's The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me, Titanic (Remastered), Snow White & The Huntsman, The Five Year Engagement, Battleship, Think Like a Man, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Dictator, The Lorax, The Three Stooges, American Reunion, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, Wanderlust, Big Miracle, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Safe House, John Carter, This Means War, Red Tails, The Devil Inside, Chronicle, The Vow, Underworld Awakening, Covert Affairs Season Two, Contraband, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, War Horse, We Bought a Zoo, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Hop, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Muppets, The Sitter, The Descendants, Young Adult, The Adventures of Tintin, Puss in Boots, Jack and Jill, Footloose, Like Crazy, Hugo, Johnny English Reborn, Tower Heist, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Anonymous, The Big Year, Dream House, In Time, The Thing, Real Steel, Paranormal Activity 3, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and What's Your Number?.|
|81||Glee the Concert Movie, Columbiana, Straw Dogs, Monica and David, Fright Night, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, Friends With Benefits, Cowboys & Aliens, Mr Popper's Penguins, The Smurfs, Another Earth, Art of Getting By, One Day, 30 Minutes or Less, Super 8,Larry Crowne, The Change-Up, Cars 2, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Captain America: The First Avenger, Winnie the Pooh, Bad Teacher, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Zookeeper, Disneynature: African Cats, Fast Five, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lamp, Star Wars Prequel (I-III), Star Wars Original (IV-VI), Star Wars Complete, Bridesmaids, Thor, X-Men First Class, Hanna, Prom, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Priest, Jumping the Broom, Paul, Your Highness, Mars Needs Moms, Soul Surfer, Rio, Rango, The Adjustment Bureau, The Eagle, The American, Battle: Los Angeles, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, True Grit, Just Go With It, Sanctum, I Am Number Four, Covert Affairs: Season One (TV Series), The Roommate, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, No Strings Attached, The Dilemma, The Green Hornet, The Incredibles (4-Disc), Little Fockers, Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Skyline, The Tourist, How Do You Know, Morning Glory, Burlesque, Megamind, Paranormal Activity 2, My Soul to Take, Secretariat, The Social Network, Dinner With Schmucks, Going Blind|
|49||Resident Evil: Afterlife, Devil, Easy A, Salt, The Other Guys, Nanny McPhee Returns, Despicable me, Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set, Shrek Forever After, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Eat Pray Love, The Last Airbender, Disney's A Christmas Carol, Grown Ups, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Charlie St. Cloud, Cars Toon, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, The Karate Kid, Iron Man 2, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood, Prince of Persia, MacGruber, Death at a Funeral, Repo Men, Bounty Hunter, Percy Jackson ... Lightning Thief, Green Zone, Alice in Wonderland, The Wolfman, Dear John, Legion, Tooth Fairy, Leap Year, It's Complicated, Avatar (Blu-ray only), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, The Princess and the Frog, The Fourth Kind, Planet 51, 2012, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Love Happens, Zombieland, Couple's Retreat|
|2009||13||Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Skynet Edition), (500) Days of Summer, District 9, Julie & Julia, Public Enemies, Funny People, Bruno, The Ugly Truth, Up!, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Land of the Lost, The Miracle Worker, Blindsight|
|2008||7||The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Wanted, Blind Dating, Sunshine|
|2007||4||The Ultimate Gift, Evan Almighty, Knocked Up, and the independent release 9/12: From Community to Chaos (not in theaters)|
|2006||4||Miami Vice, United 93, Inside Man, Munich|
|2005||3||Ray! (on a special edition, not the regular one), Cinderella Man, The 40‑Year Old Virgin|
|2004||1||The Passion of the Christ|
|2003||4||Daredevil, Road to Perdition, Moulin Rouge, Farther Than The Eye Can See|
|2001||1||Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version)|
Alphabetical Listing of all DVDs
Children's Described DVDs (rated G or PG)
Accessing the Audio Description Track on DVDs
With a few exceptions (such as Moulin Rouge and Up), you should be able to access the Audio Description track by pressing the "Audio" button repeatedly on your remote until you hear description (an easy alternative for users who are blind and can't navigate to the Languages menu). New Disney Pixar releases starting November 2010 let you select AD when you insert the DVD, as noted in the 2010 listing.
There is a software product available which will allow you to extract the audio track (including the description track) from a DVD and convert it to MP3 or other formats. This may be useful for people who are totally blind and don't need the video. For more information, see Computer Application Studio's DVD Audio Extractor, which is free to try for 30 days.
MovieReading (Solo-Dx): An Alternative to Theater-Provided Equipment
The information which was previously shown here has been removed, as Solo-Dx has advised us that they are closing their business. The only AD movie track they produced was for Philomena.
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(Dates are DVD release years, most recent titles first)
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (2014) Rated PG-13
Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in this thrilling second adventure from The Hunger Games saga. Against all odds, Katniss and fellow tribute, Peeta, have returned home after surviving the games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind, and embark on a Victory Tour through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering - one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) that could change Panem forever.
