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DVS® Guide

Summer/Fall 2003
Volume 14, Issue 2

Table of Contents

  • News Highlights
  • DVS® Theatrical®
  • DVS Funders

News Highlights

Letter from the Director

The summer movie blockbuster season is here! Hollywood is releasing dozens of films between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the Media Access Group at WGBH is making many of these accessible with video description and captioning on the day and date of their release.

We are working with the home video distributors of the films to encourage them to include the DVS track on the DVD release, as there are few technological barriers to doing this. DVDs can hold a lot of information, and most DVD producers are using that disk space to add special features related to the film. Our challenge is to encourage the DVD producers to save some space for the DVS track.

We're also encouraging DVD producers to add the "talking menu/navigation" features that have been developed by the Media Access Group's National Center for Accessible Media. A DVD with both the DVS track and the talking menu feature is a thing to behold!

We continue to add additional titles to our DVS Home Video® Catalogue by making use of the descriptions that were created when the films originally were released. We are focusing our efforts on those titles that are not already available with video description on DVD.

It is our goal to make every film we describe for its theatrical release available with descriptions for its subsequent release on DVD or VHS. Issues around distribution rights and costs sometimes keep us from meeting that goal, but we continue to forge ahead and do our best.

As always, it helps to know which films you are interested in watching with video description. Feel free to call or send us your preferences. We look forward to hearing from you!


Lori Kay
Director of Services
Media Access Group at WGBH

DVS Movie Nights Highlight 2003 Summer Conventions
This summer's American Council of the Blind (ACB) Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, and National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Convention in Louisville, KY, will both feature free DVS Movie Nights! Join the DVS staff on Monday, July 7th at 7pm for the ACB movie night and on Wednesday, July 2nd at 7pm for the NFB movie night. Videos of new releases and a selection of previously released films will be available for sale at the DVS booth throughout the ACB convention. We look forward to seeing all our old friends and introducing DVS to new ones during both conventions - and don't miss these always popular entertaining movie events!

DVS Home Video New Releases!
Whether it's magic, superheroes or Richard Gere tap-dancing, there's something for everyone on DVS Home Video this summer.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (available to order July 5)
Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, begins his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but is warned by a mysterious creature that danger awaits him at the school. Harry ignores the warning, and returns to the school. But strange things start to happen. Hogwarts students are being turned into stone, and no one knows the cause. Kenneth Branagh joins the cast as famous writer Gilderoy Lockhart, who is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

The Color Purple (available to order July 5)
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Alice Walker, The Color Purple stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. The story follows the life of Celie, a young African American girl growing up in the early 1900s. We meet Celie when she is a child and follow her through the next 30 years of her life.

Gangs of New York (available to order July 5)
A 2002 nominee for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Gangs of New York begins in 1846 and ends in 1863 with the draft riots. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film revolves around the conflicts between the white Anglo-Saxon "natives" and the Irish immigrants in New York's Five Points.

Two Weeks Notice (available to order July 5)
This romantic comedy stars Sandra Bullock, who plays a brilliant but neurotic attorney, and Hugh Grant, her charming, irresponsible and fabulously wealthy client. They can't seem to get along until they finally realize what they can't get along without is each other.

Minority Report (available to order July 5)
What would you do if you were accused of a murder you had not committed...yet? Directed by Steven Spielberg, this action-based sci-fi thriller stars Tom Cruise and Max von Sydow. Cruise plays detective John Anderton, who is preordained to murder someone in less than two days.

Daredevil (available to order July 28)
Ben Affleck stars as young orphan Matt Murdock, who is the victim of a hazardous- waste accident that leaves him blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock becomes a respected criminal attorney, but takes on a secret identity as Daredevil, the masked avenger who patrols New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom.

Chicago (available to order August 18)
If you can't be infamous. Winner of the 2002 Academy AwardTM for Best Picture, Chicago tells the story of a fame-hungry group of characters who live in the windy city during the roaring twenties. Their lives are interwoven and elaborated on
in this wildly entertaining musical starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.

To order DVS Home Videos call 317.579.0439. For the latest DVS Home Video releases, call our toll-free number 1.800.333.1203 or visit our Web site at

American Experience Presents...
In July, PBS's American Experience presents Bataan Rescue and Murder at Harvard with description. Bataan Rescue tells the story of the most daring rescue mission of World War II. After three years of brutal captivity, 513 American prisoners of war are freed. Murder at Harvard delves into the 1849 murder of a prominent-but unpopular-Boston doctor, George Parkman. Who really killed him-and why? Bataan Rescue airs on PBS Monday, July 7, 2003 at 9pm. Murder at Harvard airs on PBS Monday, July 14, 2003 at 9pm (check local listings).

In the fall, American Experience presents (with description) a powerful film about the events leading up to the destruction of New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Center of the World (working title) reaches back to 1946 when the idea of building a "world trade center" in lower Manhattan first was conceived. This two-hour sequel to Ric Burns' acclaimed New York: A Documentary Film chronicles the construction of the towers and studies the astonishing expansion of American economic power during the second half of the 20th century. Check local listings for exact date and time.

