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Spring 2004 DVS® E-guide Update
from the Media Access Group at WGBH

Letter from the Director

Happy Spring! Along with an end, at last, to snow here in New England (we can only hope), there's a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months.

Prime Suspect returns to PBS this April after a seven-year hiatus. This popular ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre series stars Helen Mirren, returning as Inspector Jane Tennison--older, wiser and resolutely refusing to retire as her upstart male colleagues suggest. More intrigue can be found later in the summer (July) with a new Tony Hillerman tale in the American Mystery! Special: A Thief of Time.

For history buffs, there's a four-part PBS series beginning in June called Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain Lost America. This vivid dramatization of battles, eyewitness accounts, original documents and paintings tells the untold story of the American Revolution from an unusual point of view--that of the British!

And for those who just can't get enough of older, treasured movies, we're adding a few more titles to the Turner Classic Movies library (see below). We'll be describing lots of this summer's Hollywood blockbusters, too. Visit for information on described films and MoPix theater locations across the country.

While the amount of described television and movies keeps multiplying, we have made the difficult decision to stop producing a print and Braille version of our twice-yearly DVS Guide, due to spiraling printing costs. (We will be sending a note about this to all our print subscribers.) Instead, we will increase the number of DVS E-Guides from two to four per year. Anyone can sign up to receive the DVS E-Guides via e-mail: just log onto our Web site ( People without e-mail accounts can still get the latest news on DVS by visiting our Web site, as each E-Guide will be posted there. Or call our automated phone line at 1-800-333-1203 to listen to the latest E-Guide or movie catalog.

We hope you enjoy many new TV shows and films in the upcoming months. We'll continue to keep you informed of our activities with regular updates.

Best Wishes,

Lori Kay
Director of Services
Media Access Group at WGBH

DVS at 2004 ACB Convention

We hope we get to meet many of you at the upcoming American Council of the Blind convention this summer in Birmingham, Alabama (this July). As in years past, we will hold our popular DVS Movie Night, which we hope you'll attend. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase described videos at our convention hall booth. As always, we look forward to meeting you and hearing your movie "reviews."

DVS Home Video® New Releases!

Need a break from graduations and weddings? The following movies will be released with description on DVS Home Video early this summer:

Cold Mountain
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier (Jude Law) embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart (Nicole Kidman). Also starring Renee Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her performance.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Conrad and Sally Walden (Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning) are home alone with their pet fish. It's raining outside and there is nothing to do...until the infamous Dr. Seuss character, the Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers), walks in the front door.

Peter Pan
This live-action version of a timeless family classic has Wendy and her brothers joining Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life, free of grown-up rules, while also facing the inevitable showdown with Captain Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.

Cheaper by the Dozen
The Bakers, a family with 12 children, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker (Steve Martin) gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife (Bonnie Hunt) also gets her dream job of getting her book published. While she is off promoting her book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order.

Mystic River
Academy Award-nominated Clint Eastwood directs this film about childhood friends Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn), Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins), who reunite following the death of Jimmy's oldest daughter, Katie (Emmy Rossum). Also starring Laurence Fishburne and Marcia Gay Harden.

NOVA: Why the Towers Fell
This Emmy Award-winning documentary follows a team of forensic engineers during their in-depth investigation of the precise causes of the Twin Towers' collapse on 9/11/2001.

For the complete catalogue of DVS Home Videos visit our Web site or call 1.800.333.1203. To order from DVS Home Video, call 317.579.0439.

More PBS Programs on DVD with DVS

Now available on DVD: Amercan Experience's Battle of the Bulge, offering an intimate, compelling chronicle of war that captures both the action on the battle's front lines and the strategy behind the scenes, and ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens's complex and compelling tale of life on the mean streets of London.

New accessible Mystery! DVDs include Second Sight 1, a psychological thriller about a rugged police detective who lives for the thrill of the chase, while trying to conceal that he is going blind, and Touching Evil 1, a gripping mystery focusing on London's Organized and Serial Crime Unit, an elite, rapid-response crime squad.

Mysteries of a different sort can be explored in many of the Nova DVDs, including Secrets of the Crocodile Caves, a spectacular wildlife film documenting a remote refuge for endangered crocodiles in Madagascar; MARS Dead or Alive, a special television event that recorded NASA scientists in January 2004 supervising the robotic explorers touching down on the surface of Mars; and Dogs and More Dogs, where you can find out the truth about where dogs came from. Coming to accessible DVD in late April are Descent into the Ice, which follows a team of daring "glacionauts" into a labyrinth of ice caves, and Crash of Flight 111, telling the behind-the-scenes story of the quest for the cause of the 1998 plane crash in Nova Scotia. Coming in late May are Life and Death in the War Zone, the intimate story of the struggle for survival in a combat hospital during the war in Iraq; Dying to be Thin, an in-depth look at eating disorders and those who have conquered these diseases; and Cracking the Code of Life, the story of the decoding of the human genome.

