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DVDs With Audio Description Prior to 2010

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Below you will find a list of all the described DVDs prior to 2010 of primarily first-run movies released in the USA in order of DVD release date, most recent first.  (A few special releases, not first-run movies, are also included.)  Most of them are available via Amazon, and we urge you to make your purchase via a click-through from this website to help support the cost of the website. 

Please pay attention to notes with cautions (in this color) regarding which versions of the DVDs may or may not have description.  The older ones rarely say anything about description on the covers, while many of the newer ones in this list do (typically under Languages as "DVS" or "Audio Description Track" or with an AD))) logo).  Rental versions are sometimes the "Director's Cut," which typically does not include description, nor do unrated versions.  Be sure to order the theatrical version, and be sure to order via Amazon, not their Marketplace sellers.  Unless otherwise mentioned, any original Blu-ray releases of these DVDs did not have description tracks prior to 2009.  If you find a Blu-ray version released in a later year than listed here, it might have description.  Blu-ray releases generally began containing description in the fall of 2009.

Year # USA DVDs with Audio Description Tracks - SUMMARY
(See below for descriptions and ordering links)
2009 13 (500) Days of Summer, Blindsight, Bruno, District 9, Funny People, Julie & Julia, Land of the Lost, Public Enemies, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Blu-ray Edition), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Ugly Truth, The Miracle Worker, Up!
2008 7 Blind Dating, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Sunshine, The Dark Knight (Blu-ray only), The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Wanted
2007 6 28 Weeks Later, Evan Almighty, Identity (Blu-ray only), Knocked Up, The Ultimate Gift, and the independent release 9/12:  From Community to Chaos (not in theaters)
2006 5 Inside Man, Miami Vice, Mountains Without Barriers, Munich, United 93
2005 3 Cinderella Man, Ray! (special edition), The 40‑Year Old Virgin
2004 2 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, The Passion of the Christ
2003 3 Daredevil, Farther Than The Eye Can See, Road to Perdition
2002 0 (none)
2001 Dinosaur (2-Disc Collector's Edition Only), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version), Moulin Rouge
2000 3 Select editions of Pocahontas and Tarzan
1999 0 (none)
1998 2 Basic Instinct (1998 Edition Only)
1997 1 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1997 Edition Only)

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2009
DVD Cover Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (2009) Rated R

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created.
Blu-ray Only

NOTE!  This particular edition (Skynet, as reported by a user) is audio described, and ONLY ON BLU-RAY!  See also the 1997 Terminator 2 DVD below.
[This entry was added in November 2013 and updated in March 2017.]

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(500) Days of Summer, starring Zooey Deschanel (Actor), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2009) Rated PG-13

In this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, a young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams...and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be "the one."  But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable -- and unbelievably funny!
 
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District 9, starring Sharlto Copley and David James (2009) Rated R

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 begins as a mock documentary about the imminent eviction of extraterrestrials from a pathetic shantytown (called District 9).  The creatures, it turns out, have been on Earth for years, having arrived sickly and starving.  Initially received by humans with compassion and care, the aliens are now mired in blighted conditions typical of long-term refugee camps unwanted by a hostile, host society...  [F]or a while District 9 is a powerful movie with a unique tale to tell.  Seamless special effects alone are worth seeing:  the (often brutal) exchanges between alien and human are breathtaking. -- Tom Keogh

A version examined at Blockbuster listed "Audio Description Track."
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Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams (2009) Rated PG-13

Julie & Julia is a film that should be relished with gusto -- accompanied by the freshest and best ingredients, pounds of butter, and bottles of the very best wine.  It lovingly celebrates the life of one of American food's most influential and beloved figureheads: Julia Child -- played here with zest, humor, and a sweet, subtle respect by Meryl Streep, whose performance is spectacular.  ... Julie Powell, a frustrated New York bureaucrat who wants to be a writer ... gives herself a challenge:  to cook her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year, and to blog about it ... [T]he film [is] so involving and rewarding ... [and] a recipe for something truly sublime. -- A.T. Hurley