Nova and Mystery! on DVD with DVS
Nova goes behind the doors of the world's two largest aerospace companies to examine the high-stakes battle waged between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to build the most versatile fighter ever created-the Joint Strike Fighter. Filmed over four years, Battle of the X-Planes reveals the breakthrough designs, heartbreaking setbacks, adrenaline-fueled test flights, and one final nail-biting decision: the winner of the most lucrative contract in military history. Nova: Battle of the X-Planes will be available July 5.

In Speedy Death, Emmy Award winner and Mystery! host Diana Rigg portrays the glamorous and outspoken Mrs. Adela Bradley, a well-traveled divorcee who dabbles in psychoanalysis, toxicology, pre-feminism and murder investigations. Based on the novels by Gladys Mitchell, the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries take you back to England during the Roaring Twenties, complete with the glamorous costumes, lavish cars and hot jazz. Mrs. Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death will be available June 24.

A Great Deliverance features Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard investigating the gruesome murder of a farmer in a seemingly peaceful country village. It's his new partner, Sergeant Barbara Havers, whom he's finding indecipherable. Havers is as gritty, rumpled and working-class as the Inspector is refined,
well-heeled and sophisticated. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Great Deliverance will be available July 29.

Coming August 5 are Second Sight 2 and Touching Evil 3. In Second Sight 2, Clive Owen plays Ross Tanner, a hotshot police detective trying to conceal the fact that he is losing his sight. He soon learns that insight can triumph over eyesight when trying to solve a murder mystery. In Touching Evil 3, Robson Green plays the smart, brash and slightly mysterious Detective Inspector Dave Creegan in this darkly tinged mystery.

These DVDs can be ordered from WGBH Boston Video: on the Web at or call 800-949-8670. For a list of available accessible DVDs, consult the list on our Web site at

Coming Soon to a MoPix®-Equipped Theater Near You
Thanks to WGBH's Motion Picture Access Project (MoPix), which makes films
accessible to moviegoers who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, the following releases are among those that will be playing soon at a MoPix-equipped theater in your area. (Titles and release dates are subject to change.)

June 20, 2003
The Hulk

June 27, 2003
Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle

July 2, 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

July 11, 2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

July 18, 2003
Bad Boys 2

July 25, 2003

August 1, 2003

October 10, 2003
Intolerable Cruelty

November 5, 2003
Matrix Revolutions

November 14, 2003
Looney Toons: Back in Action

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

November 21, 2003
The Cat in the Hat

December 5, 2003
The Last Samurai

December 12, 2003
Nancy Meyers Project

December 19, 2003
Mona Lisa Smile

TBD (Christmas)
Big Fish

Four More PBS Children's Shows Described
PBS stations nationwide now are broadcasting Angelina Ballerina and Dragon Tales, with descriptions, enabling young viewers who are blind or visually impaired to enjoy these shows along with their sighted siblings and friends. Based on the books written by Katharine Holabird, the Angelina Ballerina series explores such childhood themes as friendship, jealousy and loyalty. The Dragon Tales series invites children to play and learn along with six-year-old Emmy, her four-year-old brother, Max, and their dragon friends.

Later this summer Barney & Friends and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat also will debut with descriptions. Barney needs little introduction, celebrating 10 years on PBS as the lovable purple dinosaur who loves to teach children how to use their imagination. Based on the children's book by acclaimed author Amy Tan, Sagwa is set against the backdrop of ancient China, where this curious cat learns some of life's most important lessons.

The Blues-Coming to PBS in September with Description
The Blues, executive produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, is a seven-part series of impressionistic films viewed through the lens of seven world-famous directors who share a passion for the music. Volkswagen, the exclusive national sponsor of The Blues, also is funding the description of the series, which airs Sunday, September 28 through Saturday, October 4, from 9 to 11pm. (Check local listings.)

Turner Classic Movies
Through a partnership with DVS and the U.S. Department of Education, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable channel presents classic movies with description. To obtain the TCM cable channel, contact your local cable provider. Simply activate the S.A.P. feature on your stereo television or VCR to access the descriptions. Don't miss the DVS Showcase every Saturday night at 6p.m. EST and 3p.m. PT. You can get a complete listing of movies described on the TCM cable channel by calling our DVS Information Line,1.800.333.1203 or on the Web at

DVS Theatrical®
The following is a listing of conventional and large-format movie theaters that show films with video description. For specific titles that are described and for speciŪc dates and times the films will be showing, please call the theater nearest you. If your local theater is not listed here, let them know that you would like to see movies with DVS at their theater.


AMC Mesa Grand 24
Auditorium 1
1645 South Stapley


AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Road
San Diego

AMC Mercado 20 (near San Jose)
3111 Mission College Blvd.
Mercado Santa Clara Center
Santa Clara

AMC 30 At The Block
(near Los Angeles)
20 City Blvd. West

AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

AMC Sherman Oaks/Sherman Oaks Cinema 2 (near Los Angeles)
4500 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
818.986.9660 or 818.986.3078

Loews Cineplex -
Universal City Cinemas
Theater 5, Universal CityWalk
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City

Loews Theater at Metreon
Theater 13
101 Fourth Street
San Francisco

Mann Chinese 6 at Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
(One auditorium is currently equipped
at this location. An additional auditorium will be equipped soon).

