Thought I'd introduce my newest LJ icon with a substantial post about the decision-making that goes into buying a DVD as a Deaf consumer...
9.99+9.99+9.99+14.97+10.99 < 36.99
Recently, I found out that the ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION dvd set was on sale at Amazon.com for the low price of $36.99 US legal tender. I decided to buy it as a gift for a hearing friend that I knew would enjoy the extras such as multiple commentary tracks et cetera. In the meantime, I checked out the prices for the individual movies since I always meant to add the MATRIX movies to my DVD collection but never was in a rush since none of the bonus materials were closed-captioned. The same was probably true of the Ultimate collection, given that it was a Warner Brothers release (see here to read a list of studios which tend NOT to have captioned bonus materials)
The individual movies were on sale for $9.99 each, which is not a bad deal at all, so I kept that in mind. I gave the set and checked out the DVDs on the hefty 10 disc set.
Lo and behold- some of the bonus discs WERE closed-captioned! All three REVISITED discs plus the BURLY MAN CHRONICLES were closed-captioned. This changed my thinking.
This made 8 out of the 10 discs enjoyable for me rather than just the movies and the MATRIX REVISITED and ANIMATRIX (which would've accounted for just 5 out of 10).
Breaking it down in individual purchases...(all movies are 1 disc unless otherwise indicated)
MATRIX REVISITED 10.47
MATRIX RELOADED 9.99
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2 disc) 9.99
Total: $55.93 for 6 discs.
ULTIMATE MATRIX SET (closed-captioned material)
MATRIX movie only
MATRIX RELOADED movie only
MATRIX RELOADED REVISITED
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS movie only
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS REVISITED
ANIMATRIX (plus some subtitled interviews and commentaries)
BURLY MAN CHRONICLES
ZION ARCHIVES (apparently photograph archives only, no talky talky)
plus the non-captioned ROOTS OF THE MATRIX disc
Pure economics aside (which makes the Ultimate set a better buy for any MATRIX fan regardless), I am getting more for my money than I bargained for if I were to purchase the DVDs individually. If only the movies were closed captioned, essentially I would have been paying $12.33 for each movie and getting 6 bonus discs with the movies.
Hm. After writing this entry out, I now see that any way you slice it-- the Ultimate set is the best purchase for one's money, Deaf or Hearing alike. So it kinda makes my point moot.
Okay, new point (which was generally the main thrust of this point anyway): Deaf consumers have to consider the worth of paying money for a DVD and being able to access only a fraction of the material available. I'm not the first person to point this out--other advocates have pointed this out elsewhere. I'm just saying, this is how I think.
I'm more willing to buy a DVD if all the bonus materials are closed-captioned. Hell, I bought STAR TREK V just because of the overflowing captioned bonus goodies. (Lord knows it wasn't for the movie...)
Recently I purchased all five seasons of BABYLON 5 at a discounted price off Amazon.com. (at only 27% off grumble grumble... didn't buy it when I saw it at 30% Holiday sale, dammit)...
BABYLON 5 is one my mostest favritiest television shows ever... and yet I waited years before I decided to purchase the DVDs. Why? Warner Brothers DVDs. None of the bonus materials are cced, so I'm not going to pay a huge chunk of money just for the TV shows. Amazon.com's discount ameliorated the lack of captioning.
However, I'm gonna have to buy the BABYLON 5: The Lost Tales at full price to support the viability of them even doing the anthology DVD series... Ah well, the things we do for love...
I think this post is completed. Gonna click the POST button now...
Wups. Typed too soon. All fixed now.