How to activate audio description on DVDs and blu-rays - TV shows

This is a set of instructions on how to turn on the audio description on particular DVDs or blu-rays using the arrow keys on the remote control - left, right, up, down and enter. I've identified if I've used DVD or blu-ray. Hopefully the same instructions will work for both, but I can’t guarantee that.  At the start, I've listed the shows and films included so you don't have to trawl through all the instructions to find out if the one you're after is there.
I've listed the ads, trailers, copyright declarations, etc, on the discs before the main menu appears.  In the lists of trailers, * means that I know that movie also has AD.
Many main menus have an introduction before the buttons are activated. So wait about 30 seconds after you hear the menu music before you start pressing buttons. 
Press the buttons slowly - some menus are quite slow to react. If the music vanishes, wait a couple of seconds to see if it will come back. If it does, that means the menu is ready for you to continue. If it doesn’t, it might just mean you’ve gone to a silent menu. The instructions assume that you are starting from the start of the menu.

Please let me know in the comments if your screen reader has trouble reading this page or if the instructions don't work.

TV Shows (in alphabetical order)

List of shows

Broadchurch
Cloudstreet
Doctor Who Series 2-5
Fresh Fields
Pride and Prejudice
Sea Patrol: Red Gold
Sea Patrol: The Right Stuff
Secrets and Lies
Underbelly
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities
Underbelly: The Golden Mile 

List of instructions

Broadchurch (2014, eight episodes, three discs)

Disc one
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning
Main menu - theme song
To turn on the AD, press up once, enter once, down once and enter twice. 
To play all, press down once and enter once
To go to the episode menu, press up once and enter once
To play episode one, enter once
To play episode two, press right once and enter once
To play episode three, press right twice and enter once
To play episode four, press  right three times  and enter once
To return to the main menu,  press right four times and enter once

Disc two
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning
Main menu - theme song
To turn on the AD, press up once, enter once, down once and enter twice. 
To play all, press down once and enter once
To go to the episode menu, press up once and enter once
To play episode five, enter once
To play episode six, press right once and enter once
To play episode seven, press right twice and enter once
To play episode eight, press right three times  and enter once
To return to the main menu,  press right four times and enter once

Disc three (Extras)
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning
Main menu - theme song
(No AD)
To play Broadchurch: Behind the Scenes, press enter once.
The other extras are images. 

Cloudstreet (Mini series - 2011, three episodes, three discs) Blu ray

Disc one
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - gentle music.
To turn on AD for episode and special features, press down twice, enter once, down once, enter once, left once and up twice.
To play episode one, press enter once.
To go to the special features menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play the trailer, press enter.
To go to the Introducing the Lambs and Pickles menu, press down once and enter once.
To play Introducing Fish Lamb, press enter once.
To play Introducing Lester Lamb, press down once and enter once.
To play Introducing Oriel Lamb, press down twice and enter once.
To play Introducing Quick Lamb, press down three times and enter once.
To play Introducing Rose Pickles,  press right once and  enter once.
To play Introducing Dolly Pickles, press right once, down once and enter once.
To play Introducing Sam Pickles, press right once, down twice and enter once.
To return to the special features menu, from Fish Lamb, press down four times, from Rose Pickles, press down three times.
To play About Fish, press down twice and enter once.
To play About the Characters, press down three times and enter once. 

Disc two
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - gentle music.
To turn on AD for episode and special features, press down twice, enter once, down once, enter once, left once and up twice.
To play episode two, press enter once.
To go to the special features menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Creating the Music, press enter once.
To play From the Novel to Script to Screen, press down once and enter once.
To play Creating the World of Cloudstreet, press down twice and enter once.
To play Creating the Magic, press down three times and enter once.
To play Creating the Sound, press down four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press left, up four times and enter.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - gentle music.
To turn on AD for episode and special features, press down twice, enter once, down once, enter once, left once and up twice.
To play episode three, press enter once.
To go to the special features menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Behind the Scenes: Adapting an Australian Classic, press enter once.

Doctor Who Series 2-5 (2006-2010) DVD

Silent copyright warning.
2 Entertainment logo, BBC logo.
After the logos, a voice will invite you to activate the Audio Navigation Menus. There is a a short period of time to activate them before the standard menu appears.
For series 2-4, use the menus to navigate to the Audio Options to activate the audio description on the episodes, and to navigate to episodes and extras. The menus are quite slow.
For series 5, the episode AD is automatically turned on when the Audio Navigation Menus are activated. 

 

Fresh Fields  (Series one - 1984, six-episodes) DVD

Silent copyright warning, FremantleMedia logo (These take 30 seconds)
Main Menu - silent.
To turn on AD for all the episodes, press up once, left once, enter once, left once, enter once, down once, left once and enter once.
To play Dish of the Day, press enter once.
To play Middle-Age Dread, press down once and enter once.
To play Hook, Line and Sink Her, press down twice and enter once.
To go to menu two, press down three times and enter once.
To play The Naked Truth, press enter once.
To play Des Det Res, press down once and enter once.
To play Something in the Oven, press down twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play all, press down four times and enter once.

Pride and Prejudice (1995) DVD

Silent copyright warning.
2 Entertainment logo, BBC logo.
After the logos, a voice will invite you to activate the Audio Navigation Menus. There is a short period of time to activate them before the standard menu appears. Use the menus to navigate to episodes and extras. The menus are quite slow. 
Activating the Audio Navigation menus automatically turns on the episodes' audio description. 

Sea Patrol: Red Gold (Season three - 2009, 13 episodes, four discs) DVD

Disc one

Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once and enter once.
To play Catch and Release, press enter once.
To play Monkey Business, press down once and enter once.
To play China Dolls, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once and enter once.
To play Guns, press enter once.
To play Ghost Net, press down once and enter once.
To play Oh Danny Boy, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once and enter once.
To play Red Sky Morning, press enter once.
To play Half Life, press down once and enter once.
To play Pearls Before Swine, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc four
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once and enter once.
To play Safeguard, press enter once.
To play Hidden Cargo, press down once and enter once.
To play Black Gold, press down twice and enter once.
To play Red Reef, press down three times and enter once.
To play all, press down four times and enter once.