A version examined at Blockbuster listed "Audio Description Track."
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Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp (2009) Rated R

Since crime auteur Michael Mann, like his protagonists, plays by his own rules, Public Enemies eschews back story and motivation for a closely-observed, action-packed examination of men at work.  FBI supremo J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) kick-starts a nationwide manhunt when he proclaims John Dillinger (Johnny Depp, in top form) Public Enemy #1. Hoover taps Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to bring the Tommy Gun-toting bank robber in by any means necessary ... If Public Enemies is less overtly commercial than The Untouchables or Bugsy, it's still the best mainstream gangster epic in ages and ranks among Mann's finest works. -- Kathleen C. Fennessy

A version examined at Blockbuster listed "DVS."
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Funny People, starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan (2009) Not Rated

[This is a] seriously funny film from writer-director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up).  When famous comedian George Simmons (Sandler) is given a second chance at a new beginning, he and his assistant, a struggling comedian, Ira (Rogen), return to the places and people that matter most ... including the stand-up spots that gave him his start and the girl that got away ([Leslie] Mann)... it's the film critics cheer as "uproariously funny!"  (Sonny Bunch, The Washington Times)

Caution:  Rental versions may or may not contain description (which was characteristic of Universal releases at this time).  Generally only a "Rated" version has description, but it is not apparent that anything but this Unrated version was released.  Someone ordering this from Amazon in February 2010 reported that it does NOT have description, so buyer beware...
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Bruno, starring Sacha Baron Cohen (2009) Rated R

The brilliant British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen dips into his stable of pre-existing characters and comes up with a big-screen vehicle for Brüno, a gay Austrian fashionista.  Brüno is blond, fame-hungry, and prone to wearing unexpected combinations of lederhosen and hot pants.  But it's his runway disaster with an all-Velcro suit that gets him barred from the Milan fashion scene and leads to the cancellation of his TV show...  Brüno rolls out in a fashion similar to Borat, a combination of a scripted through-line interspersed with scenes of Baron Cohen improvising with people who don't realize they're being set up, Candid Camera-style... --Robert Horton

 
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The Ugly Truth, starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl (2009) Rated R

Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in this wildly funny battle of the sexes.  Abby (Heigl), a successful morning show producer, is looking for a lot in a man.  Mike (Butler), her obnoxious TV star, knows men only want one thing.  Determined to prove that she's not romantically challenged, Abby takes Mike's advice during a promising new romance, but the unexpected results will stun everyone.  (from Amazon)

 
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Up starring the voice of Ed Asner (2009) Rated PG

At a time when too many animated films consist of anthropomorphized animals cracking sitcom one-liners and flatulence jokes, the warmth, originality, humor, and unflagging imagination of Up feel as welcome as rain in a desert.  Carl Fredericksen (voice by Ed Asner) ranks among the most unlikely heroes in recent animation history... When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats to South America... Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. ) and Bob Peterson direct the film with consummate skill and taste, allowing the poignant moments to unfold without dialogue to Michael Giacchnio's vibrant score...  Even by Pixar's elevated standards, Up is an exceptional film that will appeal of audiences of all ages. Rated PG for some peril and action. --Charles Solomon

RENTALS of this DVD might not have description (or closed captions), as Disney has created a special version that some rental locations are purchasing.  Some Netflix users have reported their copies DO have description, but this cannot be guaranteed.  This particular DVD can also be downloaded from iTunes in a special version with the audio description track.  For this particular DVD, clicking the Audio button on the remote does not cycle into the description track.
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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta (2009) Rated R

Four armed men seize a New York City subway train, isolate one car, and threaten to start killing passengers if a ransom isn't paid within the hour...  John Travolta ... shamelessly has a blast in the master villain role. His adversary, cagily underplayed by Denzel Washington, has been upgraded [from the original] in civil-service rank but also demoted on suspicion of taking a bribe.  This colors the dynamics of the dialogue between Washington at his control-center console and Travolta on the motorman's microphone aboard the stalled train... --Richard T. Jameson

 
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Land of the Lost staring Will Ferrell and Danny McBride (2009) Rated PG-13

Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the Land of the Lost.  Now, Marshall, his crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist named Will (Danny McBride), have no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in a world full of marauding dinosaurs, fantastic creatures and laugh-out-loud comedy!

