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DVS Guide

Fall 2001
Volume 12, Issue 3

DVS® Highlights

David Copperfield Returns to PBS with Description
In December, PBS will rebroadcast ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's wonderful adaptation of David Copperfield, Charles Dickens' classic coming-of-age story. But what makes it different this time around is that, for the first time, it will feature description for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. The Peabody Award-winning mini-series -- based on Dickens' own difficult journey from boyhood to manhood -- stars Daniel Radcliffe as David, Bob Hoskins as Mr. Micawber and Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsey. (Radcliffe's performance helped to win him the coveted title role in the upcoming feature film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, due in theaters in November 2001.) David Copperfield will air in two parts on December 10 and 17 at 9pm (broadcast times may vary; check local PBS listings).

Catch Saturday Night Features on TCM
So what are you doing Saturday night? Why not grab a friend and make some popcorn while you enjoy the DVS Showcase on Turner Movie Classics?! Each and every Saturday night at 6pm EST, the Turner Classic Movie network makes the world of film accessible through description during the DVS Showcase. And once a movie has been described on TCM, the description will accompany every subsequent broadcast of that movie. View a complete listing of the more than 125 described films available on TCM or call the DVS Information Line at 800-333-1203.

DVS Takes Part in Summer Conventions
This past July, representatives from DVS had the pleasure of attending and
participating in both the American Council of the Blind convention in Des Moines and the National Federation of the Blind convention in Philadelphia. Once again, DVS sponsored movie nights at each of these summer events -- where we featured Mrs. Doubtfire and welcomed a number of old and new friends. We'd like to thank those who joined us for these enjoyable screenings and to invite everyone to join
us again next year!

Introducing Terrific New Titles from DVS Home Video® ...
Just in time for the 2001 holiday season, DVS Home Video® offers some fantastic feature films for the DVS-users on your gift list.

* Erin Brockovich
Check out Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning turn as a spirited, grassroots legal crusader in this critically acclaimed box office hit from Universal Pictures.

* Gladiator
Travel back to ancient Rome with "Best Actor" Oscar-winner Russell Crowe in this dramatic action film from DreamWorks -- winner of multiple Oscars, including "Best Picture."

* Meet the Parents
Enjoy a hilariously disastrous weekend with Ben Stiller
and Robert De Niro as a father and hopeful future son-in-law-to-be in this comedy blockbuster from Universal.

* Toy Story II
Tag along with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys as they return for exciting new adventures in this animated family comedy from Disney.

* The Matrix Follow computer hacker Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he leads rebels in a struggle to reclaim the Earth in this sci-fi thriller from Warner Brothers.

* Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Celebrate the holidays in Whoville with Jim Carrey as the Grinch in this popular big-screen remake from Universal.

View the full catalogue and ordering information online or call 317-579-0439.

And The Grinch on DVD!
That's right, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas also will be
available as an enhanced, fully accessible DVD. The new Collector's Edition DVD will feature descriptions -- provided by DVS -- and audible menus for viewers who are blind or visually impaired, as well as captions for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. It also will include a selection of special features, such as deleted scenes and outtakes, background on the making of the film, information about the cast and filmmakers, a variety of interactive games and much more. Directed by Ron Howard, this 2000 remake of the animated Christmas favorite is the biggest holiday film in history, grossing $265 million at the box office. And on November 20, it'll be available for fully accessible home viewing -- wherever DVDs are sold.

How to Access DVS...
In order to receive DVS on television, viewers must have either a television with stereo, a VCR with the Second Audio Program (S.A.P.) -- both of which are standard -- or a stand-alone S.A.P. receiver. To access the narrated visual descriptions on a television program or home video, simply activate the S.A.P. feature, which can be located by consulting the equipment manual or by calling the equipment manufacturer. A stand-alone S.A.P. receiver, which functions somewhat like a radio, can be tuned in to a channel that broadcasts the description soundtrack. The S.A.P. device may be used in addition to a television or for audio only and is available either pre-tuned or adjustable. S.A.P. receivers may be purchased from Avocet Instruments, Inc., 800-443-0728; and FM Atlas 218-879-7676.