Sea Patrol: The Right Stuff (Season four - 2010, 16 episodes, four discs) DVD

Disc one
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press right twice, enter once,  down three times, enter once, right once, and enter once.
To play Night of the Long Knives, press down once and enter once.
To play Crocodile Tears, press down twice and enter once.
To play The Right Stuff, press down three times and enter once.
To play Ransom, press down four times and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press right twice, enter once, down three times, enter once, right once, and enter once.
To play Paradise Lost, press down once and enter once.
To play Big Fish, press down twice and enter once.
To play Shoes of the Fisherman, press down three times and enter once.
To play Universal Donor, press down four times and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press right twice, enter once, down three times, enter once, right once, and enter once.
To play Dutch Courage, press down once and enter once.
To play Rawhide, press down twice and enter once.
To play Brotherhood of the Sea, press down three times and enter once.
To play Rumble in the Jungle, press down four times and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc four
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - theme music (wait for beeping before using menu)
To turn on AD, press right twice, enter once, down three times, enter once, right once, and enter once.
To play Soft Target, press down once and enter once.
To play Live Catch, press down twice and enter once.
To play Flotsam and Jetsam, press down three times and enter once.
To play In Too Deep, press down four times and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Secrets and Lies (2014, six episodes, three discs) DVD

(There are a lot of extras and a lot of menus, so the discs are complicated to navigate. Only the episodes and the webisodes have AD. So in the interests of sanity, I'll do instructions on how to turn on the episodes and webisodes, then a separate set for how to access the extras that don't have AD. Moving between menus is also tricky. When in doubt, return to the main menu and start again.)

Secrets and Lies - episodes and webisodes.

Disc one
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
To enter the episode one menu, press down once and enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play the Prequel Webisode - The Case Begins, press down once and enter once.
To play episode one, press down twice and enter once.
To play Webisode one - The Murder Weapon, press down three times and enter once.  
To return to the main menu, press down six times and enter once.

To enter the episode one menu, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play episode two, press down once and enter once,
To play Webisode two - The Missing Suspect, press down twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
To enter the episode three menu, press enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play episode three, press down once and enter once.
To play Webisode three - A New Lead, press down twice and enter once.  
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

To enter the episode four menu, press down once and enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play episode four, press down once and enter once,
To play Webisode four - Caught in a Lie, press down twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
To enter the episode five menu, press enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play episode five, press down once and enter once.
To play Webisode five - A Secret Past, press down twice and enter once.  
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

To enter the episode six menu, press down once and enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play episode six, press down once and enter once,
To play Webisode six - The Final Interrogation, press down twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.


Secrets and Lies - extras. (No AD, the extras include photos and graphics.)

Disc one
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
Prequel extras
To open the Prequel menu, press enter once.
To play The Night of the Murder, press enter once.
To play Christy's Secret, press right once and enter once.
To play Unknown Caller, press right twice and enter once.
To play Paul's Violent Past (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play No Forced Entry (image), press right four times and enter once.
To play Running (image), press right five times and enter once.
To play Thom's Final Warning (image), press right six times and enter once.
To play A Positive Match (image), press right seven times and enter once.
To play The 000 Call, press right eight times and enter once.
To play Tasha's Temper, press right nine times and enter once.
To play The Crime Scene (image), press right ten times and enter once.
To play Did Christy Lie to Police? (image), press right eleven times and enter once.
To play A History of Violence (image), press right twelve times and enter once.

To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right thirteen times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - Innocence, press enter once.
To play Christy Gundelach - Faith, press right once and enter once.
To play Paul Murnane - The Past, press right twice and enter once.
To play Dave Carroll - Alibi, press right three times and enter once.
To play Jess Murnane - My Boy, press right four times and enter once.
To play Nicole Hoebel - Jealousy, press right five times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right seven times and enter once.
In the Prequel Clues menu, to play Behind the Scenes - "Keep You Guessing", press right fourteen times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right fifteen times and enter once.

Episode one extras
From the main menu, to enter the episode one menu, press down once and enter once.
To open the episode once Clues menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play Tasha's Older Man, press enter once.
To play Sympathy or Guilt, press right once and enter once.
To play Dr Turner's Fear, press right twice and enter once.
To play Thom's Toy (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play Suspicious Timing (image), press right four times and enter once.
To play An Online Threat (image), press right five times and enter once.
To play A Secret Meeting (image), press right six times and enter once.
To play Vandalism or Misdirection (image), press right seven times and enter once.
To play Nicole's Longing (image), press eight six times and enter once.

To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right nine times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - Fidelity, press enter once.
To play Tasha Gundelach - Sex, press right once and enter once.
To play Cooper Dobson - Tasha's Temper, press right twice and enter once.
To play Kevin Gresham - Kids, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right five times and enter once.
From the Clues menu, to return to the episode one menu, press right ten times and enter once. 
To return to the main menu, press right eleven times and enter once.
In the episode one menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down five times and enter once.
To play Casting Ben Gundelach, press enter once.
To play The Prime Suspect, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode one menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode one menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

Episode two extras
In the main menu, to enter the episode two menu, press down twice and enter once.
To open the episode two Clues menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Menace, press enter once.
To play A Father's Threat, press right once and enter once.
To play The Affair, press right twice and enter once.
To play A Past Life (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play A Missing Torch (image), press right four times and enter once.
To play Christy's Guilt (image), press right five times and enter once.
To play An Innocent Gift? (image), press right six times and enter once.
To play Key Evidence (image), press right seven times and enter once.
To play On The Run (image), press right eight times and enter once.

To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right nine times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - My Son, press enter once.
To play Ari Bedrosian - Loyalty, press right once and enter once.
To play Jess Murnane - My Husband, press right twice and enter once.
To play Paul Murnane - Fatherhood, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right five times and enter once.
From the Clues menu, to return to the episode two menu, press right ten times and enter once. 
To return to the main menu, press right eleven times and enter once.

In the episode two menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play The Secret Ending, press enter once.
To play Mateship, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode four menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode four menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

In the main menu, to play Suspect Profiles, press down three times and enter once. The Suspect Profiles are all silent images and text.

Disc two - Secrets and Lies extras

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
Episode three extras
To enter the episode three menu, press enter once.
To open the episode three Clues menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Dave Please Not Guilty, press enter once.
To play Panic, press right once and enter once.
To play A Vicious Accusation, press right twice and enter once.
To play Fleeing the Country (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play Jess' Past (image), press right four times and enter once.
To play A Chilling Message, press right five times and enter once.
To play Guilty Conscience (image), press right six times and enter once.