 
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The Miracle Worker 30th Anniversary Edition of the 1979 TV Version starring Melissa Gilbert and Patty Duke (2009) Rated G -- first time with Audio Description and Closed Captioning!

Helen Keller was the young girl who was blind, deaf, and mute since infancy.  She was in danger of being sent to an institution until a persistent and outspoken teacher named Annie Sullivan came into her life.  Together they accomplished the impossible and taught one another the values of patience, tolerance and compassion. 

Watch an audio described excerpt from the DVD.

 
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Blindsight, Documentary, Rated PG

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, BLINDSIGHT follows the gripping true-life adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers on a climbing expedition up formidable Mount Everest. Believed to be possessed by demons because of their blindness, the children are feared by their parents, scorned by their villages and rejected by society. Rescued by a blind educator and adventuress, the students invite a famous blind mountain climber to visit their school and let him lead them higher than they have ever been before. The result is nothing anyone could have predicted

Description verified in December 2011 by a Netflix customer.  Added here in January 2012.

More information on this film is available at the website www.blindsightthemovie.com.
2008
DVD Cover The Dark Knight (Blu-ray Only), starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger (2008) Rated PG-13

The follow-up to Batman Begins.  The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime.  With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker...  - Amazon

Blu-ray only 

CAUTION:  Blu-ray only!  Netflix version did not have description.  This described DVD was "discovered" by a patron in January 2011 and not previously listed.  AD is actually mentioned in the Amazon writeup!

DVD Cover Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Widescreen Edition), starring Roy Doltrice and Doug Jones (2008) Rated PG-13

The feverish Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a very busy sequel that might have looked unhinged in the hands of a less visionary director than Guillermo del Toro.  Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, aka "Red," the Dark Horse Comics demon-hero with roots in the mythical world but personal ties in the human realm... it's really the juxtaposition of visual marvels with not-so-unusual relationship issues that gives Hellboy II a certain jaunty appeal hard to find in other superhero movies. --Tom Keogh

 
DVD Cover The Incredible Hulk (Widescreen Edition), starring Edward Norton and Liv Tyler (2008) Rated PG-13

A more accessible and less heavy-handed movie than Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk is a purely popcorn love affair with Marvel's raging, green superhero, as well as the old television series starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the beast within him... --Tom Keogh

 
DVD Cover The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen Edition), starring Brendan Fraser and Jet Li (2008) Rated PG-13

The third film in the The Mummy series freshens the franchise up by setting the action in China. There, the discovery of an ancient emperor's elaborate tomb proves a feather in the cap of Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), a young archaeologist ... Unfortunately, a curse that turned the emperor (Jet Li) and his army into terra cotta warriors buried for centuries is lifted, and ... the action inevitably leads to a showdown between two armies of mummies in a Chinese desert...  --Tom Keogh

 
DVD Cover Wanted (Widescreen Edition), starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy (2008) Rated R

Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot.  Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, ...[but at] the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father ...  he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen ... Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth...  --Kathleen C. Fennessy

 

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Blind Dating, starring Frank Gerrish (2008) Rated PG-13

A blind man enters the world of dating with mixed success and lots of surprises.  This movie was not released in theaters.  Read more information on Blind Dating.

