Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Don’t you just hate it when you slip into your seat to catch a foreign film and you can’t read the subtitles?
One evening I was catching a flick at a theatre in town without stadium seating and the scenario that went down was hilarious. It was like a scene lifted from a Woody Allen comedy!
When the subtitles splashed across the screen, one film fan would lean their head to one side to peer over the shoulder of the person in front of them in order to follow the script, then, the person behind that individual would shift the other way just like clockwork, and so-forth-and-so-on.
When the credits crawled at the end – and the lights finally went up in the theatre – just betcha that all the filmgoers were suffering a lot of shoulder pain because of the ongoing need to crane their necks this-way 'n that all evening.
It also annoys me when a filmmaker neglects to check the subtitles for glitches after they’ve been inserted at the bottom of each scene of the movie.
For example, sometimes the “white lettering” can’t be read because the subtitles may blend into a white background (due to a cupboard door, light-colored wall, or what-have-you).
Now, the folks at Regal have announced that they intend to provide their patrons with a pair of high-tech eyeglasses (developed by Sony) that will be equipped with miniature cameras on each lens so that the subtitles may be read and comprehended easily.
What will they think of next!