To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right seven times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - Violence, press enter once.
To play Nicole Hoebel - Cheating, press right once and enter once.
To play Dave Carroll - Sex, press right twice and enter once.
To play Malcolm McKinnin - Ben, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right five times and enter once.
From the Clues menu, to return to the episode three menu, press left twice and enter once. 
To return to the main menu, press left once and enter once.
In the episode three menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play The Detective's Method, press enter once.
To play Fake Family, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode three menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode three menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

Episode four extras
In the main menu, to enter the episode four menu, press down once and enter once.
To open the episode four Clues menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Bad Girl, press enter once.
To play Eva's Plea, press right once and enter once.
To play Revenge, press right twice and enter once.
To play A Criminal History? (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play Suspicious Phone Records (image), press right four times and enter once.
To play A New Lead (image), press right five times and enter once.
To play The Past (image), press right six times and enter once.

To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right seven times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - Betrayal, press enter once.
To play Eva Gundelach - Blame, press right once and enter once.
To play Dr Turner - Mistakes, press right twice and enter once.
To play Dave Carroll - Drugs, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right five times and enter once.
From the Clues menu, to return to the episode four menu, press left twice and enter once. 
To return to the main menu, press left once and enter once.
In the episode four menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play Sisters, press enter once.
To play Christmas, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode four menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode four menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

In the main menu, to play Suspect Profiles, press down twice and enter once. The Suspect Profiles are all silent images and text.


Disc three - Secrets and Lies extras
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - eerie music.
To turn on AD for episodes and webisodes, press up once, enter once, down once, enter twice and down once.
Episode five extras
To enter the episode five menu, press enter once.
To open the episode  five Clues menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play A Dangerous Woman, press enter once.
To play A Broken Home, press right once and enter once.
To play I Went Home, press right twice and enter once.
To play Eyewitness Account (image), press right three times and enter once.
To play Second Guessing, press right four times and enter once.
To play The Missing Link? (image), press right five times and enter once.
To enter the Lie Detector - Truth or Lie? You Decide Menu, press right six times and enter once.
To play Ben Gundelach - The Murder, press enter once.
To play Christy Gundelach - Hate, press right once and enter once.
To play Jess Murnan - Regret, press right twice and enter once.
To play Nicole Hoebel - Secrets, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the Clues menu, press right four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right five times and enter once.
From the Clues menu, to return to the episode five menu, press left twice and enter once. 
To return to the main menu, press left once and enter once.
In the episode five menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play Grief, press enter once.
To play Family, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode five menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode five menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

Episode six extras
In the main menu, to enter the episode six menu, press down once and enter once.
To open the episode six Clues menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Charlotte, press enter once.
To play Oliver's Plan, press right once and enter once.
To play A History of Violence (image), press right twice and enter once.
To return to the episode six menu, press right three times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right four times and enter once.
In the episode six menu, to go to the Behind the Scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play The River City, press enter once.
To play Art Imitates Life, press right once and enter once.
To return to the episode six menu, press right twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press right three times and enter once.
In the episode six menu, to return to the main menu, press up once and enter once.

In the main menu, to play Suspect Profiles, press down twice and enter once. The Suspect Profiles are all silent images and text.


Underbelly (Season one, 2007, 13 episodes, four discs) DVD

Disc one
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To turn on the AD, press up once, right once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once, enter once.
To play The Black Prince, press enter once.
To play The Sorcerer's Apprentice, press down once and enter once.
To play I Still Pray, press down twice and enter once.
To play Cocksure, press down three times and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To turn on the AD, press up once, right once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once, enter once.
To play The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, press enter once.
To play Luv U 4 Eva, press down once and enter once.
To play Wise Monkeys, press down twice and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To turn on the AD, press up once, right once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once, enter once.
To play Earning a Crust, press enter once.
To play Suffer the Children, press down once and enter once.
To play Scratched, press down twice and enter once.

Disc four
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To turn on the AD, press up once, right once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, left once, enter once.
To play Barbarians at the Gate, press enter once.
To play Best Laid Plans, press down once and enter once.
To play Team Purana, press down twice and enter once.

 

Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Season 2,  2008, 13 episodes, 4 discs) DVD

Disc one
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme (Wait for “It’s a jungle out there.”)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once and enter once.
To play Aussie Bob & Kiwi Terry, press enter once.
To play Bad Habits, press down once and enter once.
To play Brave New World, press down twice and enter once.
To play Business as Usual, press down three times and enter once.
To play all, press down four times and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme (Wait for “It’s a jungle out there.”)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once and enter once.
To play A Tale of Two Hitmen, press enter once.
To play Stranded, press down once and enter once.
To play A Nice Little Earner, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme (Wait for “It’s a jungle out there.”)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once and enter once.
To play Diamonds, press enter once.
To play Judas Kiss, press down once and enter once.
To play The Reckoning, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.

Disc four
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme (Wait for “It’s a jungle out there.”)
To turn on AD, press up once, left once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once and enter once.
To play The Brotherhood, press enter once.
To play Oh Lucky Man, press down once and enter once.
To play The Loved Ones, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.


Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Season three,  2010, 13 episodes, 4 discs) DVD

Disc one
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailer - Underbelly series one and Underbelly series two,
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To play AD, press up once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once, enter once.
To play Into the Mystic, press enter once.
To play The Crucible, press down once and enter once.
To play Kingdom Come, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.
To go to the extras menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play Into the Mystic with  audio commentary (No AD), press enter once.
To play The Crucible with  audio commentary (No AD), press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and enter once.

Disc two
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailer - Underbelly series one and Underbelly series two,
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To play AD, press up once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once, enter once.
To play Fall Guy, press enter once.
To play Saving Face, press down once and enter once.
To play Women in Uniform, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.
To go to the extras menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play deleted scenes (no AD), press enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down once and enter once.

Disc three
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailer - Underbelly series one and Underbelly series two,
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To play AD, press up once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once, enter once.
To play Full Force Gale, press enter once.
To play Crossroads, press down once and enter once.
To play Dog Eat Dog, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press down three times and enter once.
To go to the extras menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play Behind the Scenes (no AD), press enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down once and enter once.

Disc four (I've lost this disc, but I assume it's the same method of turning on the AD)
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailer - Underbelly series one and Underbelly series two,
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Underbelly theme
To play AD, press up once, enter once, up once, left once, enter once, up once, enter once.

