I was greatly annoyed at the decision to not provide subtitles for any of the songs in the movie. In a regular movie, I don’t expect subtitles to provide the words to music unless they’re important to understand the scene. But in a musical, the songs are part of the dialog! Without the songs, you miss a key part of what’s going on! Instead, the people who created this DVD just write (Tevye sings “If I Were A Rich Man”) WTF?!? So is the deaf person supposed to go look up the words somewhere? I don’t understand what’s going on here. Why aren’t the words there?
As I said in my previous blog post, it’s easy to forget how hard it is to have a disability. But when you’re working on the subtitles you have to realize that they’re there mostly for deaf people, not for people like me that just like to have them on. I think that’s a pretty messed up decision to keep them from being able to enjoy the movie. I’m not sure what recourse deaf people have – can they sue under some kind of disabilities act statute? I just want the people in Hollywood to realize they’re causing problems for people who want to enjoy their creations.