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DVS® Guide

Summer 2001
Volume 12, Issue 2

Letter from the Director
Hello and happy summer! Let me update you on what I've been up to and what's coming in the near future. In May, I had the pleasure of hosting an open house for friends, consumers and clients at the Media Access Group's new, larger office in Burbank, CA. At the event, our guests had an opportunity to learn more about the description and captioning processes and to try out DVS® Theatrical® and Rear Window® captioning technology in our MoPix® demo room. They also had the chance to preview Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided --the newest DVD release available with both video description and captions and, for the first time, an audible navigation system. I'd like to extend my special thanks to Mitch Pomerantz, Sheila Styron and Richard Ray for their help in planning this very successful and enjoyable affair.

Early this month, I'll be traveling to Des Moines, IA, and then onto Philadelphia, PA, for the DVS Movie Nights at the upcoming ACB and NFB conventions. I look forward to seeing many of you at these popular screenings!

On behalf of DVS, and the bi-coastal staff of the Media Access Group at WGBH, I wish you all the best for a wonderful summer season. And remember, for the latest DVS news and information, visit us often at:!

Lori Kay
Media Access Group at WGBH/Services

DVS Highlights

New Titles Now Available on DVS Home Video
A super selection of new titles are due to arrive from DVS Home Video by July 1st. Travel back in time to old London with the original Dracula, the 1931 horror classic starring Bela Lugosi. Follow a fictional, but very Clintonesque, road to the White House in Primary Colors, featuring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates and Billy Bob Thornton. Pull up a chair and savor some Soul Food, a family comedy-drama starring Vanessa Williams and Vivica Fox as members of a contentious contemporary clan. Join Agents Mulder and Scully -- portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson -- as they learn the truth about an alien colonization of earth in The X Files, a full-length film based on the popular Fox series. And meet Professor Xavier and his team of superhero mutants in this big-screen version of the comic book classic X-Men, starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and others.

DVS Movie Nights Highlight Summer Conventions
This summer's American Council of the Blind (ACB) Convention in Des Moines and National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Convention in Philadelphia will feature DVS Movie Nights -- back by popular demand! Join the DVS staff on Monday, July 2nd at 7pm for the ACB movie night and on Thursday, July 5th at 7pm for the NFB movie night. Videos of new and selected previously released films will be available for sale at the DVS booth throughout the ACB convention. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones during both conventions -- and hope you'll join us for these entertaining movie events!

FCC Video Description Mandate Challenged
Challenges to the FCC's video description mandate have been filed in federal court against the FCC's decision to begin requiring video description on prime-time and children's television. In July 2000, the FCC voted to require broadcasters to begin broadcasting descriptions as soon as April 2002. The challenges may delay the start date of mandate.

MoPix® Makes New Theatrical Releases Fully Accessible
After the successful spring debuts of A Knight's Tale and Pearl Harbor -- featuring both descriptions and closed captioning -- the Media Access Group at WGBH has some exciting new movies in store for the remainder of the year! Thanks to WGBH's Motion Picture Access Project (MoPix®) -- which makes films fully accessible to moviegoers who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired -- the following theatrical film releases are among those that will be available at select equipped theaters between July and December 2001:

* Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
* Jurassic Park 3 (Universal Studios)
* American Pie 2 (Universal Studios)
* Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Universal Studios)
* Riding in Cars with Boys (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
* Ali (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

For movie release dates, additional film releases and MoPix theater locations near you, visit

PBS Adds Description to Zoboomafoo
With help from the folks at DVS and funding from the U.S. Department of Education, PBS stations nationwide are now broadcasting the children's series Zoboomafoo with description, enabling young viewers who are blind and visually impaired to enjoy this entertaining nature program along with their sighted siblings and friends. Designed especially for preschoolers, this groundbreaking series creates a fun learning environment in which kids discover animals for the first time and learn to respect and care for the creatures whose planet we share. Hosted by brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, it also features Zoboo -- a curious talking lemur -- as well as an energetic mix of live action, puppetry, claymation, music, songs and sounds from around the world. The program airs daily; check your local PBS listings for times. For online activities and information, visit

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 TVs and VCRs 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: Avocet Instruments, Inc. 1-800-443-0728; and FM Atlas 218-879-7676.

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. PBS programs scheduled to air with DVS are subject to change, for updates of the PBS broadcast schedule with DVS 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
7/2, 7/9, (60 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday, (30 minutes)

Between The Lions
every weekday and Sunday, (30 minutes)

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre
7/1, 7/22, 7/29, (90 minutes). The episode on 7/29 is 120 minutes.

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection
7/8, 7/15, (90 minutes). The episode on 7/8 is 120 minutes.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
weekdays 7/9-7/20, 8/27-8/31, 9/10-9/14, (30 minutes)

7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, (60 minutes). The episode
on 8/2 is 120 minutes.

every Sunday, (60 minutes)

New York (An American Experience Special)
9/30, (120 minutes)

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/21, (60 minutes). The episode on 8/21 is 120 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 Saturday night at 6:00p.m ET. You can also get a complete listing of movies described on the TCM cable channel by calling our DVS Information Line,1-800-333-1203.

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 with description, 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.

Laurence Phipps Theater
Denver Museum of Natural History
Denver, CO
(303) 370-6322
Whales, Solarmax

Langley Theater
Smithsonian, Institution/National Air
and Space Museum
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1675
To Fly!, Solarmax, Adventures in Wild California

IMAX® Dome Theater
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Tampa, FL
(800) 995-6674
Journey Into Amazing Caves, Dolphins

Entergy IMAX® Theater
Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
(504) 581-4629
Cyberworld, Galapagos,
Into The Deep

Mugar OMNI Theater
Museum of Science
Boston, MA
(617) 723-2500
Shackleton's Antarctic Journey, Journey Into Amazing Caves

William L. McKnight - 3M Omnitheater
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
(651) 221-9411
Journey Into Amazing Caves

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® Theater
Chattanooga, TN
(800) 262-0695
Into the Deep, Galapagos

Wortham IMAX® Theater, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston, TX
(713) 639-4705
Africa: The Serengeti, Shackleton's Antarctic Journey, Alaska

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 City North
2600 North Western Avenue
(773) 394-1600

Gulf States Palace 20 Theatre*
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd.
(504) 733-2029

General Cinema 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

General Cinema Fenway
201 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
(617) 424-6111

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

New York
General Cinema Bay Plaza Cinemas
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
2210 Barton Avenue
Bronx, NY
(718) 320-1659

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

General Cinema Springfield Mall
(near Washington DC)
6500 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA
(703) 971-4203

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

* New MoPix® Location

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

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

Additional Supporters
American Council of the Blind of Ohio
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Eberhard & Pat Ax
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
John Demetralis
Des Moines Chapter, Iowa Council of the United Blind
The Gerber Foundation
Arlene Gordon
The George Gund Foundation
Debra & Paul Hill
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
Washington Council Of The Blind
E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind

Major funding for Descriptive Video Service® is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Cooperative agreements: H026C70005-99, H026C970005, H327J000004, H327J000005\

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


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