 

How to activate audio description on DVDs and blu-rays - Films

Films (in alphabetical order)

List of films

Argo
The A-Team
Beautiful Creatures
Blindness 
The Book Thief
Burning Man 
Butter 
The Cabin in the Woods
Cinderella Man
Cloud Atlas
The Crow
The Dark Knight Rises  
Defiance
Django Unchained
The Expendables
Fanboys
Gamer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Gran Torino
Happy Feet
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
Igor
Inception
The Incredibles
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Lockout 
Les Miserables
Letters From Iwo Jima 
Mad Max 
Million Dollar Baby
Mystery Road
The Next Three Days 
Pororo's Racing Adventure
Predators 
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Pulp Fiction
Rambo
The Reader
Red Dog
Riddick
RocknRolla 
Rogue 
Salt
Saving Santa
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Skyfall
Speed Racer
The Square
Takers
This Means War
True Grit
Warrior
The Way Back
Wolverine
The Wolverine

 

List of Instructions

Argo -  (2012) DVD

Warner Brothers logo,
Trailers - blu-ray, The Hobbit 
Main menu - haunting flute music
To play movie with AD - press right twice, enter once, up once and enter twice
Film starts with a silent copyright warning.

The A-Team - Extended Cut (2010) Blu-ray

Silent blu-ray information, 
If silence continues, you may have to choose if you want to resume the movie from where it was last stopped. To choose yes, press enter once, to choose no, press right once and enter once.
20th Century Fox logo.
Trailers: Knight and Day, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Unstoppable.
Version Menu - dynamic music.
To choose the Theatrical version, press enter once. To choose the Extended version, press right once and enter once. You cannot return to this menu from the main menus.
From either main menu, to play either version with AD, press right once, enter twice, right once, enter once, down twice, left once and enter once.

Beautiful Creatures (2013) Blu-ray

Jaunty music - thank you for not pirating movie ad.
Trailers - Goddess*, Silver Linings Playbook*, Safe Haven*.
Silent copyright declaration.
Main menu - electric guitar and orchestral music.
To play the movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once and enter twice.
To go to the extras menu, press right twice and enter once.
To play From Book to the Screen, press enter once.
To play The Casters, press down once and enter once.
To play Between Two Worlds, press down twice and enter once.
To play Forbidden Romance, press down three times and enter once.
To play Alternate Worlds, press down four times and enter once.
To play Designing Costumes, press down five times and enter once.
To play Deleted Scenes, press down six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down seven times and enter once.

Blindness (2008) DVD

Piracy warning.
Trailers - 17 Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Synecdoche, New York*.
Silence copyright warning.
Main menu - traffic noises and eerie music. 
To play movie with AD - press right twice, enter once, down once, enter once, down once and enter twice. (The film starts with a Dolby Digital commercial that doesn’t have AD)
Bonus Features - are audio described.
To go to the bonus features menu, press right once and enter once.
To play A Vision of Blindness, press enter twice.
To go to the deleted scenes menu, press down once and enter once. 
To play all, press enter once.
To play The Man with the Eye Patch at the Eye Doctor, press down once and enter once.
To play The Doctor goes blind in his office, press down twice and enter once.
To play The Doctor’s Wife and the King of Ward 3, press down three times and enter once.
To play Rapes, press down four times and enter once.
To play The Doctor’s Wife grabs coats, press down five times and enter once.
To return to the bonus features menu, press down six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu from the bonus features menu, press down twice and enter once.

The Book Thief (2013) DVD

20th Century Fox logo, Anti piracy ad
Main Menu: Pensive orchestral music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, down twice and enter twice. (Film starts with a silent copyright warning)
To play deleted scenes, from the main menu, press left once, and enter twice. 
To play the Theatrical Trailer, from the main menu, press left once, enter once, up twice and enter once.


Burning Man (2011) DVD (Blu-ray instructions below)

Silent copyright warning, Paramount logo (silent), Transmission logo.
Main menu - sombre string music. 
To play film with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter once, down once, enter once, right once and enter once.
To go to the special features menu (no AD) press right twice and enter once.
To play Inside Burning Man press enter once
To play feature with director’s commentary, press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and enter once.


Burning Man (2011) Blu-ray

Silent copyright warning,  Paramount logo, Transmission logo.
Main menu - sombre string music. 
To play film with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter once, down once, right once and enter once.
To go to the special features menu (no AD) press right twice, enter once.
To play Inside Burning Man, press enter once
To play the film with director’s commentary, press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and left twice.


Butter (2011) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, Jaunty thankyou ad. 
Trailers - Silver Linings Playbook*, Movie 43*, Safe Haven*.
Copyright declaration (silent). 
Main Menu - perky music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter once, down twice, right once and enter once.
To go to the bonus features menu, press right twice and enter once.
To play deleted scenes, press enter once.
To play the gag reel, press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and right twice.


The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, jaunty thankyou ad.
Trailers - Piranha 3DD*, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World*, Lockout*.
Silent copyright warning.
Main menu - ominous music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter twice.
To go to special features menu, press down once and enter once.
To play We are Not Who We Are - The Making of The Cabin in the Woods (no AD), press enter once.
To play An Army of Nightmares - Makeup and Animatronic Effects (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play Primal Terror - Visual Effects, press down twice, enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down three times and up once.

Cinderella Man - (2005) DVD

There are two ways to activate AD.

Method one - Silent Language Menu - To activate AD, press up once and enter once
Copyright warning,
Main Menu -  gentle piano and string music
To play movie, press enter once

Method two - Silent language menu - for English, press enter once
Silent Copyright warning,
Main Menu -  gentle piano and string music
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, wait for cheering to stop,  press enter once, down twice and enter twice.

Cloud Atlas (2012) Blu-ray

Warner Brothers logo.
Trailers - Jack the Giant Slayer, blu-ray advertisement.
Main menu - Flowing music.
To play movie with AD, press right twice, enter once, right once, enter once, left twice and enter once.
Silent piracy and classification warnings.

The Crow (2008 re-release, two-disc special edition) DVD

Disc one - the feature
Roadshow logo, film piracy warning, silent copyright warning
Menu - dark music.
To play the movie with AD press left once, enter once,  right four times and enter twice.

Disc two - special features
Roadshow logo, film piracy warning, silent copyright warning
Menu - dark music.
To play all (no AD), press enter.
To play Profile of Author James O’Barr, press down once and enter once.
To play Montage of deleted footage, press down twice and enter once.
To play Alternate/extended scenes - Arcade Bombing, press down three times and enter once.
To play Alternate/extended scenes - The Funboy Fight, press down four times and enter once.
To play Alternate/extended scenes - The Shootout, press down five times and enter once.
To play Behind the Scenes, press down six times and enter once.
To play The Making of The Crow, press down seven times and enter once.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Blu-ray

Warner Brothers logo.
Main menu - dark music.
To play movie with AD, press right twice, enter once, right twice, enter once, left twice and enter once.
Silent piracy warning.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) DVD

Warner Brothers logo.
Silent language menu, to choose Australia, press down twice and enter once. 
Trailers - Man of Steel.
Main menu - dark music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down three times and enter twice.
Silent piracy warning.

