DVDs and Blu-ray Discs With Audio Description in 2016
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Overview:  DVDs and Blu-ray Discs With Audio Description

This is general information about audio description on DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
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On separate pages noted above 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 (the only such listing in the world!) 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.  The Current Year page is generally updated on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week in which a newly described DVD is released.  (* We also list a few special-interest videos, 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 usually lists this information in the lower right corner of the back 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 our pages 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:  Except for Sony releases, 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 "Setup / Audio"), but our links should take you to described copies.  Recently, Amazon has been offering an image of the back covers of some DVDs, so that's another place to look (you'll need to be sighted, and you'll need to zoom in).  If you want to find out what's coming soon on DVD, check out the DVDs Release Dates site or Amazon's New and Future Releases.  (Special thanks to William Gary for discovering about a dozen old DVDs with description over the years by digging around in bargain bins!)

NOTE:  Generally speaking, we do not separately list "Steelbook" versions of DVDs (which also contain description if the original DVD did) or compilations (e.g., 3 movies in a series, where one or more of the movies has a description track).  We also try to avoid listing DVDs only available from Marketplace sellers.

Online movie streaming/rental/purchase services such as Verizon's FIOS On Demand and Comcast's XFINITY On Demand plus Amazon Prime Video, iTunes or Netflix may offer audio description tracks on some movies not listed here (because the description tracks were produced for the movie but never transferred to DVD).

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- Richard Holloway, December 2013

Which Movie Studios Include Description Tracks on Their Videos?
Smiley Face Generally Include Description Smiley Face Frowning Face Never Include Description Confused Face Frowning Face Described DVD Growth Smiley Face
Disney Companies (Pixar / Touchstone /
Buena Vista / ABC / Marvel)



Sony / Columbia / Screen Gems


Warner Bros (started May 2015)

Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (Starz/Weinstein))
Arc Entertainment
Broad Green Pictures
Image Entertainment (RLJ Entertainment)
Magnolia Pictures (2929 Entertainment)
Miramax (Filmyard Holdings)
Momentum (Entertainment One)
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros)
Pure Flix Entertainment
Screen Media Films
Shout Factory (one exception)
The Weinstein Company (TWC)
Well Go

Described DVDs by Year
Occasionally or newly include description:  Cinedigm Corp (first one July 2016), DreamWorks (various distributors over the years), eOne (2014 only - inactive), Focus Features (Universal sub - inactive), IFC Films (late 2015 - inactive), Lionsgate (limited since 2014 - only 10% of their DVDs have AD tracks), Summit Entertainment (rarely since 2014, Lionsgate sub, often Blu-ray only) From 1997-2005, only 15 described DVDs were released.  The big change came in 2010 when major studios began to commit to including description tracks.

Summary comments about studio offerings of described DVDs (based on a study of all DVDs identified from January-June 2018): New July '18

  1. Lionsgate, while improved at a mere 18% described, continues to disappoint.  Particularly bad is the fact that 5 of the 49 DVDs they released (more than any other studio) were audio described in theaters but not on DVD, even though they already had the AD tracks!
  2. Universal, with 50% described, missed two of their films described in theaters.
  3. Paramount gets the gold star:  100% described!  We really appreciate that!
  4. Fox was very good at 85%.
  5. Disney only released  4 DVDs during this period, and one was not described, rating them at 75%.
  6. Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros came in at the 50-58% range.  You can do much better ...
  7. Of the "minor league" studios, Cinedigm and Shout! Factory released a total of 17 DVDs, none described, but none of them were in theaters either.

Summary comments about studio offerings of described DVDs (based on a study of all DVDs identified from January-December 2017):

  1. Disney and Paramount describe around 85% of their major films on DVD.
  2. Warner Bros, the last major studio to start describing DVDs, now provides description on over 75% of their DVDs.
  3. Fox describes nearly 65% of their DVDs.
  4. Universal offers the 2nd largest number of DVDs each year, but describes less than 45% of them.
  5. Sony offers the 3rd largest number of DVDs each year, but only describes about 35% of them.
  6. Lionsgate, which released the largest number of DVDs last year by far (116), described a paltry 10% of them.
  7. The studios not offering any description, yet having 6 or more DVDs during 2017 are:  Shout Factory (18), Well Go (11), Magnolia (10), MPI (9), Image (6), and Broad Green (6).
  8. In our analysis of all 466 DVDs identified by the DVDs Release Dates site and/or located in stores in 2017, only 30% (142) had description tracks.  With one exception, these statistics do not include videos of TV series, none of which were described on DVD.

Additional Information About Described DVDs

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