Can you buy DVDs that include audio description?

Many new films are now being released on DVD and Blu-ray with an audio description track included on the disc. Online DVD rental websites such as Prime Instant Film (formerly LoveFilm), MyVue, and Odeon Direct have a search facility to allow you to select the audio described titles available to rent.

To check if a film has audio description check the information box on the back of the discs packaging. It will be listed as an optional audio or language track as one of the following:

  • Audio Described English
  • Audio Description
  • Audio Descriptive Track
  • AD logo 

AD soundtracks have to be turned on using an on-screen menu. DVD players may have a button on the remote control that will allow you to cycle through the different sound tracks available on the DVD, until you reach the audio description sound track. This button can be labelled as “audio”, “language” or as a row of three circles intersecting each other.

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