MGM cutting corners on subtitles - a call for your support

Grubert

Active Member
As from next summer, MGM catalog releases in region 2 won't include subtitles in German, Italian or Spanish. Apparently, they consider those are 'dubbing-favoring' languages, so there's no need to cater for the subtitling-reading minority (or the hearing impaired, for that matter). The French still get a dub track and French subtitles.

Upcoming MGM titles such as Judgment at Nurenberg and On the Beach have already announced and, indeed, German, Italian and Spanish subtitles are missing from the feature list.

There's no confirmation of what will happen on other regions.

Hello, MGM? I thought one of the main selling points of DVD was the option of choosing multiple soundtracks and subtitles.

The Spanish mundoDVD community on ezboard has set up a petition. Although this may matter little to you, if they get away with this may be they will want to cut corners on something that does affect you. It is written in English and Spanish.


Petition - Subtitles are not expendable



Thanks very much for your support. It means a lot.
 

Mr.D

Distinguished Member
Does this mean they will use the freed up space to encode the video and audio at a higher bitrate?
 

msmorley

Standard Member
Originally posted by Mr.D
Does this mean they will use the freed up space to encode the video and audio at a higher bitrate?
If you look at the sizes of the subtitles on the DVD you'll find that they are such a small percentage of the overall capacity that there would little or no perceptible benefit from recoding. Now, if they were only to ditch the French/German 5.1 soundtracks... :smoke:

Cheers,


m.
 
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