Defiance (2008) DVD

Roadshow logo, piracy warning,
Trailers - Crossing Over*, What Doesn’t Kill You*, Fighting*.
Silent copyright warning.
Menu - sombre string music. (This menu is quite slow)
To play the movie with AD press the left once, enter once, down three times, left once and enter three times.
To play the theatrical trailer (no AD), press left twice and enter once.

Django Unchained (2012) Blu-ray

Possible silent "Resume playback?" menu - for yes, press enter once. For no, press right once and enter once
Sony Pictures logo.
Main Menu - Theme song.
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, down once, enter once, down twice, left once and enter once.
To go to the special features menu, press left once and enter once.
(Special features do not have AD)
To play Reimagining the Spaghetti Western: The Horses and Stunts of 'Django Unchained', press enter once.
To play The Costume Designs of Sharen Davis, press down once and enter once.
To play Remembering J. Michael Riva: The Production Design of 'Django Unchained', press down twice and enter once.
To play 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack Promo, press down three times and enter once.
To return to main menu, press down four times and right once.

The Expendables - (2010) blu ray

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning, anti-piracy warning
Main menu - dramatic music
To play movie with AD, press right three times, enter once, down once, enter once, down three times, left three times and enter once.

 

Fanboys (2009 two-disc special edition) DVD

Disc one - feature
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - Adventureland*, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Four Christmases.
Silent copyright warning.
Menu - dramatic music
To play the movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, left once, enter once, down once and enter once.

Disc 2 - special features
Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main menu - dramatic music.
To play deleted scenes, press enter once.
To play The Truth About Fanboys, press down once and enter once.
To play Star Wars Parallel, press right once and enter once.
To go to the next menu, press down twice and enter once.
To play 4 Fanboys and 1 Fangirl, press enter once.
To play Disturbances in the Force, press right once and enter once.
To play The Choreography, press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and enter once.


Gamer (2009) DVD

Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - Sherlock, Law Abiding Citizen*.
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Gunfire and dynamic music.
To play the movie with AD, press down three times, enter once, down button twice, left once, enter once, down once and enter once
To reach the special features menu, press down twice, enter once.
To play all of Inside the Game: Controlling the Gamer (no AD) press enter once. 
To play part 1, press down once and enter once
To play part 2, press down twice and enter once
To play part 3, press down three times and enter once
To play movie with audio commentary (no AD) press down four times and enter once
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - (2011) blu ray

Sony Pictures logo, 
Main Menu - Haunting music and slide machine clicking
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, right twice, enter once, down twice, left once and enter once.
Movie starts with a silent copyright warning

Gran Torino - (2008)  blu-ray

Warner Brothers logo, 
Movie starts straight away with quiet sombre music.
Press Pop-up menu button - you'll hear a hiss - press enter once to pause the movie,.
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, down twice, enter twice, down twice, left once and enter once.

The Guard - (2011) DVD

Silent copyright warning, silent Paramount logo, Transmission logo,
Main Menu - Western movie music
To play movie with AD, press up once, enter once, ('Leaving on a Jet Plane' plays), press down once, enter once, down once, enter once, down once and enter once.

 

 

Happy Feet (2006) DVD

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning
Warner Brothers Movie World advertisement.
Main Menu - samba music
To play movie with AD, press up once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.
(FIlm starts with Dolby Digital ad featuring a train)
To go to the special features menu, press down twice and enter once.
To play George Miller Interview with Two Young Happy Feet Fans (no AD), press enter once.
To play Happy Feet trailer, press down once and enter once.
To return to main menu, press down twice and enter once.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) DVD

Warner Brothers logo, MGM lion logo.
Main menu - Dwarfish singing.
To play the movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.
(The movie starts with a silent copyright warning)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Blu-ray

Warner Brothers logo
Main menu - Dwarfish singing.
To play the movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, right once, enter once, left once and enter once.
(The movie starts with a silent copyright warning)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)  Special Features disc Blu-ray

Warner Brothers' logo, MGM lion logo.
Main menu - Dramatic music.
Special Features menu - press enter once. (No AD)
To play New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth, press enter once,
To go to the Video Blogs menu, press right once and enter once.
To play all, press enter.
To play Video Blog 1: Start of Production, April 14, 2011, press right once and enter once.
To play Video Blog 2: Location Scouting, July 9, 2011, press right twice and enter once.
To play Video Blog 3: Shooting Block One, July 21, 2011, press right three times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 4: Filming in 3D, November 4, 2011, press right four times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 5: Locations Part 1, December 24, 2011, press right five times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 6: Locations Part 2, March 2, 2012, press right six times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 7: Stone Street Studios Tour, June 6, 2012, press right seven times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 8: Wrap of Principal Photography, July 24, 2012, press right eight times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 9: Post-Production Overview, November 24, 2012, press right nine times and enter once.
To play Video Blog 10: Wellington World Premier, December 14, 2012, press right ten times and enter once.
To return to the special features menu, press down once - it will take you to the Video blogs entry in the menu. 
From the special features menu, to go to the theatrical trailers menu, press right twice and enter once.
To play all, press enter once.
To play Trailer 1, press right once and enter once.
To play Trailer 3 - Dwarves, press right twice and enter once.
To play Trailer 3 - Letter Opener, press right three times and enter once.
To play Trailer 3 - Bilbo Contract, press right four times and enter once.
To play Trailer 3 - Gandalf Wagers, press right five times and enter once.
To play Trailer 3 - Gollum Paths, press right six times and enter once.
From the special features menu, to go to the game trailers menu, press right three times and enter once.
To play all, press enter once.
To play The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth, press right once and enter once.
To play Guardians of Middle-Earth, press right twice and enter once.
To play Lego The Lord of the Rings, press right three times and enter once.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) DVD

Warner Brothers logo.
Main Menu - Stately music.
right twice, enter once, down twice, enter twice.
(Film starts with a silent piracy warning)
If you return to the main menu, the music doesn't play.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Blu-ray

Warner Brothers logo.
Main Menu - Stately music.
right twice, enter twice, right once, enter once, left twice, enter once.
(Film starts with a silent piracy warning)
If you return to the main menu, the music doesn't play.

 

Igor (2008) DVD

Silent copyright warning, Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - The Meerkats, Inkheart, Space Chimps*.
Main Menu - spooky music
To play movie with AD press up once, enter once, right twice and enter twice.

Inception (2010) Blu-ray

Silent piracy warning, silent blu-ray info
Warner Brothers logo.
Main Menu - tense music and quotes
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, right once, enter once, left once and enter once.