 

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Sunshine, starring Hiroyuki Sanada (2008) Rated R

A novel blend of doomsday thriller and meditative science fiction, Danny Boyle's Sunshine imagines a disturbing future in which mankind must re-ignite the sun or face total extinction. A team of scientists and crew members ... is dispatched to the dying star, but disaster strikes from almost every conceivable angle; as the crew is whittled down by accidents and psychological breaks, the survivors must discover a way to carry out the mission or seal the fate of the world's population.... -- Paul Gaita

NOTE:  This described DVD was "discovered" in January 2011 and not previously listed!  A patron reported finding description on a rental from Netflix.
2007

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The Ultimate Gift, starring Drew Fuller and James Garner (2007) Rated PG

The Ultimate Gift is a tale of one man's tumultuous journey toward personal growth and fulfillment.  Surrounded in life, and death, by avaricious family members fueled by a sense of entitlement, billionaire Red Stevens (James Garner) wants to bequeath at least one member of his extended family "the ultimate gift":  something he perceives as immensely more valuable than material wealth....  Far from a straightforward gift of cash, land, or stock, Red's bequest comes in the form of a series of mysterious recorded instructions, ....  Unbeknownst to him, his journey toward claiming the ultimate gift has only just begun....  --Tami Horiuchi

The follow-up film The Utlimate Life (2013) is also described.
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Identity, starring John Hawkes and Alfred Molina (2007) Rated R

What if every choice we ever make was already made for us? What if there really were no coincidences in life and our destinies were already predetermined? Ten strangers with secrets are brought together in a savage rainstorm ... all take shelter at a desolate motel run by a nervous night manager ... Relief in finding shelter is quickly replaced with fear as the ten travelers begin to die, one by one. They soon realize that, if they are to survive, they'll have to uncover the secret that has brought them alltogether..

Blu-ray only 

CAUTION:  Blu-ray only!   NOTE:  This title was "discovered" by a patron and added here in September 2015.

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28 Weeks Later, starring Jeremy Renner and Rose Byrne (2007) Rated R

[This] follow-up to 28 Days Later picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles. The US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin -- but they could not be more wrong. As the first wave of refugees arrive, and a family is reunited, a terrible secret is revealed: The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever.

NOTE:  This title was added here August 26, 2017, when our sharp-eyed sleuth William Gary found it in a thrift shop!  Sorry we are 10 years late (significantly worse than 28 weeks late...)!

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Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman (2007) Rated PG

The last time we saw Evan Baxter (Carell), he was being tormented by rival Bruce Nolan onscreen, live from their Buffalo TV station.  But as time passed and Evan has made up with Bruce, he's gone onto bigger and better things.  Newly elected to Washington D.C. as a congressman, Evan has left Buffalo, New York in pursuit of a greater calling.  But that calling isn't serving in the illustrious ranks of America's politics, but being summoned by the Almighty himself (Freeman), who has handed Evan the task of building a new ark, much as Noah did before...

 

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Knocked Up, starring Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl (2007) Rated R

Slobby Ben (Rogan) and up and coming career girl Alison (Heigl) meet at a bar, and end up having a one night stand.  Eight weeks later, Ben is shocked when Alison meets him and reveals that she is pregnant.  Despite having little in common, the two decide that they have to at least try to make some kind of relationship work for the baby's sake.  Rated R. 

Caution:  Only the Theatrical "rated" version has description!  Do not order the UNRATED version, director's cut, nor HD DVD.

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9/12: From Chaos to Community (2007) Not Rated

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life felt compelled to overcome their sense of powerlessness by volunteering to help out in the recovery effort.  Many deep and unexpected -- even unlikely -- relationships developed out of this.  Using cinema verite footage, interviews and archival photographs, we follow several characters through a series of events reuniting them after the closing of the site.  Through their stories we present a portrait of the city within a city that was Ground Zero, and examine how an extremely diverse group of people transcended politics and culture in an effort to heal their city and themselves... 

This was not a major film release but is included here due to the significance of the 9/11 event.