National Amusements
The Bridge cinema de lux
6081 Center Drive
Los Angeles

AMC Bay Street 16
5614 Shellmound Street
Emeryville (San Francisco/Oakland Area)


Laurence Phipps Theater
Denver Museum of Natural History
(large-format theater)

District of Columbia

Johnson IMAX Theater
Discovery Center
Institution/Natural History Museum
Washington, DC
(large-format theater)

Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Institution/National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC
(large-format theater)


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
3605 Bougaivillea

IMAX Dome Theater
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
(large-format theater)


AMC Palace Parkway Pointe
Cinema 7
3101 Cobb Parkway, S.E.


AMC Yorktown/Lombard
Cinema 7
80 Yorktown Center
Lombard (near Chicago)

AMC City North
2600 North Western Avenue

AMC River East
Auditorium 13
322 East Illinois Street
312.596.0333 ext. 0

Coming Soon!
Crown The Glen
(2 auditoriums)
1850 Tower Road


AMC Elmwood 20
Theater 1
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd.

AMC 12 - Clearview
Theater 1
4436 Veterans Blvd.

Entergy IMAX Theater
Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans
(large-format theater)


AMC Palace Owings Mills
Cinema 8 (near Baltimore)
10100 Mill Run Circle
Owings Mills


AMC Palace Framingham 16
Cinema 13
22 Flutie Pass

AMC Palace Fenway
201 Brookline Avenue

National Amusements Showcase
Cinema Revere
565 Squire Road

National Amusements Showcase
Cinema Worcester North
135 Brooks Street

Mugar OMNI Theater
Museum of Science
(large-format theater)


AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18
(near Minneapolis)
4000 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie

Crown Theaters
Block E 15
600 Hennepin Avenue
Downtown Minneapolis

William L. McKnight -
3M Omnitheater
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul
(large-format theater)


AMC Oak View 24
Auditorium 20
3555 South 140th Place

New Jersey

AMC Palace Clifton Commons/Clifton
Cinema 1 (near New York City)
405 Route 3 East

New York

AMC Palace Bay Plaza Cinemas
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
2210 Barton Avenue

AMC Empire 25
Auditorium 7
234 West 42nd Street
New York City

Bristol IMAX Theater
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum
of Science and Technology
(large-format theater)


AMC Palace Plymouth Meeting
Cinema 9 (near Philadelphia)
500 Germantown Pike (outside
of Plymouth Meeting Mall)
Plymouth Meeting


Tennessee Aquarium
Imax Theater
(large-format theater)


AMC The Parks at Arlington
(near Dallas-Ft. Worth)
3811 South Cooper

SeaWorld San Antonio
R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
10500 SeaWorld Drive
San Antonio

Bob Bullock Texas State
History Museum/IMAX
(large-format theater)

Wortham IMAX Theater
Houston Museum of Natural Science
(large-format theater)

T.I. Founders IMAX Theater
The Science Place
(large-format theater)


AMC Springfield Mall
6500 Springfield Mall
Springfield (near Washington DC)


AMC Cinerama
2100 Fourth Avenue

AMC Palace Pacific Place, Cinema 3
600 Pine Street


AMC Palace Mayfair Mall (near Milwaukee)
2500 North Mayfair Road



Paramount Chinook Centre
6455 Macleod Trail S.W.

SilverCity West Edmonton Mall

British Columbia

SilverCity Metropolis
4700 Kingsway Avenue

Famous Players Colussus Langley
20090 91A Avenue

SilverCity Riverport
14211 Entertainment Way

SilverCity Tillicum
3130 Tillicum Road


SilverCity Polo Park
817 St. James Street


SilverCity Yonge & Eglinton
(2 equipped theaters)
2300 Yonge Street

Coliseum Scarborough
Scarborough Town Centre
300 Borough Drive

SilverCity London
1680 Richmond Street

Coliseum Mississauga
309 Rathburn Road West

Coliseum Ottawa
3090 Carling Avenue

SilverCity Richmond Hill
8725 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill

SilverCity Ancaster
771 Golf Links Road

SilverCity Gloucester
2385 City Park Drive

SilverCity Sudbury
355 Barrydowne Road

SilverCity Windsor
4611 Walker Road

Paramount Toronto
259 Richmond Street West

Famous Players 8
160 Bell Boulevard

DVS Funders

We extend our sincere thanks to the many corporations, foundations, organizations and viewers who have supported DVS during the past year.

Inaugural Circle

General Motors
George B. Storer Foundation


U.S. Department of Education

Additional Supporters

J. Walton Bissell Foundation
The Gerber Foundation
The George Gund Foundation
Debra & Paul Hill
Gilbert H. Hood Family Fund
The Lions Clubs of Massachusetts
(District 33 - A)
Oak Foundation
The Pearle Vision Foundation
Paul and Lori Schroeder
Jo Taliaferro
E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for
the Blind

Major funding for Descriptive Video Service® is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. H327J000004, H327J000005, H327C010004, H327E010005, H327L020008


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