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October 23, 2009

Universal Pictures to Release DVD and Blu-ray Discs with DVS®

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has joined Sony Pictures by committing to release the Descriptive Video Service® (DVS) track created for theatrical release of films on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of those films. The Media Access Group at WGBH, which creates both the closed captioning and DVS via our Motion Picture Access (MoPix) effort, is most grateful to Universal for this major step forward. The excitement among description fans generated by the Sony announcement just a few weeks ago will no doubt be echoed by the latest good news.

Here now is a list of DVD and Blu-ray titles that will include DVS as an option. Additional DVD and Blu-ray titles and release dates will be shared when we learn them. We understand the DVD packages will have indicate availability of DVS, though the print on DVD packages tends to be microscopic. We'll be confirming that the DVS track is on each disk, and will update our DVS on DVD Web site accordingly.

Land of the Lost (Universal) Available Now
The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (Sony) Debuts Nov 3
The Ugly Truth (Sony) Debuts Nov 10
Bruno (Universal) Debuts Nov 17
Funny People (Universal) Debuts Nov 24
Julie and Julia (Sony) Debuts Dec 8
Public Enemies (Universal) Debuts Dec 8
District 9 (Sony) Debuts Dec 29

After the first of the year:

Love Happens (Universal)
Couples Retreat (Universal)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony)
Zombieland (Sony)
The Stepfather (Sony)
...and more to come!


Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH
617 300-3700

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