Available from Eleventh Hour Films for $19.95 for home use (higher for organizational use).
2006

Mountains Without Barriers

Mountains Without Barriers (2006) Not Rated

Two blind men and a man with no legs climb a difficult eight pitch rock climb during the No Barriers festival in Cortina, Italy.   Extraordinary people and revolutionary technologies.  Available from the producer, Serac Adventure Films.  (See also Farther Than the Eye Can See, below)

 

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Miami Vice, starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx (2006) Rated R

Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the 1980s TV series that helped to propel Michael Mann into big-time filmmaking, Miami Vice is the kind of serious, and seriously stylish, crime drama that Mann does better than anyone else...  [O]nce Mann shifts into high gear with a plot to foil a powerful drug kingpin ... and his ruthless middle-man ..., Vice pays off with the kind of smart, realistic action that Mann's fans have come to expect...  [T]his is an above-average crime thriller that demands and rewards close attention, with a climactic shoot-out that's pure Mann, worthy of the brooding drama that precedes it. --Jeff Shannon. 

NOTE:  The unrated "Director's Cut" does not have audio description.  This is the one typically found in rental stores.

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United 93, starring Christian Clemenson and Trish Gates (2006) Rated R

One of the most shocking events in modern American history gets a skilled and respectful treatment in United 93.  The movie begins by following the four terrorists who hijacked the plane that never reached its target on 9/11/2001 ... cuts to and fro among air traffic controllers and the military as ... the focus turns to the captive United Flight 93... [T]he movie is more relentlessly gut-wrenching than suspenseful (though the dawning realization of the air traffic controllers has an effective creeping dread)...  United 93 is the cinematic equivalent of a war memorial, commemorating lives lost in a moment of horrible, harrowing conflict. --Bret Fetzer

 

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Inside Man, starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen (2006) Rated R

Spike Lee scored his biggest hit to date with Inside Man, an unconventional thriller with fascinating details in the margins of its convoluted plot... it's curiously involving, especially as NYPD Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) struggles to outsmart a high-stakes bank robber (Clive Owen) who, along with a well-trained crew of accomplices, has seized control of a Wall Street bank, turning what initially looks like a hostage crisis into a personal crusade to expose some mysterious evil secrets... --Jeff Shannon

 

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Munich, starring Eric Bana and Daniel Craig (2006) Rated R

At its core, Munich is a straightforward thriller ... innocent people are killed, the bad guys got away with it, and someone has to make them pay.  But director Steven Spielberg uses that as a starting point to delve into complex ethical questions about the cyclic nature of revenge and the moral price of violence ... The opening portrays the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes by PLO terrorists at the 1972 Olympics with scenes as heart-stopping and terrifying as the best of any horror movie.  After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner (Eric Bana) to lead a team of paid-off-the-book agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one ... and the deeper moral questions of right and wrong come into play... --Daniel Vancini  

There are many scenes without voices, which makes this an ideal film for description!
2005

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Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger (2005) Rated PG

Cinderella Man is a wholesome slice of old-fashioned Americana ... dramatizing the legendary Depression-era comeback of impoverished boxer Jim Braddock...  Russell Crowe['s] portrayal of Braddock is simultaneously warm, noble, and tenacious without resorting to even the slightest hint of sentimental melodrama...  [H]is supportive wife (Renée Zellweger) and three young children, and his loyal manager (Paul Giamatti) all are forced to make sacrifices leading up to Braddock's title bout against heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in one of greatest boxing matches in the history of the sport... --Jeff Shannon

 

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell and Catherine Keener (2005) Rated R

Cult comic actor Steve Carell ...leaps into leading man status with The 40 Year-Old Virgin.  There's no point describing the plot; it's about how a 40 year-old virgin named Andy (Carell) finally finds true love and (well, you know...).  Along the way, there are very funny scenes involving being coached by his friends, speed dating, being propositioned by his female manager, and getting his chest waxed...  --Bret Fetzer

Description is only on the "rated" version

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Ray (Special Edition), starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (2005) Rated PG-13

Jamie Foxx's uncannily accurate performance isn't the only good thing about Ray... [Foxx portrays] blind R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004.  Despite a few dramatic embellishments of actual incidents ... the film does a remarkable job of summarizing Charles's strengths as a musical innovator and his weaknesses as a philandering heroin addict who recorded some of his best songs while flying high as a kite... --Jeff Shannon

This one from Amazon is a special edition and is labeled as such; others (e.g., rentals) don't have description!