The Incredibles (2004) 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD

Silent language selection menu. 
To activate AD on disc, press down once and enter once.
Main Menu - dynamic music.
To play movie, press enter once.
To play Introduction, press up once and enter once.
To go to the Commentaries menu, press down once and enter once.
To play the movie with the commentary of Writer/Director Brad Bird and Producer John Walker, press left once and enter once.
To play the movie with the commentary of the animators, press down once, left once and enter once.

The Incredibles Bonus Features disc (no AD)

Copyright warning
Main Menu - Electronic sounds
To play Intro, press enter.
To play Jack-Jack Attack, press down and enter once.
To go to the deleted scenes menu, press down twice and enter once.
To play all, press enter once.
To play Intro, press down once and enter once.
To play Alternate Opening, press down twice and enter once.
To play Snug, press down three times and enter once.
To play Vipers, press down four times and enter once.
To play Bob in Traffic, press down five times and enter once.
To play Helen Confronts Bob, press down six times and enter once.
To play Helen's Nightmare, press down seven times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down eight times and enter once.
From the main menu, to go to the behind the scenes menu, press down three times and enter once.
To play Making of the Incredibles, press enter once.
To play More Making of the Incredibles, press down once and enter once.
To play Incredi-Blunders, press down twice and enter once.
To play Art Gallery (images), press down three times and enter once.
To go to the Publicity menu, press down four times and enter once.
To play all, press enter once.
To play Teaser, press down once and enter once.
To play Trailer 01, press down twice and enter once.
To play Trailer 02, press down three times and enter once.
To return to the behind the scenes menu, press down four times and enter once.
From the behind the scenes menu, to return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.
In the main menu, press down four times, to enter the Top Secret menu.
To play Mr Incredible & Pals, press enter once.
To play Mr Incredible & Pals with Commentary, press right once and enter once.
To go to the NSA Files menu, press right twice and enter once.
The menu contains a list of 21 Superheroes.
To play the first file with audio, press down once, enter twice.
To play the next file with audio, press left once, enter once, right once and enter once.
To play the previous file with audio, press left twice, enter once, right twice and enter once.
To return to the NSA Files menu, press left three times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press the menu button.
In the Top Secret Menu to return to the main menu, press down once and enter once.
In the main menu, to play Boundin', press down five times and enter once.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) DVD

(The Kill Bill Vol. 1 DVD doesn't have AD)
Silent copyright warning, silent Miramax logo,
Main menu - Melancholy song
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once. (Wait for fight sounds) Press enter once, down twice and enter twice.
To go to the bonus features menu, press down once, right once and enter once.
To play The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 2 (no AD), press enter once.
To play Chingon Performance from the Kill Bill Vol. 2 Premiere (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play Damoe Deleted Scene (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down three times.

Les Miserables - (2012) blu-ray

Universal logo, 
Silent language menu - press enter for English
Silent copyright warning
Tailer - Les Miserables Soundtrack, blu-ray sting, Les Miserables concert DVD, Phantom of the Opera concert DVD, Hyde Park on Hudson, Mr Selfridge
Main menu - 'Do You Hear the People Sing?'
To play movie with AD, press down twice, enter once, down three times and enter three times.

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) DVD

(This film is in Japanese. The AD is essentially dubbing the film, with different voices reading out the subtitles.)
Roadshow logo.
Silent countries menu. To choose Australian, press down once and enter once.
Piracy warning. 
Trailer - Flags of Our Fathers, The Prestige
Main Menu - sombre music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter twice.
To go to the special features menu, press left twice and enter once.
To play Red Sun, Black Sand: The Making of Letters from Iwo Jima (no AD), press enter once.
To play the theatrical trailer (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down twice and enter once.

Lockout (2012) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, jaunty thankyou ad.
Trailers - Looper*, Lawless*, End of Watch*.
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - dramatic music.
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, down once, enter twice, left once and enter once. 
To go to special features menu press right twice and enter once.
To play cast and crew interviews (no AD), press enter once.
To play M.S. One Action (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play M.S. One Construction (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To play deleted scenes (no AD), press down three times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times and left twice.

Mad Max (1979) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning, piracy warning
Main menu - engines and sirens
To play the movie with AD, press right three times, enter once, down once, enter once, down three times, left three times and enter once

Million Dollar Baby (2004) 2-Disc Deluxe Edition

Disc one
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning
A movie quote and cheering. 
Main Menu - Pensive music
To play movie with AD, press down twice, enter once, (wait for cheering) down three times and enter twice.

Disc 2 - Special Features (no AD)
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - sombre music.
To play Born to Fight, press enter.
To play Producer's Round 15, press down once and enter once.
To play James Lipton Takes on Three, press down twice and enter once.
To play theatrical trailer, press down three times and enter once.

Mystery Road (2013) DVD

Jaunty Thankyou ad, silent copyright warning, silent Paramount logo, Transmission logo.
Main menu : Sombre music
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter twice, right once and enter once.

 

The Next Three Days (2010) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - quiet music.
To play movie with AD, press left twice, enter once, down twice, enter once, down twice, left twice and enter once. 
To go to the extras menu, press left once, enter once.
To play the trailer (no AD), press enter once.
To play True Escapes for Love (no AD), press down once, enter once.
To play deleted scenes (no AD), press down twice, enter once.
To play extended scenes (no AD), press down three times, enter once.
To play Bump Key Video (no AD), press right once, enter once.
To play cast moments (no AD), press right once, down once and enter once,
To play Making of The Next Three Days (no AD), press right once, down twice and enter once.
To play Men of Next Three Days (no AD) press right once, down three times and enter once.
To play the movie with commentary (no AD), press right once, down four time and, enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down four times, right once and enter once.

Pororo's Racing Adventure (2014) DVD

Roadshow logo. Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - silent. (Wait 30 seconds from Roadshow logo)
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter once, down twice and enter twice. 

