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DVS® Guide

Summer 2000
Volume 11, Issue 2

Turner Classic Movies Presents The Wizard of Oz
Coming in July, Turner Classic Movies will take you down the yellow brick road for the first-ever described and commercial-free broadcast of The Wizard of Oz. We are pleased to partner with Turner Classic Movies to make this special event possible. Tune in Monday, July 3 8:00PM (ET)

Welcome to the DVS® Guide's first Letter from the Director
First, let me say how excited I am to be a part of the Descriptive Video Service® at WGBH. For the past 10 years, I have held senior-level positions within the Media Access Group at WGBH, working alongside the DVS management staff, and admiring the dedication and care that helped develop, nurture, and grow Descriptive Video Service. DVS has matured into a respected and influential national service, providing video description for thousands of hours of television programming, home videos and most recently, theatrical films. DVS has come a long way with all of your support. The DVS staff and I are planning for at least as much growth and accomplishment in the next 10 years!

We are busy getting ready for our attendance at the American Council of the
Blind conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the National Federation of the Blind conference in Atlanta, Georgia. As usual, we'll be staffing booths at both of these annual conferences and hosting DVS Movie Nights. I'll be attending each of the conferences and look forward to meeting as many DVS fans as possible. While at the conventions, I hope to hear your thoughts about the issues facing the blind community and will seek your input on the kinds of television programming and home videos that we should target for description. (See more about our participation at these annual conferences elsewhere in this issue.)

We're also in the midst of starting up a second production office for DVS -- this one located in Hollywood. DVS/West will be a full-service video description operation -- providing description for Hollywood's television and film community. So many television programs and films are produced in Hollywood, it's a natural spot for us to expand. And it provides an even greater depth of staff for us -- we'll have more flexibility to handle those constantly changing, tight production deadlines!

If you have any questions or comments that you'd like to share with us, please feel free to contact us via e-mail - -- or by calling us at 617-300-3490. And thanks, as always, for all of your support.

Lori Kay
WGBH Media Access Group/Services

DVS Highlights

Summer Conventions
The staff of Descriptive Video Service is finalizing preparations for both the American Council of the Blind Convention in Kentucky, and National Federation of the Blind Convention in Atlanta, each being held in early July. As in years past the attendees of the conventions will have the opportunity to purchase select DVS Home Video titles right at the DVS booth in the exhibit hall and avoid the usual cost of shipping and handling. We are looking forward to meeting as many attendees as possible at the conventions and encourage you to stop by our booth and say hello.

One of the highlights of the conventions for DVS has always been the DVS Movie Night. We are very pleased this year to have Turner Classic Movies as our sponsor for this year's movie night at both conventions. We will be showing a Turner movie, serving fresh popped popcorn and giving away prizes to those who are up on DVS trivia. Mark your calendars and make sure you don't miss what is guaranteed to be a fun night!

ACB Movie Night
Monday, July 3rd 7:30pm

NFB Movie Night
Thursday, July 6th 7:30pm

Now Available on DVS Home Video®
Now available on DVS Home Video® are the critically acclaimed, box-office hits Saving Private Ryan and L.A. Confidential. Saving Private Ryan
directed by Steven Spielberg stars Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Edward Burns, and pays homage to the sacrifice and violence of battle during World War II. L.A. Confidential stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger and is a thrilling tale of police corruption and Hollywood glamour wonderfully adapted from the best-selling novel by James Ellroy.

Also new to DVS Home Video® is the hit romantic-comedy You've Got Mail, also starring Tom Hanks and co-starring Meg Ryan, and the riotous comedy There's Something About Mary starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon. For more information on these titles and for a complete list of DVS Home Video® titles, visit our catalogue.

How to Receive DVS on Television
To receive DVS on television, a viewer must have either a stereo TV or VCR with the Second Audio Program (S.A.P.), standard on most newer stereo TV's and VCR's or a stand-alone S.A.P. receiver. To hear the narrated visual descriptions via your stereo TV or VCR, simply activate its S.A.P. feature. To locate the S.A.P. feature, consult the TV's or VCR's owner's manual or call the manufacturer. A S.A.P. receiver is a device which is able to tune in a channel, similar to a radio, that carries the descriptions.
It can be used alongside a TV or alone as audio only. S.A.P. receivers are available either pre-tuned or adjustable. The following manufacturers produce S.A.P. receivers: Compol, Inc. 1-800-972-0881; Avocet Instruments, Inc. 1-800-443-0728; and FM Atlas 218-879-7676.