NEW INFO (2016):  William Gary has discovered that while the regular DVD does not contain description (as we indicate), the 2012 BLU-RAY edition (UPC 025192128486) DOES contain the description track, even though it is packaged with the DVD without description!  Use this link for the Ray! Blu-Ray package.
2004

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The Passion of the Christ, starring James Caviezel and Monica Bellucci (2004) Rated R

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ ... [is] a quite literal, in-your-face interpretation of the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus ... presented as a relentless, 126-minute ordeal of torture and crucifixion.  For Christians and non-Christians alike, this film does not "entertain," and it's not a film that one can "like" or "dislike" in any conventional sense... Rather, The Passion is a cinematic experience that serves an almost singular purpose:  to show the scourging and death of Jesus Christ in such horrifically graphic detail ... that even non-believers may feel a twinge of sorrow and culpability in witnessing the final moments of the Son of God... --Jeff Shannon

 

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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (Special Edition) (2004) Rated PG

His ability made him a star, but it was his passion that made him a legend. Robert "Bobby" Tyre Jones, Jr. (Jim Caviezel...) was perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer in the history of the game. Battling a disabling illness and a volcanic temper, Jones struggled through a succession of early defeats to reach the pinnacle of his sport - becoming, at age 28, the only man ever to win the coveted Grand Slam of golf. But it was his devotion to his wife Mary (Claire F Forlani...) that led to the astounding announcement that shocked the world, in this inspirational true story of one of sport's greatest icons.

While this Sony DVD was not originally listed here, two users have reported that it has description.  In 2015, F William Gary wrote:  "It's listed on the back cover of the DVD as 'Narrative Track for the Visually Impaired' under the heading 'SPECIAL FEATURES'.  This is the edition with UPC code 0-4339608512-1. Bobby Jones Film, LLC, ©2003, 2004 release."  It was added here in 2011.
2003

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Daredevil, starring  Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (2003) Rated PG-13

Darker than its popular comic-book predecessor Spider-Man, Daredevil was packaged for maximum global appeal.  It begins when 12-year-old Matt Murdock is accidentally blinded shortly before his father is murdered.  Later an adult attorney in New York's Hell's Kitchen, Murdock uses his remaining, superenhanced senses to battle crime as Daredevil, pitted against dominant criminal Kingpin and the psychotic Bullseye, who can turn almost anything into a deadly projectile.

 

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Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks (2003) Rated R

In Road to Perdition, Tom Hanks plays a hit man who finds his heart.  Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is the right-hand man of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), but when Sullivan's son accidentally witnesses one of his hits, he must choose between his crime family and his real one. 

Reportedly, audio description is only available on the widescreen edition, and it is not mentioned on the packaging.  It's an ideal example of described video, as it opens with a long wordless scene.

Farther Than the Eye Can See

Farther Than The Eye Can See (2003) Not Rated

An intimate look inside one of the most successful Mount Everest expeditions ever.  The 75-minute award-winning film beautifully captures the emotion, humor and drama of blind climber Erik Weihenmayer's historic ascent as well as four other remarkable 'firsts' on Mount Everest.  Winner of 18 International Film Festival Awards.  Available from the producer, Serac Adventure Films.  (See also Mountains Without Barriers, above)

 
2001

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Moulin Rouge (Collector's Edition), starring Nicole Kidman (2001) Rated PG-13

Set in Paris in the 1890s, this version is unlike previous film versions.  Everyone and everything is encouraged to shatter boundaries of time and texture, colliding and careening in a fast-cutting frenzy.  Viewing this film, you are reminded of the cinema's power to renew itself while paying homage to its past. 

