This is general information
about audio description on DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2021
For specific USA listings, use one of the following links:
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. We are an Amazon Associate, so 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 afternoon 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. (Warner Bros used to 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 (if available) on Amazon, generally the Blu-ray versions of DVDs listed here since the fall of 2009 also have description. 4K versions may or may not include AD, though that packaging often include the Blu-ray copy which will. ( Feb '21: See an article discussing this 4K-and-No-AD problem.) Simply follow the link provided within Amazon to the Blu-ray version or 4K, if you prefer that format. Note: Except for Sony releases, Amazon almost never lists the availability of audio description on their videos, but our links should take you to described copies. Sometimes Amazon offers an image of the back cover of a DVD, 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!)
If you want another source for checking whether or not a DVD has description, you can try either of the following. For pre-2020 DVDs, try Barnes and Noble because they sometimes listed a disc's "Menu" options; look for "Setup / Audio"). For more recent releases, check Live-brary.
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
plus streaming services like 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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|Which Movie Studios Include Description Tracks on Their Videos?|
|Generally Include Description||Never Include Description||Described DVD Growth|
Companies (Pixar / Lucasfilm /
Buena Vista / ABC / Marvel)
IFC (new 2020)
Sony / Columbia / Screen Gems
Summit (started 2018)
Warner Bros (started May 2015)
(formerly Millennium Entertainment)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (Starz/Weinstein))
Broad Green Pictures
Cohen Media Group
Echo Bridge Entertainment
FilmRise and Freestyle
Magnolia Pictures (2929 Entertainment)
Miramax (Filmyard Holdings)
Momentum (Entertainment One)
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros)
Pure Flix Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment (formerly Image Entertainment)
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Screen Media Films
The Weinstein Company (TWC)
WRITE / EMAIL THEM !!!
(Subject to change as we find new DVDs)
|Occasionally or newly include description: DreamWorks (various distributors over the years), eOne (2014 only - inactive), Focus Features (Universal sub - inactive), Lionsgate/Artisan (limited since 2014 - only 5% of their DVDs had AD tracks in 2020, down from 14% in 2019), MPI Home Video; Shout! Factory (about 50% since mid-2019).||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 described DVDs (based on a study of 368 DVDs from 53 studios identified from January-December 2020) Jan '21
Summary comments about described DVDs (based on a study of 415 DVDs from 58 studios identified from January-December 2019)