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Old 29-09-2010, 12:21
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Does it mean that the film soundtrack has audio description added to it? I've never seen this advertised before.
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Old 29-09-2010, 12:49
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What does Audio Described mean?
An audio described performance is a standard screening ideal for visually impaired people.
It works by playing a recorded narration, explaining what's happening on screen - during gaps in the dialogue - through personal headphones.
The normal film soundtrack comes through the cinemas surround sound speakers in the usual way, so Audio description
is undetectable to anyone else in the auditorium not using a headset.

Headsets are available on request from the Cinema box office


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Old 29-09-2010, 13:07
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Thanks. That's interesting - I wonder why only specific screenings are "audio described"? Can't they enable it for all screenings? edit: I've just found Vue's listings for audio description and subtitles and it looks like they enable it for all performances if a film has audio description. I've just never seen it on the main booking page before.
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Old 29-09-2010, 13:13
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I remember going to see "Cloverfield" at Cineworld.The movie started & these subtitles came up on the screen.I thought the subtitles were part of the film because the scene was noisy but they stayed on for the whole film.It turned out i had went to the hard of hearing screening.Yes there was sound.
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Old 29-09-2010, 17:19
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It means the film is played on low volume and some talks over it describing what is happening. It's for blind people.
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Old 29-09-2010, 20:45
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It's also available on some DVDs - 'The Dark Knight' has it for example.
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Old 29-09-2010, 23:17
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It means the film is played on low volume and some talks over it describing what is happening.
Good thing you didn't post that before I went to an audio described screening today. I might have believed you.

There was no noticeable difference between the audio described screening and a regular one. No one in the cinema was using the audio description, as far as I could tell.
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Old 30-09-2010, 11:28
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Good thing you didn't post that before I went to an audio described screening today. I might have believed you.

There was no noticeable difference between the audio described screening and a regular one. No one in the cinema was using the audio description, as far as I could tell.
That's what I thought it was. I remember once almost renting an audio described video (this was at least 4 years ago) and someone advised me not to as it had someone talking over the whole film describing it, so I presumed films at the cinema were the same.
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Old 30-09-2010, 12:47
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The NFT uses audio description (via headphones) in place of subtitles on some foreign language movies.
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Old 12-07-2011, 17:46
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Does anyone know if with vue cinemas they give out earphone for those with sight problems or is the description played over the film?as i've accidently booked to tickets for a harry potter screening on friday for an audio descriptive showing be accident!!
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Old 13-07-2011, 01:39
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Does anyone know if with vue cinemas they give out earphone for those with sight problems or is the description played over the film?as i've accidently booked to tickets for a harry potter screening on friday for an audio descriptive showing be accident!!
It will make no difference. I work at Vue and get asked about this 10 times a day

Arrive early for Potter
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Old 13-07-2011, 02:07
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Does anyone know if with vue cinemas they give out earphone for those with sight problems or is the description played over the film?as i've accidently booked to tickets for a harry potter screening on friday for an audio descriptive showing be accident!!
Usually done by headphones, I have seen people a couple of times with headphones while watching the film and was curious at first then realised I was in an AD screening.
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