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

Letter from the Director

Fall greetings! DVS has enjoyed a busy, event-filled summer, and we're look forward to an equally exciting holiday season, featuring a number of video releases and TV broadcasts. One of my highlights of the summer was co-hosting a fully accessible gala premiere of Jurassic Park III -- Universal's highly anticipated summer event -- to celebrate the installation of Motion Picture Access (MoPix®) technology at the Loews Cineplex Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, California. Incorporating action, adventure and impressive special effects, this film offered us a perfect opportunity to showcase what MoPix® technology -- Rear Window® captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and DVS Theatrical® for people who are blind or visually impaired -- can provide. This also was the first fully accessible film to be exhibited in the digital cinema format.

The premiere attracted a variety of consumers and their friends and families, television and film celebrities, industry executives, members of the Media Access Group at WGBH, representatives from Loews and other supporters -- all of whom understand the importance ofMoPix® technology. Best of all, we received positive feedback on the MoPix® system from the attendees, as well as expressions of support for our ongoing efforts to make motion pictures accessible to blind and deaf audiences. I'd like to extend special thanks to the Media Access Group staff for its hard work to make this event happen, as well as to DVS consumers across the country who have supported the MoPix® project by going to the movies and by advocating for more installations and more films.

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

Lori Kay,
Director, Media Access Group/Services

PBS Schedule
The following is the DVS broadcast schedule for October through December 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, 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)

Africa (a Nature special)
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, (60 minutes)

American Experience
11/11, (60 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday, (30 minutes)

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

Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre
10/8, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/10, 12/17, (60 minutes)
The episode on 10/8 is 150 minutes.
The episode on 12/10 is 90 minutes.
The episodes on 10/22, 11/26 and 12/17 are 120 minutes long.

Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection
10/15, (120 minutes)

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
every week from October 8th -- December 31st, except the week of December 10th, (30 minutes)

every Thursday, (60 minutes)

11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, (60 minutes)

New York
(an American Experience special)
10/1, (150 minutes)

10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/11, 12/25, (60 minutes)

Scientific American Frontiers
10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, (60 minutes)

11/7, 11/14, (120 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday, (30 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 the 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 EST. You can also get a complete listing of movies described on the TCM cable channel by calling our DVS Information Line, 800-333-1203.

Large Format Theater Schedule
The following is the large format theater movie schedule with video descriptions for October through December. 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
Whales, Solarmax, Shackleton's Antarctic Journey

Langley Theater, Smithsonian, Institution/National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC
To Fly!, Cosmic Voyage, Adventures in Wild California, Magic of Flight

IMAX® Dome Theater
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Tampa, FL
Journey Into Amazing Caves, Shackleton's Antarctic Journey

Entergy IMAX® Theater,
Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
Galapagos, Into The Deep

Mugar OMNI Theater,
Museum of Science
Boston, MA
Shackleton's Antarctic Journey, Journey Into Amazing Caves

William L. McKnight -- 3M Omnitheater
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Journey Into Amazing Caves, Island of the Sharks

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® Theater
Chattanooga, TN
The Nutcracker, Into the Deep, Galapagos

Wortham IMAX® Theater,
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston, TX
Africa:The Serengeti, Egypt

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

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

General Cinema Parkway Pointe
Cinema 7
3101 Cobb Parkway, S.E.

General Cinema Yorktown/Lombard,
Cinema 7
(near Chicago)
80 Yorktown Center

General Cinema City North
2600 North Western Avenue

Gulf States Palace 20 Theatre
1200 Elmwood Park Blvd.

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

General Cinema Framingham 14
Cinema 12
22 Flutie Pass
Framingham, MA

General Cinema Fenway
201 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA

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

New York
General Cinema Bay Plaza Cinemas
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
2210 Barton Avenue
Bronx, NY

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

General Cinema Springfield Mall
(near Washington DC)
6500 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA

Cinerama Theater
(a General Cinema operated facility)
2100 Fourth Avenue

General Cinema Pacific Place,
Cinema 3
600 Pine Street

General Cinema Mayfair Mall
(near Milwaukee)
2500 North Mayfair Road

* 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 and Llura 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, H026C970005, H327J000004, H327J000005


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