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March 14, 2005

RAY on DVD - Enhanced with DVS®

BOSTON, MA - The Oscar-nominated film RAY, a biopic of the late, great Ray Charles, was released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Video. We are proud to announce that a DVS enhanced version of the film is also available on DVD (for US and Canadian distribution only). You can purchase the disk, Ray "DVS Enhanced" at amazon.com, at walmart.com, and through this toll-free phone number for Walmart: 1-800-966-6546 (give the operator the product number: 3587541).

The film's star, Best Actor Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and director Taylor Hackford have been honored with the American Council of the Blind's Media Access Award for their efforts. Congratulations and thanks to all involved in making this happen, DVS on DVD is a much wanted feature and this film is a natural early step in the process of getting the description tracks created for feature film releases to migrate to DVD release.

A decision has not yet been made whether to include this title on VHS tape in the DVS Home Video® catalogue for summer 2005. We will share the news about this as soon as it is available.

Descriptive Video Service® (DVS) supplies descriptive narration of key visual elements--making television programs, feature films, home videos and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue, audio descriptions of important visual details help to engage these viewers with the story. The Media Access Group at WGBH developed and continues to maintain a description production and distribution system for described videos.

The Media Access Group is a nonprofit service with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. The Group includes DVS, which has made television, film and video more enjoyable to audiences who are blind or visually impaired since 1990, and The Caption Center--the world's first captioning agency--which has made audiovisual media accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing since 1972. The third branch of the Media Access Group, the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media, is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. Members of the Group's collective staff represent the leading resources and experts in their fields.

For more information about the Media Access Group at WGBH, visit the Media Access Group Web site (access.wgbh.org) or call 617-300-3600 (voice and TTY).

Press contact:
Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
(617) 300-3700
(617) 300-2489 TTY
mary_watkins@wgbh.org


















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