These DVDs can be ordered from WGBH Boston Video: on the Web at or call 800.949.8670.
For a complete list of DVDs with description tracks created by the Media Access Group at WGBH visit

Coming Soon to an Accessible Theater Near You...

Thanks to WGBH's Motion Picture Access (MoPix) effort, 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 MoPix-equipped theaters across the U.S. and Canada. (Titles and release dates are subject to change.)

April 2
  • Walking Tall

    April 9
  • The Girl Next Door

    April 23
  • Man on Fire

    April 23
  • 13 Going On 30

    May 7
  • Van Helsing

    May 14
  • Troy

    May 21
  • The Clearing

    May 21
  • Shrek 2

    May 28
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    June 4
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    June 11
  • The Chronicles of Riddick

    June 18
  • Terminal

    June 25
  • Two Brothers

    June 25
  • White Chicks

    June 30
  • Spider-Man 2

    The number of theaters with MoPix equipment continues to grow. (If you'd like to receive weekly e-mail updates of MoPix-equipped theaters, films and showtimes, please subscribe at:

    New Locations include:

    AMC Promenade
    Auditorium 13
    21801 Oxnard Street
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367

    Loews Millenium Georgetown 14
    3111 K Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20007

    AMC Union Station
    Auditorium 4
    50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
    Space M16
    Washington, D.C. 20002

    AMC Mazza Gallerie
    Auditorium 3
    5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20015

    AMC Aventura Mall 24
    Auditorium 3
    19501 Biscayne Boulevard
    Aventura, FL 33180

    AMC Pleasure Island
    Auditorium 6
    1500 East Buena Vista Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    AMC Colonial 18
    Auditorium 16
    825 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road
    Lawrenceville, GA 30043

    AMC Discover Mills 18
    Auditorium 13
    15900 Sugarloaf Parkway
    Lawrenceville, GA 30043

    AMC Cantera 30
    Auditorium 25
    28250 Diehl Road
    Warrenville, IL 60555

    AMC Town Center 20
    Auditorium 3
    11701 Nall Street
    Leawood, KS 66211

    AMC City Place 10
    Auditorium 1
    8661 Colesville Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    AMC Columbia 14
    Auditorium 10
    10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Columbia, MD 21044

    Loews Rio 18 Cinemas
    9811 Washingtonian Boulevard
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    AMC Concord Mills 24
    Auditorium 20
    8421 Concord Mills Boulevard
    Concord, NC 28027

    AMC Nashaminy 24
    Auditorium 12
    3900 Rockhill Drive
    Bensalem, PA 19020

    Malco Theatres, The Paridiso
    Auditorium 2
    584 South Mendenhall
    Memphis, TN 38117

    AMC Barton Creek 14
    Auditorium 7
    2901 Capital of Texas Highway
    Austin, TX 78746

    AMC Valley View 16
    Valley View Mall
    2040 Valley View Center
    Dallas, TX 75240

    AMC Willowbrook 24
    Auditorium 19
    17145 Tomball Parkway
    Houston, TX 77064

    AMC Studio 30
    Auditorium 25
    2949 Dunvale
    Houston, TX 77064

    AMC Hoffmann Center 22
    Auditorium 1
    206 Swamp Fox Road
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    AMC Potomac Mills Circle
    Auditorium 13
    2700 Potomac Mills Circle
    Woodbridge, VA 22192

    For a complete list of MoPix-equipped movie theaters in the United States and Canada, visit

    Turner Classic Movies Presents...

    Through a partnership with DVS and the U.S. Department of Education, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable channel presents classic movies with description. Recent movies that have been described include:

    The Dawn Patrol (1938)
    An action-packed drama about First World War British flyers and the risky aerial fighting they undertook. The star-studded cast includes Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone and David Niven.

    The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    Beginning in Paris in 1862, the film describes the life of French novelist Emile Zola and his pivotal role in the Dreyfus Affair.

    Julius Caesar (1953)
    This masterpiece of casting includes Marlon Brando as Marc Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Greer Garson as Calpurnia and Deborah Kerr as Portia. Need we say more?

    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. 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

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    125 Western Avenue
    Boston, MA 02134
    617-300-3600 (phone) (e-mail)

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