12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael K. Williams (2014) Rated
Maybe it had to take a British filmmaker to depict clearly the United States' greatest failing: the horrors of centuries of slavery. In 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup ... is a free man living in New York until he's kidnapped and sold in Louisiana as a slave. He's owned by masters relatively kind ... and harrowingly brutal ... but even under the best conditions, the movie never loses sight of Northup's condition as property, that his well-being and very life are at the whim of his owners. There's no hype here, nor any hemming or hawing; each scene is captured simply but vividly, letting the cruel facts of life in the pre-Civil War era speak for themselves... --Bret Fetzer
Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte (2014) Rated R
From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and I, comes the film that critics are calling "An American Masterpiece." When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Discover why Nebraska is "one of those movies I'll watch for the rest of my life."
|Added here March 6; will be added to main page March 11...|
Thor: The Dark World, starring (2014) Rated PG-13
From the Studio that brought you the #1 Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel's The Avengers, comes another must-own, epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.
Diana, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews (2014) Rated PG-13
Celebrated and adored by millions, she was the Queen of people's hearts, yet the bittersweet story of the last man to truly capture hers has never before been told. Princess Diana (Naomi Watts), at one time the most famous woman in the world, inspired a nation with her generosity, compassion and kindness and ultimately, in her final years, she would meet the man who inspired her. In a story that is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting, DIANA reveals a period in the Princess's life that was uniquely important in fulfilling her search for true happiness and sealing her legacy. Bonus Features: Interviews with cast & crew, Diana Fashion Photo Booklet.
|The Audio Description track is not listed on the cover, but purchase through our link has confirmed its presence.|
The Best Man Holiday, starring Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut (2014) Rated
Share the laughter, love, and surprises as Harper (Taye Diggs), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Jordan (Nia Long), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Mia (Monica Calhoun), Murch (Harold Perrineau), Candy (Regina Hall) and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) all reunite for the first time in years. When the college friends get together, they soon discover how easy it is to reignite long-forgotten rivalries and romances, all while new discoveries are made and secrets are revealed. The Best Man Holiday is the comedy that critics are calling "a feel-good celebration." (James Verniere, Boston Herald)
Ender's Game, starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield (2014) Rated PG-13
In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training the best and brightest young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
The Counselor, starring Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt (2014) Rated R
An all-star cast, featuring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Pen‚lope Cruz, sizzles in this "lurid, adrenaline-fueled thriller" (Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal) from visionary director Ridley Scott and Acclaimed Novelist, Cormac McCarthy. A talented lawyer (Fassbender) known for doing the right thing for the wrong people decides to put his connections to the test by diving into a treacherous drug deal for some quick cash. But The Counselor soon learns that having it all could mean losing everything.
About Time, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams (2014) Rated
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life - so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere... About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton and Taye Diggs (2014) Rated
Paula Patton leads a hilarious cast in this first-class comedy that'll keep you laughing and make your heart soar! Flight attendant Montana Moore (Patton) is smart, sexy and sick of being single. She's determined to get engaged before her younger sister's wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cooked up a high-flying scheme for Montana to "accidentally" bump into all her exboyfriends, leading to hilarious encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy!
Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl (2014) Rated R
Two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds). As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there's no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, starring Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll (2014) Rated R
86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with one of the most unlikely companions, his 8 year-old grandson Billy in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term childrearing. The duo will encounter child beauty pageant contestants (and their mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy.
|Description also indicated on Unrated packaging and packaging with Jackass 3 (which itself does not have AD)|
The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl (2014) Rated R
Based on true events, this fast-paced global thriller takes you behind the shocking headlines. It reveals the mission of WikiLeaks' rebel founder (Benedict Cumberbatch) to expose fraud and corruption to the world. With an all-star cast including Laura Linney & Stanley Tucci - and complete with exclusive never-before-seen bonus material, The Fifth Estate is a riveting story of intrigue and espionage.
Riddick, starring Vin Diesel and Karl Urban (2014) Rated R
Vin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick in the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga. A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. With time running out and a deadly storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.
Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianna Moore (2014) Rated R
[An] exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King's iconic best seller. After merciless taunting from classmates and abuse at the hand of her religious fanatic mother (Moore), Carrie's (Mortez) anger - and her telekinetic powers - are unleashed. And when a prom prank goes horribly wrong, events spiral out of control until the terrifying conclusion of this powerful, pulse-quickening horror story.
Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener (2014) Rated PG-13
[A] heartwarming comedy that A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls "a small miracle of a movie." Divorced mom Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) may be falling for Albert ([James] Gandolfini), a sweet, funny, like-minded divorcée. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Keener), who's always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne's rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.
Runner Runner, starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck (2014) Rated R
[A] high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he's been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block's promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.