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[Yells] These subtitles SUCK! [Bones cracking]
Topic by: yoyodyne
Posted: April 7, 2005 - 9:23 AM PDT
Last Reply: April 8, 2005 - 7:14 AM PDT

author topic: [Yells] These subtitles SUCK! [Bones cracking]
yoyodyne
post #1  on April 7, 2005 - 9:23 AM PDT  
I just have to vent...

I've seen three films recently (I don't remember what the first one was, but last month Ghost in the Shell 2 and just today Volcano High) where the english subs are "hearing impared"

You know, not just the dialog, but also helpful subtitles like:

[Electronic humming]

or:

[Thunder rumbles]

This is moronic! At one point GITS2 had the stupidist, most pointless subtitle I've ever seen:

[Silence]

I'm sorry but that's retarded. I can HEAR that there's silence, I don't need it translated!

WTF?!?!?!
ahogue
post #2  on April 7, 2005 - 10:13 AM PDT  
Sounds to me like you must accidentally turned captions on. I have personally never seen a DVD that would not let you turn those on and off.
yoyodyne
post #3  on April 7, 2005 - 12:19 PM PDT  
No, these were the English subtitle options from the menu. Maybe somebody can confirm this?
jross3
post #4  on April 7, 2005 - 12:38 PM PDT  
yep, I had the same issue with GitS 2. It's.... quite absurd. At least it's not just you, right?
Eoliano
post #5  on April 7, 2005 - 12:39 PM PDT  
> No, these were the English subtitle options from the menu. Maybe somebody can confirm this?

The explanation is simple, many DVDs only have English subtitles for the hearing impaired.
hamano
post #6  on April 7, 2005 - 2:23 PM PDT  
Appaarently this is a well known problem that Dreamworks is trying to ignore... Officially they insist that there are indeed 2 caption tracks, one is for CC and the other for regular subtitles.
hamano
post #7  on April 7, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT  
There is a new version with the subtitles corrected. GreenCine should pull the old copies and replace them with the new version. So should you, if you bought a copy.

Click here for the online form to submit a disc exchange.

January 28, 2005 - As fans of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence know, there was an issue with the DVD release. Instead of using the subtitles from the theatrical run, the disc sports Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired. Plus, the fonts were large, ugly, and placed high on the screen.

Go Fish, the DreamWorks subsidiary that handled the DVD release, has been aware of the problem for some time. For starters, a new run of discs will begin appearing in stores with proper subtitles. Look on the spine of the DVD case for the marking "V4." If V4 appears on the spine, then it has the proper subs. If not, it has the old Closed Captioning.

If you already own the disc and are not satisfied with the Closed Captioning, Go Fish and DreamWorks have set up an exchange program. Head to the main GITS 2 site:

http://www.gofishpictures.com/GITS2/main.html

Click on "The DVD" option on the left side, then click on the text that reads "Questions About Your DVD?" You can fill out a form to get a postage paid mailer to return your DVD and they will send you a new disc.
Cosplayer
post #8  on April 7, 2005 - 4:16 PM PDT  
I'm so used to watching with subtitles that I watch w/ subtitles w/ normal tv. Sad? Well, I read faster now.
NLee
post #9  on April 8, 2005 - 7:14 AM PDT  
> On April 7, 2005 - 9:23 AM PDT yoyodyne wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This is moronic! At one point GITS2 had the stupidist, most pointless subtitle I've ever seen:
>
> [Silence]
> ---------------------------------

But, but,... how else can you tell those hearing-impaired audience that they are not missing anything?

Suppose the screen is completely dark and the subtitle reads:

[Darkness]

then I'll agree that the caption is stupid and pointless.

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