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DVDs and Blu-ray Discs With Audio Description

Welcome to the only complete listing of USA audio described commercial videos!
This is a USA-only listing, and Canadians sometimes find DVDs listed here do not have description in Canada.

On this page we list details about all the first-run movies* in the USA that have been released with audio description tracks on DVDs and Blu-ray discs in 2016, 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 Twitter or our Facebook page.  This page is generally updated on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week in which a newly described DVD is released.  (* We also list TV series on DVD and a few special-interest releases, but no educational products and rarely special-order features.)

Audio description on a disc is generally listed under Languages on the back cover as English Audio Description, English Descriptive Audio, or English DVS.  (Exception:  Warner Bros sometimes lists this information in the lower right corner of the rear cover.)  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 below 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 occasionally does if they list "Menu" options:  look for "Audio Options" under "Setup"), but our links should take you to described copies.  Recently, Amazon has been offering images of the back covers of some DVDs, so that's another place to look.  If you want to find out what's coming soon on DVD, check out the DVDs Release Dates site.

Note:  Online movie rental/purchase services such as Verizon's FIOS On Demand and Comcast's Xfinity On Demand plus Netflix may offer audio description tracks on some movies not listed here (because the description tracks were produced for the movie but never released on DVD).

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Which Movie Studios Include Description Tracks on Their Videos?
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Disney Companies:  Pixar / Touchstone / ...
... Buena Vista / ABC / Marvel
Sony / Columbia
Warner Bros (started May 2015)

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Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (Starz/Weinstein))
Arc Entertainment
Broad Green Pictures
Cinedigm Corp
Image Entertainment (RLJ Entertainment)
Magnolia Pictures (2929 Entertainment)
Miramax (Filmyard Holdings)
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros)
Pure Flix Entertainment
Screen Media Films
The Weinstein Company (TWC)

DVDs with AD by Year, Leading to 117 in 2015
Occasionally or newly include description:  Dreamworks (Amblin, via Touchstone), eOne (2014 only), Focus Features (Universal sub), IFC Films (late 2015), Lionsgate (since 2014), MGM, Screen Gems (Sony sub), Summit Entertainment (since 2014, Lionsgate sub, often Blu-ray only) From 1998-2005, only 14 described DVDs were released.  The big change came in 2010 when major studios began to commit to including description tracks.

Additional Information About Described DVDs

Order 2016 DVDs and Blu-ray Discs With Audio Description

Audio Described DVD Title and Description
Click on the Title or Cover to See More on Amazon
(Dates are DVD release years, most recent titles first)
Unless otherwise mentioned, plot summaries are from Amazon
Unless otherwise stated, AD has been verified by the webmaster seeing it listed on a retail cover or on Amazon
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Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance (2016) Rated PG-13

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, "Bridge of Spies" tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
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Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page (2016) Rated PG-13

Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
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The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood (2016) Rated PG-13

... witches still live amongst us ... Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch [who] curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. .. unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
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Our Brand is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton (2016) Rated R

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition...
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Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford (2016) Rated R

... based on a riveting true story of one of network news’ biggest scandals. As a renowned producer and close associate of Dan Rather (Redford), Mary Mapes (Blanchett) believes she’s broken the biggest story of the 2004 election: revelations of a sitting U.S. President’s military service. But when allegations come pouring in, sources change their stories, document authenticity is questioned, and the casualties begin to mount. This dramatic thriller goes behind the scenes to expose the intricacies of journalistic integrity and what it takes to reveal the TRUTH.
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Goosebumps, starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette (2016) Rated PG

After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. Stine is very strange and mysterious and it turns out for good reason. He is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Note:  Both the Amazon listing and the packaging are confusing regarding audio description; but we believe this video contains both an English and French AD track.
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Christopher Meloni and Bel Powley (2016) Rated R

In 1976 San Francisco, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is growing up at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Like most teenage girls, Minnie is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
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Everest, starring Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley (2016) Rated PG-13

Everest chronicles the inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered.
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The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway (2016) Rated PG-13

In "The Intern," Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
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Jem and the Holograms, starring Aubrey Peeples and Stefanie Scott (2016) Rated PG

Small-town girl Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples, TV's Nashville) lives an unexceptional life…until she takes on a secret identity inspired by her music. She becomes Jem: the bold, stunning and absolutely fearless global superstar! But when it seems that she may lose touch with the things that really matter, Jerrica and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey, discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden...
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Straight Outta Compton, starring O'Shea Jackson and Corey Hawkins (2016) Rated R

... the true story of how 5 young men, using brutally honest rhymes, put their anger about life into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.
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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, starring Chris Murray and Brit Shaw (2016) Rated R

The Ghost Dimension, follows a new family, The Fleeges - father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) - Who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera's lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them - including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.  - IMDb
The packaging with the "Unrated Cut" also has the described version.  Four of the five previous "Paranormal Activity" films also have description.  Click link above to see the list.
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Hotel Transylvania 2, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg (2016) Rated PG

In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne, and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!
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Irrational Man, starring Jamie Blackley and Joaquin Phoenix (2016) Rated R

Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) gets involved with two women, Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and when Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.
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The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jeff Daniels (2016) Rated PG-13

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.  - IMDb
2016 Oscar Nominee for Best Picture
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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, starring Joey Morgan and Logan Miller (2016) Rated R

Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
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Sicario, starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro (2016) Rated R

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.  - IMDb
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Captive, starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara (2016) Rated PG-13

A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.  (Based on a True story.)  -IMDb
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Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana (2016) Rated R

While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found working on one of his many half-completed projects. As he recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) enters an out-of-state graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a touching and entertaining portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.
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The Visit, starring Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould (2016) Rated PG-13

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
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The Walk, starring Benedict Samuel and Ben Schwartz (2016) Rated PG

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension, and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. THE WALK is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

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