Predators (2010) Blu-ray

20th Century Fox logo.
Trailers - The A-Team*, Alien Anthology
Main Menu - tense music.
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, right once, enter once, down twice, left once and enter once. 
To go to the extras menu, press right three times and enter once. (no AD for extras)
To play the movie with commentary (no AD), press enter once, down once, right twice and enter once.
From the extras menu, to go to the Motion Comics menu, press right once.
To enter the Moment of Extraction menu, press enter once.
To play all, press once.
To play Isabelle, press right once and enter once.
To play Cuchillo, press right twice and enter once.
To play Hanzo, press right three times and enter once.
To play Mombasa, press right four times and enter once.
From the Motion Comics menu, to play Crucified, press right once and enter once.
To return to the extras menu, press down once. 
To return to the main menu from the extras menu, press down once.
From the extras menu, to go to the Evolution of Species: Predators Reborn menu, press right twice and enter once. 
To play all, press enter once.
To play Bloodline, press right once and enter once.
To play Decloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain, press right twice and enter once.
To play Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp, press right three times and enter once.
To play Predators as Prey, press right four times and enter once.
To play Yautja Transformed, press right five times and enter once.
To play Rite of Passage, press right six times and enter once.
From the extras menu, to play The Chosen, press right three times and enter once.
To play Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene, press right four times and enter once.
From the extras menu, to go to the Deleted and Extended scenes menu, press right five times and enter once.
To play all, press enter once.
To play Dead Man's Parachute, press right once and enter once.
To play Cuchillo and Isabelle, press right twice and enter once.
To play Team "Oriented" Group, press right three times and enter once.
To play Third Most Wanted, press right four times and enter once.
To play Cuchillo Unleashes, press right five times and enter once.
To play "Why are You Here?", press right six times and enter once.
To play "They're Smarter Than That", press right seven times and enter once.
To play Stans and Isabelle Naked, press right three times and enter once.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of time (2010) Blu-ray

Method one
Silent language menu. To turn on AD, press right once, down once and enter once.
Silent blu-ray info. 
Main menu - atmpspheric music.
To play movie, press enter. 
(Movie starts with a Disney blu-ray ad)
There may be a resume movie request - for yes press enter once, for no, press right once, and enter once.

Method two
Silent language menu. To play in English, press enter once.
Silent blu-ray information
Disney logo,
Main menu - atmpspheric music.
To play movie with AD, press up once, enter twice, up once, enter once, left twice, down once, enter once.

There may be a resume movie request - for yes press enter once, for no, press right once, and enter once.
(Movie starts with a Disney blu-ray ad)


Pulp Fiction - (1994) blu-ray

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning, 
Main menu - Lively surf music
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter once, down twice, right once and enter once,

 

Pulp Fiction - 10th Anniversary CoLlector's edition - (1994) DVD

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning,
Main Menu - montage of pop music
To play movie with AD, press left twice, enter once, down twice, enter once, down once and enter once.

Rambo - Reloaded Edition - (2008) blu-ray

Sony Pictures logo
Main menu - dynamic music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, down once enter once, down once, left once and enter once.
Silent copyright warning

 

The Reader (2008) DVD

Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - Defiance*, Blindness*, Bottle Shock*.
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - gentle piano music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter twice.
To go to the special features menu, press left twice, enter once.
To play The Reader - Adapting a Timeless Masterpiece (no AD), press enter once.
To play The Makeup, press down once, enter once.
To play The Production Design, press down twice and enter once.
To play The Music, press down three times and enter once.
To play the theatrical trailer, press down three times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times, enter once and left twice.

Red Dog (2011) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, piracy warning, 
Main Menu - string and guitar music. 
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down twice, enter once, down twice and enter once
To go to the extras menu, press down once and enter once.
To play the film with commentary (No AD), press enter once.
To play Koko Screen Test (No AD), press down once and enter once.
To play The Making of Red Dog (No AD), press down twice and enter once.
To play Training Footage (No AD), press down three times and enter once.
To play deleted scenes (No AD), press down four times and enter once.
To play Storyboards (No AD), press down five times and enter once.
To play the theatrical trailer (No AD), press down six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down seven times and enter once.

Riddick - The Extended Director's Cut (2013) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, jaunty thank you ad.
Trailers: The Family*, Lovelace*.
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - Dark music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once and enter twice.

RocknRolla (2008) DVD

Warner Brothers logo.
Silent Country selection menu.
For Australia, press down twice and enter once.
Piracy warning. 
Blu-ray advertisement.
Main Menu - Dark rock music.
To play movie with AD, press up once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.
To go to special features menu, press down twice and enter once.
To play movie with commentary by director Guy Ritchie and actor Mark Strong (no AD), press enter once.
To play Guy's Town (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play Deleted Scene: Will You Put the Cigarette Out? (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To return to Main Menu, press down three times and enter once.

Rogue (2007) DVD

Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - The Invasion
Silent copyright warning.
Main menu - Dark music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once (wait for 'roar'), up twice, press left once and enter twice.
To go to the extras menu, press left twice and enter once. (No AD) (wait for 'roar')
To play all, press enter once.
To play The Making of Rogue: Documentary, press down once and enter once.
To play The Making of Rogue: Mini Documentary - The Music, press down twice and enter once.
To play The Making of Rogue: Mini Documentary - Northern Territory, press down three times and enter once.
To play The Making of Rogue: Mini Documentary - Effects, press down four times and enter once.
To play The Making of Rogue: Mini Documentary - The Real Rogue, press down five times and enter once.
To play the theatrical trailer, press down six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down seven times and enter once.

Salt - Deluxe Extended Edition. (2010) Blu-ray

Sony Pictures logo
Main Menu - intense music.
To turn on AD, press right once, enter twice, right once, enter once, down once, left once and enter once.
To play Theatrical version, press enter twice.
To play Director's Cut, press right once and enter twice.
To play Extended Cut, press right twice and enter twice.

Saving Santa (2013) DVD

Roadshow logo, Jaunty thankyou ad. Silent copyright warning.
Main menu: Flowing music
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter twice, right once, and enter once.

Sherlock Holmes - (2009) DVD

Roadshow logo, Piracy warning
Traliers - Dear John*, Bran Nue Dae*, Love Happens, silent copyright warning
Main Menu - Active music.                                                                                                                                                   To play movie with AD,  press up once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.
Film starts with Dolby Digital train ad

Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Blu-ray

Silent copyright warning, silent blu-ray information
Roadshow logo
Trailers: Hunger Games*
Main menu: Active music.
To play movie with AD, press right twice, enter once, right once, enter once, left twice and enter once.

Skyfall (2012) Blu-ray

20th century Fox logo
If silence continues, you may have to choose if you want to resume the movie from where it was last stopped. To choose yes, press enter once, to choose no, press right once and enter once.
Trailers : 50 years of Bond trailer, A Good Day to Die Hard, Taken 2, 
Thankyou ad
Main menu: James Bond theme
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, right once and enter three times. 

Speed Racer (2008) DVD

Roadshow logo, Anti-piracy Ad,
Trailers - Movie World, JOurney to the Centre of the Earth, Get Smart, The Golden Compass,
Silent Copyright warning
Main Menu - Speed Racer theme
To play movie with AD, press up once, enter once, left once and enter twice.