For this particular DVD, clicking the Audio button on the remote does not cycle into the description track.  The Amazon listing for this "Collector's Edition" (dated October 13, 2003) actually states "Audio track for the visually impaired."  A user reports that the Widescreen Edition (UPC 024543057659) has AD.  (Checked October 2015)
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Dinosaur (2-Disc Collector's Edition Only), starring D.B. Sweeney and Julianna Margulies (2001) Rated PG

Join the action-packed adventure of a group of dinosaurs overcoming enormous challenges through courage, loyalty and hope in Disney's DINOSAUR, a special effects phenomenon! Set 65 million years ago, DINOSAUR tells the compelling story of Aladar, an iguanadon who is separated from his own kind and raised by a clan of lemurs, including the wisecracking Zini and the compassionate Plio.
CAUTION:  ONLY THIS EDITION has description!  (This listing was added to the site in 2015.)

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2001) Rated PG

Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, Jim Carrey is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic. He commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. (Ages 5 and older).

Reportedly you can turn on audible navigation ("...by pressing 1 and Select/Enter on your DVD remote control"), and even the special features are described.
2000
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Pocahontas (Gold Classic Collection only), starring Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt (2000) Rated G

POCAHONTAS tells the story of a free-spirited girl who wonders what adventures await "Just Around The Riverbend." Pocahontas -- along with her playful pals Meeko and Flit -- relies on the guidance of her loving and wise Grandmother Willow when English settlers arrive on the shores of their village. Her chance meeting with the courageous Captain John Smith leads to a beautiful friendship that bridges the gap between two cultures, and changes history.
William Gary helps out here, advising us that there are three DVD releases of this movie, but only one edition has audio description:  the first release on DVD, dated June 2000, part of the Disney Gold Classic Collection.  TheatreVision does the audio description and is actually mentioned on the cover (without reference to AD) with other languages. The ISBN number is 0-7888-2124-5.  The other 2 releases (the 2005 anniversary edition, and the 2012 re-release as part of a 2-movie set with Pochahontas II) do not have audio description. Complete cover.
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Tarzan (Collector's Edition Only), starring Tony Goldwyn and Minnie Driver (2000) Rated G

Disney's Tarzan doesn't wander far from the familiar story of a shipwrecked baby who is brought up by apes in Africa. What gives the film its zing is its clever use of music (the songs are sung by Phil Collins himself rather than onscreen characters) and the remarkable animation.
The ISBN is 0-7888-2067-2, and the UPC is 717951007452.  Description by TheatreVision.  If you can't find this on Amazon, try Tarzan from AlibrisRemember, Collector's Edition only!   Complete cover, courtesy of William Gary.
1998
Basic Instinct Basic Instinct (1998 Edition Only), starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone (1998) Rated R

San Francisco detective Nick Curran is investigating the murder of a once-celebrated rock star and he's made a few unsettling discoveries: a bloody ice pick, a white silk scarf tied to a bedpost and evidence of an otherwise romantic evening.  (The film itself was released in 1992)
Information from William Gary in October 2015 reveals that the 1998 DVD by Artisan Entertainment (which became Lions Gate Entertainment in 2003) clearly states on the back cover that it has a "DVS" description track by WGBH.  The ISBN on the cover is 0-7840-1020-X (UPC 012236044307).  It is not available from Amazon, but it may be available via Alibris or other sources You must purchase this specific 1998 edition!
1997
Terminator 2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1997 Edition Only), starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone (1998) Rated R

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.  (The film itself was released in 1991.)
Information from William Gary in March 2017 reveals that the 1997 DVD released by Live Home Video clearly states on the back cover that it has a "DVS" description track by WGBH.  The ISBN on the cover is 0-7840-1018-8 (UPC 0784010188).  As of the date of posting, it is still available from Amazon, and it may be available via Alibris or other sourcesYou must purchase this specific 1997 DVD or the 2009 Skynet Blu-ray edition listed above.  There are other editions listed on the same Amazon page ...
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