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September 5, 2005

New Video Releases with Descriptive Narration from DVS Home Video®

BOSTON, MA - DVS Home Video®, an initiative of the Media Access Group at WGBH, announces the availability of seven new titles on home video--- fully described for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. These feature films, available now (see ordering information at bottom), include:

  • Finding Neverland: This biopic focuses on the life of Peter Pan creator James Barrie (Johnny Depp), who bonded with his neighbors, four boys and their mother (Kate Winslet), in London around 1900, an experience that inspired him to invent the famous flying lad. Truly, an instant classic.
  • The Incredibles: Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) was known to all as Mr. Incredible, but now the erstwhile superhero has retired to a quiet life in the suburbs and a job as an insurance salesman. But after a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island, he springs back into action, along with his superpower-endowed family. Oscar for Best Animated Film.
  • Meet the Fockers: Ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) has given permission for his daughter (Teri Polo) to wed male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), and now he's taking his wife (Blythe Danner) to Miami to meet his future son-in-law's parents (Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman). Sequel to the blockbuster Meet the Parents.
  • Million Dollar Baby: A retired boxer named Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) runs a gym in Los Angeles with another former fighter (Morgan Freeman). Dunn's still troubled by his painful estrangement from his daughter, and he's surprised when a female boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), walks into his gym and asks him to train her. Oscars for Best Film, Best Director (Eastwood), Best Actress (Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Freeman).
  • The Phantom of the Opera: The Phantom (Gerard Butler) is a masked man who roams around the Paris Opera House and haunts the singers. He falls for a young soprano named Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) and tutors her so well that she passes another soprano (Minnie Driver) as the city's best. He's smitten and wants Christine for his own, but she still has feelings for a childhood love, Raoul Viscount de Changey (Patrick Wilson). Feeling betrayed, the Phantom kidnaps Christine with plans to make her his eternal bride.
  • Ray: The celebrated fim about rhythm and blues singer Ray Charles that traces his career from his early days as a poor musician in the segregated South to his rise to fame as one of the most influential musicians of his time. Oscar for Jamie Fox for Best Actor. This film is also available on a special DVS Enhanced DVD via walmart.com, amazon.com.
  • Shark Tale: In this undersea CGI (computer generated imagery) flick, Robert De Niro plays Don Lino, a mob shark who's looking to expand his operation. When one of his sons is killed by an errant anchor, a young punk named Oscar (Will Smith), disgruntled with his job at a day spa and car wash for whales, claims responsibility and is hailed as a hero. Fun for the whole family.

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.

To request a DVS Home Video Catalog in Braille format, call toll-free: 888-818-1181. For a catalog in large print format, call 888-818-1999. To hear an audio version of the catalog or to obtain information about DVS, call 800-333-1203 or e-mail dvs@wgbh.org. To place an order, call 317-579-0439.

For more information about DVS Home Video and access services, 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