The Square (2008, two-disc special edition) DVD

Disc one
Roadshow logo, piracy warning.
Trailers - Pride and Glory, The Wrestler, Gran Torino.
Silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - upbeat music.
To play the movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down three times, left once, enter once, up once and enter once.
To go to the extras menu, press left twice and enter once.
To play the movie with audio commentary (no AD), press enter once.
To play Inside the Square (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play the teaser trailer (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To play the cinema trailer (no AD), press down three times and enter once.
To play the DVD trailer (no AD), press down four times and enter once.
To play Behind the Scenes (no AD), press down five times and enter once.
To play the TV spot (no AD), press down six times and enter once.
To return to the main menu press right once and enter once. (From any extras link.)

Disc two
Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning.
Main menu - silent.
To play deleted scenes, press enter once.
To play Previsualisation (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play Visual effects - Billy Watches the Fire (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To play Visual effects - House Fire  (no AD), press down three times and enter once.
To play Visual effects - Falling Dream (no AD), press down four times and enter once.
To go to the next menu, press down five times and enter once.
To play Music video ‘Sand’ by Ben Lee and Jessica Chapnik (no AD), press enter once.
To play Short film ‘Spider’, directed by Nash Edgerton (no AD), press down once and enter once.
To play Popcorn Taxi Q&A (no AD), press down twice and enter once.
To play production stills, press down three times and enter once.
To play posters, press down four times and enter once.
To return to the main menu, press down five times and enter once.

Takers - (2010) blu-ray

Sony Pictures logo, 
Main Menu - Dynamic spy music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, right once, enter once, down once, left once and enter twice.
Silent copyright warning

 

This Means War (2012) DVD

Trailers - Blu-ray ad, We bought a zoo,  Chronicle
20th Century Fox logo
Main Menu - Dynamic music 
To play movie with AD press right once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.

True Grit - (2010) blu-ray

Paramount logo, 
Silent language menu, for English press enter once
Silent copyright warning
Main Menu - flowing string music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, down once and enter three times.

True Grit - (2010) DVD

Paramount logo, 
Silent langiage menu - press enter once for English
Silent copyright warning
Main Menu - flowing string music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, down once and enter three times.

Warrior (2011) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, silent copyright warning, piracy warning.
Main Menu - intense music. 
To play the movie with AD, press right three times, enter once, right once, enter once, down once, left three times and enter once.
To go to the special features menu, press right twice and enter once.
To play Philosophy in Combat: Mixed Martial Arts with Frank Grillo and Greg Jackson (no AD), press enter once.
To play Brother vs Brother: Anatomy of a Fight (no AD), press right once and enter once.
To play Simply Believe: A Tribute to Charles Mask Lewis Jr (no AD), press right twice and enter once.
To play Cheap Shots - gag reel, press right three times and enter once.
To play the movie with commentary, press right four times, enter once, down once, left twice and enter.
To return to the main menu, press down once, left twice and enter once.

 

The Way Back (2010) Blu-ray

Roadshow logo, piracy warning, silent copyright warning.
Main Menu - pipe music.
To play movie with AD, press left once, enter once, down once, enter once, up twice, right once and enter once.
Bonus features - to play The Journey of the Journey (no AD) press right twice and enter twice.

Wolverine (2011) DVD

Anti-piracy ad, silent anti piracy warning,
20th Century Fox logo, 
Main Menu - portentious music,
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, down twice and enter twice.

The Wolverine (2013) bluray

20th Century Fox logo, 
There might be a silent "Resume playback?" menu. For yes, press enter once. For no, press right once and enter once.
Main menu - dark music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter twice, right twice and enter three times.

The Wolverine (2013) DVD

20th Century Fox logo
Trailers - Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, X-Men, The Internship
Main menu - dark music
To play movie with AD, press right once, enter once, down three times and enter twice. 

How to activate audio description on DVDs - an introduction

Hey folks, 

For those of you unfamiliar with audio description (known to its friends as AD), well, if you went to the movies or watched TV with someone who was blind or had a vision impairment, what would you do? You'd tell them what was happening onscreen, right? (Braving the frowns of your fellow cinema-goers.) Audio description is a professional version of that. What makes it professional? ADers don't talk over important dialogue, sound effects or music. Plus they've already watched the whole movie, so they know that the fact the third man on the left is wearing a hat is vitally important to the plot, so they will include him in the AD. (There often ain't much time for AD so they have to be choosy) But they will never give away plot points or surprises.

Anyhoo, in Australia AD can be found in some cinemas, DVDs and blu-rays, theatre performances, and on some internet videos. But it can't be found on TV. Boo! Hiss! New Zealand has had audio described television since 2011! A lot of Australian TV shows have been audio described for their DVD and blu-ray release, so at least folks with a vision impairment can watch them there, right? Well…hmmm…not really. The problem is to turn on the disc's audio description you have to navigate at least two menus, which is kinda hard to do if you can't see the screen well/at all. (SIGHS)

Ideally, blu-rays and DVDs would have a talking menu option - when you click to a button, it would tell you its function, eg, a voice would say, "Play movie" or "Special features". Even a single talking button on all DVD and blu-ray main menus that said "Play movie with audio description" would be awesome.  If you want to check out a talking menu, the 'Doctor Who' series two box set has all the bells and whistles. But most DVDs and blu-rays don't. Maybe they will in the future. Or hopefully all internet releases of film and TV will include AD as an easily accessible option.

But what about all the DVDs and blu-rays that have already been released sans talking menus? Well, this is where I can help out. I'm compiling a list of instructions on how to turn on the AD on  DVDs and blu-rays. Every menu is different (and, boy, are they different) so I'll have to do each DVD and blu-ray separately.  As I'm starting with my own DVD collection, the list may seem a little, er, eclectic. The list will be in alphabetical order. I'll list films and TV series separately. As the list is intended to be screen-reader friendly, there may be some format changes in response to comments by any blind or vision impaired folks who check it out.

OK, enough blabber from me, the list starts in the next post. I'll add to the list as I find time. Hopefully. If I can figure out this whole blogging thing.  

Cheers,

Alison

PS, I probably should have mentioned, these are Region 4 DVDs - released in Australia and possibly other Region 4 areas. Also, not all films and TV shows have AD. And not all DVD or blu-ray releases of the same film have AD. For example, the original releases of The Crow, Mad Max, Phar Lap and Muriel's Wedding didn't have AD, but their anniversary re-releases do.  And sometimes the DVD has AD but the blu-ray doesn't or vice versa. 

Yeah, it's complicated. Sorry.