I am looking for more information on "audio description" for a blind friend, in the US. It seems that many movies in the UK come on DVD with an audio description track, but not so many in the US. Need help sorting through all the information to help my US-based friend enjoy recent movies on DVD at home.
I understand that in the US, there is a proprietary term for Audio Description called DVS. I found a list of movies
that have DVS, but not many of them are available for sale, and I'm not sure how frequently that list is updated.
Then, while searching, I found that Amazon UK actually has a entire subsection
for Audio Description. From what I read on Wikipedia, Audio Description
is the more generic term for this type of description (which also applies to other visual formats like plays). You can sort of surmise from that Wikipedia article that Audio Description is widely available in the UK but not so much in the US.
So, my question is, basically: how to get recentish movies to my friend in the US that she can enjoy at home, easily? Her husband is her primary caregiver and he has not watched any movies since she became blind in part because they are very busy but also because he does not want to watch movies without her. He would really like to see Argo and to have her be able to enjoy it at the same time. My friends are not young and tech-savvy, and I do not live near to them, so if it requires a lot of set up, that may be a pretty big stumbling block, but I will be happy for the information if nothing else.
Are there more movies easily buyable in the US that have audio description, and how can I find them? Additionally or alternatively, can I buy the UK movies and will they be viewable on a garden variety US DVD player? Can anyone describe how simple it is to get to the "Audio Description" track in these cases?
I'm sorry, but I'm confused on DVD formatting issues, among other things. My friends' DVD player is probably fairly old, maybe about 10 years? I don't know if their TV is HD, but I think it is not. If knowing more information about their current set up would be useful, I will happily follow up.
My friends learned about this feature through a local to them resource for the blind. The folks at the resource center also did not seem to know the hows/whys of audio description, even though they are all blind as well.
Please, any help and information would be very appreciated. Thanks, MeFi!