This guide is also available in Braille, on audio via the DVS Information Line, 1-800-333-1203. To contact us directly you may call our NEW DIRECT LINE at (617) 300-3600.

PBS Schedule
The following is the DVS broadcast schedule for July through September on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Some public television stations may have different schedules, so be sure to check your local listings.

For updates of the PBS broadcast schedule with DVS complete with program
descriptions and last-minute changes, call toll-free on your touch-tone phone, the DVS Information line, 1-800-333-1203. The broadcast schedule is also available on the Internet. E-mail us with your comments at:

Adventures from the Book of Virtues
every Sunday
(30 minutes)

American Experience
(120 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday
(30 minutes)

Between The Lions
every weekday
(30 minutes)

Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre
Sundays from 6/4-7/16
(120 minutes)

every Thursday except 8/3, 8/17 and 9/7, (60 minutes).
There will be two 60-minute episodes back to back on 8/10.
The episodes on 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21 and 9/28 are 90 minutes.


every Sunday
(60 minutes)

(60 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday
(30 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday
(30 minutes)

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. These films are broadcast with description whenever they appear on the TCM channel. Please check your local listings. 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 Sunday night at 6:00p.m.

Large Format Theater Schedule
The following is the large format theater movie schedule with video descriptions for July through September. For specific dates and times the films will be showing, please call the theater nearest you. If your local large format theater is not listed in the schedule, let them know that you would like to see movies with DVS at their theater.

Langley Theater, Smithsonian, Institution/National Air
and Space Museum
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1675
Cosmic Voyage, To Fly!, Mission To Mir, Michael Jordan:To The Max

Entergy IMAX® Theater, Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
(504) 581-4629
Dolphins, Mysteries of Egypt, Everest

Mugar OMNI Theater, Museum of Science
Boston, MA
617) 723-2500
The Magic of Flight, Dolphins, Michael Jordan:To The Max

Wortham IMAX® Theater, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston, TX
(713) 639-4705
Wolves, Gold Fever, Island Of The Sharks, Olympic Glory

Laurence Phipps Theater, Denver Museum of Natural History
Denver, CO
(303) 370-6322
Dolphins, Olympic Glory

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® Theater
Chattanooga, TN
(800) 262-0695
T Rex

Odyssey Theater, Gateway Arch
St. Louis, MO
(314) 655-1700

DVS Theatrical
The following is a listing of conventional movie theaters with video description. For specific titles that are described and for specific 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.

General Cinema Sherman Oaks/Sherman Oaks
Cinema 2 (near Los Angeles)
4500 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 986-9660 or (818) 986-3078

General Cinema Parkway Pointe
Cinema 7
3101 Cobb Parkway, S.E.
(770) 937-0730

General Cinema Yorktown/Lombard
Cinema 7 (near Chicago)
80 Yorktown Center
(630) 495-0012

General Cinema Owings Mills/Owings Mills
Cinema 8 (near Baltimore)
10100 Mill Run Circle
Owings Mills
(443) 394-0060

General Cinema Framingham 14
Cinema 12
22 Flutie Pass
Framingham, MA
(508) 875-6151

New Jersey
General Cinema Clifton Commons/Clifton
Cinema 1 (near New York City)
405 Route 3 East
(973) 614-0966

General Cinema Plymouth Meeting
Cinema 9 (near Philadelphia)
500 Germantown Pike, (outside of Plymouth Meeting Mall)
Plymouth Meeting
(610) 397-0780

Cinerama Theater (a General Cinema operated facility)
2100 Fourth Avenue
(206) 441-3080

General Cinema Pacific Place
Cinema 3
600 Pine Street
(206) 652-8908

General Cinema Mayfair Mall (near Milwaukee)
2500 North Mayfair Road
(414) 777-0467

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
NEC Foundation of America
George B. Storer Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts
U.S. Department of Education

Additional Supporters
American Council of the Blind of Ohio
American Express Foundation
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Eberhard & Pat Ax
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The Boston Globe Foundation
John Demetralis
Des Moines Chapter, Iowa Council of the United Blind
Arlene Gordon
GTE Corporation
The George Gund Foundation
Gilbert H. Hood Family Fund
William F. Paul
The Pearle Vision Foundation
Reader's Digest Fund for the Blind
George & Eleanor Shearing
Irving M. Shepard, III
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Jo Taliaferro
Turner Classic Movies
E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind

Major funding for Descriptive Video Service is provided by
the U.S. Department of Education. Cooperative agreements:
H026C70004, H026C70005, H026C70007, H327C980003

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